About The Accidental Pilgrim• Publisher: ASD Publishing
In the summer of 1974, Dr. Rose Strongin, a marine biologist, inexplicably disappears for three hours on the last day of an archaeological dig at the Sea of Galilee. She has no memory of the disappearance, but it causes her to miss her flight home from Israel. That plane, TWA 841, explodes over the Mediterranean killing all aboard. Twelve years later she learns that a 2,000 year-old perfectly preserved vessel, dubbed the “Jesus Boat,” is uncovered at the site of her disappearance and she begins to understand what happened and why.
The novel crosses several decades exploring the intersection of science, religion and the unexplainable as a family gathers to say goodbye to the matriarch who held a family secret.
This was a difficult book to process - it's a complicated family drama with a lot of moving back and forth from the past to the present. The characters have a lot of baggage to deal with and there is a lot of bickering amongst them.
That being said, the book has an interesting premise and the setting on the shores of the sea of Galilee is fascinating. I wouldn't call this an inspirational tale, but there are glimmers of a religious feel about it that pop up throughout the story.
All in all, "The Accidental Pilgrim" is a puzzling, complicated dramatic book.
About Stephen KitsakosStephen Kitsakos is a theatre writer and journalist as well as the author of three opera librettos. His current project is the opera adaptation of Khaled Hosseini’s international bestseller, A Thousand Splendid Suns with music by Sheila Silver. Other works include the Sackler-Prize award winning “The Wooden Sword” and “The White Rooster: A Tale of Compassion” for the Smithsonian Institution. His work often explores the connection between religion and art. He divides his time between Key West and New York.
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Stephen’s Tour StopsMonday, April 27th: Raven Haired Girl
Thursday, April 30th: Bibliotica
Monday, May 4th: Living in the Kitchen with Puppies
Tuesday, May 5th: Lavish Bookshelf
Wednesday, May 6th: Sharon’s Garden of Book Reviews
Friday, May 8th: Mom in Love With Fiction
Monday, May 18th: Victoria Weisfeld
Monday, May 25th: Broken Teepee
Thursday, June 25th: Wall-to-Wall Books
TBD: Novel Escapes
My thanks to TLC Book Tours for including me on this blog tour and to the author for providing the review copy of this book. I was not compensated for my opinion.