The Pilgrim - Joy Margetts
In her new historical novel, The Pilgrim, Joy Margetts sensitively tackles the subject of forgiveness, in particular self-forgiveness, inviting us to consider our pasts and how we should deal with actions we regret. She introduces us to Henry de Brampton, a young man weighed down by what he has done, acts for which no restitution can be made, and uses his fictional account to share life-changing truth.
Driven by ambition and family expectation, Henry had been determined to make his mark and was destined for a prestigious career in the Church. But fueled by selfish desire, and readily embracing the chance to experience the world before taking his vows, he recklessly betrayed those he loved, with devastating consequences.
Overwhelmed with guilt, he seeks redemption among the Cistercians of Abbey Cwmhir in Wales, but after a further careless betrayal, is forced on pilgrimage to save his vocation. A reluctant pilgrim, can the unlikely company help him discover God’s true character, and will he ever be willing not just to receive forgiveness but also to forgive himself?