"I think the creation of a character who has a strong but not blind faith is the key part of this novel, allowing for development and depth to be added to the story."
A climate call to action woven through with spiritualism and humanity. Elinor Simentov is an ordinary Jewish woman called upon to spread a message from an extraordinary source. She’s experienced hardships, personal horrors and struggles when her faith has left her but has received visions since her youth. When God calls on her to be a prophet, she struggles with the weight of the task - will she be dismissed and have to suffer terrifying visions of a future she can’t change without cause, or will she be able to sacrifice her personal goals to fulfil the will of God. The main message to be spread is that humanity needs to change in order to stop climate change that risks the future of our planet. However, along the way Elinor’s inquisitive and reluctant nature questions God’s role in all this. I thought this aspect of the storytelling has the potential to open up ‘The Path to God's Promise’ to a wider audience. The narrative explores spiritualism and humanity, proposing answers for a myriad of “if God was here, then why does X happen” questions in a way that contemplates what it means to be human and, to a certain degree, to take responsibility for our own actions. I think the creation of a character who has a strong but not blind faith is the key part of this novel, allowing for development and depth to be added to the story. With an important call to action about climate change delivered from a perspective that I haven’t seen before and an exploration into what it means to be human, this is a well-balanced and thought-provoking read.
Charlotte Walker, A LoveReading Ambassador
|Primary Genre||Modern and Contemporary Fiction|
Closing date: 14/12/2023
Closing date: 10/12/2023