Beneath Wandering Stars (Hardcover) by Cowles Ashlee
Will she walk the longest walk? Or break her vow? * A survival story in which a girl keeps her vow to take a mountainous hazardous trek with the boy she blames for the injury that put her soldier brother in a coma * A romance born out of tragedy against unlikely odds with a deeper look at contemporary problems in military families * Debut novelist with the kind of writing mastery that comes along only once in a list--if that--who can hook readers from the first sentence With her boyfriend back in the States and her brother in Afghanistan Gabriella Santiago doesn't want to be stuck on a U.S. base in Germany. She wants to go home--but her father's been assigned to Army bases overseas as long as she can remember. Gabi's already unstable world is turned upside down when she learns that her brother has been wounded in action and fallen into a coma. Before he was injured Lucas sent Gabi a cryptic message in the form of a Homeric epic and a strange request: if anything should happen to him Lucas wants Gabi to fulfill his dream of conquering the Camino de Santiago the ancient arduous pilgrimage of their family namesake that crosses northern Spain. The only catch?Gabi must make the journey with Lucas' best friend Cain a young soldier Gabi despises who harbors dark secrets about what happened to Lucas in Afghanistan. What transpires on the road is a transformative journey filled with quirky Chaucerian characters and an unlikely romance between two people united by their loyalty to Lucas.