Finding the Way

The time is 1250 AD, in an isolated village at the foot of the Pyrenees. Old Basque folk traditions are on a collision course with the onslaught of Christianity. One night, Amika, a young woman on the brink of adulthood, is awoken by an angry mob hunting down “heretics.” Amika witnesses her mother, an herbal healer, being dragged off and burned the stake. She flees to the forest in terror. With the help of rescuers from both the old tradition and the new, she sets off upon her a journey of self-discovery on the Camino de Santiago. Along the way Amika encounters danger, hardship, and fear before she meets the man and child with whom she will share her future.


Finding the Way is a magnificent story, brilliantly imagined and skillfully executed. Ms. Maynard has done an extraordinary job of research and a masterful job of creating a believable, coherent, and moving plot with marvelous characters. The narrative is consistently brisk and engaging, and often heart-wrenching in its emotional power. The place, the people, and their circumstances are vividly alive on the page. She brings the plot to an inspired but completely plausible resolution, with many memorable moments. Ms. Maynard has earned congratulations on a wonderful story. - Tom Hymann, author of Jupiter’s Daughter and Seven Days to Petrograd


Cindy Burkart Maynard is the author of two previous award-winning works of historical fiction, Soyala: Daughter of the Desert and Anastasia’s Book of Days, as well as co-author of two works of non-fiction about the Colorado Plateau and the desert Southwest. She has extensive experience teaching and writing about history and the natural world. She currently divides her time between Arizona and Colorado.