Rachel Joyce wrote a companion book to her best-selling book, ‘The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry.’ Her hit book in which the main character Harold Fry walks across England to see his old friend Queenie Hennessey before she dies. In her newest novel, ‘The Love Song of Queenie Hennessey’ we meet Queenie and hear her story. Joyce is a beautiful writer and creates very strong characterization, but I would have preferred to not know Queenie’s story. It was a very sad tale, and I was left feeling devastated at the end of this new installment. I loved the story of Harold Fry because it was quirky and heartfelt. There were sad times, yet covered over with healing, and sprinkled with dusting of hope that the rainbow was just up around the bend. This book was much darker and tragic. If you liked Harold Fry I would recommend stopping with his journey.
However, you really should read the first installment. Here is the review and link for her first book.
The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce
From start to finish I enjoyed the tale of Harold Fry and his Unlikely Pilgrimage. Harold and his wife exist, but do not live; they function, but do not thrive. It is as if a large gray cloud cover their lives with gray and shadows and they have accepted their drab life. Unexpectedly Harold receives a letter from an old friend. Queenie, is terminally ill in a town across the country. He gets the letter, and begins to walk to see his old friend. Without a plan, and a lousy pair of shoes upon his feet, he just walks. The strange pilgrimage shocks and frustrates his wife, but Harold begins to collect a small following to cheer him on. Pretty soon the whole country of England begins to rally for Harold to make it to see his old friend Queenie. Harold sets out searching to find closure with an old friend, but the journey leads him to a vastly different destination. This is a sweet story, honest, and well written.
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