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From the bestselling author of The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry comes an exquisite love story about Queenie Hennessy, the remarkable friend who inspired Harold’s cross-country journey.

A runaway international bestseller, The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry followed its unassuming hero on an incredible journey as he traveled the length of England on foot—a journey spurred by a simple letter from his old friend Queenie Hennessy, writing from a hospice to say goodbye. Harold believed that as long as he kept walking, Queenie would live. What he didn’t know was that his decision to walk had caused her both alarm and fear. How could she wait? What would she say? Forced to confront the past, Queenie realizes she must write again.

In this poignant parallel story to Harold’s saga, acclaimed author Rachel Joyce brings Queenie Hennessy’s voice into sharp focus. Setting pen to paper, Queenie makes a journey of her own, a journey that is even bigger than Harold’s; one word after another, she promises to confess long-buried truths—about her modest childhood, her studies at Oxford, the heartbreak that brought her to Kingsbridge and to loving Harold, her friendship with his son, the solace she has found in a garden by the sea. And, finally, the devastating secret she has kept from Harold for all these years.

A wise, tender, layered novel that gathers tremendous emotional force, The Love Song of Miss Queenie Hennessy underscores the resilience of the human spirit, beautifully illuminating the small yet pivotal moments that can change a person’s life.

Praise for The Love Song of Miss Queenie Hennessy

“In the end, this lovely book is full of joy. Much more than the story of a woman’s enduring love for an ordinary, flawed man, it’s an ode to messy, imperfect, glorious, unsung humanity. . . . [Queenie’s] love song is for us. Thank you, Rachel Joyce.” The Washington Post

“Destined to change your world. One can’t help but see life, and the end of it, differently after experiencing this novel. Full of wisdom and heart, it will overwhelm its readers with a deep sensitivity.” —Bookreporter

“[A] beguiling follow-up . . . In telling Queenie’s side of the story, Joyce accomplishes the rare feat of endowing her continuing narrative with as much pathos and warmth, wisdom and poignancy as her debut. Harold was beloved by millions; Queenie will be, too.” Booklist (starred review)

“Delightful and dark . . . But Joyce is so deft that when the book is over and you close the cover, the darkness fades. What sticks with you is the light of Queenie’s unwavering love.” —Minneapolis Star Tribune

“[A] deeply affecting novel . . . Culminating in a shattering revelation, [Queenie’s] tale is funny, sad, hopeful: She’s bound for death, but full of life.” People

“Joyce’s writing at moments has a simplicity that sings. She captures hope best of all.” The Guardian

“Joyce has a wonderfully evocative turn of phrase and like her other books this is a delightful read. . . . Uplifting and moving.” Daily Express

“Joyce nicely calls the book a companion rather than a sequel. But The Love Song is bolder than a retread of the same material from another angle. . . . After two such involving novels, readers are bound to wish for a third.” The Telegraph

“[Joyce] manages to both add depth to an already strong work and build something new and beautiful upon it.” The A.V. Club

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“In the end, this lovely book is full of joy. Much more than the story of a woman’s enduring love for an ordinary, flawed man, it’s an ode to messy, imperfect, glorious, unsung humanity. . . . [Queenie’s] love song is for us. Thank you, Rachel Joyce.” The Washington Post
 
“Destined to change your world. One can’t help but see life, and the end of it, differently after experiencing this novel. Full of wisdom and heart, it will overwhelm its readers with a deep sensitivity.” —Bookreporter
 
“[A] beguiling follow-up . . . In telling Queenie’s side of the story, Joyce accomplishes the rare feat of endowing her continuing narrative with as much pathos and warmth, wisdom and poignancy as her debut. Harold was beloved by millions; Queenie will be, too.” Booklist (starred review)
 
“Delightful and dark . . . But Joyce is so deft that when the book is over and you close the cover, the darkness fades. What sticks with you is the light of Queenie’s unwavering love.” —Minneapolis Star Tribune
 
“[A] deeply affecting novel . . . Culminating in a shattering revelation, [Queenie’s] tale is funny, sad, hopeful: She’s bound for death, but full of life.” People
 
“Joyce’s writing at moments has a simplicity that sings. She captures hope best of all.” The Guardian
 
“Joyce has a wonderfully evocative turn of phrase and like her other books this is a delightful read. . . . Queenie is an uplifting and moving companion to Harold.” Daily Express
 
“Joyce nicely calls the book a companion rather than a sequel. But The Love Song is bolder than a retread of the same material from another angle. . . . After two such involving novels, readers are bound to wish for a third.” The Telegraph
 
“[Joyce] manages to both add depth to an already strong work and build something new and beautiful upon it.” The A.V. Club
 
“A wonderful read . . . It is not necessary to read Harold’s story before reading Queenie’s to enjoy this bittersweet novel, which is a pleasure in its own right. However, reading both will only serve to double that pleasure.” The Independent

About the Author

Rachel Joyce is the author of the Sunday Times and international bestsellers The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry and Perfect. The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry was short-listed for the Commonwealth Book Prize and long-listed for the Man Booker Prize and has been translated into thirty-six languages. Joyce was awarded the Specsavers National Book Awards New Writer of the Year in 2012. She is also the author of the digital short story A Faraway Smell of Lemon and is the award-winning writer of more than thirty original afternoon plays and classic adaptations for BBC Radio 4. Rachel Joyce lives with her family in Gloucestershire.

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All you have to do is wait!

Your letter arrived this morning. We were in the dayroom for morning activities. Everyone was asleep.

Sister Lucy, who is the youngest nun volunteering in the hospice, asked if anyone would like to help with her new jigsaw. Nobody answered. “Scrabble?” she said.

Nobody stirred.

“How about Mousetrap?” said Sister Lucy. “That’s a lovely game.”

I was in a chair by the window. Outside, the winter evergreens flapped and shivered. One lone seagull balanced in the sky.

“Hangman?” said Sister Lucy. “Anyone?”

A patient nodded, and Sister Lucy fetched paper. By the time she’d got sorted, pens and a glass of water and so on, he was dozing again.

Life is different for me at the hospice. The colors, the smells, the way a day passes. But I close my eyes and I pretend that the heat of the radiator is the sun on my hands and the smell of lunch is salt in the air. I hear the patients cough, and it is only the wind in my garden by the sea. I can imagine all sorts of things, Harold, if I put my mind to it.

Sister Catherine strode in with the morning delivery. “Post!” she sang. Full volume. “Look what I have here!”

“Oh, oh, oh,” went everyone, sitting up.

Sister Catherine passed several brown envelopes, forwarded, to a Scotsman known as Mr. Henderson. There was a card for the new young woman. (She arrived yesterday. I don’t know her name.) There is a big man they call the Pearly King, and he had another parcel though I have been here a week and I haven’t yet seen him open one. The blind lady, Barbara, received a note from her neighbor—­Sister Catherine read it out—­spring is coming, it said. The loud woman called Finty opened a letter informing her that if she scratched off the foil window, she would discover that she’d won an exciting prize.

“And, Queenie, something for you.” Sister Catherine crossed the room, holding out an envelope. “Don’t look so frightened.”

I knew your writing. One glance and my pulse was flapping. Great, I thought. I don’t hear from the man in twenty years, and then he sends a letter and gives me a heart attack.

I stared at the postmark. Kingsbridge. Straight away I could picture the muddy blue of the estuary, the little boats moored to the quay. I heard the slapping of water against the plastic buoys and the clack of rigging against the masts. I didn’t dare open the envelope. I just kept looking and looking and remembering.

Sister Lucy rushed to my aid. She tucked her childlike finger under the flap and wiggled it along the fold to tear the envelope open. “Shall I read it out for you, Queenie?” I tried to say no, but the no came out as a funny noise she mistook for a yes. She unfolded the page, and her face seeped with pink. Then she began to read. “It’s from someone called Harold Fry.”

She went as slowly as she could, but there were a few words only. “I am very sorry. Best wishes. Oh, but there’s a P.S. too,” said Sister Lucy. “He says, Wait for me.” She gave an optimistic shrug. “Well, that’s nice. Wait for him? I suppose he’s going to make a visit.”

Sister Lucy folded the letter carefully and tucked it back inside the envelope. Then she placed my post in my lap, as if that were the end of it. A warm tear slipped down the side of my nose. I hadn’t heard your name spoken for twenty years. I had held the words only inside my head.

“Aw,” said Sister Lucy. “Don’t be upset, Queenie. It’s all right.” She pulled a tissue from the family-­size box on the coffee table and carefully wiped the corner of my closed-­up eye, my stretched mouth, even the thing that is on the side of my face. She held my hand, and all I could think of was my hand in yours, long ago, in a stationery cupboard.

“Maybe Harold Fry will come tomorrow,” said Sister Lucy.

At the coffee table, Finty still scratched away at the foil window on her letter. “Come on, you little bugger,” she grunted.

“Did you say ‘Harold Fry’?” Sister Catherine jumped to her feet and clapped her hands as if she was trapping an insect. It was the loudest thing that had happened all morning, and everyone murmured “Oh, oh, oh” again. “How could I have forgotten? He rang yesterday. Yes. He rang from a phone box.” She spoke in small broken sentences, the way you do when you’re trying to make sense of something that essentially doesn’t. “The line was bad and he kept laughing. I couldn’t understand a word. Now I think about it, he was saying the same thing. About waiting. He said to tell you he was walking.” She slipped a yellow Post-­it note from her pocket and quickly unfolded it.

“Walking?” said Sister Lucy, suggesting this was not something she’d tried before.

“I assumed he wanted directions from the bus station. I told him to turn left and keep going.”

A few of the volunteers laughed, and I nodded as if they were right, they were right to laugh, because it was too much, you see, to show the consternation inside me. My body felt both weak and hot.

Sister Catherine studied her yellow note. “He said to tell you that as long as he walks, you must wait. He also said he’s setting off from Kingsbridge.” She turned to the other nuns and volunteers. “Kingsbridge? Does anyone know where that is?”

Sister Lucy said maybe she did but she was pretty sure she didn’t. Someone told us he’d had an old aunt who lived there once. And one of the volunteers said, “Oh, I know Kingsbridge. It’s in South Devon.”

“South Devon?” Sister Catherine paled. “Do you think he meant he’s walking to Northumberland from all the way down there?” She was not laughing anymore, and neither was anyone else. They were only looking at me and looking at your letter and seeming rather anxious and lost. Sister Catherine folded her Post-­it note and disappeared it into the side pocket of her robe.

“Bull’s-­eye!” shouted Finty. “I’ve won a luxury cruise! It’s a fourteen-­night adventure, all expenses paid, on the Princess Emerald!”

“You have not read the small print,” grumbled Mr. Henderson. And then, louder: “The woman has not read the small print.”

I closed my eyes. A little later I felt the sisters hook their arms beneath me and lift my body into the wheelchair. It was like the way my father carried me when I was a girl and I had fallen asleep in front of the range. “Stille, stille,” my mother would say. I held tight on to your envelope, along with my notebook. I saw the dancing of crimson light beyond my eyelids as we moved from the dayroom to the corridor and then past the windows. I kept my eyes shut all the way, even as I was lowered onto the bed, even as the curtains were drawn with a whoosh against the pole, even as I heard the click of the door, afraid that if I opened my eyes the wash of tears would never stop.

Harold Fry is coming, I thought. I have waited twenty years, and now he is coming.

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Queenie''s Self Liberation
Reviewed in the United States on June 9, 2015
This is Rachel Joyce''s companion to her prior novel, The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry. Harold’s life and his outlook on his relationship to Queenie, a colleague from work, moves the first book forward. He is startled to receive a brief note from Queenie Hennessy after... See more
This is Rachel Joyce''s companion to her prior novel, The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry. Harold’s life and his outlook on his relationship to Queenie, a colleague from work, moves the first book forward. He is startled to receive a brief note from Queenie Hennessy after she left 20 years ago, telling him she is now in hospice, but thinks of him often. Harold quickly writes a response, but becomes convinced he needs to deliver his note in person and begins to walk to her, although she is 600 miles away. His pilgrimage gives him plenty of time to contemplate his life and it is through his eyes that we come to know Queenie and her part in it. Harold sends ahead a postcard letting Queenie know he is coming.

However, when we are introduced to Queenie in this book, to her own story in her own words, she is near the end of her life and suffering from a tumor that has robbed her ability to speak. She fears she will not live to see the end of Harold''s trek, so she begins her own letter to tell Harold about all the things she wished he had known. Within the hospice a French nun offers both her companionship and assistance to Queenie so she can write to Harold and tell her own story – all of it. (Taking the time to look up the translation of the nun’s name helped me understand her true function in this story.)

If you have read the first book, most of the events and characters within Queenie’s letters will be familiar, but the telling of those events here is very different. This book can absolutely stand on its own. Harold and Queenie’s lives may have been braided together, but the ways that they took them into their souls are remarkably different. And in Queenie’s book we learn much more about her than Harold would have ever known. Key to understanding her is her own statement that whenever she has been faced with unbearable choices throughout her life, her first instinct is to flee – from her childhood home, from her life at university, and eventually from Harold. We all make assumptions about others as well as ourselves that are wholly dependent on our own perspective, even if we have shared lives with someone for years. If you have read The Unlikely Pilgrimage, this is a totally different perspective on Harold and Queenie''s relationship plus an introduction to characters that are thought provoking, heart tugging and at time hilarious.

Rachel Joyce is helping us see that we are all responsible for ways in which we imprison ourselves, wrapping ourselves in criticism and self condemnation, how we feed our own shame, how we lash out at the world – pushing it away, or running from it - but also that we are equally responsible for our own liberation, for welcoming beauty and love into our lives, for finding our own forgiveness, our own salvation, and how forgiving others is ultimately a grace unto ourselves.

I cannot help but believe that Joyce is familiar with Dickens and has used the thoughts behind his line, “So do the shadows of our own desires stand between us and our better angels”. There is also a prayer to St. Bernadine that ends with, “Help us to always speak …words of love over words of shame.” I believe Joyce had both in mind as she wrote this wonderful book.
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What is ordinary?
Reviewed in the United States on March 15, 2020
From a hospice the reader meets several interesting characters and the main character Queenie Hennessey who has gone there to die of disfiguring mouth cancer. Harold, a man she worked with and secretly loved, decides to walk to her across England after he receives her... See more
From a hospice the reader meets several interesting characters and the main character Queenie Hennessey who has gone there to die of disfiguring mouth cancer. Harold, a man she worked with and secretly loved, decides to walk to her across England after he receives her letter. His journey and the publicity it received gave the hospice patients something to look forward to and Queenie an opportunity to clear her conscience and to let go of the guilt she has felt for twenty years.

The point I took from the book is a valuable lesson: So many consider their lives to be ordinary, but when at the end of life, they finally realize that the things that seemed so mundane actually brought much happiness and joy. I plan to see the joy in life...in the little things and not wait until I''m dying to appreciate the wonderful life I have.
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Beautiful and Touching story
Reviewed in the United States on May 15, 2017
What is it about? Queenie Hennessey is in hospice and writes a letter to an old friend to notify him that she is dying from cancer. She hasn''t seen or heard from him in 20 years. She received a postcard from him telling her to wait for him. While she waits, she... See more
What is it about?

Queenie Hennessey is in hospice and writes a letter to an old friend to notify him that she is dying from cancer. She hasn''t seen or heard from him in 20 years. She received a postcard from him telling her to wait for him. While she waits, she begins writing him the letter that will explain the truth of why she left.

Is it good?

Yes! Queenie''s letter is sometimes sad, sometimes angry, sometimes funny and happy. The patients at the hospice are a wonderful cast of characters, and the memories from Queenie ''s past are so engaging. I found myself on the brink of tears at least twice.

You do not have to have read The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce, but that is also a wonderful book. They are set on the same time line and involve some of the same characters, but you can read each book individually.
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The love song of Miss Queenie Hennessey.
Reviewed in the United States on April 3, 2015
This novel is intended to be a sequel to "the unlikely pilgrimage of harold frye" and to the extent that it answers questions that might have lingered after the first novel, it fulfill that function. However, "the love song....." Is much, much more. Rachel... See more
This novel is intended to be a sequel to "the unlikely pilgrimage of harold frye" and to the extent that it answers questions that might have lingered after the first novel, it fulfill that function. However, "the love song....." Is much, much more. Rachel Joyce characters are flawed, somehow never reaching the potential they had hoped but I love all these people for their humanity and perseverance. As we know, Harold is walking to visit Queenie who is dying of cancer. He reasons that as long as he keep walking she won''t die. The parallel story that takes place in the hospice is poignant. Miss Joyce deals with end of life issues with depth, sensitivity and humor. The hospice family become very precious. The sea garden, the wonderful caregivers, tha patients and Queenie, herself, are woven into a tale that will stay with you long after you''ve finished reading. Rachel Joyce is an extraordinary writer. Her characters are ''everyman'' and ''everywoman''. They go through life unnoticed but there is drama and accomplishment reached as they strive to exist and cope with the challenges that life puts into their lives.
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Lovely story. Highly recommended!!!
Reviewed in the United States on July 29, 2017
This a companion novel for "The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry.". Lovely, sad, and compelling tale. Queenie is in hospice care and reflects about her love for Harold. The book includes secrets about Harold''s son David, a lost baby, love, a sea garden, dancing,... See more
This a companion novel for "The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry.". Lovely, sad, and compelling tale. Queenie is in hospice care and reflects about her love for Harold. The book includes secrets about Harold''s son David, a lost baby, love, a sea garden, dancing, a cruel boss, a mysterious nun, a confession letter, friends who are dying, and more. This book is well written and has a compelling flow. Excellent. I will definating read another book by this author. Highly recommended!! This book deserves an A++++++++
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A Wonderful Parallel to Harold Fry''s Story--and In First Person!
Reviewed in the United States on March 5, 2015
Now Queenie Speaks: A Book Review Eric Selby When a new-to-the-scene novelist produces a big hit, as was the case for the Brit Rachel Joyce in The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry a few years back, you can expect that her agent and her publisher will have been... See more
Now Queenie Speaks: A Book Review
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When a new-to-the-scene novelist produces a big hit, as was the case for the Brit Rachel Joyce in The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry a few years back, you can expect that her agent and her publisher will have been pushing her for yet another. So when I received my copy of The Love Song of Queenie Hennessy, I put aside all else on my large stack of books-yet-to-be-read and dove into the latest Rachel Joyce.
What? This novel is written in first person by the woman dying of cancer in a Catholic hospice at the top of England? How could she write this? Then suddenly—and it only take a few pages—the author has created a completely believable scenario involving one of the nurses—all of them Catholic nuns. So as Harold Fry is walking in his yachting shoes all the way from the very bottom of England to the edge of Scotland to see her where she is dying of cancer (that’s the geography of Harold Fry’s story), Queenie is telling a parallel story that involves the two of them. At one point she writes this: “We write ourselves certain parts and then keep playing them as if we have no choice.” But then adds, “You don’t have to keep being the thing you have become. It is never too late.” She will stay put instead of walking away from difficulties. Of course she has no choice. She is, after all, dying of cancer.
I have a rather jaded view of first-person-account novels, probably because there are some “gold standards” out there such as J. D. Salinger’s Catcher in the Rye, Philip Roth’s Portnoy’s Complaint, and most assuredly Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird. An author has to create verisimilitude for the first person narrator including, of course, how the narrator has learned to write in the voice of that novel.
And Rachel Joyce does just that.
This novel isn’t a sequel to Harold Fry’s story. It couldn’t be for obvious reasons (obvious that is to anyone who has read The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry). It’s a parallel story with a fascinating cast of characters. So while Harold’s story involves a wealth of English “types” he meets along the way, Queenie’s involves the nuns and the patients, a wonderful array of them. And of course there are the ambulances arriving—and the undertakers as well.
If you read the first novel and loved it as much as I did, then do treat yourself to Queenie’s love letter. You won’t regret it.
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Very powerful
Reviewed in the United States on September 10, 2017
Amazing life lessons. A beautiful love story proving that giving love may be more powerful than receiving love. I just can''t say enough about this story, the characters, the amazing lessons of blood and love. I think one of things i really got from this story is how we... See more
Amazing life lessons. A beautiful love story proving that giving love may be more powerful than receiving love. I just can''t say enough about this story, the characters, the amazing lessons of blood and love. I think one of things i really got from this story is how we recognize our big failings in life but it''s the little things.....an unkind word, a misdeed....that can eat away at us in our quietest, most honest moments with ourselves. Queenie is the same and spends a lifetime feeling guilty and shuting herself away...effectively depriving herself of life and friends. The ending is so powerful and shocking. Absolutely a fantastic book.
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Waiting for Harold
Reviewed in the United States on May 23, 2016
Whether you read ''The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry'' or not, you will enjoy this book by the same author. Unique in its story from two perspectives, this side focuses on Queenie Hennessy, a woman with more substance than anyone recognized in her middle years. Later in... See more
Whether you read ''The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry'' or not, you will enjoy this book by the same author. Unique in its story from two perspectives, this side focuses on Queenie Hennessy, a woman with more substance than anyone recognized in her middle years. Later in life she moved into seclusion, but continued to communicate with the outside world through her sea garden. She is dying as the story begins and most of it takes place in a Hospice facility. Patients are more joyful than you would imagine and form fast friendships. Her letter to Harold as he journeys toward her is the essence of the tale. Rachel Joyce is a gifted writer, giving tears and laughter to her reader. I think you will enjoy this book. I certainly did.
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The perfect compliment to Harold''s journey
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on June 27, 2017
I loved the Pilgrimage of Harold Fry when I read it several years ago, but this was surprisingly better! A simply written story of undying love and solitude that is nonetheless very powerful. This story centres on a hospice essentially filled with death, but the focus of...See more
I loved the Pilgrimage of Harold Fry when I read it several years ago, but this was surprisingly better! A simply written story of undying love and solitude that is nonetheless very powerful. This story centres on a hospice essentially filled with death, but the focus of the story lies in life. The difficult journey we all take to self discovery and confessions of the secrets deep in our hearts is laid out for the reader before Queenie makes her final journey. While Harold continues on his difficult task filled with both emotional and physical trials on his way to Queenie, Queenie herself clings to her memories and repents her perceived errors. This is a moving and starkly real tale raw in emotions and the final meeting between the wo characters is both heartbreaking and inevitable. This is really a compendium to the Pilgrimage of Harold Fry and must be placed side by side on the shelf without a chronological order for they are two halves of one story.
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Read ''The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry'' Then This.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on September 18, 2018
After reading (and loving) ''The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry'', I was keen to read this. It''s not a sequel but rather runs alongside the first book, a companion. When I first began reading, I didn''t think it grabbed me as much as the ''not prequel'' but I was very wrong....See more
After reading (and loving) ''The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry'', I was keen to read this. It''s not a sequel but rather runs alongside the first book, a companion. When I first began reading, I didn''t think it grabbed me as much as the ''not prequel'' but I was very wrong. Very involving, touching story, showing Queenie''s perspective and building upon the characters from the other book; I loved this. A book might occasionally make me shed a tear but by the end, this one caused an unprecedented outpouring. I highly recommend you read ''The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry'' followed by this one. And as a person who isn''t very outwardly emotional, even I can only wonder at those who gave it a one star review. Beautiful story.
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Reviewed in the United Kingdom on September 17, 2019
Having read this book, I am an emotional wreck. I read The unlikely pilgrimage of Harold Fry and then I read Queenie''s story . It was heartbreaking. I knew what the end would bring but I still hoped there would be a cheesy ending. I still wanted it to have a happy ending....See more
Having read this book, I am an emotional wreck. I read The unlikely pilgrimage of Harold Fry and then I read Queenie''s story . It was heartbreaking. I knew what the end would bring but I still hoped there would be a cheesy ending. I still wanted it to have a happy ending. And there is no ''happy'' ending. The book is written with insight and passion that you seldom see or read about. The characters are finely drawn and credible . There is comedy to make you laugh and a tragic love story. Rachel Joyce is a talented writer . Her books are worth every tear.
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Queenie''s Journey!
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on October 23, 2019
Miss Queenie Hennessy - the name just rolls off the tongue. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and felt as if I were reading about a real person. I''d read The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry some years ago but The Love Song of Miss Queenie Hennessy most certainly shows us the...See more
Miss Queenie Hennessy - the name just rolls off the tongue. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and felt as if I were reading about a real person. I''d read The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry some years ago but The Love Song of Miss Queenie Hennessy most certainly shows us the bigger picture - what a brilliant idea of the author to link the two books in this way. I absolutely loved reading about Queenie and although her time in the hospice was softened somewhat with much caustic wit and one-liners from fellow patients, I was hit with pangs of sadness as each of them made their exit. I am now reading about Harold''s journey once again and wondering how I''ll feel at the end having since discovered the real Queenie Hennessy and HER journey!
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Reviewed in the United Kingdom on March 19, 2021
I find myself sighing as I finish this book. Sighing with happiness that I have at long last found a book which has affected me so profoundly after years of reading. Sighing with sadness that it is finished. Other reviews will tell you the plot line very effectively , I...See more
I find myself sighing as I finish this book. Sighing with happiness that I have at long last found a book which has affected me so profoundly after years of reading. Sighing with sadness that it is finished. Other reviews will tell you the plot line very effectively , I shall only give you my thoughts in a very basic hardly educated way. Rachel Joyce seems to be able to produce work that is so well rounded and full of solid, thoughtful, caring, funny characters. There wasn''t once that any question I had about the story remained unanswered but I still had the feeling of a fuller creation just beyond my imagination. Congratulations Rachel Joyce, an award of some literary or humanitarian nature is surely on its way to your doorstep.
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