Friday, October 16, 2015

The Love Song of Miss Queenie Hennessy

Have you read The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce?  If not, stop reading this
blog and read it.  Then come back here to see what to read next!

I was quite excited when I had read that Joyce was writing The Love Story of Miss Queenie Hennessy.  I loved the book The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry. It was about Harold taking a journey (a walk) across England after receiving a note from Queenie after years apart. The Love Story of Miss Queenie Hennessy tells the story from her perspective.

Queenie was in hospice care dying of cancer in both her throat and jaw.  After she wrote a note to Harold Fry, he responded by telling her to hang in there, that he was walking across England to see her.  They had not seen each other in over twenty years, when they had worked together.  Queenie was pretty much unable to talk, so she began a long letter to Harold, telling him what their relationship had meant to her, and also, telling him about her relationship with his son.  Harold had not known that Queenie knew his son, who had committed suicide years before.  The book is also about how the patients in the hospice began to look forward to Harold's arrival and how his journey affected them.

This is a beautiful book.  I read it from the library, but I will have to purchase my own copy to have.  There are some great words of love and wisdom in the book.  The ending is perfection.

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