Monday, November 23, 2015

The Love Song of Miss Queenie Hennessy

Oh my goodness, I loved The Love Song of Miss Queenie Hennessy!  I have read The Unlikely
Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce twice and loved it more each time.  Reading this sequel, was wonderful!

The Love Song of Miss Queenie Hennessy focuses on Queenie, the old friend that Harold Fry was on a pilgrimage to visit.  This book tells the story of their friendship and of the pilgrimage from Queenie's point of view.  Turns out that Harold had been unaware of a great deal when he and Queenie worked together those 20 years ago.

In the novel, Queenie was dying of cancer and was waiting for Harold to end his journey to visit her.  The staff at the hospice encouraged her to write a long letter to Harold to tell him all that she needed/wanted to say. Through her writing the letter, the reader learned more about Queenie's feelings about Harold and about her relationship with his son, David.  The other patients in the hospice became engaged in the story of Harold's journey to visit Queenie as it unfolded, and it was interesting to read how the story of his journey affected them.

I thought the book was absolutely beautiful!  Can't wait to read it again!

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