The Love Song of Miss Queenie Hennessy

The Love Song of Miss Queenie Hennessy

Audiobook CD - 2014
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"'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" --
Publisher: [New York] : Random House Audio, [2014]
Copyright Date: ℗2014
ISBN: 9780553410105
Branch Call Number: CD FIC JOYCE
Characteristics: 9 audio discs (10 1/2 hr.) : digital, CD audio ; 4 3/4 in
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Additional Contributors: Imrie, Celia 1952-


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Mar 29, 2016

I really enjoyed this story and the narration was perfect. Queenie is in a hospice and writing a letter to Harold Fry as he travels across England to see her one last time. While he walks, the people in the hospice become friends and their lives once again have energy and joy. This is a wonderfully peaceful and happy story.
I have yet to read The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry, which I understand to be a parallel story to this one, and really look forward to reading it soon.

Mar 15, 2016

Not as good as "The Pilgrimage of Harold Fry," but it answers some questions in this sequel or companion book. This book isn't as rewarding, and I don't recommend reading this without reading the Harold Fry book first. However, I did enjoy hearing her point of view, which is lacking in the Harold book.
The stuff about Harold's son was good to know. I have mixed feelings of Queennie telling her story to Harold, saying she loved him, since he is married; it's kind of like haunting someone from the grave. But the confessional about other things is good.
To me Queennie's motivation does not make any sense--I think her character is unrealistic. Maybe she has mental issues, I don't know. You'd have to imagine these two books will be made into a BBC movie.


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