The Love Song of Miss Queenie Hennessy

The Love Song of Miss Queenie Hennessy

A Novel

Downloadable Audiobook - 2015
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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 "If you enjoyed Harold's odyssey, you will adore this book. A page into this tender tale and it is clearly the perfect companion piece to the original story of Harold Fry. . . . Rachel Joyce fleshes out the joyous woman who inspired his epic journey."--Daily Express "A beautiful story which will grip you, make you laugh and cry, uplift your spirit and leave you feeling profoundly grateful and changed by the reading experience . . . a wonderful book about loss, redemption and joy."--Daily Mail "Touching . . . [a] quiet, gentle, moving novel . . . Joyce's writing . . . has a simplicity that sings. She captures hope best of all."--The Observer Praise for Rachel Joyce's The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry "[A] gorgeously poignant novel of hope and transformation."--O: The Oprah Magazine "Joyce's beguiling debut is [a] modest-seeming story of 'ordinary' English lives that enthralls and moves you as it unfolds."--People (four stars) "The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry is not just a book about lost love. It is about all the wonderful everyday things Harold discovers through the mere process of putting one foot in front of the other."--Janet Maslin, The New York Times From the Hardcover edition.
Publisher: New York : Penguin Random House Audio Publishing Group, 2015
ISBN: 9780553410129
Branch Call Number: EAUDIO OVERDRIVE
Characteristics: 1 audio file : digital
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc


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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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