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The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry
by Rachel Joyce
by Rachel Joyce
We all have a road to travel in this life. Thankfully, at some of the mileposts we get to choose the direction we would like to take. Sometimes the road we choose is for the better, sometimes it is not. We can't always tell when we take that first step where the road will truly lead. Harold Fry has come to one of those signposts. It appears as a letter he receives from an old friend, Queenie Hennessy, whom he worked with before his retirement. Harold hasn't had any contact with her since she left work after a heated argument with their boss many years ago. Harold retired not long after and has lived a lonely life with his estranged wife. Maureen seems to be only going through the motions of a marriage. The typewritten letter, signed by Queenie, states that she has been suffering from cancer for some time and is now confined to a hospice with little time left. She simply wanted to say goodbye. Harold is stunned by the news. Confused about how to reply,he writes a short note, tells his wife he is going to put it in the postbox, and walks out the door. Unable to part with the letter and the memory of Queenie, Harold goes to one postbox and then further to the next box and then the next. He finds himself in the center of town still holding the letter. Harold decides to call the hospice and tell Queenie not to give up. He has decided to walk the two hundred or so miles to the hospice to see her. In the back of his mind he thinks that as long as he continues to walk she will hold on and wait for him. Is this a selfless act? Is it more about Queenie continuing to live or about Harold not having to say goodbye? Is it about the journey or about reaching his goal? Harold meets a lot of interesting people on his pilgrimage. He also learns much about himself and the choices he has made in his life both right and wrong. There are many surprises along the road. This book is well worth the journey. The book was provided for review by the well read folks at Amazon Vine.
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