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The Love Song of Miss Queenie Hennessy
The Love Song of Miss Queenie Hennessy: A Novel | Rachel Joyce
When Queenie Hennessy discovers that Harold Fry is walking the length of England to save her, and all she has to do is wait, she is shocked. Her note had explained she was dying. How can she wait? A new volunteer at the hospice suggests that Queenie should write again; only this time she must tell Harold everything. In confessing to secrets she has hidden for twenty years, she will find atonement for the past. As the volunteer points out, 'Even though you've done your travelling, you're starting a new journey too.' Queenie thought her first letter would be the end of the story. She was wrong. It was the beginning.
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NovelNancy
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“I am someone who has always run from difficulty, and it dawns on me that I don't have to go on that way. We write ourselves certain parts and then keep playing them as if we have no choice. But a tardy person can become a punctual one, if she chooses. You don't have to keep being the thing you have become. It is never too late“ (93-94).

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Kaila-ann
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Very touching with many poignant insights about life, death, love and guilt. I very much enjoyed this book but was a little . . . I‘m not even sure how i feel about the ending. Overall this is still a pick and fantastic companion novel the The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry but it may take me some time to sort out how i feel about the ending.

2019 page goal: 15,794/30,000 = 52.6%

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BestDogDad
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This companion book to The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry (I gave ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ on Goodreads) was also excellent! This is Queenie‘s story, told in part with flashbacks and in part with her writing a letter to Harold while in hospice with terminal cancer. The hospice chapters aren‘t as sad as you would think as she is surrounded by an interesting menagerie of characters. Like with Harold‘s book, the ending is beautifully sad and wiped me out. 😰

Readergrrl Oh my, don‘t I love Harold Fry. I have this novel too but I‘ve been afraid to read it... I worry that it‘ll change how I feel about Unlikely Pilgrimage! I love that book SO much. What do you think? Are my fears unfounded? 7mo
BestDogDad @Readergrrl I was kind of afraid of that, too. I didn‘t want my Harold Fry experience to be lessened or tainted and for me it wasn‘t. There is a lot of new background information about David which will fill in his story. But as far as her and Harold go it was neat experiencing their interactions through her eyes, especially the end. 😭 7mo
Kaye I‘m also in the Harold Fry Camp. One of the best books ever. I like books like that, that teach a life lesson but yet are entertaining. I also have had Queenie sitting here a long time, not wanting her story to mess up Harold‘s side of the story, if that makes any sense. (edited) 7mo
Suet624 @Readergrrl @Kaye I loved Harold‘s story. Queenie was a lovely addition to the story. They each hold a special spot in my heart. 7mo
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Penny_LiteraryHoarders
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Oh my. 5 ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

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Jas16
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I liked this book even more than its companion novel The Unlikely Pilgrimage Of Harold Frye. As Queenie waits in hospice for Harold‘s arrival she thinks back on the past and tries to find a way to explain her feelings of love and guilt. #readathon

Bookishthoughts I LOVED Harold! I can't believe I didn't know about this book!😱 13mo
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bibliocurl
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I received my first bookmail from Rachel Joyce! She managed to ship it all the way to India! ❤️

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Ardachy
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Rachel Joyce is one of my #favouriteauthors and I released this copy of her third book in Elmhurst Park, Woodbridge, #Suffolk. You can just see the book on the bench in the background. Whilst in Woodbridge I purchased her fourth book The Music Shop, anyone else read it yet?

TrishB I‘ve read The Music Shop and liked it - but didn‘t really like her others! 1y
Ardachy @TrishB I love the Harold Fry books and enjoyed Perfect but not as much. What made you read The Music Shop if you didn‘t like the others or did you come to it first? 1y
TrishB I‘m in a book of the month club and they all got picked 😁 1y
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wanderlustforwords
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1- 35 The least amount of reading I‘ve had in many years. More work = less reading 😭
2- No goal- nice and easy, enjoyment over volume
3- The Love Song of Miss Queenie Hennessy by Rachel Joyce
4- I‘m not a book release girl 😁

Sophoclessweetheart I‘m glad I‘m not the only one that isn‘t bothered about new releases. It took me a while to think of just one to use for this 😹😹 2y
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wanderlustforwords
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I just came across this photo that I took in Hawaii in January. Heavy sigh PS- It‘s one of my top books of the year too! #book #hawaii #beach #sunset

SassyBookworm Beautiful!!! 2y
Eyelit 😎 2y
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wanderlustforwords @Chrysta23 Thank Chrysta! 2y
wanderlustforwords @Eyelit 📖🏝🌅😍 2y
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks
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I‘m so blessed to have so many awesome friends!! Thank you so much @Kaye for the postcards, sweet card and book!! I still think those postcards will show up!! I really feel bad that you sent yours!! We will make it up to you!! ❤️ And thanks everyone for the cool postcards!! I love them!!

Kaye Now look how fast those came ! I‘m so glad they got there so you finally get to have them. ❤️ Aren‘t they so pretty ? (edited) 2y
Mdargusch Once again- another great photo! I‘m so glad you finally got your postcards! I‘ve been following the saga of the missing ones. 2y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Kaye they are beautiful!!! 💕❤️📚💗 thank you so much!! 2y
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Mdargusch thank you!!! IKR!! Where could they be?!?! 🤷🏼‍♀️ 2y
AmyG I once got a wedding invitation 2 or so years after the wedding. It had footprints on the envelope, so my guess is it fell on a floor in the post office? Your postcards may eventually find you! 2y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @AmyG I card a get well soon card from someone recently and she had maillot 3 weeks before I had received it!! 🙃 2y
vkois88 Beautiful!!! 2y
Andrew65 Yey! You now have Harold Fry and it‘s Partner book 2y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @vkois88 thank you!!! 💚💚 2y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Andrew65 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻🙌🏻🙌🏻🙌🏻 2y
vkois88 😘😘😘 2y
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wanderinglynn
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All the feels! A beautiful follow-up to Harold Fry. (I finished while at the dog run with Dexter.)

This story reminded me of a movie I recently watched called “Irreplaceable You.” Both the movie & this book deal with people who have terminal illnesses and how they face their death. Both are beautiful, touching stories.

And this marks a total of about 4 hrs for the #25inFive. (I‘m really bad about tracking time, so that‘s a guesstimate.)

Andrew65 That‘s a good time! I love these two books. Still not sure which one I loved best, both so wonderful in their own ways. (edited) 2y
wanderinglynn @Andrew65 Agree. I couldn‘t choose one over the other. 2y
JoyNorstrom Oh gosh! I LOVED these two books!! 2y
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wanderinglynn
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Thanks for doing this #bdmonthgiveaway @erzascarletbookgasm and Happy, happy birthday!!! 🎁🎉🎂

My favorite read so far this year is The Love Song of Miss Queenie Hennessy. I‘m almost done with it, and I‘ve thoroughly enjoyed reading it!

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wanderinglynn
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My first post #Litsyapocalypse post! We survived!!! Thank goodness for books!

I‘m very much enjoying this book. “... as if she were waiting for people to lift their faces & realize that she had one of those as well.”

But I now wish I had The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry nearby because it‘s been a while since I‘ve read it, and I‘d like to refresh my memory on some parts.

Sophoclessweetheart 💛💛💛 2y
AmyG I kept checking to see if it was back...and voila! 🎉🎉 2y
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wanderinglynn
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My first post #Litsyapocalypse post! We survived!!! Thank goodness for books!

I‘m very much enjoying this book. But I now wish I had The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry nearby because it‘s been a while since I‘ve read it, and I‘d like to refresh my memory on some parts.

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wanderinglynn
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Happy Bookurday! New reads came in the mail today + my Emperor‘s New Groove “No touchy” tee. I can‘t wait to wear it! 😂

JoScho Love this!! 2y
StephanieGeiser I love that t-shirt!! 2y
DiruVamp Love the shirt! 2y
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wanderinglynn @StephanieGeiser & @DiruVamp I couldn‘t resist! As an introvert, it spoke to me. It should be my motto. Plus I love that movie! 2y
TNbookworm Great T shirt👍 2y
wanderinglynn Thanks @TNbookworm! (P.S. I‘m from TN, near Knoxville!) 2y
TNbookworm @wanderinglynn Awesome! I live near Chattanooga☺ 2y
somebooksaround That shirt is everything 2y
wanderinglynn @TNbookworm Chattanooga is a great city! My nephew is at UTC. 😀 2y
Jadams1776 That shirt!!!! 2y
staci.reads Love that movie! 2y
wanderinglynn @staci.reads Me too! 2y
wanderinglynn @Jadams1776 thanks! 😀 2y
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wanderlustforwords
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Another great story by Rachel Joyce, out her work so far her newest novel The Music Shop is the only one I haven‘t liked, it didn‘t have her magic- it felt flat. I like TLOQH even better than I liked The Unlikely Pilgrimage Of Harold Fry! Joyce‘s enchantment of quirky lovable characters, messy real human lives, serious topics handled in a silly/funny manner and great stories shines in TLOQH! I HIGHLY recommend! Read Harold Fry first. 😁

Kaye Looking forward to it. 2y
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Lizpixie
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The final #BookMail from Goldsboro was my free book which turned out to be the best one! It‘s a slipcovered, numbered & signed copy of Rachel Joyce‘s follow up novel to The Unlikely Pilgrimage Of Harold Fry, The Love Song Of Miss Queenie Hennessy. She def loves a long title. Such a beautiful book, the top 2 are the front & back of the slipcover, the bottom of the actual book. The only place the name is is on the spine. I love it!💕

MrBook Oooh! 2y
MrBook I emailed you. 👍🏻 2y
DebinHawaii That is gorgeous! ❤️ 2y
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Libby1 I loved this one! 2y
Cinfhen Beautiful ❤️ 2y
Mdargusch Beautiful! 2y
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Andrew65
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#allthebooksof2017 #beautifullywrittenbook I loved the very feel of this book and it‘s Partner but more welll known book The Unlikely Pilgrimage Of Harold Fry. If you haven‘t read them you need to. Books that I went in without great expectations and was blown away..

Libby1 I adored this one, @Andrew65 . I agree with your review completely! 2y
Cathythoughts Sounds really good. Loving the cover ❤️ 2y
Andrew65 @Libby1 Thanks 😊 They are great books. 2y
Andrew65 @Cathythoughts You will definitely enjoy them. 2y
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Jas16
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I appear to a #believer in the one book for you, two for me method of shopping. I did some shopping last night for a couple of packages I am working on and left with more books for me than I purchased for others. Since they will end up in future packages to my sister I don‘t feel too bad. #decdays

Cinfhen Im not a math person either but it all seems to add up!!! 2y
Foragingfantasy Guernsey is one of my very favorites!!! And I just read Rosie and completely enjoyed it! 2y
Libby1 Great choices - all of them! 2y
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Andrew65
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This is the follow-up book to The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry, and I loved both of them this year. Beautiful writing and a beautiful story, if at times quite sad. #bestsequelyouread #allthebooksof2017

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Libby1
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#YESvember17
#Beautiful

It is now 2 November where I live so I‘m pondering which book to choose when thinking of the word Beautiful.

This book is a companion to The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry. Both books would rank in my top 10 books I‘ve read in the last 10 years.

This one is so heartbreakingly beautiful I knew I must choose it.

Suet624 I loved both of these books as well. 2y
Andrew65 @Suet624 Me too! 2y
Libby1 You are obviously people with excellent taste, @Suet624 and @andrew65 😌. 2y
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erzascarletbookgasm These two are still on my TBR 😬 2y
Libby1 @erzascarletbookgasm - you are in for a treat. 😃 2y
Oryx I need to read these. I have the second but not the first, but I've not got round to getting the first one yet. 2y
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Equinm
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What a lovely, lovely book! This is the parallel story to The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry - told through a series of letters from Queenie as she struggles during her time in hospice. My heart just ached for the MC as she pushed herself in her own journey toward Harold. I would recommend reading these two books close together for full emotional impact. All the stars!!

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literaery-me
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God, if I thought Harold Fry *destroyed* me ... I don't know how to even begin describing what Queenie did to me 😭

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NatalieW
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I happened upon this novel in our lovely book shop on a sad day. I was looking for a chicken soup sort of book. Remembering the warmth of The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry, I chose this and found it just as soothing and nurturing as I'd hoped. Not an action blockbuster. Not a laugh out loud riotous affair. But gentle and life affirming. Thank you Queenie.

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utopia.state.of.mind
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I absolutely loved the pilgrimage of harold fry, much more than I thought I would and knew I had to pick up this one. Anyone else??

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Andrew65
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A good month!
The Rachel Joyce book was the big surprise for me, loved this book!

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Andrew65
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How do I describe this book - beautiful, poignant, sad, happy, entertaining, funny, thought provoking & a great reading experience. It is all these things & more. This book should be read and do read it alongside it's companion book, The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry. As the author says at the end it is not a prequel or a sequel but a companion. I am so glad I chose to read these two books, and am sad to have to say goodbye to the characters!

Yeah_I_Read I loved the unlikely pilgrimage of Harold fry ❤️❤️ 3y
Andrew65 @Yeah_I_Read This one is just as good, if not better, in many ways. The ending had a lovely feel to it. 3y
Yeah_I_Read @Andrew65 I actually bought it at the dollar store 😳. It's on my tbr 😊 3y
Andrew65 @Yeah_I_Read Yey! 😊 3y
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Andrew65

'Things don‘t so much end as disappear. They don‘t so much begin as turn up. You think there will be a time to say goodbye, but people have often gone before you know about it. And I don‘t just mean the dying.'

Think this book is making me very introspective, but a wonderful read in so many ways.

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Andrew65

‘That‘s it, then,‘ said Finty. ‘It‘s a unanermous yes vote. From now on, no one dies. We‘re all waiting for Harold Fry.‘

Suet624 💕💕 3y
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Andrew65

‘We are nothing,‘ he said. ‘At root we know that we‘re nothing. So when we love, it is only to fool ourselves that we are something.‘

An interesting (!) viewpoint from Sartre.

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Andrew65

'Now, I know you think you look like a monster, but this is hardly a beauty pageant. Look at Barbara here. The Pearly King has a plastic arm, and I‘m carrying the contents of my bowel in my handbag. '

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Andrew65
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Started this book which is the sequel to the excellent 'The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry'. It will be very interesting to find out Queenie's story and to see events from her side. Think I will keep a tissue handy. 😢 Interestingly Goodreads gives this a higher rating than the first book, which was nominated for the Man Booker Prize.
This takes me to one of my favourite places, Berwick-Upon-Tweed with it's town walls, clock and seascape

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Andrew65

All journeys have secret destinations of which the traveller is unaware.

Martin Buber, The Legend of the Baal-Shem

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Reecaspieces
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The lovely smell of honeysuckle followed me all through my morning walk today! Love love love this time of year!

Laura317 Did you ever pull the stamens out and suck the honey from the flowers? 3y
Reecaspieces @Laura317 oh yes ma'am. I am a country girl! I cannot resist doing that now!! 😜 3y
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kyraleseberg
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We live "in the country" so imagine my excitement when a Dollar store opened less than 5 minutes from home!
And now imagine my astonishment that it's my new fave place to find books (that I've actually heard of and that are even on my TBR list!) This could be trouble. But they're only a $1 so... maybe not "serious" trouble. ?
???

Lacythebookworm I enjoyed Frog Music! Great deal! 😊 3y
kyraleseberg @Lacythebookworm I couldn't believe it when I saw this on the shelf! I'm looking forward to starting it soon ...once I reach the bottom of my current library stack! 😂 3y
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eclecticreading
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Ideally I would've re-read The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry first but this book grabbed my attention from the first page that I just kept reading. It's a beautiful book about life, death, love, guilt...I loved all the characters, especially Queenie; it was great to read from her perspective and the life she led. Highly recommended!

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Just a few of the "love" books that I have.....LOVED. #17booklove

BookishMarginalia Queenie! 💜 3y
Jaimelire Beat Slay Love 😂 3y
Suzze @Jaimelire A friend of mine was one of the authors (a collaborative effort). 3y
Suet624 Aww, Queenie. 3y
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Suet624
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I'm not sure what I'm trying to do to myself this weekend. After reading When Breath Becomes Air I move on to this one. I'm overwhelmed by the tenderness of this book, the humor, the sadness. Queenie waits in hospice for Harold Fry to make his way, walking, to her. I guess it's a weepy weekend for me. And even now, as I turn the page, there's a laugh-out-loud sentence. I'm all mixed up with feelings this weekend. 😂😊😭

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emilyesears
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The things Milo has to endure from her book-loving human....I'm enjoying this book so far, though it's not as hopeful as the first book (which makes sense seeing as the main character is dying).

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Derek
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Maike
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This one is about love from the sidelines. It is sweet and bitter. You will smile and ache, often on the same page. I really enjoyed reading Queenie's story, to get to know the person Harold Fry was walking for.

BookishMarginalia 💜💜💜 3y
Alena Didn't even know about his one. Thanks. 3y
the_alternate_ending_library Finally I'm getting to this one 💃 1y
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Maike

'Come on, Babs. Stick your eye back in.'

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Maike

'The last sentence began as a statement but had an identity crisis halfway and became a question.'

Oh I love her style 😊

Elisa Love this! 👏🏼👏🏼 3y
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LWagoner
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Incredible story- powerful companion to The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry. I have few words, just deep feeling. This story brings deep meaning to our journeys, forgiveness, love, strength & the power of setting things right. Powerful ending!

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LWagoner
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emilyesears Yeah, this line is wonderful!! 3y
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CarrieKitz

Love, love, loved this. I had no idea it existed until my local librarian and I had a conversation about British lit.

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