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The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry
The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry: A Novel | Rachel Joyce
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER LONGLISTED FOR THE MAN BOOKER PRIZE NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BYTHE WASHINGTON POST[Rachel] Joyces beguiling debut is [a] modest-seeming story of ordinary English lives that enthralls and moves you as it unfolds.People (four stars) Meet Harold Fry, recently retired. He lives in a small English village with his wife, Maureen, who seems irritated by almost everything he does. Little differentiates one day from the next. Then one morning a letter arrives, addressed to Harold in a shaky scrawl, from a woman he hasnt heard from in twenty years. Queenie Hennessy is in hospice and is writing to say goodbye. But before Harold mails off a quick reply, a chance encounter convinces him that he absolutely must deliver his message to Queenie in person. In his yachting shoes and light coat, Harold Fry embarks on an urgent quest. Determined to walk six hundred miles to the hospice, Harold believes that as long as he walks, Queenie will live. A novel of charm, humor, and profound insight into the thoughts and feelings we all bury deep within our hearts, The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry introduces Rachel Joyce as a wiseand utterly irresistiblestoryteller. Praise for The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry[A] gorgeously poignant novel of hope and transformation.O: The Oprah Magazine A cause for celebration . . . [Joyce] has a lovely sense of the possibilities of redemption. In this bravely unpretentious and unsentimental take, shes cleared space where miracles are still possible.Ron Charles, The Washington Post 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 TimesLook for special features inside.Join the Random House ReadersCircle for author chats and more.From the Trade Paperback edition.
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Jenken1998
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This has been on my TBR list forever. Sweet story about a recently retired man who walks to the post box one day to mail a letter to a sick friend and just keeps walking. He decides if he hand delivers his letter his friend will survive. Along the way he intermally works through grief, regrets and misguided assumptions and through a cast of characters he encounters. It was a slow read but i enjoyed it enough to give it 👟👟👟👟

Crazeedi Great story, I loved it too 4w
Coleen_Nieto Love! 4w
JenDR Read it earlier this year, enjoyed it. 3w
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thewallflower0707

I feel like this book fell a bit short, around 70% I was starting to get bored but the ending was very emotional (I cried). Not as good as A Man Called Ove though!

#review #read #travel

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Jenken1998 Im reading this right now. Im 1/2 through. Its just ok for me also 1mo
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xicanti
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Little Free Library sighting!

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Librarybelle
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Harold Fry is not the spontaneous type. But, one day, when mailing out a letter to an old friend, he decides he wants to hand deliver the letter. Thus begins his hundreds of miles journey in England, wearing a pair of yachting shoes and a light jacket. Along the way, he meets extraordinary people and learns things about life. This is a fun, warm novel that takes the act of doing #SomethingGood to a whole new level. #Ayupaugust

squirrelbrain I loved this one - it was so much more than I expected! ♥️ 2mo
Cinfhen Great choice 👍🏻😁❤️ 2mo
Crazeedi ❤ this one! 2mo
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La_Cori
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OriginalCyn620 👌🏻📚❤️ 3mo
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Come-read-with-me
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Pickpick

This is a love story, not a romance, and allows the reader to look at how relationships evolve over the course of a lifetime. It reminds you that the minutia of daily life can make you forget why you fell in love with someone. This book helps to remind you what things should be valued in life. At least that was my take away.

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NovelNancy
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Harold Fry appears to be a fragile old man, yet simply by being himself he inspires others. He reviews his life seeing many errors and remembering simple joys. Stepping out of his daily life, he realizes what most matters. Like his unplanned foot journey from the south coast to the north coast of England, the plot takes unexpected detours where quirky characters join and drop out along the way.

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Erin.Elizabeth10
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Loved this one! It was the perfect mix of a humorous story with deep themes and thought-provoking characters. It was our latest book club pick, and I would definitely recommend it!

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Andrew65
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Harold Fry was certainly prepared to walk a long way to try and see Miss Queenie Hennessy before she died.
A wonderful book!
#HowFarIllGo #MayMovieMagic

Kaila-ann Very cute book. The counterpart was good as well 5mo
Andrew65 @Kaila-ann Yes, I loved both of them. 5mo
Cinfhen So sweet🥰 5mo
rohit-sawant 💜💜 5mo
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Kdgordon88
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Harold walks to the mail box to send a letter to a dying friend and then decides he must walk to see her. It is a #long&windingroad full of colorful characters. @Eggs #beatlemaynia

Eggs Gotta love a good pilgrimage! 6mo
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cobwebmoth
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#takethelongwayhome made me think of Harold's journey. Such an emotional book!
#AnglophileApril @Cinfhen @emilyhaldi @Reviewsbylola @Mdargusch

Cinfhen Good one!!! This was a sweet read 6mo
Libby1 This is one of my favourite books of all time. ❤️ 6mo
squirrelbrain I loved this one! ❤️ 6mo
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Mdargusch I need to stack with 3 positive comments already! 6mo
Andrew65 I thought of this one too. A great book. And yes @Mdargusch you do. 👍 6mo
Reviewsbylola I don‘t think I‘ve ever heard of this one but it looks very popular! 6mo
emilyhaldi I‘ve heard good things about this one 6mo
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Kaila-ann
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Quiet Saturday spent reading. Not exactly sure what I expected from this book but I enjoyed it regardless. I‘m not one of those people that figured out the ending so there was a plot point that totally didn‘t see coming. This book was heavier and yet more relatable than I initially imagined. Overall, a good story for me.

2019 page goal: YTD: 15,421/30,000 = 51.4%

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Kaila-ann
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Started this one this morning. #quotes #quoteable

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Kaila-ann
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Yay for #bookcrossing and #bookmail ! The tagged title was sent from the UK, how cool is that!!

Moony I 💕 bookcrossing too ;) 6mo
Kaila-ann @Moony ❤️❤️ 6mo
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BestDogDad
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Pickpick

I'm glad I didn't read reviews of this book before I listened to it. I expected a whimsical story about a funny little English fellow strolling through the countryside going from one caper to the next. What I experienced, rather, was a wonderfully poignant story about a common man on a quest to deliver a message to his dying friend, Queenie. I was drawn in further and further as I listened on, and the ending for me was just beautifully perfect.

Suet624 💕💕💕 6mo
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BestDogDad
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My last quote from this book. The tone and writing really registered with me. Review forthcoming.

Suet624 Such a lovely story. Great quote too. 7mo
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BestDogDad
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Another sad quote. I was an expecting a whimsical adventure but instead got something poignant and touching.

Suet624 Agree. Same thing happened with me. 7mo
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BestDogDad
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So much good melancholia in this book. I‘m just loving it.

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BestDogDad
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Sounds about right.

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APLitlife
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Pickpick

Such a sweet story.

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Andrew65
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Harold took on a lonely pilgrimage with little pre-thought and planning. Love this book! 😍
#MusicalNewYear #BoulevardOfBrokenDreams

Cinfhen Nice choice!!!! 9mo
Crazeedi Great great book, one of my few 5 stars! 9mo
Kaye Loved this book so much ! 9mo
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KarenUK Oh I loved Harold.... so touching 💕 9mo
Andrew65 @Crazeedi I Totally was blown away by this book and also loved the partner book. @kaye @KarenUK 9mo
Kaye Gotta read the Queenie book. 9mo
Andrew65 @kaye Be ready for more tears 😭 9mo
vivastory Great choice! 9mo
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Nidhi_Ashok
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Mehso-so

A stubborn old man trying to prove something. Hey but that‘s the spirit I hope to have at that age. Addresses lovely relationships like love and friendship over the ages. An insight into how a little hope and faith and strong belief can make a huge difference. I struggled to finish it though. Not a page turner for me. But glad I did finish it. Sounds like I am an optimist. Blah! It‘s good to be at times!!

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TheHungryBookworms
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I most confess that when I started this book I was a bit hesitant to it.This was a second chance for him, a way for him to fix his wrongs from his past. This was a deep and sad journey but a beautiful one all together. And my favorite part was how Harold and Maureen found their way back to each other. I‘m glad I pushed my self to finish, other wise I would of missed a beautiful well written story.

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TheHungryBookworms
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I‘m reading this in the bus on my way to work and let me tell you I got to this part were I thought all it was lost and I almost cried. His journey is getting so deep now. I‘m understanding a lot of things now also. — reading The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry.

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Deborah42
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Harold Fry is trudging through life, disconnected from his wife and son. One day, he gets a letter from a former co-worker who is dying. He jots off a reply and heads to the mailbox. A random encounter convinces him to hand-deliver his note instead, with the hope that Queenie will live as long as he keeps walking.

Harold‘s walk gives him space to find human connection and to come to terms with his past. For fans of Ove or Eleanor Oliphant.

Pogue This book was so cute. 10mo
Deborah42 @Pogue My mom recommended it to me months ago. I‘m so glad I finally got around to it. 10mo
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Andrew65
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The tagged book. 😍
Nicola Upson, writer of the Josephine Tey Historical Mystery Series
Uncle Buck
Upside Down Cake
#LetterU #ManicMonday

JoScho Man I love Uncle Buck! 10mo
Andrew65 @JoScho He was a great actor and comedian, left us far too young! A wonderful film! 10mo
JoScho @Andrew65 agreed. Also love The Great Outdoors and Summer Rental. 10mo
Andrew65 @JoScho All good films. 👍 10mo
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TheHungryBookworms
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BookishMarginalia Loved this one! 10mo
TheHungryBookworms I‘m trying to figure it out still. Not sure yet if I like or not. 10mo
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SilversReviews
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#FallintoReading
@AlwaysBeenALoverOfBooks
@Vkois88

Today‘s Prompt: Reflection

Who would think that taking a 500-mile walk would bring all one's emotions to a head and invite self-reflection as well as regret?

The book is also a tribute to the decency of the human race for their concern and their support of a cause a fellow human being believed in. This book is also an inspiring emotional ride.

https://bit.ly/2qm3UH4

Have you read it?

Kaye Excellent book 11mo
Librarybelle Great book! 11mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I have this one and need to get to it!! 11mo
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SilversReviews @Librarybelle 😍It was. 11mo
SilversReviews @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 😍Enjoy when you read it. 11mo
vkois88 Sounds good 11mo
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nu-bibliophile
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Been a stressful day so gonna unwind and start this one 📖🍵

Readergrrl This is one of my favorite books!!! 12mo
nu-bibliophile @Readergrrl It was recommended to me by a friend and I was able to get it as a free book in Thriftbooks! 12mo
Samplergal Loved it. 12mo
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Andrew65
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I love this book ❤️❤️❤️❤️ and it is available for only 99p at the moment in the U.K. Talk about a snip!

If you have not read this book you simply have to! You won‘t be sorry. It would definitely make a lifetime favourites list. 😍😍😍

Oryx I just bought a charity shop copy of this, and I think I'm going to bump it up my tbr based on your recommendation. 12mo
Andrew65 @Oryx I loved it, Harold is an interesting character. Hope you enjoy it. 👍 12mo
Samplergal It‘s so good! 12mo
Crazeedi Very good read! 12mo
Andrew65 @Samplergal @Crazeedi Didn‘t think I‘d be alone in thinking this. 12mo
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JanuarieTimewalker13
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Loved Harold. At first I was reminded of Jersey‘s own Peace Pilgrim, a woman who walked all around the country with little on her person, she relied on the kindness of others. This was a walk of redemption, of healing and love. Poignant.

RedLeaves Really loved this, have you read The Love Song of Miss Queenie Hennessy? I bought them together but have never felt emotionally ready to read Queenie! 😂 13mo
JanuarieTimewalker13 @RedLeaves Omg!!! This is exactly how I‘m feeling!! I just read some reviews and My library has the book, but I‘m torn. Sad books cut into me like a knife, so I‘m a bit unsure I‘m ready for it. I have a buddy read of Evelyn Hugo coming up, and then Salem‘s Lot, so maybe after that 13mo
JanuarieTimewalker13 @RedLeaves How long ago did you read Harold? 13mo
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RedLeaves Oooh I really want to read Salem's Lot too!! I read Harold about a year ago, I keep approaching Queenie on my book shelf and then opting for something I won't have to recover from! 🤦🏻‍♀️😂 13mo
JanuarieTimewalker13 @RedLeaves We‘re starting Salem‘s Lot on Halloween👻she‘s not on Litsy, but you‘re welcome to buddy read with us!! I‘m a slow reader, just a head‘s up!🎃 (edited) 13mo
JanuarieTimewalker13 @RedLeaves I actually started Salem‘s Lot today (I couldn‘t wait till Halloween, which is very un-buddy read of me, lol, hopefully my friend will get book tomorrow). It‘s really good thus far!! Just wanted to let you know! (edited) 12mo
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Bevita
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Charming story of an older man who walks across England to see a dying ex-coworker. Along the way he (and his wife) come to terms with their son‘s death, their relationship and themselves. Lovely and memorable.

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trioxin_sematary
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This story features a man leaving home to travel somewhere he‘s never been, meet many new people, and overcome physical and mental hardship to reach his destination before returning home changed.

Forgot I had this book until I saw it posted yesterday, so...here, doesn't it sound like a great story?

I'm going to make a dent in my tbr before getting to it though, wish I had more reading time tbh but...werk! 🙄

jessinikkip I have that on my TBR shelf as well!! 14mo
MStew I have this too!!! 😍😗 14mo
Kalalalatja I loved this! 14mo
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AnneCecilie I love this novel 14mo
Maike I loved it 😊 14mo
JoScho Work is the worst! Always messing up my reading time. 14mo
Andrew65 Loved this book! 14mo
Bookishthoughts Great book! 14mo
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JennyM
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22| #ABBAInAugust

I bet, Harold Fry, you had a #HoleInYourSoul from all that walking! 👞 👞

Reviewsbylola This sounds charming. 14mo
Mrsann2000 Loved this book! 14mo
Cinfhen 🤣😂🤣🤣😂🤣well played 14mo
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Cathythoughts Very good 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 14mo
Mdargusch I love your thinking outside the box! 📦 14mo
dfieb I adore this book. 14mo
emilyhaldi I‘ve heard good things about this book 14mo
Meredith3 👍🏻 14mo
erank58 I've been dying to pick this one up since reading The Music Shop -- of you like her writing, I would totally reccomend that one too! 14mo
JennyM @erank58 I read the music shop and also enjoyed it. I liked Harold Fry the best - hope you enjoy it when you get to it xx 14mo
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Texreader
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I took my mom to HPB for her birthday this week. She got ten books (not pictured). I got a few too (pictured). 😛

RavenLovelyReads That‘s a great looking stack! 👍🏻 1y
KathyWheeler Loved Mudbound. 1y
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Texreader @RavenLovelyReads I feel so lucky finding so many top picks! 1y
Texreader @Andrew65 I‘m so glad to hear that! 1y
Texreader @KathyWheeler It looks very good and very unique. 1y
KathyWheeler @Texreader it was made into a movie too. I haven‘t seen it yet, though. 1y
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GatheringBooks
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#QuotsyAug18 Day 7: When a #fresh start isn‘t so #fresh after all. 😂😢🤣

Suet624 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼 1y
Kaye Gosh I loved that book. 1y
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MelissaSue81
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I think I‘m maybe a sucker for sappy books. This story was so sweet, with lots of emotion. There were two things that I didn‘t love that kept this from being a 5 Star book but definitely a good read

Bookishthoughts I loved this book.😊 1y
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MelissaSue81
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Next Up. I‘m excited for this one. Hope it doesn‘t disappoint.

Samplergal It was lovely. 1y
Readergrrl Gosh, I love that book! 1y
MelissaS It was a good sweet story! I hope you enjoy it 1y
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Readergrrl I‘ve read the actual paper book and additionally listened to it on Audible. Jim Broadbent (great actor) narrates. Lovely version! 1y
Kaye EXCELLENT 1y
La_Cori it's one of my favourite of all time.. Hope you like it! 1y
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AngieAvers
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The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce - 3.5*

This was recommended to me because I enjoyed The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper by Phaedra Patrick, and Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman. This book is about a journey, but it is also about cancer. I don't like to read fictional books about subjects like cancer. You'll note that I didn't rate this book high or low.

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Samplergal
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It was a slow starter for me but I ended up really liking it. Well written, about a life that took a horrible detour and eventually came to be redeemed. I see what the fuss was about.

KarenUK I just loved Harold... he broke my heart.. 💕 1y
Kaye Love this book. 1y
keys_on_fire Just purchased this today. Glad to know you liked it! 1y
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Samplergal @Kaye How are you feeling? 1y
Samplergal @keys_on_fire I did! It‘s not what I expected, pleasantly so. 1y
Kaye Doing ok. Really tired. I‘ve done nothing but lay on the couch yakking on Litsy today. My legs are still shaky, but I‘ll get better. Thank you for asking. 💕 1y
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Samplergal
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While on my audiowalk this am in the park, this momma and poppa were out guarding their nest. In the park I walk in, there are five families just like these. Enjoying my walks with Harold Fry.

knittedgnome Ahhh!!! That's so exciting!! 1y
CaitlinR Burrowing Owls? How great you can see them. 1y
Samplergal @CaitlinR I know nothing about them except they are here. The park has their nests all roped off to keep us hoomans out. They are adorable. But daddy wasn‘t too happy I was as close as I was. He shooed me off right after this picture. 1y
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Daisydo
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I‘m really enjoying this. I love books that start with a map!

ninergrl6 I ❤️ maps in books! 1y
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Readergrrl
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Look at what I received in the post today!!! Thank you @cherinium so, so much for the Budweiser Clydesdales treats!! I do love horses and every fall we see these beauties at the Big E (Eastern States Exposition)!! This book swap was lots of fun! It was fascinating to read other people‘s selections!! In fact, I‘m still at it!! Will be done soon!! #LMPBC #litsy

RadicalReader @Readergrrl I love the book in the top corner 1y
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cherinium
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@Readergrrl , your package goes out tomorrow!
#lmpbc

Readergrrl Thank you!!! 1y
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KB253
Panpan

I just couldn't get into it. It sounds comical---a guy walks to see an old friend, an old guy, on a whim no less. Might make a better movie with Ted Danson and Joy Behar.

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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks
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#Milesbetweenus
#AdelesMayMashup
🚶🏻‍♂️👟👠

GripLitGrl Great 📷!💕 1y
Lcsmcat Love your shoes! 1y
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Lcsmcat thank you!! 💗💗 1y
vkois88 Sounds like a good one! Now that I can finally get on the app to look at things and actually comment 😑 It cut me off last night and I couldn't get back in 1y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @vkois88 hopefully the issues are fixed!!! 1y
vkois88 It's still lagging and won't let me see everyone's TBR 1y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @vkois88 really? Mine is working fine so far? 1y
vkois88 I'm still really spotty. I logged out and back in. It let's me see/do some things, but not everything. It's why I haven't really been on much. I'm trying to play catch up and failing. 😑 I have a spotty signal now while on break at work, so I'm attempting to see some things I couldn't earlier 1y
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cherinium
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Saccharine-sweet, highly quotable and full of life truths. I was not overcome by emotion, as many readers have been with this book, but that's probably more a testament to my cold heart than anything. For me, this book is between a "pick" and a "so-so." I have rounded up. Thanks, @Readergrrl for sharing this book for #lmpbc! @cobwebmoth

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cherinium
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It's a lovely evening to sit out on the porch and get into my May #lmpbc selection with a tasty glass of peach iced tea and the singing birds. 🐦🐥🌸🌤📖
@Readergrrl @cobwebmoth

Readergrrl Oh, my lovely Harold! What a journey you‘ve had! 1y
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Crazeedi
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This book was definitely worth the read. Harold went on a journey and found himself. His wife maureen learned many things while he was away too. Recommend