My daughter and I just finished reading The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce. I read it a few years ago after a friend recommended it. I enjoyed it, I don’t think I expected to. I usually give the kids several book choices, I was surprised that Anastasia chose this one. Rereading this book, I remembered how much I enjoyed it.
Harold, recently retired and seemingly very bored in his life and marriage, receives a letter from a former work colleague/friend, Queenie Hennessy, who is dying of cancer. Instead of simply writing her back, he decides to bring the letter to her himself. And so begins the “unlikely pilgrimage” There are numerous encounters with other interesting characters along the way. There are flashbacks to his life with his wife and son, his childhood and work trips with Queenie. A normal guy with a somewhat normal life and his story resonates with everyone. By walking, he is able to come to terms with his life, his childhood, his working life, and the ups and downs of his 47 year marriage. It is a beautiful story of a normal life.
Happy Reading, 📚💕📚