Pilgrimage of Harold Fry

The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry book coverReview by Lois Plale

The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry
by Rachel Joyce

Harold Fry, who is retired and lives a very quiet life with his wife, receives a letter from Queenie Hennessy – a woman he has not seen or heard from in 20 years. She is dying and is writing from a hospice to tell him good-bye. Harold writes back to her and on his way to the mailbox to mail his letter, he has a brief conversation with a young lady whose words convince him that, instead of mailing Queenie the letter, he needed to go see her in person. He decides right then and there to start walking the 600 miles to the hospice. Along the way, Harold meets several fascinating characters and has some interesting adventures, all of which help him to sort out his thoughts and slowly reveal the true reasons he made this pilgrimage. This book is well-told and will make you both laugh and cry.

I enjoy reading books with unusual plots and this one caught my attention because of the cross-country walk across England – something I would love to do. This book has so much heart and is such an enjoyable read.

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About the reviewer: Lois Plale has been with the circulation staff at Tredyffrin Public Library since early 2015. You can visit her at the adult circulation desk upstairs or in our children’s department.