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Recently retired, sweet, emotionally numb Harold Fry is jolted out of his passivity by a letter from Queenie Hennessy, an old friend, who he hasn't heard from in twenty years. She has written to say she is in hospice and wanted to say goodbye. Leaving his tense, bitter wife Maureen to her chores, Harold intends a quick walk to the corner mailbox to post his reply but instead, inspired by a chance encounter, he becomes convinced he must deliver his message in person to Queenie--who is 600 miles away--because as long as he keeps walking, Harold believes that Queenie will not die. So without hiking boots, rain gear, map or cell phone, one of the most endearing characters in current fiction begins his unlikely pilgrimage across the English countryside. Along the way, strangers stir up memories--flashbacks, often painful, from when his marriage was filled with promise and then not, of his inadequacy as a father, and of his shortcomings as a husband. Ironically, his wife Maureen, shocked by her husband's sudden absence, begins to long for his presence. Is it possible for Harold and Maureen to bridge the distance between them? And will Queenie be alive to see Harold arrive at her door?

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The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry
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Loved! Loved! Loved!!
October 31st, 2014
Oh my goodness!! I am usually not a fan of anything that makes me cry, but I will make this an exception. I will not tell you if they were tears of joy or tears of sadness. But for the last 20 pages I had a Kleenex in my hand. I loved this book. It was such an emotional, thought-provoking story and you should definitely start reading it right now! :)
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The unlikely pilgrimage of harold fr
October 6th, 2014
Very enjoyable. All throughout you were anticipating the conclusion that was well developed. Many surprises too. Heart warming and one to recommend.
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Excellent read - really enjoyed
August 8th, 2014
I enjoyed this book very much. I feel very drawn to the idea of stripping life down to its bare essentials and having time to reflect. Not enough of this in everyday life. I am also a big believer in second chances. I found a lot in this book tg at drew me in and made me think.
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January 26th, 2014
Loved this book! Worth the read!!
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January 25th, 2014
This is one of the most touching books I have read in a very long time. It is a roller coaster of emotion as Harold makes his journey which touches the lives of so many other people along the way. It made me laugh, it made me cry. Just when I thought there was nothing else to reveal another big secret was revealed! Truly un-put-down-able and a delight from beginning to end.
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January 24th, 2014
I couldn't put this book down. A poignant story of an elderly man who acts out on a whim and follows a curious note from a friend. The characters are very real and I am sure many readers will empathize with Harold on his journey.
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January 24th, 2014
Very nice heartwarming story. I really enjoyed this book and highly recommend it. Lots of interesting characters and interesting situations. Best book I've read in a while and I was sorry when it ended!
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January 24th, 2014
Beautifully written yet very easy to read. It was so touching that it was heart aching.
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January 23rd, 2014
I am almost finished this book.. Started out slow but is really very good! Harold discovers he is not a wimp or a pushover. He has convictions and feelings. He reflects on his life and realizes why things went wrong and remembers wonderful memories! Can't wait to read Racheal Joyce's next book!
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January 23rd, 2014
A friend had been recommending this book for a while and I finally read it!! What a lovely read ....you couldn't help but root for Harold and his pilgrimage. I couldn't wait to read it when I had a spare minute and finished quickly.... missing Harold when I was done. As someone noted " not a compelling read" but it certainly was a "feel good read". Highly recommend this book: thoughtful and poignant with the display of courage and determination.
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January 22nd, 2014
It's hard not to like humble, generous, loving Harold, the unlikely, elderly hero of this unlikely journey to deliver a letter to an old friend, Queenie, dying of cancer. Reminiscent of a road movie, this book has many of that film genre's traits-encounters with odd strangers, unusual incidents, humour and, of course, a journey that is also a journey of self-discovery for both Harold and his, at first, unsympathetic wife, Maureen. This is a novel that is easy to read and easy to like. One could easily imagine Judy Dench and Derek Jacobi in the lead roles.
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January 22nd, 2014
Rachel Joyce writes with sensibility about heavy subjects, as life, death and relationships. The narrative is so full of meaning and poetry, however, it demands a certain amount of time to be completely appreciate. Be prepared to read and think about your own life.
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January 22nd, 2014
A pleasant little book about an ordinary man. It was enjoyable and inspiring in parts but also quite depressing.
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A moving transformation
December 27th, 2013
This story was a moving transformation of life, love, and relationships. Harold's perseverance was inspiration to all of us to keep plugging along. Excellent book!
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November 19th, 2013
Wow! As Harold Fry was going through his pilgrimage, I felt like I was right there with him. An excellent book.
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November 9th, 2013
Really enjoyed this book. You can't help but cheer for Harold in spite of the absurdity of his voyage.
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October 10th, 2013
This story got me right from Chapter one . Who was this seemly boring person and why was he walking - I kept trying to guess and was always wrong - it made me laugh and cry and his story and his determination and drive to complete his journey and finally the meeting .
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October 7th, 2013
This book rocketed straight to the top of my all-time-favourites list! I was moved through all emotions by each and every incredibly well-developed character as well as the imagery in the story. There is no possible way you could read this book and not enjoy it!
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October 5th, 2013
Some serious twists and turns, your heart melts at his pain. Reminded my of a combination of Forrest Gump and the 100-year old man. Was an excellent book, the end stole my heart away
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October 5th, 2013
This was a surprise! Starting a little slow and somewhat awkwardly, it pulled me in. Harold's seeming simplicity and confusion with life evolved into a,strength of character that surprises even him.this book caused in me the same introspection that Harold was going through as he walked to Queenie. A few surprises along the way added delight. I loved this book
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