The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry – by Rachel Joyce – independent book review – Fiction

I was lukewarm while reading the first third of this book. But by the time I was nearly finished, I didn’t want it to end. Awarded four stars on Goodreads.

haroldfryHarold Fry, a remote, inactive, retired British brewery worker receives a letter from a former co-worker who is in hospice care. He quickly writes a note back but feels it doesn’t adequately express his feelings. So, instead of dropping it in a mail slot, he begins walking it toward the hospice facility.

This launches his unintentional pilgrimage through England. The people he meets along the way, the attention he begins to receive, the memories that return — this becomes the essence of the book. As well as the unintended consequences this journey has on Harold’s left-behind and distant wife.

It’s a lovely exploration of life, love, faith, and human nature that will make you think about the way you are living your own life. Enjoy!

More about the Author Rachel Joyce. This bestselling book was her debut novel. Her sequel to Harold Fry, published in 2015, The Love Song of Miss Queenie Hennessytells the story of the co-worker Harold Fry follows to the hospice facility.

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