In this poignant parallel story to Harold’s saga, acclaimed author Rachel Joyce brings Queenie Hennessy’s voice into sharp focus. Setting pen to paper, Queenie makes a journey of her own, a journey that is even bigger than Harold’s; one word after another, she promises to confess long-buried truths—about her modest childhood, her studies at Oxford, the heartbreak that brought her to Kingsbridge and to loving Harold, her friendship with his son, the solace she has found in a garden by the sea. And, finally, the devastating secret she has kept from Harold for all these years.
Book Synopsis(via Amazon):
A wise, tender, layered novel that gathers tremendous emotional force, The Love Song of Miss Queenie Hennessy underscores the resilience of the human spirit, beautifully illuminating the small yet pivotal moments that can change a person’s life.
Full details of book here:
The Love Song of Miss Queenie Hennessy: A Novel
***Many thanks to Net Galley and Random House Publishing Group for the opportunity to receive this advanced reader's copy in exchange for an honest review.***
This insomniac's opinion:
Oh, how I adored The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by this same author. If you haven't read Harold, you must read it. As soon as possible.
This book is a companion of sorts to that novel, although we are following the story from an opposite viewpoint this time- that of Miss Queenie Hennessy, whom we were able to just begin to know in the last book. Queenie is in the final days of her life and waiting for Harold to complete his journey and come to her. She begins a journey of her own- with a paper and pen and a kindly nun at her side. A journey into her past and her connection with Harold.
I think that Ms. Joyce did a lovely job of slowly unraveling the mystery of the connection between Queenie and Harold, all while letting the reader fall in love with both Queenie and the other residences of the home for the dying.
The ending was a shock that sent me diving into my Kleenex box. You've been solidly warned to have tissues at the ready, Bookish Buddies!
Worth staying up all night to read?