The Love Song of Miss Queenie Hennessy: A Novel

The Love Song of Miss Queenie Hennessy: A Novel Rachel Joyce
  • Title: The Love Song of Miss Queenie Hennessy: A Novel
  • Author: Rachel Joyce
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  • The Love Song of Miss Queenie Hennessy: A Novel Rachel Joyce The Love Song of Miss Queenie Hennessy A Novel From the bestselling author of The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry comes an exquisite love story about Queenie Hennessy the remarkable friend who inspired Harold s cross country journey A runaway i
    From the bestselling author of The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry comes an exquisite love story about Queenie Hennessy, the remarkable friend who inspired Harold s cross country journey A runaway international bestseller, The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry followed its unassuming hero on an incredible journey as he traveled the length of England on foot a journey sFrom the bestselling author of The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry comes an exquisite love story about Queenie Hennessy, the remarkable friend who inspired Harold s cross country journey.A runaway international bestseller, The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry followed its unassuming hero on an incredible journey as he traveled the length of England on foot a journey spurred by a simple letter from his old friend Queenie Hennessy, writing from a hospice to say goodbye Harold believed that as long as he kept walking, Queenie would live What he didn t know was that his decision to walk had caused her both alarm and fear How could she wait What would she say Forced to confront the past, Queenie realizes she must write again 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 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.Praise for The Love Song of Miss Queenie Hennessy If you enjoyed Harold s odyssey, you will adore this book A page into this tender tale and it is clearly the perfect companion piece to the original story of Harold Fry Rachel Joyce fleshes out the joyous woman who inspired his epic journey Daily Express A beautiful story which will grip you, make you laugh and cry, uplift your spirit and leave you feeling profoundly grateful and changed by the reading experience a wonderful book about loss, redemption and joy Daily Mail Touching a quiet, gentle, moving novel Joyce s writing has a simplicity that sings She captures hope best of all The Observer Praise for Rachel Joyce s The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry A gorgeously poignant novel of hope and transformation O The Oprah Magazine Joyce s beguiling debut is a modest seeming story of ordinary English lives that enthralls and moves you as it unfolds People four stars The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry is not just a book about lost love It is about all the wonderful everyday things Harold discovers through the mere process of putting one foot in front of the other Janet Maslin, The New York TimesFrom the Hardcover edition.
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    About Rachel Joyce


    1. Rachel Joyce has written over 20 original afternoon plays for BBC Radio 4, and major adaptations for both the Classic Series, Woman s Hour and also a TV drama adaptation for BBC 2 In 2007 she won the Tinniswood Award for best radio play She moved to writing after a twenty year career in theatre and television, performing leading roles for the RSC, the Royal National Theatre, The Royal Court, and Cheek by Jowl, winning a Time Out Best Actress award and the Sony Silver.


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    1. While I was reading The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry, I often wondered about who Queenie Hennessy really was and why Harold Fry would make a trek walking hundreds of miles to see her before she dies Rachel Joyce in this novel has answered all of the questions I had about Queenie and I now know that she was worth every mile that Harold walked and then some.Queenie is in a hospice spending her last days writing a letter to a man she worked with at a brewery in an English town At the same time [...]

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    2. In The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry , Harold believes that if he walks from his home on the South coast of England to where Queenie Hennessy is in a hospice on the North coast of England, he will be able to save her And there is a reason he wants to save her.In The Love Song of Miss Queenie Hennessy , Queenie is on her own pilgrimage while in the hospice She is reviewing her life, and particularly the years since she met Harold Fry at work he says in the stationary cabinet, while she says i [...]

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    3. I actually enjoyed this even than The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry At first I was not so sure because Queenie came across as a very insipid and needy person and I wondered how she was going to sustain a whole book But then the story moved into the hospice and up popped all these marvellous characters I ended up enjoying the parts of the story about the hospice much than the parts relating to her past life and Harold Fry The author achieved a remarkable balance between happy and sad and it [...]

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    4. As much as I loved The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry, I liked this one even Both of these books contain the stories of ordinary lives, made extraordinary because of the actions of the characters to connect with others Harold s story was his walking 600 miles to see Queenie before she died Queenie s story was about her wait for him in the hospice, to stay alive until he arrived Along the way, we get both their histories.Waiting with Queenie are the other dying patients at the hospice and the [...]

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    5. Not a Harold Fry prequel or sequel but a parallel story, told in Queenie s first person narration as an extended deathbed letter as she waits for Harold to arrive The humor tinged hardship of hospice life alternates with touching vignettes from her past Better than the original inventive, allusive and intimate.When I saw Joyce speak at the 2014 Hungerford Literary Festival, she mentioned that she wrote Harold Fry and Queenie Hennessy simultaneously, emphasizing the idea that these two character [...]

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    6. EXCERPT Your letter arrived this morning We were in the dayroom for morning activities Everyone was asleep.Sister Lucy, who is the youngest nun volunteering in the hospice, asked if anyone would like to help with her new jigsaw Nobody answered Scrabble she said.Nobody stirred How about Mousetrap said Sister Lucy That s a lovely game I was in a chair by the window Outside, the winter evergreens flapped and shivered One lone seagull balanced in the sky Hangman said Sister Lucy Anyone A patient nod [...]

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    7. This is my last read of 2015While Harold Fry is walking through England and Queenie is trying to hold on and wait till he arrives before she dies, she writes him a letter confessing secrets hidden for twenty years I liked reading Queenie s story and about her unrequited love for Harold I liked the interaction between her and David, Harold s son, though I don t think I d have been as generous as she was I loved reading about her sea garden The writing is beautiful, especially the description of t [...]

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    8. Wow This book really tugs at your heartstrings I highly recommend you read the book The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry BEFORE reading this I read that book 8 months ago and I now wished I had re read it before this one to refresh myself with the story I preferred the first story over this one and I found myself skimming pages to get through this one Other than that, this author really knows how to tell a great love story

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    9. What a wonderful companion piece to Joyce s The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry The timing of this novel is parallel to that earlier work and it tells of what is happening while Harold walks, the reason he walks, the present life of Queenie and their interlacing history It would be easy to say too much of the story, such as it is, and I do not want to do that Those who have read of Harold know that Queenie is dying, but here we learn of her living and of her life when she knew Harold and after [...]

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    10. There will be people who really like this Unfortunately, I am not one I found this novel comparable to one by Nicholas Sparks and, yet, he is extremely popular I found it to be so so The characters were cut out paper dolls and the story was just so slow and plodding For people who like this genre, I am sure it will be a good read This is a companion book to the Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry and tells the story of Miss Queenie, the woman Harold was on the journey to see Queenie is in a hospic [...]

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    11. After reading thousands of books in my lifetime, I just finished one of most profoundly written and memorable books ever.Perhaps I should have given thought to this review before writing it, but I had no idea how emotionally involved I had become with each of the characters in this story, until I was literally sobbing after closing the pages of this book.I read Ms Joyce s The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry, and immediately ordered a copy of The Love Song of Miss Queenie Hennessy So many book [...]

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    12. If only memory were a library with everything stored where it should be If only you could walk to the desk and say to the assistant, I d like to return the painful memories about and take out some happier ones, please The Lovesong of Miss Queenie Hennessy is the third novel by actress, radio playwright and author, Rachel Joyce, and is a companion volume to her first novel, The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry Queenie Hennessy is dying When she hears that Harold Fry is walking from Devon to Berw [...]

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    13. This is the sequel to The Unlikely Pilgrimage Of Harold Fry In the first book Harold is trekking cross country to visit Queenie Hennesey a former coworker in an English brewery after she sends him a letter from a hospice bidding him farewell In this one, we get the story from Queenie s side learning how she comes to write both the letter that starts his journey, and a confessional letter about her life to give to him as she awaits his arrival Both stories are full of life s lessons, happy and sa [...]

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    14. 3.5 sMiss Queenie Hennessy had lived for twenty years at her little seaside cottage since she had left Kingsbridge where Harold Fry lived Twenty years while she tended her beloved sea garden and thought daily of Harold and her deep love for him But Harold was married to Maureen, so Queenie s love had been one sided quiet and unattainable.But when Queenie s body was slowly taken over by cancer and she was no longer able to care for herself, she entered the nearby hospice where she would spend the [...]

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    15. Thank you so much to Random House and Netgalley for an opportunity to read an advance copy of The Love Song of Queenie Hennessy I had won a copy of Joyce s parallel book The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry through before it came out in 2012 I knew nothing about Joyce or her book, but was absolutely delighted by the quirky heart felt story And I enjoyed Joyce s new book just as much but for different reasons The stories are very much connected and I have trouble imagining reading Queenie s stor [...]

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    16. Dear Harold,This may come to you as some surprise I know it is a long time since we last met, but recently I have been thinking about the past Last year I had an operation on a tumour, but the cancer has spread and there is nothing left to be done I still think of you with fondness If you loved The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry, as I undoubtedly did, then this is the companion book, to be read just as soon as you have put that book down and composed yourself.That said, it took me three month [...]

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    17. Queenie Hennessey is slowly dying With her body riddled with the scourge of cancer and knowing she does not have much time she writes to an old friend who she has not seen for over 20 years When she discover s Harold is walking across the country in a bid as he sees it to save her she decides she has to come clean with her past feelings towards him and what she believes is her role in the fate of his son.With the help of kind staff Queenie writes to Harold about the short time she spent with hi [...]

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    18. I may be in a minority, in that I actually enjoyed this companion piece to HAROLD FRY than the original perhaps because I was expecting less Queenie s voice is well pitched and sure and the banality of her environment throws her rich inner life into sharp relief There s something about this book that reminds me of some of Jane Gardam s work, especially THE QUEEN OF THE TAMBOURINE, which I love It s touching, but not saccharine simple, but deceptive crammed with authentic details.

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    19. Stunning.This author can certainly write Many of you know all the quotes I ve been filling your feed with over the last several days from this book She captures these quiet intimate moments, the aching inner reflections in sentences that seize me Sometimes you can love something not because you instinctively connect with it but because another person does, and keeping their things in your heart takes you back to them I see only the different parts of my life as if I were a child on the banks of [...]

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    20. The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry was my favourite book to read in 2012 My review of Harold Fry here at review showHarold Fry made me cry at lot and I don t cry easily I was delighted to receive The Love Song of Miss Queenie Hennessy as a Christmas gift so that I could continue with the story from Queenies perspective Thanks Marion Rachel Joyce has stated that Queenies story is not a sequel to Harold Fry, but rather a companion to the first book and that s exactly what it is, a parallel vers [...]

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    21. A companion book to The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry tells of Queenie Hennessy s life, mainly in relation to the Harold Fry story Set in a hospice, Queenie along with other residents are dying Their day to day life is described Obviously this is sometimes very sad but lovely too as you read about the residents friendships and how special and appreciated small things become As Quennie waits for Harold she writes a letter to him explaining events from the past I thought the twist at the end w [...]

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    22. In The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry, author Rachel Joyce took us on amazing journey, as Harold walked from one end of England to the other to visit Queenie, a work colleague and friend from his past who is dying in a hospice, and who has sent him a letter.In this book we hear not only the parallel story of what is happening to Queenie whilst Harold is making his epic journey, but we learn the nature of their long ago friendship, and of why Queenie fled to make a new life elsewhere.The story [...]

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    23. The author describes this as a companion book to The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry and that is very much what it is As well as telling us about Queenie s life and what she has been doing since she left Kingsbridge, it also tells her side of Harold Fry s story as he is walking towards her It is also story about dying and how we do that in our society Queenie s friends in the Hospice are all wonderful, Finty, Barbara, Mr Henderson and the Pearly King They may all be at death door but they are [...]

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    24. A Z Challenge with Karly and JessJ Joyce, Rachel5 stars Sometimes you cannot clear the past completely You must live alongside your sorrow I received an ARC copy of The Love Song of Miss Queenie Hennessy from Netgalley without realizing that it was the second in a series and was completely unprepared for what I found in these two novels If you haven t read The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry, you should In the first novel, Harold receives a letter from an old friend saying that she was dying o [...]

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    25. SPOILERS FOR BOTH THIS BOOK AND ITS COMPANIONMy first reaction to hearing about the existence of this book was confusion Many of the discussions I had in person and online around the companion book The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry centred around the real feelings of Queenie towards Harold, the conclusions tending toward the book s theme being in part about that mystery and Harold s realisation that he would never know.So in some respects the appearance of this book blasted apart that theory [...]

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    26. This was a wonderful followup to The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry I know the author does not intend this to be a series read, and it can be read as a stand alone, but these two books compliment each other so well both in storytelling and my ratings They both get solid 5 stars Rachel Joyce is such a wonderful writer I listened to this one and the narrator did a fantastic job as well Loved it.

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    28. There are so many things you still don t know My secrets have been inside me for twenty years, and I must let them go before it is too late I will tell you everything, and the rest will be silence.Let us go then, you and I.We don t have long.The Love Song of Miss Queenie Hennessy is a companion novel to The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry Queenie Hennessy is dying, so she sends a note to her old friend Harold Fry He sends back a response that he is walking to see her, a distance of 600 miles, [...]

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    29. Anyone who has read my reviews probably knows how much I loved the novel, The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce That story a very simple story of an ordinary man who undertakes a journey of 600 walking miles to say goodbye to an old friend spending her remaining days in a hospice spoke to my heart in so many ways When I discovered that Rachel Joyce had written a novel which would be a companion to Harold s story, I was filled with both excitement AND trepidation I would only be d [...]

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    30. 4 This companion novel to The Pilgrimage of Harold Frye is a fierce love song to the man Queenie loves It is also an ode to finding meaning in a life lived alone I loved Queenie and loved being part of her journey.

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