The Love Song of Miss Queenie Hennessy

By Rachel Joyce,

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When Queenie Hennessy discovers that Harold Fry is walking the length of England to save her, and all she has to do is wait, she is shocked. Her note had explained she was dying. How can she wait? A new volunteer at the hospice suggests that Queenie should write again;…

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2 authors picked The Love Song of Miss Queenie Hennessy as one of their favorite books. Why do they recommend it?

After reading The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry, I wanted more Rachel Joyce and more Harold Fry. Next, Joyce’s The Music Shop became one of my favorite books, and then I was excited to see that a companion to Harold Fry was out: The Love Song of Miss Queenie Hennessy, which allowed me into the mind of Queenie, the dying woman that Harold treks towards.

Joyce writes about the ill and infirm with such compassion and grace, and again, I didn’t see the ending coming. Like with Joyce’s other books, the end of this one left me in tears.…

Set in hospice as Queenie awaits Harold’s arrival, her story is one of love, kindness, and acceptance, and fills in details not fully covered in Harold’s story. Though the books can be read independently, I would recommend reading Harold’s story first and then Queenie’s. When you finish you will be in love with Rachel Joyce.

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