The Love Song of Miss Queenie Hennessy

The Love Song of Miss Queenie Hennessy

Book - 2014
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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; only this time she must tell Harold everything. In confessing to secrets she has hidden for twenty years, she will find atonement for the past. As the volunteer points out, 'Even though you've done your travelling, you're starting a new journey too. Queenie thought her first letter would be the end of the story. She was wrong. It was the beginning.
Publisher: Toronto : Bond Street Books, c2014
ISBN: 9780385682824
Branch Call Number: JOY
Characteristics: 343 p. ;,22 cm


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PoMoLibrary Jul 08, 2015

From our 2015 #80DayRead Summer Reading Club traveler Patricia: Companion piece to The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry. Lovely, if right on the edge of maudlin.

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Aug 20, 2018

I am very glad I listened to The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry first, since that was an excellent book, well written, and the story line enticed you to keep listening to the audio. Had I read this Queenie Hennessy side of the story first, I never would have listened to The Unlikely Pilgrimage and would have missed out on a great book. I really like Rachel Joyce's writing style. She is very talented. However, after hearing Queenie's side of the story, I realized how unimportant her side of the story was to the parable of Harold Fry's pilgrimage and was very sorry that her side had even been written. I never was able to sympathize with Queenie as a character, still did not like her at the end of the book, and was so bored by the time the book ended, I no longer cared about the story period. So far all of the Rachel Joyce books I have read have the exact same depressing tone. Reading or listening to this book actually subtracts from Harold's parable and I was liking Harold's story much much less after listening to this book. I do not recommend this book at all. Stick with the The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry and don't waste your time with this book about Queenie.

I felt the ending did not provide enough closure. However it was an interesting read about a life that was only partially lived because of misplaced good intentions.

Dec 09, 2016

With regret, although "The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry" was one of my all-time favorites, I can only assign this one 3 stars. This troubles me, because Rachel Joyce's writing is beautiful, sensitive, insightful on so many levels. But all she has done is to re-tell the same story, this time from Queenie's point of view; and this is a much more somber book, lacking in the final-pages euphoria, the celebration of the survival of ordeal that made the previous book so special. Yes, Queenie has also passed through a great journey, but her journey leads inescapably only to death. And cancer is by far the the lesser of Queenie's three great burdens. She copes with the horrible reality of her physical state with courage, dignity and even dark humor, as do her fellow patients spending their last days at the hospice. She has long since come to terms with the pain of unrequited love. But the expiation of guilt makes for a very hard journey and the hardest guilt to bear is guilt that was self-imposed. So I'm left with the question: Does confession leave the soul at peace even if it is accomplished through the use of morphine?

May 17, 2016

Excellent "companion" book that is even better than its' prequel, "The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry.

Apr 11, 2016


Dec 12, 2015

I recently read The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry and found it to be moving and thought-provoking. I was intrigued to find out this book existed, which tells the same story from the viewpoint of Queenie Hennessy. I thought this book was lovely and also thought-provoking. I recommend it to everyone who read the first book (and I do recommend reading them in order).

Nov 21, 2015

If you have read The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry, I do recommend you read The Love Song of Miss Queenie Hennessy. This is somewhat of a prequal, if you wish, of her first novel about Harold Fry. Set in a palliative care facility where Queenie awaits her faith, this book shows that even when life is slipping through your fingers you can enjoy happy moments, develop relationships and forgive yourself. The ending is totally amazing!

multcolib_rutha Oct 07, 2015

A lovely companion novel to "The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry". I liked it every bit as much as the first story.

Aug 25, 2015

Written as a companion to her earlier book “The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry”, Rachel Joyce takes us into the life of Queenie Hennessy the dying woman who was the reason for the pilgrimage. And what a beautiful, touching story it is. Full of sadness but also resilience, Queenie’s life is testimony to both the vulnerability and indomitability of the human spirit. And, as her story unfolds, the author cleverly injects touches of humour ensuring we can laugh as well as cry at the vicissitudes life. This book is a real gem, even better than her first.

martins_mom Aug 22, 2015

Loved this as much as the previous book by Joyce. She captures her characters I a remarkable way.

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