Greetings you guys! It’s a public holiday here in South Africa today, so we finally have time to do another Throwback Thursday. After being on WordPress for 9 months now, it really is time to start pulling through all those reviews that are not on our archive list. What better way to do that than to join Davida @ The Chocolate Lady’s Book Review’s fun link-up meme, Throwback Thursday.
- The Chocolate Lady’s #Throwback Thursday takes place on the Thursday before the first Saturday of every month. Yes, there is a linky and it will remain open until she uploads the new one. Thank Goodness. My first and last sometimes gets very confused.
- Your post must highlight one of your previously published book reviews and Davida encourages other participants to do the same.
- Add the link to your post and remember to link back to The Chocolate Lady’s Book Blog And do not forget to #ThrowbackThursday!
Yes, I know our Thursdays are a bit messed up. At least it’s Thursday. For today we will take a look at our first and actually up to date, our last, companion reads:The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry & The Love Song of Miss Queenie Hennesy by Rachel Joyce
on December 2nd, 2014
Source: Book Club
Two beloved novels in one volume!
THE UNLIKELY PILGRIMAGE OF HAROLD FRY
Recently retired, sweet, emotionally numb Harold Fry is jolted out of his passivity by a letter from Queenie Hennessy, an old friend, who he hasn't heard from in twenty years. She has written to say she is in hospice and wanted to say goodbye. Leaving his tense, bitter wife Maureen to her chores, Harold intends a quick walk to the corner mailbox to post his reply but instead, inspired by a chance encounter, he becomes convinced he must deliver his message in person to Queenie--who is 600 miles away--because as long as he keeps walking, Harold believes that Queenie will not die. So without hiking boots, rain gear, map or cell phone, one of the most endearing characters in current fiction begins his unlikely pilgrimage across the English countryside. Along the way, strangers stir up memories--flashbacks, often painful, from when his marriage was filled with promise and then not, of his inadequacy as a father, and of his shortcomings as a husband. Ironically, his wife Maureen, shocked by her husband's sudden absence, begins to long for his presence. Is it possible for Harold and Maureen to bridge the distance between them? And will Queenie be alive to see Harold arrive at her door?
THE LOVE SONG OF MISS QUEENIE HENNESSY
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.
Aaah, my Mommy says she’s feeling very nostalgic after seeing this review pop up today. She so loved Harold Fry and Miss Queenie Hennessy. She still feels that this format is the only way it should be read and distributed. The one can’t go without the other. I wouldn’t know, I wasn’t even born yet when she read and reviewed these two books in 2016.
I believe it might be safest not to mess with her review either. Even though I would have loved to add a meow or a purr here and there. If you want to read her review from way back when, here’s the link for you. The companionship of Harold Fry & Miss Queenie Hennessy .
Books from the Backlog
Have you read The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet? I really do hope this book isn’t going to stay on my Mommy’s TBR for the next 6 years. I am going to oversee her reading schedule a bit from now on and a dent in the TBR is a necessity!
What books are on your TBR that you need to start dusting and get reading?
We hope you will have a fun filled Thursday!