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Meet Harold Fry, recently retired He lives in a small English village with his wife, Maureen, who seems irritated by almost everything he does, even down to how he butters his toast Little differentiates one day from the next Then one morning the mail arrives, and within the stack of quotidian minutiae is a letter addressed to Harold in a shaky scrawl from a woman he hasn t seen or heard from in twenty years Queenie Hennessy is in hospice and is writing to say goodbye Harold pens a quick reply and, leaving Maureen to her chores, heads to the corner mailbox But then, as happens in the very best works of fiction, Harold has a chance encounter, one that convinces him that he absolutely must deliver his message to Queenie in person And thus begins the unlikely pilgrimage Harold Fry is determined to walk six hundred miles from Kingsbridge to the hospice in Berwick upon Tweed because, he believes, as long as he walks, Queenie Hennessey will live Still in his yachting shoes and light coat, Harold embarks on his urgent quest across the countryside Along the way he meets one character after another, each of whom unlocks his long dormant spirit and sense of promise Memories of his first dance with Maureen, his wedding day, his joy in fatherhood, come rushing back to him allowing him to also reconcile the losses and the regrets As for Maureen, she finds herself missing Harold for the first time in years And then there is the unfinished business with Queenie Hennessy I just finished this lovely book, and I m never going to forget it To those who say nobody wants to read about old people , I d say, read this book The fact is, as long as you re alive, you should be open to growth and change, right But how many of us stop growing after middle age We find a formula that works and we stick with it, missing opportunities to experience joyous awakening Maybe we start saying things like, I m too old to do X anyAnd we shut down, close off We fail to n I just finished this lovely book, and I m never going to forget it To those who say nobody wants to read about old people , I d say, read this book The fact is, as long as you re alive, you should be open to growth and change, right But how many of us stop growing after middle age We find a formula that works and we stick with it, missing opportunities to experience joyous awakening Maybe we start saying things like, I m too old to do X anyAnd we shut down, close off We fail to notice the continuing wonder and miracle of life.In this story, a couple in their 60s have made their peace, of sorts, following a horrific event in middle age They live together, married in name only, settling for having another person in proximity to take out the trash To do the laundry She snaps at him, he looks away The author conveys emotion so skillfully, not overwriting by one syllable.Then, something happens, and the husband, Harold, begins a journey both mental and actual he sets off on a walk from the south of Great Britain to a point 500 miles north I won t tell you if he makes it or what happens, but I will say that the story was so good, I put it in a class with Gilead by Marilynne Robinson This author, Rachel Joyce, has achieved this miracle she describes the sweetness and difficulty of life in such a way that you can t separate the two, and are a better person for having realized this fact.Many thanks to Ms Joyce for this winner The Harold Fry that leaves to mail a letter to his dying friend is drained by life, full of self loathing and incapable of mending his ruined marriageFor years they had been in a place where language had no significance He just keeps walking in the belief that his journey will save her life I wanted to shout keep going Harold , to remind him of the adage absence makes the heart grow fonder because Harold s journey was testament to its truth A journey just as much about having the cour The Harold Fry that leaves to mail a letter to his dying friend is drained by life, full of self loathing and incapable of mending his ruined marriageFor years they had been in a place where language had no significance He just keeps walking in the belief that his journey will save her life I wanted to shout keep going Harold , to remind him of the adage absence makes the heart grow fonder because Harold s journey was testament to its truth A journey just as much about having the courage to reflect back as about going forward Solitude forces him to open the door to his personal demons Simply walking requires behavior that s totally out of character an ability to connect with both nature mankind He draws the strength to keep going from his new found awareness of nature s intricate beauty The humanity of random strangers, those great unwashed he s spent a lifetime tuning out, offer insight and comfort Harold had abided by the British unspoken rule not to ask for help, yet it is constantly offered, and with such civility I loved this book on so many levels It s unapologetically sentimental though not cloyingly so It s a great adult love story that deals unflinchingly with the challenges of lifelong commitment It focuses on the value of friendship, humility, self forgiveness and human kindness And it s a tremendous 1st novel which I d love to see performed on stage this would make for a fabulous playit never ceases to amaze me how difficult the things that are supposed to be instinctive really are Found at The Sunday Edition The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry is the story of one man s faith in his feet OneEighteen photopinSo well narrated by the wonderful Jim Broadbent If you d like to hear a bit of it, go here and click on the pod casts It touched my heart Jim Broadbent North Devon coastline Clovelly, North Devon Taunton, U.K You can see the paving stones Walled gardens in Taunton Glastonbury England The Resting place of the Legendary King Arthur Mendip Hills horse chestnut E Found at The Sunday Edition The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry is the story of one man s faith in his feet OneEighteen photopinSo well narrated by the wonderful Jim Broadbent If you d like to hear a bit of it, go here and click on the pod casts It touched my heart Jim Broadbent North Devon coastline Clovelly, North Devon Taunton, U.K You can see the paving stones Walled gardens in Taunton Glastonbury England The Resting place of the Legendary King Arthur Mendip Hills horse chestnut European Robin Among Apple Blossoms England Posted by PictureGirl bluebells along the path in England Bath, England Sheep in Cotswold Stratford Berwick Upon Tweed Northumberland England Lindisfarne Castle, Holy Island, Berwick upon Tweed, England A beautiful romantic 15th century castle accessible from the mainland through a causeway during low tide. One of my favorite places to read during nice weather is out on my balcony At one point in this book I was out reading, sunglasses on to cut the sun s glare, and the story gripped my heart to the weeping point Do I go in so my neighbours don t see But I m wearing my sunglasses Yes, but the tears are falling from under the sunglasses and rolling down my cheeks.I did come in from outside no tissues on my balcony and then I thought, if Harold Fry is brave enough to walk so many miles and is n One of my favorite places to read during nice weather is out on my balcony At one point in this book I was out reading, sunglasses on to cut the sun s glare, and the story gripped my heart to the weeping point Do I go in so my neighbours don t see But I m wearing my sunglasses Yes, but the tears are falling from under the sunglasses and rolling down my cheeks.I did come in from outside no tissues on my balcony and then I thought, if Harold Fry is brave enough to walk so many miles and is not fussed about what people think of him, why can t I sit out on my balcony and cry about his story As I was reading, I really did want to hug this book and I still do Even , I want to hug all the characters in this book.This is indeed a love story It is about love of spouses, love of children, love of parents, of neighbours, of friends who made sacrifices, of strangers with hearts alive with their own loves It is also about love of nature, of the plants that feed us, wild and domesticated and it is about love of beautiful sunrises and sunsets, of springs and myriad shades of green.This book is also about the fractures and fissures that love creates while building itself.At first I could not imagine how a pilgrimage could take up an entire book As I read, I was reminded that a pilgrimage is a journey, and as with any journey that any person undertakes, they bring themselves along Their thoughts, their hurts, their tender moments, and the bitter I am now amazed how just one book contained so much.I recommend this book to anyone who is open to being moved and changed by sharing a journey through life s pains and joys with a fellow pilgrim