Thursday, April 2, 2015

Review: The Love Song of Miss Queenie Hennessey by Rachel Joyce

Hardcover, 384 pages
Published March 3rd 2015 by Random House (first published October 7th 2014)

ISBN: 0812996674 (ISBN13: 9780812996678)
edition language: English
I really liked this one. By the author of The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry, The Love Song of Miss Queenie Hennessy fills in the blanks of Queenie's friendship with former co-worker Harold Fry. I read Harold Fry a few years ago and enjoyed that one too. It was a little quirky but I liked the characters and the premise was so unusual; that of a man who hadn't spoken to a woman in twenty years, yet he sets out to walk 600 + miles across England to see her one more time before she dies. Maybe this sounds a little morbid but actually it isn't. I got really caught up in Harold's journey, the intriguing hints at his relationship to his son and wife.

In The Love Song of Miss Queenie Hennessy, we learn a lot more about Harold's son and his relationship to Queenie through a letter she is writing to Harold while she waits for him to show up.

I think Rachel Joyce did a fantastic job with her characters and setting. I was very emotionally invested in all of them and enjoyed her writing quite a bit. I think you could read The Love Song of Miss Queenie Hennessy alone but I would recommend reading The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry first.

Disclosure: A review copy of The Love Song of Miss Queenie Hennessy was provided by Random House/Library Thing in exchange for my honest opinion.



  1. I've got this and Harold Fry. I need more time to read.

  2. I agree with bermudaonion! I really liked Harold Fry and am curious about this companion book. Sounds good!

  3. I really enjoyed Harold Fry and would like to read this one, too. Glad to know it gets a thumbs up from you!

  4. I loved Harold Frye and I'm looking forward to this one as well. i'm glad Joyce continued on with Queenie's story. Glad you enjoyed it too! Happy Easter!


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