The Love Song of Miss Queenie Hennessy

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A Novel

Rachel Joyce

Random House Publishing Group – Random House

From the bestselling author of The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry comes an exquisite love story about Queenie Hennessy, the remarkable friend who inspired Harold’s cross-country journey.


This is one of the most beautiful love stories that I have read in a long time.

And the first where so much of it took place in Hospice. I picked it up without expecting much. I was wrong. It turned out to be stunning. Not only in the protagonist but in the astonishing changes it makes in the other patients in St. Bernadine’s Hospice in Berwick-upon-Tweed.

Much of the narrative is in the form of a letter as Queenie Hennessy wrote from her heart. As she writes (with the help of the nuns) she tells the stories she remembers about her life where and sends them to Harold who is walking the length of England to see Queeny. The small community of people who are waiting to die in Hospice took interest in this unusual story. Over time they begin to bond over this love story. It gave them something to get up for each day.

There is so much beauty of language. Like this: “I looked to the window. Black gossamer scraps of cloud chased across a weak sky. The sun was a thimble of light, and the dark branches of the tree trembled. “

Once I began reading in earnest, I found it difficult to put it down. At night I read until I was so sleepy that I was reluctant to put the book down. Even though the words had become blurred.


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10 Responses to The Love Song of Miss Queenie Hennessy

  1. Now gossamer is an interest of a word.

  2. Susan P says:

    That us a fact, sir. Interest words is what helps people write outstanding books.

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