The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry
by Rachel Joyce
Another book read from end to end in little more than 24 hours and what a contrast to Never Coming Back, my last review.
I was attracted to the quirky title and dust cover synopsis:
A newly retired man of 65 receives a letter from a colleague he lost track of 20 years ago telling him that she is dying of cancer.
To Harold it wasa man on a mission - he believed that if he could each her on foot she would live, but it was so much more than that. It was a journey of discovery about Harold, Maureen, their lives together and all the baggage they carried. But it was even more than that. It was a journey which touched the lives of all those around them and far from being a pointless pilgrimage it highlighted the only thing that really matters - the impact we have on one another.
In the end the further he and Maureen are from each other in the physical sense the closer they become emotionally. I guess its a love story with a couple of twists at the end. but on both counts I have to admit to having my suspicions all along.
If I have whetted your appetite, go get a copy. It will make you laugh and make you cry but it will never leave you short changed.