For years Queenie Hennessy has been hiding the truth from Harold Fry, a man she is desperately in love with. A man who has a wife and child. Queenie tried to pretend to herself that it was enough for her to love him – but really, it’s not. Now Queenie has cancer and is in a hospice. And Harold Fry is walking the length of England to save her. All she has to do is wait for him.
In the meantime, a nun who works at the hospice convinces Queenie to write a letter to Harold. A letter containing the truth that Queenie has hidden from Harold for all these years.
This novel is touching, gripping and simply unputdownable. Once I started it, I didn’t stop. The suspense was really built up throughout the story, and I felt that when I found out what the truth was, I think it could have been made clearer and I could have found out earlier on. However, I found all the characters well developed though I thought that the protagonist, Queenie, could have been characterised more. As some of the book’s concepts are challenging and more grown up, I would highly recommend this novel to any twelve-year-old and up.
I hope you enjoy this book as much as I did!
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I agree with you about the un-put-downable qualities of Queenie. As the book was progressing, I couldn’t work out how it could possibly end in a satisfactory way. What possible resolution could there be? It didn’t seem realistic that Harold could deal with all Queenie would be confiding in the letter. And yet when the story ended, I was very impressed with it. Thank you for suggesting it!