The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry (Harold Fry, #1)
Harold Fry is convinced that he must deliver a letter to an old friend in order to save her, meeting various characters along the way and reminiscing about the events of his past and people he has known, as he tries to find peace and acceptance.

Recently retired, sweet, emotionally numb Harold Fry is jolted out of his passivity by a letter from Queenie Hennessy, an old friend, who he hasn't heard from in twenty years. She has written to say she is in hospice and wanted to say goodbye. Leaving his tense, bitter wife Maureen to her chores, Harold intends a quick walk to the corner mailbox to post his reply but instead, inspired by a chance encounter, he becomes convinced he must deliver his message in person to Queenie--who is 600 miles away--because as long as he keeps walking, Harold believes that Queenie will not die.

So without hiking boots, rain gear, map or cell phone, one of the most endearing characters in current fiction begins his unlikely pilgrimage across the English countryside. Along the way, strangers stir up memories--flashbacks, often painful, from when his marriage was filled with promise and then not, of his inadequacy as a father, and of his shortcomings as a husband.

Ironically, his wife Maureen, shocked by her husband's sudden absence, begins to long for his presence. Is it possible for Harold and Maureen to bridge the distance between them? And will Queenie be alive to see Harold arrive at her door?

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  • Lynne Spreen
    Jul 21, 2016

    Lynne Spreen

    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?...

  • Karen
    May 15, 2016


    Sweet and wonderful story... ...

  • Kevin Ansbro
    May 15, 2016

    Kevin Ansbro

    Attention all yacht shoe wearers! Please unite for this wonderfully heartwarming, sometimes heartbreaking tale of loss, sorrow and redemption.*REVIEW CONTAINS NO SPOILERS*For reasons unimaginable, some (ahem!) fair-minded readers have offered this cleverly-crafted book an oh-so-generou...

  • Michael
    Mar 9, 2016


    I loved the purity and spare beauty of this sad but uplifting tale. At first I wondered how I could possibly get involved in this apparently absurd story. A retired salesman for a brewery receives a letter of goodbye from an old friend, Queenie, who is dying of cancer, and, on the way ...

  • Gabriela Silva
    Jan 28, 2016

    Gabriela Silva

    “The people he met, the places he passed, were all steps in his journey, and he kept a place inside his heart for each of them.” This was such a powerful book! I'm so glad I took the time to read it. I loved the writing style! BRILLIANT! ...

  • PattyMacDotComma
    Jan 12, 2016


    5This is a journey to the past. Each slow step, each blister, each new person Harold meets reveals something of the truth of his life to him and to us.An unwanted, neglected boy grew up to be an unremarkable man. But for a brief instant, he frolicked at a dance and attracted the loveli...

  • Jennifer D.
    Jan 4, 2016

    Jennifer D.

    stil mulling this one. sometimes i really liked it and other moments i was...a little bored. there was definitely an overuse of "put one foot in front of the other" that verged on becoming a drinking game. the premise of the story is lovely but it did get a bit schlocky and mitch albom...

  • B the BookAddict
    Nov 26, 2015

    B the BookAddict

    What to say about The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry; a lovely read, a phenomenal book, exceptional and captivating. How I lingered over this book; read it slowly to truly savour and appreciate the story. The author doesn't try to impress you with pretentious words nor does she bamb...

  • Britany
    Nov 25, 2015


    Harold Fry goes to his mailbox to send a letter, and then decides to walk to the next mailbox, once he gets there he decides to walk a little further. Eventually he decides to have faith and walk across the country to hand deliver the letter to Queenie Hennessy. A person that just went...

  • Cathrine ☯
    Sep 24, 2015

    Cathrine ☯

    4.4An allegorical adventure that speaks to the reader gently, quietly, and personally. Harold’s odyssey if you will in Forrest Gump fashion taking it one day at a time.Burdened by a life where he has ended up feeling like nothing he did mattered, in a souless marriage that appears...