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The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce

Journey of the Heart

The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce. After receiving a letter from a dying acquaintance, retired Harold Fry spontaneously sets out on a 500-mile journey by foot to visit her. Walking alone gives Harold time to contemplate his marriage, his son, and his childhood, while meeting new people along the way.  

This structured, unassuming Englishman still wearing his tie and yachting shoes seems to be doing what most people only dream of—making a great escape from his dull life if only for a brief time.  But Harold’s walk is so much more; it’s about regret and reconciliation of his past.  

I really enjoyed this book.  It’s gentle, thoughtful, amusing, and moving—a touching thumbs-up.

Happy Reading,

This book met one of my 2015 Book Challenges:   Read a book set in a foreign country.


  1. Comment received from reader Kitty Tomlinson Wood: I also enjoyed The unlikely pilgrimage of Harold Fry. Actually listened to it on audiobook while I drove to and from work. Loved the gradual unfolding of Harold's life.


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