Maureen Fry has settled into the quiet life she now shares with her husband, Harold, after his iconic walk across England. Now, ten years later, an unexpected message from the North disturbs her equilibrium again, and this time it is Maureen’s turn to make her own journey.
But Maureen is not like Harold. She struggles to bond with strangers, and the landscape she crosses has changed radically. She has little sense of what she’ll find at the end of the road. All she knows is that she must get there.
Aah, Rachel Joyce, I think I have read each of your books and they are always a pleasure, they never disappoint. Warm character driven stories with a beating heart, shrouded in wisdom. Maureen Fry is no different, but it is an intriguing novella as it introduces ‘the wife’ of Harold Fry, famed for his long walk to Queenie Hennessy.
Now it is a while since I read about Harold or Queenie but I was still intrigued to meet Maureen, embarking on her own journey North, in search of something, struggling with the loss of her son some 20 years ago. Maureen’s story was curious and while she comes across as a little brusque, she was a sympathetic character and I felt she had endured a lot, not least her husband’s very public pilgrimage to Queenie.
Similar to her husband, Maureen embarks on a journey, shorter and less challenging but important none the less and like her husband’s it is a trip that changes her. This short read was one I read in a day, at just 127 pages it was a quick and satisfying read and it completed the trilogy in a way I hadn’t realised it needed to be completed. Like her husband I think Maureen will stay with me, as a woman who has overcome and survived, a slightly abrasive lady but worthy of our warmth and love I think.
If you are considering buying this you really should, you won’t be disappointed.
Thank you as always for reading.
I started reading Rachel Joyce before I started blogging but you can read my reviews for some of her work here –
Thank you so much to Molly at the publishers who sent me a gorgeous finished hardback copy, with chocolate and socks – I felt very lucky and spoilt!
About the Author
Rachel Joyce is the author of the Sunday Times and international bestsellers The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry and The Love Song of Miss Queenie Hennessy. Maureen Fry and the Angel of the North completes this trilogy. She is also the author of bestsellers Perfect, The Music Shop, Miss Benson’s Beetle and a collection of interlinked short stories, A Snow Garden & Other Stories. Her books have sold over five million copies worldwide and been translated into thirty-six languages.
The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry was shortlisted for the Commonwealth Book Prize and longlisted for the Man Booker Prize. It is now a film starring Jim Broadbent. Rachel was awarded the Specsavers National Book Awards New Writer of the Year in 2012 and shortlisted for the UK Author of the Year 2014.
Rachel lives with her husband Paul and family near Stroud.