By Rachel Joyce
Harold Fry unexpectedly receives a letter from a former friend and colleague whom he hasn't seen in 20 years. She is dying and wants to say goodbye. Harold intends to walk to the mail box to post his reply to her letter, but unexpectedly he just keeps going. He ends up walking 600 miles to meet with his old friend Queenie.
This is the story of Harold's Pilgrimage. During his journey he meets many interesting people who help him see life in a new, more meaningful way. With each mile, Harold's life story unfolds through memories of his childhood, his marriage, and his relationship with his son. Harold has a lot of time in those 600 miles to reflect on his past, and the hardships and joys of his life. In that time, he realizes he is not perfect, there are things he could and should have done differently. But this is not a sad story overall. The pilgrimage is difficult, yes, but Harold's journey is an encouraging and inspiring one that we can alll relate to.
Beautifully written, this book sums up not just Harold's life but most peoples lives. If you enjoy stories of positive transformation, you will want to read this book.