Review: The Love Song of Miss Queenie Hennessy by Rachel Joyce

When Queenie Hennessy discovers that Harold Fry is walking the length of England to save her, and all she has to do is wait, she is shocked. Her note had explained she was dying. How can she wait?

A new volunteer at the hospice suggests that Queenie should write again; only this time she must tell Harold everything. In confessing to secrets she has hidden for twenty years, she will find atonement for the past. As the volunteer points out, ‘Even though you’ve done your travelling, you’re starting a new journey too.’

Queenie thought her first letter would be the end of the story. She was wrong. It was the beginning. Continue reading “Review: The Love Song of Miss Queenie Hennessy by Rachel Joyce”

Review: Perfect by Rachel Joyce

perfectIn 1972, in order to balance clock time with the movement of the earth, two seconds were added.  Byron Hemmings knew this because James Lowe had told him and James was the cleverest boy at school.  But how could time change?  The steady movement of hands around a clock was as certain as their golden futures.

Then Byron’s mother, late for the school run, makes a devastating mistake.  Byron’s perfect world is shattered.  Were those two extra seconds to blame?  Can what follows ever be set right?  Infused with the profound insights into what makes us human, lightened with acute observations about the frailties of us all, Perfect is Rachel Joyce at her finest.  A novel about misunderstandings, the small acts of kindness that make the difference and the redemptive nature of time. Continue reading “Review: Perfect by Rachel Joyce”