Kenilworth Reading Group has just read The Love Song of Miss Queenie Hennessy by Rachel Joyce . This continues the story started with The Unlikely Pilgimage of Harold Fry which is not now on the reading group list, having worn out!
The group discussed the relationship with the earlier book, and decided that you needed to have read it first, to put it all into context (there are plenty of copies around in libraries, if you want to read it). Those who had read it previously, wanted to go back to it, after reading about Queenie.
They considered it well-written, the language was good, and the portrayal of the work in the hospice was sensitively done.
Some members “felt” for Queenie, that her private relationship with Harold became hijacked by others. What should have been personal to them, became public property.
The group would recommend the book, generating a good discussion (more than they expected) and gave it an overall score of “good”
Pallett Perusers of Nuneaton, and Coleshill Book Group, have both read The Twilight Hour by Nicci Gerrard.
The Nuneaton group all enjoyed it, read it quickly, and think it could be made into a film! They scored it as “ very good” , and commented that it made them reflect on their own youth and the secrets we don’t share. Although it is easy reading , the story jumps from present to the past, and Coleshill also considered it to be a “ good” book.