Top positive review
Wonderful, life affirming.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 8 August 2020
I loved this. Saw it reviewed in the Guardian and, as I had enjoyed The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry, I bought it. I read it far too quickly as I was so absorbed that it hasn’t lasted long, unfortunately. I will not repeat the story, as that has been done well by others. It is the development of the friendship of two such different women and their exploits that is enthralling. The humour is understated but so apt, let alone the glorious setting and the evocation of a time when some women did defy the norms of their times to sally forth to the other side of the world. Haven’t women always done that? Fabulous! I did shed some tears at the end, but (part spoiler alert) not just for the events, more because it was so poignant. I thought it better than Harold Fry, which I had also enjoyed tremendously. If this is Rachel Joyce coming into her own, I shall look forward to her next with great pleasure.