Review: Maureen

Maureen by Rachel Joyce
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I loved both of the Harold Fry novels so I was very excited to see a third one to sink my teeth into. This is a short novella and it’s completely focused on Harold’s wife, Maureen, who goes on a journey to visit Queenie’s garden. It’s tough to like Maureen because she’s so negative and stuck up and wound tight and judgmental.

But then, things unravel, as they are won’t to do and we see that like most people Maureen is broken inside and struggling and doing the best she can and has created layers of shells to protect herself from the world. Isn’t that what most of us do?

Another lovely story from Joyce, this one is more like a character study. Deeply affecting and soft and kind and real as all her stories and characters are.

with gratitude to netgalley and Random House for an advanced copy in exchange for an honest review.

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