Tuesday, July 17, 2012

The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry- TLC Book Tour Review + Giveaway

What The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry is about:

When Harold Fry leaves home one morning, with his wife hoovering upstairs, he has no idea that he is about to walk from one end of the country to the other. He has no hiking boots or maps, let alone a compass, waterproof or mobile phone. All he knows is that he must keep walking. To save someone else's life.

Harold Fry has left an indelible mark on my heart and I'm pretty sure I will carry his story with me for some time. This book caught me totally by surprise by the emotions Harold's journey created in me. I laughed with Harold, felt his pain from the blisters and muscle cramps, understood some of his loneliness, and eventually rejoiced with him as he embraced the solitude and simplicity of his pilgrimage. This story was much like a onion with so many layers and as I peeled away the chapters, the depth of the story increased. In the end I think I was as exhausted as Harold and when I read the last sentence, I had to find silence so that I could cry a bit and also reflect upon what Harold's travels meant to me.

Recommend? YES! This is a book that I will be keeping on my shelves because at some point I would like to take another trip with Harold. This book made me think about what it means to be human, the desire to be loved and accepted as a child, to be a wife or husband, mother, father, to learn how to forgive myself and others, and to be able to keep walking through the pain and grief that goes hand in hand with living.

TLC is offering one copy of the wonderful book to a lucky person here in the U.S. only (Sorry to everyone else!!) If you would like to read about Harold's pilgrimage, please leave your email address with your comment. Open until 11:59 pm, July 24th.

Source: TLC and publisher
Genre: Literary Fiction
Published: July 24, 2012
Pages: 336 beautifully written

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Disclaimer: Thank you to TLC Book Tours for sending me a review copy. I was not compensated for my review. My thoughts on this book were in no way influenced by the author or publicist.They are my personal reflections based solely on MY experience while reading this novel.

Review Book #21

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  1. Sounds like a great read! Thanks for the giveaway.

  2. I've heard so many positive things about this book and I just know I will love it too. Of course, I'd love to win a copy! Thanks for the opportunity! You know how to reach me but here it is anyway...cuz I'm a rule follower ;)


  3. No need to enter my, as I have the ARC, but it sounds like a book I better read soon - love the sound of it.

  4. Wow!!! This sounds amazing!! I would love to win!! Thanks for the chance!!

  5. I'm thoroughly captivated by your review. This is definitely going on my list. Thanks for the giveaway!


    1. Hi Beth,
      You won a copy of this wonderful book!!


  6. This lovely and delightful book would be enjoyed greatly. thanks for this great giveaway. elliotbencan(at)hotmail(dot)com

  7. Thanks for this fabulous review. this story sounds captivating and unique. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

  8. (Don't enter me!)

    Sounds like a good read. I hummed and hawed about reading it but wasn't sure if it was for me. I might have to see if my library has a copy at some point, though!

  9. Do not enter me as I am on the tour too.

    I adored this book. It was charming. Truly. I would love to get to know Harold in real life. He's just a good guy.

  10. If you loved this book so much, how could I not want to read it. I'm left really wanting this book now. Great review.

  11. Going on my wish list right now! And I even have a chance to win, yippee :)
    stacybooks at yahoo

  12. This sounds fantastic. But then again, you're recommending it! Would love a chance to win it. savvyverseandwit At gmail

  13. I've only seen raving reviews about this one, thus far. That's so exciting! It sounds like a deeply heartfelt read. Please add me to the giveaway. :) Thoughtsofjoyblog at gmail dot com

  14. Woah, your review completely sold me. It sounds like a poignant read! I would definitely love to read it!

    lilianxcheng AT
    Lilian @ A Novel Toybox

  15. This one quickly made it onto my Wish List after I learned of it from a book club member. Thanks for the giveaway and review!

    nfmgirl AT gmail DOT com

  16. I'm on the Book Tour too so I'm glad to see you really liked it. I haven't started it yet so now I need to go get it.

  17. "Harold Fry has left an indelible mark on my heart and I'm pretty sure I will carry his story with me for some time." I always consider the length of time a book stays with me as the mark of a great book. I'll definitely be looking to pick this one up.

  18. This is SO my kind of book!

    Thanks for being on the tour.

  19. This sounds like a really great read! I hadn't heard of it before now but I'm adding it to my TBR list thanks to your review :)

  20. Loved your beautiful thoughts on this one Staci, will be picking it up for sure!

  21. This sounds like my kind of book - I'd love to be entered in the giveaway.

  22. This book looks fantastic and Harold sounds like such an endearing character. Would definitely love to read it.

  23. I loved this one. So glad you enjoyed it too!


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