Published Oct 2019
Harold Fry meets Brief Encounter in this charming and poignant debut.
‘She’s why you’re going to Edinburgh, isn’t she? I knew there must be a reason why you had to be on this train!’
Henry blinked. He hoped he hadn’t come across from the outset as some sort of eccentric old fool.
He took a breath. Felt the words gathering inside him.
‘Yes,’ he replied, ‘it’s all part of the story. A small story, perhaps, but it’s my story. One that’s shaped my world for the last sixty-five years.’
Henry Applebee is ailing, alone, and in love. After decades of searching, he boards a train from London to Edinburgh to find the woman he can’t forget, a woman who disappeared from his life after a whirlwind encounter sixty-five years earlier.
His objective is simple: to make amends for a terrible mistake… But when Henry crosses paths with Ariel, a teenager travelling from Wales to Edinburgh to fulfil her mother’s dying wish, and Travis, a charismatic New Yorker, his well-meaning quest takes an unexpected turn.
What follows is a confession. And a secret… And soon, what began as one humble journey will catapult Henry into a bright new world…