I am absolutely over the moon today to be sharing my review for Postscript by Cecelia Ahern as part of the blog tour and would like to say a huge thank you to Becca Bryant of Harper Collins for sending me a copy of the book and inviting me to take part in the tour.
About the book
It’s been seven years since Holly Kennedy’s husband died – six since she read his final letter, urging Holly to find the courage to forge a new life.
She’s proud of all the ways in which she has grown and evolved. But when a group inspired by Gerry’s letters, calling themselves the PS, I Love You Club, approaches Holly asking for help, she finds herself drawn back into a world that she worked so hard to leave behind.
Reluctantly, Holly begins a relationship with the club, even as their friendship threatens to destroy the peace she believes she has achieved. As each of these people calls upon Holly to help them leave something meaningful behind for their loved ones, Holly will embark on a remarkable journey – one that will challenge her to ask whether embracing the future means betraying the past, and what it means to love someone forever…
I actually cannot believe I have just read Postscript the sequel to the hugely successful PS, I Love You, a story that has sold millions of copies all over the world and was turned into a major film. I remember reading PS, I Love You and crying lots so I made sure I had a box of hankies ready when I started Postscript.
We join Holly seven years after Gerry’s death, she’s been in a relationship with Gabriel for two years and is slowly learning to be herself again. Working in her sister Ciara’s vintage shop she’s thrown when Ciara asks her to take part in a podcast titled ‘Let’s talk about death’. Talking about Gerry’s letters and how they’ve helped her to move on, Holly doesn’t realise how inspiring the letters are to others until she’s asked to help out with the PS, I Love You club, a club made up with people that want to leave letters behind for their loved ones, a club that is made up of people with illnesses that will end their lives, a club that Holly knows she should avoid if she wants to continue healing but feels drawn to.
It was so nice being back with Holly again, I think anyone who has read PS, I Love You will have a little place in their heart for her and I loved this new journey she’s embarked on. I won’t go into detail about any of the members of the club but each one is special, each one has a story and I loved how each one wanted to leave a piece of themselves behind for the ones they love. I think the one character who will stay with me is Ginika, a strong young lady who is determined and brave.
Grief affects everyone in different ways and it can sneak up at any given moment and Ahern does a beautiful job of showing this, I saw myself in Holly so many times and it was comforting to read.
Yes you will definitely need a box of hankies when you read Postscript but there were so many joyous and funny moments throughout the book too. It’s a real mixture of emotions but it really filled my heart with so much love and warmth. The characters all come to life and although there is sadness I loved getting to know them and following their journey.
Postscript is a story that made me feel so much love, it brought back memories of loved ones lost and yes that made me sad but when I finished the book it made me realise just how much we change after the death of a love one, how much everything changes but we learn over time to go with it. It also made me realise how important it is to tell the ones we love just how much we love them.
If you haven’t read PS, I Love You then don’t worry as there is enough information in Postscript to keep you up to date but I do recommend it too as it’s a blooming good read.
Postscript is definitely a book that will be in my top ten this year, it’s a story that had me hooked but it’s a story that I really didn’t want to rush, I wanted to enjoy slowly and savour every single word. It’s a very special story that gets a million stars from me.
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About the author
Cecelia Ahern was born and grew up in Dublin. Her novels have been translated into thirty-five languages and have sold more than twenty-five million copies in over fifty countries. Two of her books have been adapted as films and she has created several TV series.
She and her books have won numerous awards, including the Irish Book Award for Popular Fiction for The Year I Met You. She lives in Dublin with her family.