Originally published: September 2019 (Paperback 1 October 2020)
Author: Cecelia Ahern
Published by: HarperCollins
Length: 400 pages
Reading dates: 11-14 October 2020
Because every love story has one last thing to say…
The PS, I Love You Club.
These are the six words written on a card handed to Holly Kennedy. They’re words that are engraved on her heart – because PS, I Love You is how her husband, Gerry, signed his last letters to her, letters that mark a year she will never forget.
Now, the mysterious club wants something from her. And if Holly can find the courage meet them, she’ll learn what it really means to live life to the full.
Postscript is the long awaited sequel to the bestseller, PS, I Love You which was published back in 2004 which is when I also read it. I have a terrible memory when it comes to books I read, but PS, I Love You always stayed with me. For those that haven’t read it, Holly is a young widow – as the book opens her husband Gerry has died and left her barely functioning. But then letters start to arrive from beyond the grave. Gerry had written Holly letters, which give her instructions and gradually these letters help her start to recover.
In Postscript, we join Holly six years later. She has a new partner Gabriel and is happy. When her sister persuades her to take part in a podcast on grief and she tells her story, she is contacted by a group who are calling themselves the PS, I Love You Group. This small group have come together because they are all terminally ill and want to leave letters for their loved ones and they want Holly’s help.
To begin with she is horrified at the thought of the responsibility of helping these people but she begins to realise she can really help them. But in doing so, it brings back the pain of Gerry’s death and makes her question if what he did was really helpful and who it was really for.
Cecelia Ahern is one of my go to authors and she has effortlessly slipped back into Holly’s world and what a joy it was to be there! I must admit it brought tears to my eyes – hearing the stories of the group and what they wanted to do for their loved ones is so sad. The lovely Ginika especially, a young mother of baby Jewel who is dying of cancer was particularly heart-breaking.
But there is also humour in the pages. Holly is a delightful character and her family are supportive. A tender and heart-warming read – I loved this!
About the author:
Cecelia Ahern (born 30 September 1981) is an Irish novelist whose work was first published in 2004. Ahern was born and grew up in Dublin. She is now published in nearly fifty countries, and has sold over 25 million copies of her novels worldwide. 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 has published several novels and contributed a number of short stories to various anthologies. Ahern also created and produced the ABC comedy Samantha Who? starring Christina Applegate.
She is married with two children.