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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 w 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…


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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 w 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…

30 review for Postscript

  1. 5 out of 5

    Paromjit

    Cecilia Ahern writes a terrific sequel to PS I Love You, immersing us once again in the life of 37 year old Holly Kennedy seven years on since the loss of her beloved husband, Gerry, from cancer at the too young age of 30. She has established a new life with tree man, Gabriel, and is working at her sister, Ciara's second hand vintage shop, Magpie, and still close to her friends, Sharon and Denise. Despite misgivings, she has agreed to support Ciara by taking part in her podcast on grief and loss Cecilia Ahern writes a terrific sequel to PS I Love You, immersing us once again in the life of 37 year old Holly Kennedy seven years on since the loss of her beloved husband, Gerry, from cancer at the too young age of 30. She has established a new life with tree man, Gabriel, and is working at her sister, Ciara's second hand vintage shop, Magpie, and still close to her friends, Sharon and Denise. Despite misgivings, she has agreed to support Ciara by taking part in her podcast on grief and loss, and talking about her experience of losing Gerry and the letters he left behind for her. The huge response she gets makes her deeply uncomfortable. When a new group sets itself up as the PS I Love You Club and asks for her help, Holly's instinct is to refuse, it has taken so much out of her to find the strength to survive Gerry's loss, and she is reluctant to revisit and let Gerry once again consume a big part of her life. However, she finds herself drawn into the club after meeting its members, a diverse group of characters led by Joy after the death of Angela, seeking her input into their very own versions of PS I love you letters. Her family are there to support her, despite their reservations, although Gabriel's opposition to her involvement is more intractable. Gabriel's dream has always been to reconnect with his daughter, Ava, who lives her mother, Kate, and has shunned his efforts to have her in his life. Holly has finally engaged in the process of selling her and Gerry's starter home and move in with Gabriel. As Ava's life becomes more troubled, and her relationship with her mother deteriorates, she at long last turns to Gabriel. Gabriel is overjoyed but it poses some challenges to the life he and Holly had planned. As Holly engages with the club, she finds herself getting closer to them, particularly the young Ginika, and her baby, Jewel, as she takes on the task of teaching Ginika to read and write. Holly finds she gets more back from the club than she could ever have envisaged, not to mention the gift of the friendships that develop. She finds revisiting her past with Gerry proves to be a more rewarding experience than she expected as she becomes aware that she is now a different person from the one Gerry knew, because of his loss. The stories of the challenges faced by the club members and Holly herself show that our most heartbreaking losses have the potential to shape stronger versions of ourselves and build a new and better sense of who we are. Ahern writes with humanity and compassion on the poignant themes of grief and loss, the challenges of facing our own mortality, preparing for death, whilst providing glimpses of light and hope in the process. This is a wonderful read that I think so many readers will enjoy, and a pleasure to get reacquainted with Holly in this new phase of her life. Many thanks to HarperCollins for an ARC.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Mischenko

    Postscript picks up after PS, I love you, but about 6 years after the final letter. Holly is in a new relationship with a man named Gabriel, and she’s planning a move. Now, at the request of her sister, Ciara, she’s agreed to share her story about Gerry’s letters via a radio podcast discussing grief. Once aired, people want to know more about the contents of every letter and how Holly coped. Why? They want to write their own letters to their loved ones before they leave this earth. This conjures Postscript picks up after PS, I love you, but about 6 years after the final letter. Holly is in a new relationship with a man named Gabriel, and she’s planning a move. Now, at the request of her sister, Ciara, she’s agreed to share her story about Gerry’s letters via a radio podcast discussing grief. Once aired, people want to know more about the contents of every letter and how Holly coped. Why? They want to write their own letters to their loved ones before they leave this earth. This conjures up the past which Holly has strived to put behind her, but could it be the exact thing she needs to truly heal? You never know what to expect with sequels, but this book turned out to be so good. Once again, I fell in love with the writing beginning with the epilogue and pretty much devoured the book. It was wonderful reading about all the characters from the first book again and seeing how their lives have progressed. Not only that, new characters in the story make it incredibly emotional, and once again the author has done a beautiful job adding in the perfect mix of emotions here. The topics were thought-provoking as well, leaving me to contemplate what we can learn from others who’ve had to rebuild their lives after loss, and also the healing power that comes from the people around us. Something fans of the first book will appreciate is that parts of the time Holly and Gerry spent together (previously unshared) are brought out in this book, continuing their story, even though Holly’s moved on. Holly reminisces on some of the plans they had before Gerry got sick and also what it was like letting him go in his final days. She’s constantly reflecting throughout the book and I loved that. This book is very much a continuation of her journey, but also shares the journeys of others who are preparing to leave their loved ones behind. Postscript is perfectly set up to begin as a stand-alone for those who haven’t read the first book, although I would highly recommend starting with the first if you can, because there’s so much you’ll miss out on if you don’t. From the very beginning, to the beautiful, surprising end, Postscript had me captivated. If you’re a PS, I love you fan, don’t miss this one! 4.5-stars

  3. 4 out of 5

    Kim ~ It’s All About the Thrill

    Excuse me while I ugly cry 😢I knew this book would be emotional… although the first book was much more so for me! I was so pleasantly shocked to see a sequel to P.S. I Love You that I was over the moon excited when I got approved for this ARC. I admit I was a bit hesitant to start as I didn't know if I could take the emotions that it would bring out. Thankfully the first one was way more emotional for me. I did tear up a couple of times but it was not the anguish that I felt with the first book. Excuse me while I ugly cry 😢I knew this book would be emotional… although the first book was much more so for me! I was so pleasantly shocked to see a sequel to P.S. I Love You that I was over the moon excited when I got approved for this ARC. I admit I was a bit hesitant to start as I didn't know if I could take the emotions that it would bring out. Thankfully the first one was way more emotional for me. I did tear up a couple of times but it was not the anguish that I felt with the first book. Not to worry, if you have not read the first book, this can totally be read as a stand alone. The author clues you in to the content of the last book. Honestly I couldn't remember all the details of the first book since it was like well umm 15 years ago that I had read it. What I did remember is that it was about Holly dealing with Gerry's death and the letters he left her to open each month. OMGGG heartbreaking. Anyways Holly is finally starting to heal and move on in this book. She is finding her way and faced with a proposition...one that could help others deal with losing a loved one but is she up to it??? Does she want to revisit all these feelings? I enjoyed taking this journey with Holly again. She has changed, she has grown. I must admit I was not a fan of her new man. Why I am not sure. I can see why he would feel the way he does but...yah not a fan of him though. Anyways I enjoyed this book even though it was sad at points....The first book is a must! I never did get a chance to review it as I don't know if Goodreads was even around that long ago. It seems like a lifetime ago! Thank you to the author for letting us see that Holly is on the mend even though it is still a struggle each day as it is with anyone that has lost a loved one. It doesn't really get easier, you just have to learn how to cope. Thank you so very much to Grand Central Publishing for this ARC!

  4. 5 out of 5

    Carlos

    I think I’m in the minority here but this didn’t work out for me at all. I remember reading P.S. I Love You when it originally came out a gazillion years ago and enjoying it (although later on I despised the movie). But this book has to be one of the most unnecessary sequels ever written. The whole premise feels contrived and manipulative as hell, the plot is boring, repetitive and super predictable and I couldn’t connect with most of the characters. Though it has some touching moments, it tries I think I’m in the minority here but this didn’t work out for me at all. I remember reading P.S. I Love You when it originally came out a gazillion years ago and enjoying it (although later on I despised the movie). But this book has to be one of the most unnecessary sequels ever written. The whole premise feels contrived and manipulative as hell, the plot is boring, repetitive and super predictable and I couldn’t connect with most of the characters. Though it has some touching moments, it tries too hard to tug at your heartstrings and make you cry but when you don’t care enough for any of the characters it’s difficult to shed even a single tear, hard as the author tries. Thanks to NetGalley and HarperCollins for providing an eARC in exchange for an honest review.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Amanda

    We return to Holly Kennedy in this sequel to “P.S I Love You “ it’s been seven years since she lost her husband Gerry to cancer. She has slowly started to rebuild her life again, dating and considering moving in with Gabriel. Holly’s sister Ciara persuades her to take part in her podcast about coping with grief, where she talks about how her letters from Gerry helped her in the throes of grief. Afterwards Angela Carberry tries to persuade her to write a book about her experiences, when she declin We return to Holly Kennedy in this sequel to “P.S I Love You “ it’s been seven years since she lost her husband Gerry to cancer. She has slowly started to rebuild her life again, dating and considering moving in with Gabriel. Holly’s sister Ciara persuades her to take part in her podcast about coping with grief, where she talks about how her letters from Gerry helped her in the throes of grief. Afterwards Angela Carberry tries to persuade her to write a book about her experiences, when she declines she sends her a business card with the words “P.S I Love You Club” printed on it. She is furious she used Gerry’s saying, that is very dear to her. The P. S I Love You Club members are a group of people who are dying , but want to leave their loved ones with their own form of P.S messages. By helping these members, will it bring back all the pain and grief again of losing Gerry? Sometimes when you read a sequel, you worry that it will never be as good as the original but I’m pleased to say that this wasn’t the case!! At times I could not see the words as tears streamed down my face then in the next second I would roar with laughter. An emotional rollercoaster of a book, but one that is so beautifully written. I don’t think I’ve ever read a book that has affected me so much. (Well not since P.S I Love You) it made me think about my own mortality and of the people I have loved and lost. A must read book that will steal you’re heart and stay with you long after reading it. Have the tissues handy!!! Thank you to Netgalley for my copy in exchange for a review.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Zoe

    Sensitive, pensive, and emotionally heart wrenching! In this absorbing sequel in the P.S. I Love You series, Postscript, we head back into the life of Holly Kennedy seven years after the death of her husband Gerry when a guest spot on a podcast inadvertently upheaves her life and causes tears to be shed, lives to be remembered and celebrated, friendships old and new to be savoured, and love to be forged and shared. The writing is skillful and seamless. The characters are well-drawn, genuine, and k Sensitive, pensive, and emotionally heart wrenching! In this absorbing sequel in the P.S. I Love You series, Postscript, we head back into the life of Holly Kennedy seven years after the death of her husband Gerry when a guest spot on a podcast inadvertently upheaves her life and causes tears to be shed, lives to be remembered and celebrated, friendships old and new to be savoured, and love to be forged and shared. The writing is skillful and seamless. The characters are well-drawn, genuine, and kind. And the plot is the perfect blend of hope, heart, humour, drama, and palpable emotion. Postscript is, ultimately, a story about life, love, heartbreak, grief, friendship, family, and moving on. It’s an immersive, insightful, touching tale that once again showcases Ahern’s incredible, innate ability to delve into all the psychological and emotional entanglements associated with loss and weave them into a story you can’t put down. It will make you laugh, it will make you cry, and it will remind you that life is too short and the words “I Love You” can never be said enough. Thank you to Grand Central Publishing for providing me with a copy in exchange for an honest review.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Miriam Smith (A Mother’s Musings)

    Cecelia Ahern’s “Postcript” is the follow up sequel to her moving, worldwide best selling novel “P.S. I Love You”. I haven’t read the the first book but I did watch the movie many years ago and remember it quite vividly. Even if you haven’t done either, there’s plenty within the story to get the drift of what the premise is about. It’s seven years since Holly’s husband Gerry died from cancer and she’s finally moved on with her life; working in her sister Ciara’s second hand shop and planning on Cecelia Ahern’s “Postcript” is the follow up sequel to her moving, worldwide best selling novel “P.S. I Love You”. I haven’t read the the first book but I did watch the movie many years ago and remember it quite vividly. Even if you haven’t done either, there’s plenty within the story to get the drift of what the premise is about. It’s seven years since Holly’s husband Gerry died from cancer and she’s finally moved on with her life; working in her sister Ciara’s second hand shop and planning on moving in with her boyfriend Gabriel. When Ciara arranges to record a podcast with Holly to discuss the letters Gerry left her after his death, signed ‘P.S. I Love You’, terminally ill patients are interested in gaining Holly’s advice to leave similar mementoes for their loved ones. Holly can’t decide if she wants to help, fearing old wounds will be opened and her grief reawakened. When her close friends and family have mixed advice, she tries to avoid becoming involved any further but she soon realises the recently formed ‘P.S. I Love You Club’ isn’t going to go away. This book is very emotional, moving and poignant. I can imagine if you’ve recently lost someone, this story could well be a trigger for grief, since obviously the main theme of the story is death and those we leave behind. However, due to the compassionate writing and some often funny moments, it isn’t all doom and gloom and truly has some memorable moments. Holly is a very likeable character and her relationship with her sister and two best friends is very endearing and a joy to read. The new Holly isn’t the Holly that Gerry left the letters for and it was interesting to see how she’d dealt with the death of her husband and how she’d moved on in the last seven years. Holly is now in reverse positions with Gerry, sensing the emotions he felt when he wrote and planned his letters. Helping people making sure their messages are passed on after their deaths, was a fabulous idea by the author and nice follow up to a much loved movie and novel. The individual members of the club are each very unique and their distinctive requests were so special to their loved ones. Ginika’s request was particularly poignant and I felt I was there in the middle of the story with her and her baby, as she prepared herself to be able to complete her mission. I definitely had a tear in my eye on many occasion but in a loving, heartwarming way and without a doubt this book makes you contemplative and reflective on how short life actually is and to ensure you make the most of what time you have. I was moved and entertained in equal parts and I would certainly like to see how the ‘P.S. I Love You Club’ develops further and meet some more new characters as they make their final wishes. 4 stars

  8. 5 out of 5

    Ivana - Diary of Difference

    Wishlist | Blog | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Ko-fi I am so glad I had the chance to read Postscript by Cecelia Ahern as part of the bookstagram readalong. Thank you to Cecelia Ahern, Harper Collins and Tandem Collective UK for the gifted copy and this amazing opportunity. Synopsis: When Holly lost her husband Gerry, he left letters for her to read after his death, all of them signed with PS, I Love You. These letters helped her go through the process of grief, get back on her feet and st Wishlist | Blog | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Ko-fi I am so glad I had the chance to read Postscript by Cecelia Ahern as part of the bookstagram readalong. Thank you to Cecelia Ahern, Harper Collins and Tandem Collective UK for the gifted copy and this amazing opportunity. Synopsis: When Holly lost her husband Gerry, he left letters for her to read after his death, all of them signed with PS, I Love You. These letters helped her go through the process of grief, get back on her feet and start to love again. Now, years later, a mysterious club wants to meet her. And if Holly can find the courage to discover more, she’ll learn what living fully truly means. My Thoughts of Postscript: First of all, this is an emotional read, so aside from the book and a bookmark, you’ll also need tissues. Postscript will take you on a journey of self-discovery and teach you to love life again. Without spoiling too much, I want to say that this book is incredible. It touches on the subject of death, and what people who know they’re dying can do to ease the pain for their families, but to also stay remembered a bit longer. Just like Gerry did for Holly. And through other people that Holly meets, she discovers a part of Gerry she never knew existed before. “We don’t often remember how we met, we often remember how we parted.” Holly is an incredible character that shows amazing character development. Her life is emotional and her choices make you wonder what you would have done if you were in her place. I also really loved Ginika and Jewel, as well as Denise. Cecelia Ahern has this amazing skill – to make you care about all the characters in her book, no matter how little they may be featured. I even found myself adoring Phillip, who only appeared in a few pages in the book. Postscript is emotional and raw. But it’s also real and relatable to so many people, unfortunately. And I like to think that Holly gets the closure she needed and now she is able to finally fully move on. A true masterpiece that I wholeheartedly recommend.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Amanda

    We return to Holly Kennedy in this sequel to “P.S I Love You “ it’s been seven years since she lost her husband Gerry to cancer. She has slowly started to rebuild her life again, dating and considering moving in with Gabriel. Holly’s sister Ciara persuades her to take part in her podcast about coping with grief, where she talks about how her letters from Gerry helped her in the throes of grief. Afterwards Angela Carberry tries to persuade her to write a book about her experiences, when she declin We return to Holly Kennedy in this sequel to “P.S I Love You “ it’s been seven years since she lost her husband Gerry to cancer. She has slowly started to rebuild her life again, dating and considering moving in with Gabriel. Holly’s sister Ciara persuades her to take part in her podcast about coping with grief, where she talks about how her letters from Gerry helped her in the throes of grief. Afterwards Angela Carberry tries to persuade her to write a book about her experiences, when she declines she sends her a business card with the words “P.S I Love You Club” printed on it. She is furious she used Gerry’s saying, that is very dear to her. I was so engrossed with this book I did not realise I only received the sample.. What I read has intrigued me to purchase the full title. Full review to come . Thank you to Netgalley for my copy in exchange for a review.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Alice (Married To Books)

    4.5 stars! I was on the promotional blog tour for Postscript. Thanks to the publishers HarperCollins for letting me be a part of the tour. A massive thank you to HarperCollins for letting me be a part of Holly’s story. To first experience the raw emotions that PS I Love You gave and then Postscript was a beautiful journey. Holly losing her husband wasn’t easy to read, but the fact that a collection of letters can bring so many loved ones together is heartwarming. I really enjoyed the writing style 4.5 stars! I was on the promotional blog tour for Postscript. Thanks to the publishers HarperCollins for letting me be a part of the tour. A massive thank you to HarperCollins for letting me be a part of Holly’s story. To first experience the raw emotions that PS I Love You gave and then Postscript was a beautiful journey. Holly losing her husband wasn’t easy to read, but the fact that a collection of letters can bring so many loved ones together is heartwarming. I really enjoyed the writing style as well as meeting the characters that really benefited from the PS I Love You club. Lots of topics are included in both books: Grief, Friendship, Love, Travel and the importance of living life. A reality check that we only live once and Postscript really makes the message clear: Make the most of every opportunity that comes your way. Highly recommended!

  11. 4 out of 5

    Melissa

    When I first became a Cecelia Ahern fan, I was hesitant to read P.S. I Love You because of the subject matter. However, something pushed me to check it out and then I loved it! (I didn't feel like the movie did it justice though). When I first heard about Postscript being published, I couldn't wait to get my hands on a copy! Was it worth the sixteen (seven for Holly) year wait? I can attest that it was! The story was a good follow-up to P.S. I Love You. It was nice to revisit Holly's story and se When I first became a Cecelia Ahern fan, I was hesitant to read P.S. I Love You because of the subject matter. However, something pushed me to check it out and then I loved it! (I didn't feel like the movie did it justice though). When I first heard about Postscript being published, I couldn't wait to get my hands on a copy! Was it worth the sixteen (seven for Holly) year wait? I can attest that it was! The story was a good follow-up to P.S. I Love You. It was nice to revisit Holly's story and see what she has been up to, as well as check in with her family again. I'm glad Ciara got even more time in the story, since I really liked her in P.S. and even think she should have her own spin-off novel. I felt like Daniel should have been reintroduced somehow, as well. (Harry Connick Jr. played him in the movie.) I liked the idea of the P.S. I Love You club and how Holly was resisting getting involved but kept getting pulled into the fray. I found myself caring about the people in the club, especially Ginika. However, I felt like one of them didn't get as much closure. I had a feeling of where one aspect of the story was going (and was right), but the rest of it was surprising. This was a sweet story overall and it gives new insight about grief. Movie casting suggestions, since I wasn't fond of the P.S. I Love You movie casting: Holly: Hayley Atwell Denise: Rebecca Hall Ciara: Jessica De Gouw Sharon: Jodie Whittaker Gabriel: Michael Fassbender Ginika: Aparna Brielle Paul: Ben Whishaw Bert: Ron Cephas Jones Review originally posted at Chick Lit Central. (Giveaway too!)

  12. 5 out of 5

    Bookphenomena (Micky)

    POSTSCRIPT was the sequel I never thought I needed. Let’s face it, PS I Love You finished in a good place and so it has existed for over a decade. I was worried that book two would sully the good memories I have of book one, I was worried it would disappoint, it did none of these things. Holly was seven years down the line from Gerry’s death, living her life, happy, in a relationship and officially in a different phase of her life from when she recceived the original letters. I wondered where Cec POSTSCRIPT was the sequel I never thought I needed. Let’s face it, PS I Love You finished in a good place and so it has existed for over a decade. I was worried that book two would sully the good memories I have of book one, I was worried it would disappoint, it did none of these things. Holly was seven years down the line from Gerry’s death, living her life, happy, in a relationship and officially in a different phase of her life from when she recceived the original letters. I wondered where Cecelia Ahern would take us, without harping back to the experiences of the first book too much but Gerry’s letters were used for good, to empower others. What I liked about Holly in this book was that she was still a bit of a hot mess. She didn’t have it all together, even after all this time, showing this was just a personality trait. What I also loved reading about was Holly’s grief for Gerry and the life she lost. The grief that shone through was dulled down but with occasional acuteness and this seemed real. The quest that Holly went on alongside others in her PS I Love You club was a journey. I had my reservations about it just like her boyfriend, friends and family but I was won around by those characters of Bert, Genika and Jewel especially. I made it to 88% rather smugly thinking that ‘I’ve not cried, I wont now’… and then proceeded to sob twice before the end. …ultimately, it’s all anyone wants. Not to get lost, or left behind, not to be forgotten, to always be a part of the moments they know they’ll miss. To leave their stamp. To be remembered. Cecelia Ahern wrote about the journey towards death and the grief that ensues with sensitivity and tangibility. She also wrote it in an uplifting style. She connected me to the characters and narratives with skill and affection. I am so glad that this second instalment came along and made it seem as though no years had passed since the last book. Thank you Harper Collins for the early review copy. This review can be found on A Take From Two Cities Book Blog here.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Sentranced Jem

    What an epic sampler! I love PS: I Love you and now reading even the sampler is making my heart sing with joy and sadness. The sampler was just 😍 I am dying the read the rest of the book.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Bookread2day

    Postscript is one of those hats off to with a boldly different setting. It's quite a heartbreaking time reading this one, so one thing I would suggest is make sure you some tissues near by as its hard not to feel tears in your eyes. Holly Kennedy is braverly, giving a talk about How To a Talk About Death, which not an easy subject to talk about. it's the one subject that any family member don't like discussing with their family or other people. Holly Kennedy at a very young age, very sadly lost Postscript is one of those hats off to with a boldly different setting. It's quite a heartbreaking time reading this one, so one thing I would suggest is make sure you some tissues near by as its hard not to feel tears in your eyes. Holly Kennedy is braverly, giving a talk about How To a Talk About Death, which not an easy subject to talk about. it's the one subject that any family member don't like discussing with their family or other people. Holly Kennedy at a very young age, very sadly lost her husband seven years ago through cancer. Her husband Gerry left her letters to be opened in the months after he passed, with each letter ended with the most sweetest words P.S. I Love You. This wrecked my heart, but I could see their point of view, when someone people have been diagnosed with terminal cancer they too want to write letters for their loved ones and require Holly's help. This is one book that I easily got I hooked into every page so much, exploring with in the story what happened next. The cover is beautiful with the gold envelope and black heart on which is indicating Gerry's letters he wrote for his wife Holly. I'm now left wondering what does my favourite author Cecelia Ahern have scheduled for her next book? What it maybe it will go in my diary as a must read! I can quite easily see this book made into film, just like The Fault In Our Stars. Cecelia Ahern is one of the most strongest authors whose has the ability to showcase on subject. I have hooked into so many of Cecelia Ahern''s book with Flawed, How To Fall In Love, The Year I Met You and another I book that I recommend by Cecelia Ahern is The Marble a Collector. And now with high flying colours I'm going to very highly recommend Postscript.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Nursebookie

    This sequel of PS I Love You that was sixteen years in the making by Cecelia Ahern certainly grabbed at my heart strings. Some advice when reading this, keep some tissues handy because I am certain that your tear ducts will overflow. This novel was heartwarming and touching. Reading this book made me reflect about the love we have in ourselves and that love we give to someone else. Are there limits? How far can that love reach others? Ahern's brilliance is her ability to understand the human exi This sequel of PS I Love You that was sixteen years in the making by Cecelia Ahern certainly grabbed at my heart strings. Some advice when reading this, keep some tissues handy because I am certain that your tear ducts will overflow. This novel was heartwarming and touching. Reading this book made me reflect about the love we have in ourselves and that love we give to someone else. Are there limits? How far can that love reach others? Ahern's brilliance is her ability to understand the human existence, deep feelings, the visceral emotional experience and the uplifting power of hope and love. I am so glad to have read this book that made me laugh, cry, and understand deeply. Thank you Cecelia Ahern for a fabulous sequel.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Literary Redhead

    Loved the movie “PS, I Love You” with Gerard Butler as the perfect husband ... swoon! So swept up this enticing preview for the sequel, which focuses on Holly Kennedy’s life seven years after her husband’s death. Highly recommended. Pub Date 23 Sep 2019. Thanks to the author, HarperCollins Publishers Australia, and NetGalley for the review copy. Opinions are mine. #PostscriptNetGalley #NetGalley

  17. 5 out of 5

    alterego_bookaholic (Upasana Singh)

    Big fan of PS I LOVE YOU and dont remember the number of times i have read the book then came this much awaited Sequel and it was just the way i expected it.... The PS Club shows so much one can do in real life for their loved ones and still be around them through fond memories and not the deterioration they are going through towards the end of their life. Living life to fullest and making the most memorable memory for their loved one even though not being around them physically.... Cecelia Aher Big fan of PS I LOVE YOU and dont remember the number of times i have read the book then came this much awaited Sequel and it was just the way i expected it.... The PS Club shows so much one can do in real life for their loved ones and still be around them through fond memories and not the deterioration they are going through towards the end of their life. Living life to fullest and making the most memorable memory for their loved one even though not being around them physically.... Cecelia Ahern’s one of the best works...

  18. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

    Abandoned after only 15%. Meh and more meh 😒 Just not my cup of tea at all.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Emma Garland

    He’s in the wall. But he’s not there, he’s not here. He’s gone. Energy elsewhere. Dissolved, besprinkled particles of matter around me. Having a serious chick lit/romance addiction in my teens, naturally ps. I love you was a firm favourite. The film even more so, because let’s face it, you can’t see Gerald butler or hear his accent in the book right? When I saw the advertisement for postscript i knew I had to read it and I was not disappointed. Seven years after the death of her husband Gerry, H He’s in the wall. But he’s not there, he’s not here. He’s gone. Energy elsewhere. Dissolved, besprinkled particles of matter around me. Having a serious chick lit/romance addiction in my teens, naturally ps. I love you was a firm favourite. The film even more so, because let’s face it, you can’t see Gerald butler or hear his accent in the book right? When I saw the advertisement for postscript i knew I had to read it and I was not disappointed. Seven years after the death of her husband Gerry, Holly Kennedy is no longer surviving, she is living. Working with her sister Ciara at her second hand vintage shop, she manages to pursuade Holly to be interviewed for her podcast. The topic is death and the letters left for her by Gerry, signed p.s I love you. The podcast however attracts an audience and afterwards holly is approached by a select few who have started a club called p.s I love you. They are asking for her help to leave something behind for their loved ones. Holly finally feels like she’s moved forward, her friends and family worry that this will drag her backwards. After meeting the club to initially refuse, Holly finds herself swept away with their stories. Can Holly delve into her past without letting it affect her future? I found the beginning a little slow but persevere my friend and you shall be rewarded. Cecelia ahern writes with raw emotion and a dose of magic. It made me well up in parts and once finished left me with a renewed appreciation of life and the pure injustice of it all. A kaleidoscope of emotions from beginning to end, this is a certified tear jerker! 4 stars from me. ✨

  20. 4 out of 5

    Madeline Nixon

    I have to start by saying that I did not like PS I Love You. I found a lot of things about it very frustrating, but I absolutely adored this sequel. I loved this more mature version of Holly and the more matured writing of Cecelia Ahern. She has come a long way from her debut novel. This story was layered in emotion, spirituality, and love. And though I was crying for the last 20 or so pages of the book, I was left feeling uplifted and thankful. This was such a brilliant sequel and continuation I have to start by saying that I did not like PS I Love You. I found a lot of things about it very frustrating, but I absolutely adored this sequel. I loved this more mature version of Holly and the more matured writing of Cecelia Ahern. She has come a long way from her debut novel. This story was layered in emotion, spirituality, and love. And though I was crying for the last 20 or so pages of the book, I was left feeling uplifted and thankful. This was such a brilliant sequel and continuation of the PS I Love You story. (I was gifted an ARC of this book by HarperCollins, all opinions are my own)

  21. 4 out of 5

    Claire

    I read P.S. I Love You about 10 years ago, and I remember being quite emotionally involved and moved by the story. It meant that when I got the chance to read this sampler of the sequel, I was actually quite excited. Unfortunately I think there is a difference in maturity between 20 year old me and 30 year old me. I found this contrived, and the whole thing a bit tedious. The highlight was Sharon and her buggy. That did make me laugh so I will give 2 stars rather than 1! I won't be reading the f I read P.S. I Love You about 10 years ago, and I remember being quite emotionally involved and moved by the story. It meant that when I got the chance to read this sampler of the sequel, I was actually quite excited. Unfortunately I think there is a difference in maturity between 20 year old me and 30 year old me. I found this contrived, and the whole thing a bit tedious. The highlight was Sharon and her buggy. That did make me laugh so I will give 2 stars rather than 1! I won't be reading the full version of this, as to be honest, I really couldn't care less about what Holly gets up to. Thanks to NetGalley for providing the sneak preview and from saving me from buying the full book when it is released!

  22. 4 out of 5

    Cynthia Vega

    I don’t know how I feel about this but you’re damn right I’m going to read it.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Kaisha (The Writing Garnet)

    All reviews can be found on my blog at https://thewritinggarnet.wordpress.com Oh my goodness me. It’s been fifteen years since ‘PS.I Love You’ was originally published. Never in a million years did I think that fifteen years down the line, Cecelia Ahern would write a sequel to the book that became a number one bestseller in multiple countries, AND end up being made into a major film starring Hilary Swank, Gerard Butler, Harry Connick JR, and Kathy Bates…to name a few. I cannot even remember when All reviews can be found on my blog at https://thewritinggarnet.wordpress.com Oh my goodness me. It’s been fifteen years since ‘PS.I Love You’ was originally published. Never in a million years did I think that fifteen years down the line, Cecelia Ahern would write a sequel to the book that became a number one bestseller in multiple countries, AND end up being made into a major film starring Hilary Swank, Gerard Butler, Harry Connick JR, and Kathy Bates…to name a few. I cannot even remember when I first sat down to read ‘Ps.I Love You’, however it is one of the few books that I have read more than twice. When it became public knowledge that a sequel was in the works, I literally could no contain my excitement! I mean, the first book broke my heart – how could Cecelia Ahern up the ante on that? Plus, with sequels, it’s often a worry that they can end up ruining the vibe of the serial – Postscript did not ruin anything. In fact, I would even go as far to say that it was even more incredible than its predecessor. If you haven’t read ‘Ps.I Love You’, I would highly recommend reading it before you get stuck into ‘Postscript’ as a lot of things will not make sense if you just go into the second book blind. So, to ‘Postscript’…. I was advised to keep tissues by my side whilst I read the book. I ignored the advice. I was told that I would probably cry. I shrugged my shoulders and thought ‘no way’. I was told to be prepared for an emotional read. Again, I ignored that. Again, I was told to have a pack of tissues handy because I would be needing them. I didn’t think that I would need them… I bloody needed them. I needed a gigantic pack of tissues and then some. I honestly thought that I would be able to read the entire book unscathed – how wrong was I! By the time I had 56 pages of the book left, I had sobbed my heart out FOUR TIMES, yet I had also burst out laughing several times too. Yes, ‘Postscript’ is an extremely emotional read. Yes, it’s devastating in parts, and yes, it smashed my heart into smithereens. However, it was also beautiful. Poignant. Powerful. ‘Postscript’ tells the story of Holly’s life after Gerry’s death seven years prior. To the outside world, Holly has moved on. To Holly, she feels guilty for living her life without Gerry by her side, even though she has no choice. When her sister, Ciara, asks for her help with her podcast, Holly can’t quite shift the sinking feeling in her gut. Part of her thinks that she shouldn’t delve into the emotions that have taken seven years to come to terms with, yet another part of her thinks that it would do her good to talk about Gerry’s death. Never in a million years did Holly ever think that Gerry’s actions would end up inspiring other people, yet they did. They ended up inspiring a group of strangers who begin to embark on their own journeys with different expiry dates; expiry dates that are currently unknown but they all have one thing in common – they want to leave a part of themselves for their loved ones…with Holly’s help. Obviously I’m not going to go into detail about those journeys, Holly’s included, however I will say that all of the characters in this book had their own stories to tell which completely blew me away on various different levels. The poignancy behind their lives, who they loved, and what they wanted to achieve, was just so emotional and moving. It was so hard to just sit and watch certain things happening to people who didn’t deserve it. I wanted to reach inside of the book and make everything okay, but I couldn’t. Clearly. The thing is, even if I could have done something to make it all okay, it wouldn’t have been realistic. Thousands upon thousands of people go through things similar to the characters in this book, and thousands upon thousands of people wish they could become a superhero and make everything okay. The reality of that though, is that it isn’t reality and often that can be the hardest thing to accept. As I said above, I sobbed my heart out a total of FIVE times by the end of the book. I was so overwhelmed by Cecelia Ahern’s beautiful words and the way in which she made every character have a voice. Ahern didn’t gloss over anything, pretending that life was all rosy and that everything would magically be fine. Instead, she told the story of life for what it was; a journey of existence. A journey of power. A journey of emotional. A journey of constant memories. It doesn’t feel as though fifteen years have passed since Holly and Gerry entered our lives, especially as ‘Postscript’ just continues the story as though there has never been a break between books. ‘Postscript’ is the most humbling, empowering, beautifully written novel I have EVER read. Cecelia Ahern has a timeless beauty about her, with a writing style that goes beyond anything I have ever come across before. There comes a point in your life where you read a book which fills your body with fizzy emotion, empowering knowledge, poignant hope, and the ability to witness life in all of its glory – ‘PostScript’, for me, is that book.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Kate

    Feels slightly more laboured than its predecessor, but at its core it's just really generous, which I loved. Feels slightly more laboured than its predecessor, but at its core it's just really generous, which I loved.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Mairead Hearne (swirlandthread.com)

    ‘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…’ There was a seismic shift, the planets moved, there was a collective roar when it was announced that the very much longed for sequel to the international and New York Times bestselling PS I Love You was on it’s way….. AND NOW THE TIME HAS COME…. What did Holly do next? Time to find out. Postscript by Cecelia Ahern will be published on September 1 ‘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…’ There was a seismic shift, the planets moved, there was a collective roar when it was announced that the very much longed for sequel to the international and New York Times bestselling PS I Love You was on it’s way….. AND NOW THE TIME HAS COME…. What did Holly do next? Time to find out. Postscript by Cecelia Ahern will be published on September 19th with Harper Collins and is a tear-jerking, hankie-soaking read that will pull at EVERY heart string. I was just a little shattered on finishing it if I’m honest… For anyone who has suffered a bereavement or witnessed a loved one slip away after a battle with a terminal illness, Cecelia Ahern’s words will cut deep. I am not going to go into my own personal experiences but what I will say is that the stars aligned with the timing of this book for me. It was the perfect fit. Whether or not you have read PS I Love You is irrelevant when picking up a copy of Postscript, as Cecelia Ahern weaves Holly’s past expertly into the present. If you have read PS I Love You then you know you are set for another crazy, emotional roller-coaster of a ride. Holly Kennedy lives in Dublin in the home she shared with Gerry. Gerry was the love of Holly’s life. From the age of fourteen, they were inseparable, until tragedy struck and Gerry was taken too soon. ‘In the days and months after my husband’s death, I searched for some elusive transcendental connection to him, desperate to feel whole again, like an insufferable thirst that needed to be quenched. On days when I was functioning, his presence would creep up behind me and tap me on the shoulder, and suddenly I’d feel an unbearable emptiness. A parched heart. Grief is endlessly uncontrollable.’ Holly catapulted into a dark place after Gerry passed seven years ago but Gerry knew Holly needed help so he wrote some letters, words that would help her cope with the big gaping hole in her life after he had left her. Holly read these letters every month for a year and now six years after that final letter, Holly is about to start another unexpected and very affecting journey. This unplanned journey will challenge Holly and will make her further examine the life she is now living, the life she thought she had established for herself after Gerry’s death. But can Holly ever truly move on? Is there life for Holly after Gerry? Ciara, Holly’s sister, owns a vintage shop. It is here that Holly works, passing her days sorting through the pockets and paraphernalia of other people’s lives. Holly is happy with her life. She has a new boyfriend, a job she enjoys and is surrounded by friends and family that want only the best for her. Holly is very proud of how she has survived after Gerry’s death but an arbitrary decision to speak about Gerry and his letters in a podcast that her sister hosts will send ripple effects through Holly’s world as she now knows it, changing her life yet again…. Holly is approached by a group, calling themselves the PS, I Love You Club. This group had heard Holly’s words on Ciara’s podcast and were inspired to follow in Gerry’s path, leaving messages for their loved one. This club is no ordinary club. As Holly soon discovers it is made up of a small group of people, who all have one very tragic thing in common – they are all dying. Holly’s emotions are in turmoil. To assist the club means going back over her own traumatic few years since Gerry died but it would also be something special for her to experience, perhaps giving back something to others. Holly makes the brave decision to help if she can but is totally unprepared for the consequences of her actions, of the journey she is about to make. This extraordinary decision she chooses challenges Holly in many ways, initially raising more questions than answers. But her strength of character and her pure determination drive her forward leading her down a very unexpected path, one strewn with obstacles and emotional stumbling blocks. Cecelia Ahern has written a compassionate tale, a book that really touched me and I know it will have a huge impact on many others too. ‘It was such an emotional journey writing this story as that book (PS I Love You) changed my life, and it represents a very important time in my life. I wrote almost every word with tears in my eyes and a lump in my throat…..I’d created the original story around Gerry’s letters, but there were so many more acts that people do – and decisions they make – before they leave the world. I wanted to further develop this thought and include Holly in the journey. It felt right immediately, it felt like a natural continuation of PS, and I knew that if I was ever going to write a sequel, then this was the story.’ – Cecelia Ahern Postscript is a very sensitively written novel. Cecelia Ahern vividly portrays the hurt, the anger, the frustration, the pain and the fear of death but also the hope. All the characters portrayed in Postscript are very authentic, so very real, that it almost felt a privilege to be reading their story. Holly Kennedy is a beautiful caring person who has grown and is constantly growing from the experiences of life, and death, that she has had to manage. Cecelia Ahern has created a warm-hearted individual who has flaws and imperfections that make her just more adorable to all. Postscript will resonate with many readers and for many different reasons. We will all unfortunately experience the death of a loved one. We will all carry our grief very differently but we must all be allowed to travel this journey in our own unique way. ‘A deeply emotional project for me, Postscript is the PS to my PS and while it is a sequel, it is also a story that stands alone about living a purposeful life in the face of illness, grief and loss. I hope that new readers and PS, I Love You fans alike will embrace Holly’s new journey.’ – Cecelia Ahern Postscript is a remarkable and very meaningful book, a book that will stay with me for some time. Highly recommend! (P.S. Tissues a necessity)

  26. 5 out of 5

    Anne's-book-reviews

    And she did it again! Ahern wrote a beautiful follow-up story about Holly Kennedy. The P.S. I love you, sequel, Postscript, shows us how Holly is living her life after Gerry's letters stopped coming. She has a new boyfriend, Gabriel. Holly meets a group of people, who are called the P.S. I love you club, which was established after a podcast about Gerry's letters to Holly. Holly is scared that the groups' intentions will bring Gerry back into her life and will distract her from her loveable life And she did it again! Ahern wrote a beautiful follow-up story about Holly Kennedy. The P.S. I love you, sequel, Postscript, shows us how Holly is living her life after Gerry's letters stopped coming. She has a new boyfriend, Gabriel. Holly meets a group of people, who are called the P.S. I love you club, which was established after a podcast about Gerry's letters to Holly. Holly is scared that the groups' intentions will bring Gerry back into her life and will distract her from her loveable life with Gabriel. But eventually, Holly does decide to help the group of people to write their letters to their loved ones. As I have read P.S. I love you a very long time ago the story was a little vague for me, But after reading several chapters it did all came back to me. First, I thought that the book was unnecessary for P.S. I love you had an ending I was satisfied with. After a short break from reading the book, I went back to it, and found that it wasn't that bad after all. Postscript made me very emotional, full of laughter and sadness, I loved the book, in the end, more than I expected and that was very satisfying. I will definitely recommend this book further, but not before reading P.S. I love you first.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Shannon Rochester

    I was so excited to see this book available at the library one day...it was very much an impulse grab as I already had too many books but it went right to the top of my list of which book to read first. :) And I am happy to say that I was not disappointed in any way. Lately, it seems like four and five stars are becoming harder to find for me. I don't know if my tastes are changing or if my desire to read is becoming smaller but it seems like I just don't like most books as much as I used to. Bu I was so excited to see this book available at the library one day...it was very much an impulse grab as I already had too many books but it went right to the top of my list of which book to read first. :) And I am happy to say that I was not disappointed in any way. Lately, it seems like four and five stars are becoming harder to find for me. I don't know if my tastes are changing or if my desire to read is becoming smaller but it seems like I just don't like most books as much as I used to. But this book I loved. :) Obviously there weren't too many places it could go as all of the notes were given away in the last book but in this one, Holly gets to become the letter writer. She has since moved on after her husband's death and the adventures that led to and now she is with another man and even contemplating moving in with him. Suddenly, after doing a podcast one day concerning her deceased husband's notes, a woman seemingly becomes fixated on Holly helping her...Holly wants nothing of it and refuses to even learn the circumstances....the adventures that wait and the people she meets in this book once she opens up to the idea were amazing to me. :) I love love loved it.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Fiona

    3.5 stars In the first book we got to know Holly, Gerry and their family and friends. We saw holly’s grieving process after the loss of Gerry. Now, seven years later, a club has been founded. The P.S. I love you Club. Inspired by Holly’s and Gerry’s story, other terminal ill people wish to write letters to their loved ones, to remember them by. When they ask Holly for help, her life is turned upside down again. I really liked this book, although I liked the first one better. This story started qu 3.5 stars In the first book we got to know Holly, Gerry and their family and friends. We saw holly’s grieving process after the loss of Gerry. Now, seven years later, a club has been founded. The P.S. I love you Club. Inspired by Holly’s and Gerry’s story, other terminal ill people wish to write letters to their loved ones, to remember them by. When they ask Holly for help, her life is turned upside down again. I really liked this book, although I liked the first one better. This story started quite slow. I did struggle a bit to get through the first part. After that, the story progressed really nice. There are some really touching and emotional moments. Like with Gerry, I got attached to some characters. But there was also a character that I just did not particularly like(view spoiler)[ Gabriel… I don’t like she ended up with him. (hide spoiler)] and that therefor really annoyed me. I am not saying that I skipped those parts, but I definitely got through them rather quickly. Her sister Ciara got a little more ‘’screen time’’, which I really liked. She developed quite a bit more. Although there are some heavy subjects and emotional moments, there is also room for some joy and laughter. It definitely has some memorable moments. I love how Holly again, was able to find herself and thereby able to understand herself better. The ending was very touching and interesting. I liked how things progressed. (view spoiler)[ apart from the Gabriel thing… (hide spoiler)] It was a nice sequel and I enjoyed it, but I would have been fine if the first book was a standalone.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Gabri

    Postscript is so different from PS I Love You, the latter being a chick-lit with a lot of silliness, while also providing some serious depth, hopeful messages and amazingly supportive friends and family. Postscript felt like quite the opposite. It tried hard to be a deep, meaningful read – too hard in my opinion, I can appreciate metaphors, but not when literally everything has to be metaphorical – there wasn’t much humour and gosh what happened to all the support? (view spoiler)[Sharon was bare Postscript is so different from PS I Love You, the latter being a chick-lit with a lot of silliness, while also providing some serious depth, hopeful messages and amazingly supportive friends and family. Postscript felt like quite the opposite. It tried hard to be a deep, meaningful read – too hard in my opinion, I can appreciate metaphors, but not when literally everything has to be metaphorical – there wasn’t much humour and gosh what happened to all the support? (view spoiler)[Sharon was barely in the storyline, and when she was, she was the ‘annoying’ one instead of her best friend for life; Denise's role only grew towards the ending; Ciara was only there to point out that she was worried for her and the rest of her family (Richard? Declan?) didn't receive much attention either. And what the hell happened to John?! Did he cheat? Did Sharon get pregnant from random guys? It seemed to me that Sharon for once was the one in need of support, but she wasn't getting any. (hide spoiler)] The focus was on Holly and the club members, and I get it that means that there’s less room for other people, but I loved the role of those other people in PS I Love You and I didn’t like the members of the club that much (more on this later). I was also very astonished about the comments on Gerry’s parents: “After Gerry's death, I used to meet with his parents a few times a year; they were still family to me, I was still their daughter-in-law”. Erm, what? Did the author just hope most of her audience forgot or didn’t read PS I Love You (view spoiler)[where it became clear that Gerry’s parents were being absolute shite towards her after his death (hide spoiler)] ? Which brings me to another altered subject: how Holly perceived Gerry's letters. In Postscript, Holly comments on how she both loved and resented them, while we didn’t get a single clue of this during PS I Love You. I felt like the author just made that up to support this sequel. I understand that she wanted to explore the downside of it, that it could hold you back in life, but with that, it brought down the loveliness of PS I Love You. A positive remark, however: I finally got the flashbacks of Gerry that I wished PS I Love You had had. Then there was Gabriel. I wasn’t sure what to think of him. I didn’t like him but felt that he had a point in trying to prevent Holly from joining the club (view spoiler)[and Holly was wrong to leave him. I did see the jealousy / competing with Gerry thing, but it just wasn’t worked out well enough to convince me that his behaviour during the first part of the book was ‘justifiable’. (hide spoiler)] But my main reason for disliking the sequel was The Club. It seemed clear to me that Holly was right in not wanting to join the club seeing what it did to her,(view spoiler)[ but then she joins anyway and becomes too involved (hide spoiler)] . Holly keeps yoyoing, and I didn't see any character development. Just when you think she finally gets it There's always another side to the coin, there is no middle ground. But I must find it. I can't lose myself again. (...) I must stop feeling so deeply but I must not be numb; I must move on but I must not forget; I must be happy but not reject sadness; I must embrace, not cling; I must deal with but not dwell on; I must confront but not attack; I must eliminate but not annihilate; I must be gentle with myself but I must be strong. it turns out to make no difference whatsoever. It’s only around like 95% that a psychologist points out to her that she should set her boundaries (seriously, you're bringing that up just now?): “You need rules, you need guidelines. For yourself, and for them. (...) Before you help more people make sure you’re in a secure position yourself.” The whole journey felt unhealthy to me, toxic even. (view spoiler)[Admittedly, in the end Holly learnt a lot and Ginika’s words especially made her rethink her decisions. But I felt like Holly never confronted her true feelings - the real impact it had on her. She says it’s the best thing that happened to her when actually, it wasn’t. “Preparing the letters and films doesn’t steep us in darkness as one would imagine, as Gabriel feared; it’s all positive and fun and forward-thinking.” First of all, we both know it's not; second, as you speak you're worried this is a bad idea and faking a smile. Holly gets caught up in The Club without realizing that it’s just a coping mechanism to not face her feelings about Gerry, Gabriel, life, et cetera. (hide spoiler)] It could have been an interesting way to show that 6 years later she’s still struggling with that balance of remembering Gerry vs moving on, but this was a poor way to prove that. Holly was doing shit again mentally, and she just doesn’t seem to acknowledge it. (view spoiler)[On the off chance I do hook up with somebody on the other side, please don’t get mad, I’ll drop her as soon as you arrive. If you're not looking or waiting for someone else. Although that final letter of Gerry totally made me lose the point of this book again (so Gerry got her letters “right” but what if he didn’t, and this had been a “setback”?), I really loved the letter and it was such a relief to have an original, cute and meaningful letter after all those “copycat” ones (you can do better than ending every single one of them with PS I Love You after Gerry, right?). I also loved that small anecdote on his first note to her. It teared me up a bit, and it should’ve ended there. The epilogue didn’t add anything for me - a guy who looked exactly like Gerry and his wife named 'Molly', seriously? - and I just missed the point. Did Holly learn to remember Gerry while not letting him haunt her? I don’t believe so. (hide spoiler)] Perhaps as a stand-alone some people might enjoy it, but to me, it was a huge disappointment.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Karen Whittard

    I have been in love with Holly and Gerry’s story ever since I read it back in 2004. Wow 15 years ago!! And I have longed for a follow up to see how Holly has been getting on. The book has moved on 7 years. Holly is working in her sisters Ciara’s second hand shop. Holly has a new boyfriend called Gabriel who she is thinking of moving in with. Holly still sees her family every weekend for Sunday roast dinner. Which everyone gathered around the table. Denise and Tom are having struggles of their ow I have been in love with Holly and Gerry’s story ever since I read it back in 2004. Wow 15 years ago!! And I have longed for a follow up to see how Holly has been getting on. The book has moved on 7 years. Holly is working in her sisters Ciara’s second hand shop. Holly has a new boyfriend called Gabriel who she is thinking of moving in with. Holly still sees her family every weekend for Sunday roast dinner. Which everyone gathered around the table. Denise and Tom are having struggles of their own. Denise sadly can’t have children (I felt for her completely) and they have had many failed IVF courses. Denise is blaming herself and believes that Tom deserves better than her as she knows that he desperately wants to start a family. If only she could realise that Tom only wants to start a family with her and is willing to put that aside as long as they can stay together. Sharron is a baby boomer. Which Denise finds hard. (I can completely relate) Sharron has five children and is pregnant with baby 6 on the way. She is stressed, exhausted and doesn’t know what to do with the future ahead of her. Things are steadily ticking along. That is until Angela comes into the second hand shop one day, after hearing Holly tell her beautiful story of loosing Gerry and the letters that he wrote to her. On her sister ciaras podcast. And wants to leave a memory to her loved ones before she goes. Holly is torn. Should she open up the wounds that have started to heal. Should she spiral into that grief once again? It is she happy to it’s her new life and not in need off opening up all those heartbreaking memories once again? Then one day Joy stumbles into the store distraught and in need of some peace. Finding solace in the fact Angela’s joys best friend has donated all of her clothes to Ciaras store in the old place that she used to live. Holly realises that Angela is indeed lady who wanted to begin the P.S I love you club As more and more people from the club start to enter the store. Holly wants nothing more than to hide away. But upon discussing it with her best friends decides that perhaps she should help all these people in their dying wish. There is Bert who wants to take his wife on a treasure hunt, back to all the places that were milestones in their lives. Joy who wants to write a joys secrets scrapebook for her husband so that he can survive when she has gone. Paul who wants to record messages to his wife and children for all the milestones that he is going to miss and Ginika who is illiterate who wants to write one letter to her little girl Jewel in her own words and her own hand. As Holly let’s all these people into her life and goes on the journey with them to make their final wishes come true. Holly can’t help but grow and change in the most remarkable of ways. Healing and hurting, reminiscing and crying, feeling Gerry’s presence back into her life and going on one heck of an emotional rollercoaster. Holly learners all of her strengths and weekenesses and manages to change in the most remarkable of ways. But does Gerry have on final surprise for Holly? Well that is something you will have to read and find out. This book is absolutely beautiful. It deals with sensitive topics in the most beautiful of ways. Weaving Holly, Gerry and Cecelia’s magic throughout the pages of this beautiful book. There were tears, there was laughter, their were times when you take stock of your own life and it left me hugging the book tightly as I let the tears roll down my face on multiple occasions. Thank you so much for taking us back into the lives of these amazing characters Cecelia. Thank you for moving the story in completely the right direction for all of the people we have some to know and love and thank you for doing justice to a book that had a huge place in my heart. You did an amazing job with this book and one that you should feel extremely proud of yourself with. I absolutely loved every minute of it and it has jumped onto the list of favourites books of all time. I loved it. Thank you.

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