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Wednesday, 25 September 2019

#Postscript @Cecelia_Ahern @fictionpubteam

About Postscript

The long-awaited sequel to the bestselling PS, I Love You

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 beings 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

My review of Postscript

Oh where on earth do I start with this beautifully emotive and sensitively written book? It's stunning. It made me laugh. It made me cry. It made me want to stop time and to be thankful for the people in my life. It made me think about the people I have lost. Holly's  story had a deep and resonating impact upon me, and I loved it. 

We meet Holly seven years after Gerry's passing. It was so lovely to be in her company again. It was like being reunited with an old friend. We find that life has moved on, that Holly now works with her sister and is in a relationship with a good man, Gabriel. But has she really moved on? It's when Holly is introduced to the PS I Love You Club that old wounds are reopened and Holly begins to examine her life, her future and if helping the members of the club will heal or destroy her.

Postscript is a highly emotional read. It deals with death and terminal illness in a sensitive and empathetic manner. But it's important to add that there is humour in this book. You can't have shade without light, and this is the balance that is struck so beautifully in this book. It makes you laugh. It makes you cry. It makes you value life. 

Holly's story is very much about moving on. About being brave and striving for a future that is unknown, but which is one of your own choosing. Life isn't static, it is ever moving. We read Holly's thoughts and feelings, in that she doesn't want to forget Gerry, the man she loved from age fourteen, and I completely understood this. She wants his memory to live on. She doesn't want to forget him. But can she do so while forging her own path in life? One that takes her further away from him.

I thoroughly enjoyed this story of love, friendship and the fact that people come together in times of adversity to support and nurture each other. It's a beautiful story about bereavement and hope and a future that is uncertain for us all. I loved it very much. 

With thanks to the publisher for the Advanced Reader Copy for review purposes.

Postscript is published by Harper Collins and is available now. 

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