by Cecelia Ahern

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LoveReading Expert Review of Postscript

A beautifully unique must-read sequel to the hugely wonderful P.S. I Love You.

Huge, in fact, huger than huge klaxon alert as Cecelia Ahern has written a sequel to her truly wonderful debut, P.S. I Love You. It’s been seven years since Gerry died, and after Holly talks about his letters in a podcast, a group approaches her asking for help. I adore Cecelia Ahern’s writing, it just speaks to, and connects with my entire being. Confession time, I didn’t write any notes as I read, I just read for the pure pleasure of it. Which in itself, really makes a statement doesn’t it? Holly is honest, and entirely human as she initially tries to distance herself from the group. This is an older Holly, an altered Holly, she has moved on while Gerry and the letters have remained anchored in time. The other characters are absolutely fascinating, I grew to care about the group members and fell completely in love with Ginika. After reaching the end I found myself reflecting, the writing not only entered my heart, it also still sits in my thoughts. Postscript is just as brilliant, just as emotional, just as gorgeous, as P.S., and while linking so effectively to the past, grows into a truly beautiful novel in its own unique right.

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Postscript Synopsis

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...

About This Edition

ISBN: 9780008194901
Publication date: 1st October 2020
Author: Cecelia Ahern
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Ltd an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 400 pages
Primary Genre Relationship Stories
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Postscript Reader Reviews

In addition to our Lovereading expert opinion some of our Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review this title.

Such a beautiful and inspiring story, one that will stay with me forever.

I remember reading PS, I Love You a while back and finding it a heartbreaking read, this one is an emotional story too but one with an uplifting background. I think people will be able to relate to Holly and her friends' stories. I found Holly to be very inspiring and I really liked what she did for not just the club but for the people that became her friends and their families. Such a beautiful and inspiring story, one that will stay with me forever.

Hannah Symonds

A beautifully written journey of poignancy and hope.

Having read PS. I Love You some seven years ago, I was initially a little puzzled about the concept of a sequel. However, as soon as I began Postscript I was immersed in Holly's new journey without Gerry and her reluctance to get involved with the PS. I Love You club for fear of the damage and hurt it could cause all over again. Though she had such mixed feelings, she slowly found herself being drawn in and connecting with the terminally ill people in the group, wanting to help them. It was impossible not to cry at some of the events but although death is in itself a heartbreaking subject, the story also had lighter moments with lovely touches of humour. Ultimately, it was a tale of hope and of moving forward after a bereavement and finding a new 'normal'. I loved the idea of the club and the thought of very personal letters being left to close friends and family who would take comfort from the gesture.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book - both the highs and the lows, and what could have been a very depressing story actually turned out to be uplifting and positive.

Marie Harris

This life affirming story is heartwarming, joyful and emotional. A great follow to a story so many of us fell in love with all those years ago.

P.S. I Love You is an amazing book and I was looking forward to revisiting the characters. It was great to see how Holly had developed since we first met her. I liked how she had moved on with her life as best as she could. It was realistic that Holly’s character would have changed over the years as she grew to cope with the loss of her husband. The premise of the book starts with Holly doing a podcast about coping with death. Once her story was shared, a group of people inspired by the story decides to start a P.S. I love you club. This forces Holly to revisit the feelings she has spent the last 7 years trying to keep under control. However, she ultimately needs to make a decision. Does she forgot about the club and continue moving on with her life or does she revisit Gerry’s letter in order to help others cope with death? As always, the style of writing from Ahern is a joy to read. She honestly never disappoints me and I will continue to read anything she writes. She manages to blend humour and heartache seamlessly and although I would recommend having tissues nearby for when you finish this book, you will not regret reading this great follow up to a modern classic. This book is heartwarming and emotional in equal measure and a must read for anyone who loves Cecelia Ahern.

Rebecca Gilpin

The perfect conclusion to Holly and Gerry's story. Heartfelt, emotional and so well written. Read together with a large box of tissues!

Feeling very emotional but satisfied after binge reading this beautiful book. I have been a massive fan of Cecelia Ahern from the beginning and thoroughly enjoyed PS I Love You. I have often wondered what became of Holly in the years since the original story ended and this follow-up is simply perfect. I found that I cared deeply about the new characters,and have been on an emotional roller-coaster, alternatively sobbing and smiling my way throughout. It's hard to write a review without giving away spoilers but I know Cecelia fans will not be disappointed. This is crying out to be made into a film - Gerard Butler, are you free? Thank you for the opportunity to read an advance copy of this beautiful story, which will stay with me for a long time to come.

Julie Mann

This book is written with tenderness and understanding. It's a heart warming story. Anyone who has to say goodbye to someone who knows they are dying should read this book. It gives you hope and lots of love......

This book is about dying and how people cope with it. Each person in this story has read “P.S. I Love You” and really want Holly to help them do the same for their family members, as Gerry did for her. Unfortunately, Holy doesn't feel the same, then she does a podcast for her sister. She wants to continue her new life with Gabriel, her new love. Some of the chapters were a bit repetitive with the same theme, but different characters, but this helped define what each person was feeling and thinking. Once Holly becomes involved with each person and the road they travel, it has consequences with Gabriel and his daughter, Ava. Ginika's story and her death made me cry, as did Bert's death story. It was also touching when Holly takes Gerry's watch and gives it back to his father, Harry. Harry immediately puts the gift he gave his son on his wrist, while tears escape from his eyes.

This book was written with tenderness and understanding, but it won't be everyone's reading. It is a very heart warming story. Anyone who has to deal with saying goodbye to someone who knows they are dying should read this book, in my opinion. It gives you hope with lots of love......

Diana Mason

A beautiful and memorable story that you will think of again and again.

This is the terrific sequel to P.S. I Love You where we originally met Holly and Gerry, now in this sequel we are back in Holly’s world again. It’s six years since the death of her beloved husband and life is going well for Holly, she is working, surrounded by people who love her and is now in a relationship with Gabriel, a sweet man with a heart of gold. When one day a woman mentions to Holly about a club she is in called the "P.S. I Love You Club" it sets in motion another path for Holly, but one that she is very reluctant to go on.

Well if you thought you could sob no more while reading P.S. I Love You then get the tissues out in good time as this sequel was both heartwarming and more then a bit of a tear-jerker. I loved these characters so much and the plot was so moving I got a lump in my throat many times while reading it. A beautiful and memorable story that you will think of again and again.

Edel Waugh Salisbury

A beautiful, moving story. Perfect book for a Summer read.

In P.S. I Love You we are told the tale of Holly and how Gerry, her late husband, left her a series of notes to help her with her new life without him. Postscript is the sequel to this book, where we see Holly six years on since the last of Gerry’s notes. As a consequence of these notes and a Podcast called ‘How to Talk about Death’, some people start up the P.S., I Love You Club, made up of people who are ill and want to write letters to their loved ones. The group approach Holly and ask for her assistance. It comes at a time when Holly has healed somewhat from her loss and indeed moved on. Becoming involved with the group reawakens her grief.

Postscript is a moving, and indeed heartbreaking novel. The character of Holly is a believable one and the reader can not help but feel for her. The book sucks you into her life and you hope that everything turns out well for the character. It is a book that you can not put down until you have finished it. A great book for the Summer.

Rachael Anderson

Not one easily read with a dry eye. Ahern’s latest story gently guides the reader into dark places but with one eye always on the light.

Seven years after Holly read her first PS, I Love You from her husband, she’s faced with a new challenge. A group of people desperate for her help, but how much of her time – and heart – can she spare to open up those old letters?

Cecelia Ahern weaves a delicate tapestry of life in Postscript – understanding love, grief, and everything in between in a way that is instantly relatable.

Holly Kennedy continues to prove her strength, as much to herself as to everyone around her, ultimately revealing that you can let go of enough of the past to move on, but still retain those ties that mean so much.

The members of the PS, I Love You club are each complex in their own way and draw you into their lives and struggles. Ginicka, in particular, found her way into my affections with her stoicism and yet undeniable vulnerability. Ahern writes with a sensitivity that leaves you thinking about her characters as well-known friends.

Every time I closed Postscript, my eyes would linger on my husband and wonder what our own letters would contain – not out of morbidity or fear, but as a reflection on our relationship and an appreciation of the way in which relationships entwine to become deep tree roots.

Not one easily read with a dry eye, Ahern’s latest story gently guides the reader into dark places but with one eye always on the light.

Tiffany Chevis

Definitely a book from the heart. It explores the complex emotions of losing a loved one and how to cope and move forward. It has a genuine feel to the way it's written.

Having been many years since I read P.S. I Love You but recalling just how good it was, I was really looking forward to the sequel. If I'm honest the book seems to take a while to get going. Perhaps so it can allow the story to evolve for those that may not have read the first book or perhaps to provide reminders to those for whom it's been a while. However, once it develops it turns into an absorbing tale of heartache and hope. I defy anyone not to feel immense sympathy for the character of Ginnika whom Holly, the main character, meets in her quest to initially avoid more upset and then help to transform people's lives. It gives a really honest viewpoint of dealing with death and the aftermath and how hard it is for all affected to cope. And it made me want to go back and re-read P.S. I Love You!

Julie Watkin

Hopefully the many millions of other fans of P.S. I Love You will also be as happy with this sequel as I am.

I read P.S. I Love You again just before starting Postscript to remind myself of the story of Holly and Gerry. Would the sequel be as good as the original?

Thank you, Cecelia, for writing another beautiful and thought-provoking book. Catching up with Holly (and her family), Sharon and Denise and meeting the members of the PS I Love You club was an emotional journey - so much sadness but there are also many funny moments too. A must-read book for all ages.

Hopefully the many millions of other fans of P.S. I Love You will also be as happy with this sequel as I am.

Karen Kingston

I rarely cry at books and so, to be moved to the point of tears is a testament to the emotional power this novel had on me. It has had a profound and lasting effect on me.

I rarely cry at books and therefore, to be moved to the point of floods of tears is a testament to the emotional power this novel had on me. I couldn’t put it down and it has had a profound and lasting effect.

At the beginning of the book we learn that when Holly’s husband died some years ago he left a series of letters for her to open over the months that followed. It is several years since she opened the last one and she has been working hard to manage her grief and move on with her life.

Then she is contacted by the PS, I Love You club who have been inspired by the husband’s letters and now want her help. For all the members are dying and are looking for their own ways to leave something meaningful behind for their loved ones. She is then drawn into a quagmire of emotions that make her question and explore her feelings all over again. All have their own ideas of how they want to be remembered and Holly is catapulted into a new world that challenges her previous held beliefs of what we can, should pass on and what motivates us and how this effects our future. Ultimately, the question is - how far can you move on?

This book really makes you think and is so much more than a novel. You grow to care for all the inhabitants of Postscript and what Holly’s future holds.

Dana Captainino

I loved this book although a refresher on the previous one would be a good idea if it's been along since you read P.S. I Love You.

I loved this book although a refresher on the previous one would be a good idea if it's been along since you read P.S.I Love You.
The new characters blended in well with the originals and I really started to care what happened to them.
On the face of it, the premise seems a little morbid but there is enough laughter to relieve some of the darker moments.
On the whole, I'm pleased that a sequel has been written but please, no follow-up film.

Gill Burn

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Cecelia Ahern was our Guest Editor in October 2014 - click here - to see the books that inspired her writing. Cecelia Ahern was born and grew up in Dublin. Before embarking on her writing career, Cecelia Ahern completed a degree in journalism and media studies. PS, I Love You was one of the biggest-selling debuts of recent years and a number 1 bestseller. Her other bestselling novels are Where Rainbows End, If You Could See Me Now, A Place Called Here, Thanks for the Memories, The Gift, The Book of Tomorrow and The Time of My Life. PS, I Love You ...

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