Author: Cecelia Ahern
Publisher: Harper Collins
Publication Date: 19 September 2019
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 was really curious to find out what direction Cecelia Ahern would take this highly anticipated sequel to PS, I Love You and my high expectations were very much met. We catch up with Holly Kennedy seven years after the events of PS, I Love You and it was so interesting to see how things have changed and yet stayed the same in her world. In some ways she has definitely moved on from the devastation of Gerry’s death and the lasting impression his PS, I Love You letters have left her with. She has built a new life which satisfies and supports her and has found love again. She is drawn back to her past with Gerry after she is approached by a PS, I Love You club – a group of terminally ill people who have taken inspiration from Gerry’s parting gift to his wife and want to leave some form of message for their loved ones after their deaths.
The idea of the club is a fascinating premise. We are introduced to the group as Holly is and they are such an interesting bunch of characters. We are put in the same situation as Holly in a way – one of getting to know these people whose lives are being tragically cut short. One of the club members, Ginika, particularly got to me and her journey with Holly is deeply sad yet life affirming at the same time. The club and the way Holly is sucked into their lives is the heart and soul of Postscript and I think all readers will be moved by their efforts to leave something behind.
I went back and reread PS, I Love You before I started Postscript as it has been quite a while and I enjoyed it just as much as I did the first time I read it. However, I actually think Postscript packs even more of an emotional punch in some ways. It felt comforting to return to these characters and I loved finding out how the lives of Holly’s friends and family have progressed. Postscript is a heart-wrenching and ultimately hopeful novel about loss, death, moving forward and the choices people make when facing the unthinkable. I’d definitely recommend it.
I received a copy of the book from the publisher. My review is my own honest opinion.