Postscript by Cecelia Ahern
Sixteen years after Cecelia Ahern’s bestselling phenomenon PS, I Love You captured the hearts of millions, the long-awaited sequel follows Holly as she helps strangers leave their own messages behind for loved ones.
Seven years after her husband’s death — six since she read his final letter — Holly Kennedy has moved on with her life. When Holly’s sister asks her to tell the story of the “PS, I Love You” letters on her podcast — to revisit the messages Gerry wrote before his death to read after his passing — she does so reluctantly, not wanting to reopen old wounds.
But after the episode airs, people start reaching out to Holly, and they all have one thing in common: they’re terminally ill and want to leave their own missives behind for loved ones. Suddenly, Holly finds herself drawn back into a world she’s worked tirelessly to leave behind — but one that leads her on another incredible, life-affirming journey.
With her trademark blend of romance, humor, and bittersweet life lessons, Postscript is the perfect follow-up to Ahern’s beloved first novel.
February 11th, 2020
I will never forget exactly where I was when I devoured Cecelia Ahern’s 2004 novel PS, I Love You. One of the many things I love about reading is how just reminiscing about a book can bring you right back to the time and place you were in life when you read it. I was vacation during college when I read it, and I remember not wanting to put it down!
PS, I Love You (which was adapted into a movie in 2007) is on my list of most memorable books for me. It was exactly what I needed when I read it, and I loved the nuanced look at love, loss and personal growth.
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Follow-Ups & Sequels
I always have a bit of trepidation when there is a follow-up book to one that just knocked it out of the park for me. When I saw that Ahern was writing a sequel to PS, I Love You, 16 years after her first novel was published, I was intrigued…
Postscript starts off with a refresher of sorts with her readers in the most 2020 way possible, sharing her story on her sister’s podcast show! This was the perfect way to “catch up” anyone who read this book years ago or fill a new reader in with the overall story of PS, I Love You. While this is a sequel and I would also recommend reading both for the full experience, this allows someone to read Postscript as a standalone which I can appreciate.
Postscript ended up being just a delightful follow up for me and I loved being reunited with Holly and also getting to know some new character’s stories. Once again Ahern explores grief and loss and also the connections that can help guide us forward when we feel lost.
Ahern writes with grace, humor and an amazing amount of insight. I appreciated the initial resistance Holly feels in this storyline as it showed the many layers there are of connecting with past grief.
I love books that make me feel and Postscript has the perfect amount of complexities and emotions while also being a completely enjoyable book to get lost in. It was an easy story to read but also one that will stay with me for a long time. I don’t often say this but this is a sequel I highly recommend!
Thank you to Grand Central Publishing for an advanced copy in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts are my own.
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