Postscript (P.S. I Love You #2)
by Cecelia Ahern
Sixteen years after Cecelia Ahern’s bestselling phenomenon PS, I Love Youcaptured 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, Postscriptis the perfect follow-up to Ahern’s beloved first novel.
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!
- Hardcover: 304 pages
- Publisher: Grand Central Publishing (February 11, 2020)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 153874659X
- ISBN-13: 978-1538746592
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