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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 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…


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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 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…

30 review for Postscript

  1. 5 out of 5

    Paromjit

    Cecilia Ahern writes a terrific sequel to PS I Love You, immersing us once again in the life of 37 year old Holly Kennedy seven years on since the loss of her beloved husband, Gerry, from cancer at the too young age of 30. She has established a new life with tree man, Gabriel, and is working at her sister, Ciara's second hand vintage shop, Magpie, and still close to her friends, Sharon and Denise. Despite misgivings, she has agreed to support Ciara by taking part in her podcast on grief and Cecilia Ahern writes a terrific sequel to PS I Love You, immersing us once again in the life of 37 year old Holly Kennedy seven years on since the loss of her beloved husband, Gerry, from cancer at the too young age of 30. She has established a new life with tree man, Gabriel, and is working at her sister, Ciara's second hand vintage shop, Magpie, and still close to her friends, Sharon and Denise. Despite misgivings, she has agreed to support Ciara by taking part in her podcast on grief and loss, and talking about her experience of losing Gerry and the letters he left behind for her. The huge response she gets makes her deeply uncomfortable. When a new group sets itself up as the PS I Love You Club and asks for her help, Holly's instinct is to refuse, it has taken so much out of her to find the strength to survive Gerry's loss, and she is reluctant to revisit and let Gerry once again consume a big part of her life. However, she finds herself drawn into the club after meeting its members, a diverse group of characters led by Joy after the death of Angela, seeking her input into their very own versions of PS I love you letters. Her family are there to support her, despite their reservations, although Gabriel's opposition to her involvement is more intractable. Gabriel's dream has always been to reconnect with his daughter, Ava, who lives her mother, Kate, and has shunned his efforts to have her in his life. Holly has finally engaged in the process of selling her and Gerry's starter home and move in with Gabriel. As Ava's life becomes more troubled, and her relationship with her mother deteriorates, she at long last turns to Gabriel. Gabriel is overjoyed but it poses some challenges to the life he and Holly had planned. As Holly engages with the club, she finds herself getting closer to them, particularly the young Ginika, and her baby, Jewel, as she takes on the task of teaching Ginika to read and write. Holly finds she gets more back from the club than she could ever have envisaged, not to mention the gift of the friendships that develop. She finds revisiting her past with Gerry proves to be a more rewarding experience than she expected as she becomes aware that she is now a different person from the one Gerry knew, because of his loss. The stories of the challenges faced by the club members and Holly herself show that our most heartbreaking losses have the potential to shape stronger versions of ourselves and build a new and better sense of who we are. Ahern writes with humanity and compassion on the poignant themes of grief and loss, the challenges of facing our own mortality, preparing for death, whilst providing glimpses of light and hope in the process. This is a wonderful read that I think so many readers will enjoy, and a pleasure to get reacquainted with Holly in this new phase of her life. Many thanks to HarperCollins for an ARC.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Amanda

    We return to Holly Kennedy in this sequel to “P.S I Love You “ it’s been seven years since she lost her husband Gerry to cancer. She has slowly started to rebuild her life again, dating and considering moving in with Gabriel. Holly’s sister Ciara persuades her to take part in her podcast about coping with grief, where she talks about how her letters from Gerry helped her in the throes of grief. Afterwards Angela Carberry tries to persuade her to write a book about her experiences, when she We return to Holly Kennedy in this sequel to “P.S I Love You “ it’s been seven years since she lost her husband Gerry to cancer. She has slowly started to rebuild her life again, dating and considering moving in with Gabriel. Holly’s sister Ciara persuades her to take part in her podcast about coping with grief, where she talks about how her letters from Gerry helped her in the throes of grief. Afterwards Angela Carberry tries to persuade her to write a book about her experiences, when she declines she sends her a business card with the words “P.S I Love You Club” printed on it. She is furious she used Gerry’s saying, that is very dear to her. The P. S I Love You Club members are a group of people who are dying , but want to leave their loved ones with their own form of P.S messages. By helping these members, will it bring back all the pain and grief again of losing Gerry? Sometimes when you read a sequel, you worry that it will never be as good as the original but I’m pleased to say that this wasn’t the case!! At times I could not see the words as tears streamed down my face then in the next second I would roar with laughter. An emotional rollercoaster of a book, but one that is so beautifully written. I don’t think I’ve ever read a book that has affected me so much. (Well not since P.S I Love You) it made me think about my own mortality and of the people I have loved and lost. A must read book that will steal you’re heart and stay with you long after reading it. Have the tissues handy!!! Thank you to Netgalley for my copy in exchange for a review.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Amanda

    We return to Holly Kennedy in this sequel to “P.S I Love You “ it’s been seven years since she lost her husband Gerry to cancer. She has slowly started to rebuild her life again, dating and considering moving in with Gabriel. Holly’s sister Ciara persuades her to take part in her podcast about coping with grief, where she talks about how her letters from Gerry helped her in the throes of grief. Afterwards Angela Carberry tries to persuade her to write a book about her experiences, when she We return to Holly Kennedy in this sequel to “P.S I Love You “ it’s been seven years since she lost her husband Gerry to cancer. She has slowly started to rebuild her life again, dating and considering moving in with Gabriel. Holly’s sister Ciara persuades her to take part in her podcast about coping with grief, where she talks about how her letters from Gerry helped her in the throes of grief. Afterwards Angela Carberry tries to persuade her to write a book about her experiences, when she declines she sends her a business card with the words “P.S I Love You Club” printed on it. She is furious she used Gerry’s saying, that is very dear to her. I was so engrossed with this book I did not realise I only received the sample.. What I read has intrigued me to purchase the full title. Full review to come . Thank you to Netgalley for my copy in exchange for a review.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Jemima jamir aka Sentranced Jem

    What an epic sampler! I love PS: I Love you and now reading even the sampler is making my heart sing with joy and sadness. The sampler was just I am dying the read the rest of the book. What an epic sampler! I love PS: I Love you and now reading even the sampler is making my heart sing with joy and sadness. The sampler was just 😍 I am dying the read the rest of the book.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Alice-Elizabeth (marriedtobooks)

    4.5 stars! I was on the promotional blog tour for Postscript. Thanks to the publishers HarperCollins for letting me be a part of the tour. A massive thank you to HarperCollins for letting me be a part of Holly’s story. To first experience the raw emotions that PS I Love You gave and then Postscript was a beautiful journey. Holly losing her husband wasn’t easy to read, but the fact that a collection of letters can bring so many loved ones together is heartwarming. I really enjoyed the writing style 4.5 stars! I was on the promotional blog tour for Postscript. Thanks to the publishers HarperCollins for letting me be a part of the tour. A massive thank you to HarperCollins for letting me be a part of Holly’s story. To first experience the raw emotions that PS I Love You gave and then Postscript was a beautiful journey. Holly losing her husband wasn’t easy to read, but the fact that a collection of letters can bring so many loved ones together is heartwarming. I really enjoyed the writing style as well as meeting the characters that really benefited from the PS I Love You club. Lots of topics are included in both books: Grief, Friendship, Love, Travel and the importance of living life. A reality check that we only live once and Postscript really makes the message clear: Make the most of every opportunity that comes your way. Highly recommended!

  6. 5 out of 5

    Literary Soirée

    Loved the movie “PS, I Love You” with Gerard Butler as the perfect husband ... swoon! So swept up this enticing preview for the sequel, which focuses on Holly Kennedy’s life seven years after her husband’s death. Highly recommended. Pub Date 23 Sep 2019. Thanks to the author, HarperCollins Publishers Australia, and NetGalley for the review copy. Opinions are mine. #PostscriptNetGalley #NetGalley

  7. 4 out of 5

    Emma Garland

    He’s in the wall. But he’s not there, he’s not here. He’s gone. Energy elsewhere. Dissolved, besprinkled particles of matter around me. Having a serious chick lit/romance addiction in my teens, naturally ps. I love you was a firm favourite. The film even more so, because let’s face it, you can’t see Gerald butler or hear his accent in the book right? When I saw the advertisement for postscript i knew I had to read it and I was not disappointed. Seven years after the death of her husband Gerry, He’s in the wall. But he’s not there, he’s not here. He’s gone. Energy elsewhere. Dissolved, besprinkled particles of matter around me. Having a serious chick lit/romance addiction in my teens, naturally ps. I love you was a firm favourite. The film even more so, because let’s face it, you can’t see Gerald butler or hear his accent in the book right? When I saw the advertisement for postscript i knew I had to read it and I was not disappointed. Seven years after the death of her husband Gerry, Holly Kennedy is no longer surviving, she is living. Working with her sister Ciara at her second hand vintage shop, she manages to pursuade Holly to be interviewed for her podcast. The topic is death and the letters left for her by Gerry, signed p.s I love you. The podcast however attracts an audience and afterwards holly is approached by a select few who have started a club called p.s I love you. They are asking for her help to leave something behind for their loved ones. Holly finally feels like she’s moved forward, her friends and family worry that this will drag her backwards. After meeting the club to initially refuse, Holly finds herself swept away with their stories. Can Holly delve into her past without letting it affect her future? I found the beginning a little slow but persevere my friend and you shall be rewarded. Cecelia ahern writes with raw emotion and a dose of magic. It made me well up in parts and once finished left me with a renewed appreciation of life and the pure injustice of it all. A kaleidoscope of emotions from beginning to end, this is a certified tear jerker! 4 stars from me. ✨

  8. 4 out of 5

    Zoe

    Sensitive, pensive, and emotionally heart wrenching! Full review to follow shortly.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Cynthia Vega

    I don’t know how I feel about this but you’re damn right I’m going to read it.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Madeline Nixon

    I have to start by saying that I did not like PS I Love You. I found a lot of things about it very frustrating, but I absolutely adored this sequel. I loved this more mature version of Holly and the more matured writing of Cecelia Ahern. She has come a long way from her debut novel. This story was layered in emotion, spirituality, and love. And though I was crying for the last 20 or so pages of the book, I was left feeling uplifted and thankful. This was such a brilliant sequel and continuation I have to start by saying that I did not like PS I Love You. I found a lot of things about it very frustrating, but I absolutely adored this sequel. I loved this more mature version of Holly and the more matured writing of Cecelia Ahern. She has come a long way from her debut novel. This story was layered in emotion, spirituality, and love. And though I was crying for the last 20 or so pages of the book, I was left feeling uplifted and thankful. This was such a brilliant sequel and continuation of the PS I Love You story. (I was gifted an ARC of this book by HarperCollins, all opinions are my own)

  11. 5 out of 5

    Kaisha (The Writing Garnet)

    All reviews can be found on my blog at https://thewritinggarnet.wordpress.com Oh my goodness me. It’s been fifteen years since ‘PS.I Love You’ was originally published. Never in a million years did I think that fifteen years down the line, Cecelia Ahern would write a sequel to the book that became a number one bestseller in multiple countries, AND end up being made into a major film starring Hilary Swank, Gerard Butler, Harry Connick JR, and Kathy Bates…to name a few. I cannot even remember when All reviews can be found on my blog at https://thewritinggarnet.wordpress.com Oh my goodness me. It’s been fifteen years since ‘PS.I Love You’ was originally published. Never in a million years did I think that fifteen years down the line, Cecelia Ahern would write a sequel to the book that became a number one bestseller in multiple countries, AND end up being made into a major film starring Hilary Swank, Gerard Butler, Harry Connick JR, and Kathy Bates…to name a few. I cannot even remember when I first sat down to read ‘Ps.I Love You’, however it is one of the few books that I have read more than twice. When it became public knowledge that a sequel was in the works, I literally could no contain my excitement! I mean, the first book broke my heart – how could Cecelia Ahern up the ante on that? Plus, with sequels, it’s often a worry that they can end up ruining the vibe of the serial – Postscript did not ruin anything. In fact, I would even go as far to say that it was even more incredible than its predecessor. If you haven’t read ‘Ps.I Love You’, I would highly recommend reading it before you get stuck into ‘Postscript’ as a lot of things will not make sense if you just go into the second book blind. So, to ‘Postscript’…. I was advised to keep tissues by my side whilst I read the book. I ignored the advice. I was told that I would probably cry. I shrugged my shoulders and thought ‘no way’. I was told to be prepared for an emotional read. Again, I ignored that. Again, I was told to have a pack of tissues handy because I would be needing them. I didn’t think that I would need them… I bloody needed them. I needed a gigantic pack of tissues and then some. I honestly thought that I would be able to read the entire book unscathed – how wrong was I! By the time I had 56 pages of the book left, I had sobbed my heart out FOUR TIMES, yet I had also burst out laughing several times too. Yes, ‘Postscript’ is an extremely emotional read. Yes, it’s devastating in parts, and yes, it smashed my heart into smithereens. However, it was also beautiful. Poignant. Powerful. ‘Postscript’ tells the story of Holly’s life after Gerry’s death seven years prior. To the outside world, Holly has moved on. To Holly, she feels guilty for living her life without Gerry by her side, even though she has no choice. When her sister, Ciara, asks for her help with her podcast, Holly can’t quite shift the sinking feeling in her gut. Part of her thinks that she shouldn’t delve into the emotions that have taken seven years to come to terms with, yet another part of her thinks that it would do her good to talk about Gerry’s death. Never in a million years did Holly ever think that Gerry’s actions would end up inspiring other people, yet they did. They ended up inspiring a group of strangers who begin to embark on their own journeys with different expiry dates; expiry dates that are currently unknown but they all have one thing in common – they want to leave a part of themselves for their loved ones…with Holly’s help. Obviously I’m not going to go into detail about those journeys, Holly’s included, however I will say that all of the characters in this book had their own stories to tell which completely blew me away on various different levels. The poignancy behind their lives, who they loved, and what they wanted to achieve, was just so emotional and moving. It was so hard to just sit and watch certain things happening to people who didn’t deserve it. I wanted to reach inside of the book and make everything okay, but I couldn’t. Clearly. The thing is, even if I could have done something to make it all okay, it wouldn’t have been realistic. Thousands upon thousands of people go through things similar to the characters in this book, and thousands upon thousands of people wish they could become a superhero and make everything okay. The reality of that though, is that it isn’t reality and often that can be the hardest thing to accept. As I said above, I sobbed my heart out a total of FIVE times by the end of the book. I was so overwhelmed by Cecelia Ahern’s beautiful words and the way in which she made every character have a voice. Ahern didn’t gloss over anything, pretending that life was all rosy and that everything would magically be fine. Instead, she told the story of life for what it was; a journey of existence. A journey of power. A journey of emotional. A journey of constant memories. It doesn’t feel as though fifteen years have passed since Holly and Gerry entered our lives, especially as ‘Postscript’ just continues the story as though there has never been a break between books. ‘Postscript’ is the most humbling, empowering, beautifully written novel I have EVER read. Cecelia Ahern has a timeless beauty about her, with a writing style that goes beyond anything I have ever come across before. There comes a point in your life where you read a book which fills your body with fizzy emotion, empowering knowledge, poignant hope, and the ability to witness life in all of its glory – ‘PostScript’, for me, is that book.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Mairead Hearne (swirlandthread.com)

    ‘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…’ There was a seismic shift, the planets moved, there was a collective roar when it was announced that the very much longed for sequel to the international and New York Times bestselling PS I Love You was on it’s way….. AND NOW THE TIME HAS COME…. What did Holly do next? Time to find out. Postscript by Cecelia Ahern will be published on September ‘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…’ There was a seismic shift, the planets moved, there was a collective roar when it was announced that the very much longed for sequel to the international and New York Times bestselling PS I Love You was on it’s way….. AND NOW THE TIME HAS COME…. What did Holly do next? Time to find out. Postscript by Cecelia Ahern will be published on September 19th with Harper Collins and is a tear-jerking, hankie-soaking read that will pull at EVERY heart string. I was just a little shattered on finishing it if I’m honest… For anyone who has suffered a bereavement or witnessed a loved one slip away after a battle with a terminal illness, Cecelia Ahern’s words will cut deep. I am not going to go into my own personal experiences but what I will say is that the stars aligned with the timing of this book for me. It was the perfect fit. Whether or not you have read PS I Love You is irrelevant when picking up a copy of Postscript, as Cecelia Ahern weaves Holly’s past expertly into the present. If you have read PS I Love You then you know you are set for another crazy, emotional roller-coaster of a ride. Holly Kennedy lives in Dublin in the home she shared with Gerry. Gerry was the love of Holly’s life. From the age of fourteen, they were inseparable, until tragedy struck and Gerry was taken too soon. ‘In the days and months after my husband’s death, I searched for some elusive transcendental connection to him, desperate to feel whole again, like an insufferable thirst that needed to be quenched. On days when I was functioning, his presence would creep up behind me and tap me on the shoulder, and suddenly I’d feel an unbearable emptiness. A parched heart. Grief is endlessly uncontrollable.’ Holly catapulted into a dark place after Gerry passed seven years ago but Gerry knew Holly needed help so he wrote some letters, words that would help her cope with the big gaping hole in her life after he had left her. Holly read these letters every month for a year and now six years after that final letter, Holly is about to start another unexpected and very affecting journey. This unplanned journey will challenge Holly and will make her further examine the life she is now living, the life she thought she had established for herself after Gerry’s death. But can Holly ever truly move on? Is there life for Holly after Gerry? Ciara, Holly’s sister, owns a vintage shop. It is here that Holly works, passing her days sorting through the pockets and paraphernalia of other people’s lives. Holly is happy with her life. She has a new boyfriend, a job she enjoys and is surrounded by friends and family that want only the best for her. Holly is very proud of how she has survived after Gerry’s death but an arbitrary decision to speak about Gerry and his letters in a podcast that her sister hosts will send ripple effects through Holly’s world as she now knows it, changing her life yet again…. Holly is approached by a group, calling themselves the PS, I Love You Club. This group had heard Holly’s words on Ciara’s podcast and were inspired to follow in Gerry’s path, leaving messages for their loved one. This club is no ordinary club. As Holly soon discovers it is made up of a small group of people, who all have one very tragic thing in common – they are all dying. Holly’s emotions are in turmoil. To assist the club means going back over her own traumatic few years since Gerry died but it would also be something special for her to experience, perhaps giving back something to others. Holly makes the brave decision to help if she can but is totally unprepared for the consequences of her actions, of the journey she is about to make. This extraordinary decision she chooses challenges Holly in many ways, initially raising more questions than answers. But her strength of character and her pure determination drive her forward leading her down a very unexpected path, one strewn with obstacles and emotional stumbling blocks. Cecelia Ahern has written a compassionate tale, a book that really touched me and I know it will have a huge impact on many others too. ‘It was such an emotional journey writing this story as that book (PS I Love You) changed my life, and it represents a very important time in my life. I wrote almost every word with tears in my eyes and a lump in my throat…..I’d created the original story around Gerry’s letters, but there were so many more acts that people do – and decisions they make – before they leave the world. I wanted to further develop this thought and include Holly in the journey. It felt right immediately, it felt like a natural continuation of PS, and I knew that if I was ever going to write a sequel, then this was the story.’ – Cecelia Ahern Postscript is a very sensitively written novel. Cecelia Ahern vividly portrays the hurt, the anger, the frustration, the pain and the fear of death but also the hope. All the characters portrayed in Postscript are very authentic, so very real, that it almost felt a privilege to be reading their story. Holly Kennedy is a beautiful caring person who has grown and is constantly growing from the experiences of life, and death, that she has had to manage. Cecelia Ahern has created a warm-hearted individual who has flaws and imperfections that make her just more adorable to all. Postscript will resonate with many readers and for many different reasons. We will all unfortunately experience the death of a loved one. We will all carry our grief very differently but we must all be allowed to travel this journey in our own unique way. ‘A deeply emotional project for me, Postscript is the PS to my PS and while it is a sequel, it is also a story that stands alone about living a purposeful life in the face of illness, grief and loss. I hope that new readers and PS, I Love You fans alike will embrace Holly’s new journey.’ – Cecelia Ahern Postscript is a remarkable and very meaningful book, a book that will stay with me for some time. Highly recommend! (P.S. Tissues a necessity)

  13. 5 out of 5

    Karen Whittard

    I have been in love with Holly and Gerry’s story ever since I read it back in 2004. Wow 15 years ago!! And I have longed for a follow up to see how Holly has been getting on. The book has moved on 7 years. Holly is working in her sisters Ciara’s second hand shop. Holly has a new boyfriend called Gabriel who she is thinking of moving in with. Holly still sees her family every weekend for Sunday roast dinner. Which everyone gathered around the table. Denise and Tom are having struggles of their I have been in love with Holly and Gerry’s story ever since I read it back in 2004. Wow 15 years ago!! And I have longed for a follow up to see how Holly has been getting on. The book has moved on 7 years. Holly is working in her sisters Ciara’s second hand shop. Holly has a new boyfriend called Gabriel who she is thinking of moving in with. Holly still sees her family every weekend for Sunday roast dinner. Which everyone gathered around the table. Denise and Tom are having struggles of their own. Denise sadly can’t have children (I felt for her completely) and they have had many failed IVF courses. Denise is blaming herself and believes that Tom deserves better than her as she knows that he desperately wants to start a family. If only she could realise that Tom only wants to start a family with her and is willing to put that aside as long as they can stay together. Sharron is a baby boomer. Which Denise finds hard. (I can completely relate) Sharron has five children and is pregnant with baby 6 on the way. She is stressed, exhausted and doesn’t know what to do with the future ahead of her. Things are steadily ticking along. That is until Angela comes into the second hand shop one day, after hearing Holly tell her beautiful story of loosing Gerry and the letters that he wrote to her. On her sister ciaras podcast. And wants to leave a memory to her loved ones before she goes. Holly is torn. Should she open up the wounds that have started to heal. Should she spiral into that grief once again? It is she happy to it’s her new life and not in need off opening up all those heartbreaking memories once again? Then one day Joy stumbles into the store distraught and in need of some peace. Finding solace in the fact Angela’s joys best friend has donated all of her clothes to Ciaras store in the old place that she used to live. Holly realises that Angela is indeed lady who wanted to begin the P.S I love you club As more and more people from the club start to enter the store. Holly wants nothing more than to hide away. But upon discussing it with her best friends decides that perhaps she should help all these people in their dying wish. There is Bert who wants to take his wife on a treasure hunt, back to all the places that were milestones in their lives. Joy who wants to write a joys secrets scrapebook for her husband so that he can survive when she has gone. Paul who wants to record messages to his wife and children for all the milestones that he is going to miss and Ginika who is illiterate who wants to write one letter to her little girl Jewel in her own words and her own hand. As Holly let’s all these people into her life and goes on the journey with them to make their final wishes come true. Holly can’t help but grow and change in the most remarkable of ways. Healing and hurting, reminiscing and crying, feeling Gerry’s presence back into her life and going on one heck of an emotional rollercoaster. Holly learners all of her strengths and weekenesses and manages to change in the most remarkable of ways. But does Gerry have on final surprise for Holly? Well that is something you will have to read and find out. This book is absolutely beautiful. It deals with sensitive topics in the most beautiful of ways. Weaving Holly, Gerry and Cecelia’s magic throughout the pages of this beautiful book. There were tears, there was laughter, their were times when you take stock of your own life and it left me hugging the book tightly as I let the tears roll down my face on multiple occasions. Thank you so much for taking us back into the lives of these amazing characters Cecelia. Thank you for moving the story in completely the right direction for all of the people we have some to know and love and thank you for doing justice to a book that had a huge place in my heart. You did an amazing job with this book and one that you should feel extremely proud of yourself with. I absolutely loved every minute of it and it has jumped onto the list of favourites books of all time. I loved it. Thank you.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Karschtl

    16 years after "P.S. I love you" I would have never expected a sequel to the book I liked very much so many years ago. But here it is! Wow! I was not sure if it's wise for Cecilia Ahern to revisit this story and its characters, if she could match the quality of the first book. I still wasn't sure after reading the first 50 pages. But as soon as Holly hooks up with the club, I was lost in this beautiful story! In the novel only 7 years have gone by since Gerald has died. Holly has moved on and 16 years after "P.S. I love you" I would have never expected a sequel to the book I liked very much so many years ago. But here it is! Wow! I was not sure if it's wise for Cecilia Ahern to revisit this story and its characters, if she could match the quality of the first book. I still wasn't sure after reading the first 50 pages. But as soon as Holly hooks up with the club, I was lost in this beautiful story! In the novel only 7 years have gone by since Gerald has died. Holly has moved on and even found a new partner. But she is also still mourning her loss and the life she couldn't live. The book really feels like a postscript, with scenes featuring Holly & Gerry, with more letters, and with a club of terminally ill people who want to leave their families similar letters and seek Holly's advice and actual help with writing them. But is she strong enough to face the past and all the pain again? I especially liked how Holly is re-evaluating the letters she once received, how she realizes - by meeting the club members - that they had not only meaning for herself but also for Gerry while planning and writing them. I liked the flashbacks into the past of Holly and Gerry, but I also liked the stories of all the new people we meet and their tailormade "Goodbyes". Towards the end, the book got quite emotional and even heart-breaking. And still it manages to give hope, which is quite amazing. I love it!

  15. 5 out of 5

    Michelle

    Seven years have passed since Gerry’s death. Holly is now in a better place and is moving on with her life. She agrees to do a podcast for her sister Ciara in the vintage and second-hand shop that she has been working in with her sister for the last three years. The Podcast will be recorded in front of a live audience and the proceeds will go to charity. It’s one of a series of Magpie podcasts, this one called How to talk about death. Holly regrets that she is doing it. But brings back memories Seven years have passed since Gerry’s death. Holly is now in a better place and is moving on with her life. She agrees to do a podcast for her sister Ciara in the vintage and second-hand shop that she has been working in with her sister for the last three years. The Podcast will be recorded in front of a live audience and the proceeds will go to charity. It’s one of a series of Magpie podcasts, this one called How to talk about death. Holly regrets that she is doing it. But brings back memories of her and Gerry and the letters. After the podcast she receives an envelope from one of the regulars of the shop, which Holly thinks she is being stalked. So, she doesn’t open it. But now boyfriend Gabriel finds it after it has been stuffed on a bookshelf and finds a business card in the envelope and when she rings up the woman to tell her what she thinks of her, Holly is left reeling. When she reads the letter it is from Angela Carberry, she has passed away but before formed a P.S. I love you club. She had Cancer and wanted Holly to help the members of the club as they are all terminally ill. Holly agrees but Gabriel is worried that it will undo Hollys life that she has now suddenly got back on track. I don’t want to give anymore of the story away. This is another emotional, poignant story. That will pull at your heartstrings. I had tears in my eyes in some parts. I have heard it is now going to be a film. I hope the second film gives it justice like the first one. Thank you Harper Collins for a copy of this book.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Michelle

    Thank you NetGalley and Harper Collins for a sampler of Postscript. I can’t wait for this to be released. Seven years have passed since Gerry’s death. Holly is now in a better place and is moving on with her life. She agrees to do a podcast for her sister Ciara in the vintage and second-hand shop that she has been working in with her sister for the last three years. The Podcast will be recorded in front of a live audience and the proceeds will go to charity. It’s one of a series of Magpie Thank you NetGalley and Harper Collins for a sampler of Postscript. I can’t wait for this to be released. Seven years have passed since Gerry’s death. Holly is now in a better place and is moving on with her life. She agrees to do a podcast for her sister Ciara in the vintage and second-hand shop that she has been working in with her sister for the last three years. The Podcast will be recorded in front of a live audience and the proceeds will go to charity. It’s one of a series of Magpie podcasts, this one called How to talk about death. Holly regrets that she is doing it. But brings back memories of her and Gerry and the letters. After the podcast she receives an envelope from one of the regulars of the shop, which Holly thinks she is being stalked. So, she doesn’t open it. But now boyfriend Gabriel finds it after it has been stuffed on a bookshelf and finds a business card in the envelope and when she rings up the woman to tell her what she thinks of her, Holly is left reeling. When I first started reading this sample, I was a bit miffed when I read the prologue. But as I read on, the writing is of Cecelia Aherns writing I have got to know and love. This will be another emotional rollercoaster of a ride and I can wait.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Bridget

    Although this was only a preview, I was instantly grasped by the story and the terrifically good plot. The part I read was a five-star read for me. Very excited and looking forward to reading more that's for sure! I think this will be equally as good as P. S. I Love You and also be one of my favourite reads of the year.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Natasa

    I was really interested to know what happened to Holly after the P.S. I love you letters, and reading this sample made me want to read some more... To be honest, first few pages weren't so interesting and then, when it became more interesting - it ended.. I must say, I am very interested to read it all the way to the end. I hope I won't be disappointed in the end.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Kate Wyver

    Feels slightly more laboured than its predecessor, but at its core it's just really generous, which I loved.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Bookphenomena (Micky)

    POSTSCRIPT was the sequel I never thought I needed. Let’s face it, PS I Love You finished in a good place and so it has existed for over a decade. I was worried that book two would sully the good memories I have of book one, I was worried it would disappoint, it did none of these things. Holly was seven years down the line from Gerry’s death, living her life, happy, in a relationship and officially in a different phase of her life from when she recceived the original letters. I wondered where POSTSCRIPT was the sequel I never thought I needed. Let’s face it, PS I Love You finished in a good place and so it has existed for over a decade. I was worried that book two would sully the good memories I have of book one, I was worried it would disappoint, it did none of these things. Holly was seven years down the line from Gerry’s death, living her life, happy, in a relationship and officially in a different phase of her life from when she recceived the original letters. I wondered where Cecelia Ahern would take us, without harping back to the experiences of the first book too much but Gerry’s letters were used for good, to empower others. What I liked about Holly in this book was that she was still a bit of a hot mess. She didn’t have it all together, even after all this time, showing this was just a personality trait. What I also loved reading about was Holly’s grief for Gerry and the life she lost. The grief that shone through was dulled down but with occasional acuteness and this seemed real. The quest that Holly went on alongside others in her PS I Love You club was a journey. I had my reservations about it just like her boyfriend, friends and family but I was won around by those characters of Bert, Genika and Jewel especially. I made it to 88% rather smugly thinking that ‘I’ve not cried, I wont now’… and then proceeded to sob twice before the end. …ultimately, it’s all anyone wants. Not to get lost, or left behind, not to be forgotten, to always be a part of the moments they know they’ll miss. To leave their stamp. To be remembered. Cecelia Ahern wrote about the journey towards death and the grief that ensues with sensitivity and tangibility. She also wrote it in an uplifting style. She connected me to the characters and narratives with skill and affection. I am so glad that this second instalment came along and made it seem as though no years had passed since the last book. Thank you Harper Collins for the early review copy. This review can be found on A Take From Two Cities Book Blog here.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Marina Ćosić

    Absolutely remarkable, beautiful Absolutely remarkable, beautiful 🤩

  22. 5 out of 5

    Laura

    Cecelia Ahern’s debut novel, P.S I Love You, has touched millions of lives all over the world. With numerous reprints and a Hollywood film under its belt, you’d be forgiven for thinking it had gone as far as it could go. However, this year, Cecelia Ahern is returning to her beloved characters and breathing life into them once more. Postscript, set seven years after the death of Holly’s husband Gerry, invites us back into the world of unexpected letters, rolling Irish hills and the power of Cecelia Ahern’s debut novel, P.S I Love You, has touched millions of lives all over the world. With numerous reprints and a Hollywood film under its belt, you’d be forgiven for thinking it had gone as far as it could go. However, this year, Cecelia Ahern is returning to her beloved characters and breathing life into them once more. Postscript, set seven years after the death of Holly’s husband Gerry, invites us back into the world of unexpected letters, rolling Irish hills and the power of infinite love. My initial reaction when I heard about this sequel was uncontainable excitement; I adored P.S I Love You and whenever I spy it sitting on my bookcase I always wonder what happened to Holly in those years after the letters stopped arriving. Crazy, I know, she’s a fictional character, but Holly and Gerry’s story has stuck with me for years. After the excitement died down I started to panic – what if Holly was married again with kids and a dog and had forgotten all about Gerry?! Would I ever be able to think of her in the same way again?! Would Gerry’s memory still be alive or would people have forgotten about him and moved on? So many questions! So many fears that Postscript would completely change the way I felt about two of my most favourite fictional characters… As previously mentioned, Postscript is set seven years after Gerry’s death and six since Holly read the last letter. Working in her sister’s shop and spending evenings with her trusted friends, Denise and Sharon, Holly is still adjusting to life without Gerry around. She agrees to take part in her sister’s podcast discussing Gerry’s letters but isn’t prepared for what comes next. A group of strangers, each with life limiting illnesses, have banded together to form the P.S I Love You Club, determined to leave things behind for their loved ones when the time comes. They approach Holly in the hope she will help them fulfil these last wishes and help them live on once they’ve died. Holly panics as a whole host of uncomfortable and upsetting memories arising from Gerry’s death. Were his letters really a gift or did they prolong Holly’s pain? Holly must make a decision. Should she carry on Gerry’s legacy or protect herself from the inevitable heartbreak that will happen all over again? I fell back into Holly’s world faster than I thought possible. It felt like no time had passed but so much had changed. Cecelia managed to retain the essence of Holly and the rest of her world in this sequel even though years have passed between writing them. It felt like a seamless transition and a beautiful way of continuing their love story. As with all of Cecelia’s books, this one packed a punch and a half. The emotional turmoil that the characters go through is so intense and affected me more than I’d anticipated. It’s been a good while since I’ve shed tears at a book but I found myself crying three times whilst reading this novel. It was moving and honest about death yet somehow beautifully hopeful and optimistic about life. Huge thanks to Harper Collins for the early review copy via NetGalley. Postscript is a beautiful sequel to P.S I Love You and is everything I hoped it would be; powerful, poignant and a beautiful reminder that the ones you love will always be in your heart.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Arjun Randhawa

    Postscript by Cecelia Ahern is a book written as a sequel to the story of Holly Kennedy, who is still figuring out life, 7 years after the death of her husband Gerry who wrote letters to her to help her move on. The writing style was pretty average with less than 5 quotable paragraphs from the book. Honestly, I felt like this was one of the most useless sequels ever written. We had the closure that we needed from PS, I Love You. I adored that book so much but this makes me regret why I ever Postscript by Cecelia Ahern is a book written as a sequel to the story of Holly Kennedy, who is still figuring out life, 7 years after the death of her husband Gerry who wrote letters to her to help her move on. The writing style was pretty average with less than 5 quotable paragraphs from the book. Honestly, I felt like this was one of the most useless sequels ever written. We had the closure that we needed from PS, I Love You. I adored that book so much but this makes me regret why I ever picked up a sequel when I know authors usually don’t usually do justice to the characters in them, once the previous one does supremely well. The idea of the book was great and there was a great scope of how Cecelia Ahern could have executed this, but she failed terribly like an overachieving kid during an English mid term. Conclusion: I don’t think one should destroy their love for PS I Love You, by reading this. Just find the quotes online and hold the feels from the last book close and dear to yourselves.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Katie

    A beautiful and warm thought provoking story about love and loss and about what and who we leave behind when we’re gone. I absolutely adored the first book of this series PS I love you along with enjoying the film even though they were both very different. I was slightly wary about reading this because I always worry that the sequel to something I originally loved won’t live up to my expectations but I needn’t have worried. Cecelia Ahern tells Holly’s story beautifully and we get to hear more A beautiful and warm thought provoking story about love and loss and about what and who we leave behind when we’re gone. I absolutely adored the first book of this series PS I love you along with enjoying the film even though they were both very different. I was slightly wary about reading this because I always worry that the sequel to something I originally loved won’t live up to my expectations but I needn’t have worried. Cecelia Ahern tells Holly’s story beautifully and we get to hear more stories about Gerry along with a surprise or two thrown in along the way. The story is about how one persons actions can effect a multitude of people and how they can live on through others. I’ve been debating between scoring this a 4 or a 5 ever since i finished reading it. I was adamant on a 4 until the last couple of chapters and they reflected on the message and meaning behind the book and they really touched me. However I’m going to settle for a 4.5 as a couple of things niggled me in regards to a few of Holly’s life choices and how she left certain friendships without making amends but all in all a wonderful story. I don’t tend to read emotional stories about death and such because they turn me into an emotional wreck but this one is worth the exception.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Joanne

    Postscript sees us catch up with Holly again, seven years after the death of her husband Gerry. Holly feels she is still learning to be just 'Holly' after being part of 'Holly and Gerry' for so long. Just as life seems to be moving on for her, she takes part in an interview for a podcast called 'Let's Talk About Death' where she talks to a group about just how important Gerry's letters were to her as part of her moving on. There is an unintended consequence to this which hits her for six. I was Postscript sees us catch up with Holly again, seven years after the death of her husband Gerry. Holly feels she is still learning to be just 'Holly' after being part of 'Holly and Gerry' for so long. Just as life seems to be moving on for her, she takes part in an interview for a podcast called 'Let's Talk About Death' where she talks to a group about just how important Gerry's letters were to her as part of her moving on. There is an unintended consequence to this which hits her for six. I was totally caught up in Holly's world again and found this a completely absorbing read. Cecelia Ahern has all the emotions spot on as usual and knows grief can come at any time, for any reason or no reason. We are introduced to some wonderful characters in the PS I Love You Club and I think that most readers will recognise the experiences some of these characters go through. Ginika was one I felt for the most. She had been through so much in her life yet was determined to make sure her baby daughter had more opportunities than she had. If you read this book and aren't in pieces several times over the course of the novel, then you have a very hard heart indeed! The author is so skilled at describing the thoughts and emotions of her characters that I could not help but feel their joys and sorrows. And although there are most certainly many times of sorrow in this book which had me reaching for the tissues, there are also times of joy shining through. If there is one thing to take from Postscript, it is that there is always one more thing to say and that thing is to say 'I love you'. Say it to the people you love, your family and friends, not just in case it's the last time you get the chance but because it's important to tell people that you value them and treasure their place in your life. Everyone needs to know that they are loved and so you should tell them. I expect that some people will be cautious about reading a sequel to PS I Love You, feeling it was complete in itself, but I would say that Cecelia Ahern has written a wonderful continuation of Holly's story. It is sensitively written, very moving, indeed heartbreaking at times, but it is an uplifting and hopeful look at life following loss.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Shreen Gough

    I was quite disappointing.there are to many inconsistencies from first book, ie what happens to her being a designer of shoes, what happened to daniel who worked in the bar, she met Gerry while coming back from collage trip she did not know him in school. She only had her mother & sister there was no father in first book but seams to appear in this book a d what happed to William the man she met in Ireland?

  27. 4 out of 5

    Caitlyn Foss

    Man, this book took me back right back to when I closed p.s I love you all those years ago. What a beautiful, thoughtful journey this sequel takes you on. I would love nothing more than to see this made into a movie as well!

  28. 4 out of 5

    Richard

    Care: I have only the insight of reading as brief sample. A mere teaser which ended before it really began. We are quickly immersed into Holly’s reality 7 years on from the passing of Gerry. She has reached a new place without the means to continue in her new found strength. To explain she takes us back to just 3 months before. On the surface things seem great; momentous decisions can be made propelling her forward into the rest of her life. Then her sister asks her to speak about her experiences Care: I have only the insight of reading as brief sample. A mere teaser which ended before it really began. We are quickly immersed into Holly’s reality 7 years on from the passing of Gerry. She has reached a new place without the means to continue in her new found strength. To explain she takes us back to just 3 months before. On the surface things seem great; momentous decisions can be made propelling her forward into the rest of her life. Then her sister asks her to speak about her experiences about grief and how Gerry helped her overcome his untimely death at 30. I would love to tell you more but the money ran out; just as I was going to spy what the butler saw darkness descended. Just as I got my telescope on the horizon with a ship coming into focus a click introduced a black impenetrable lens. Frustration holds no bounds. I was sucked in and believed this next offering of P.S. I love you. My male sensibilities were set aside I was ready to read on and ran out of pages. The writing is good; comic asides and misdirection but a measured emotion that will speak to all.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Jane Hunt

    The arc sample for Postscript draws you back into Holly's world as if you never left. It is now seven years after Gerry's death and Holly is feeling more confident that life can go on as Holly, and maybe even Holly and Gerald. It is in this mindset that she agrees to her sister's request, to take part in a podcast sharing her grief experience, and particularly Gerry's letters, and what they meant for her. Facing her grief again, even seven years on is difficult and you feel her pain and the real The arc sample for Postscript draws you back into Holly's world as if you never left. It is now seven years after Gerry's death and Holly is feeling more confident that life can go on as Holly, and maybe even Holly and Gerald. It is in this mindset that she agrees to her sister's request, to take part in a podcast sharing her grief experience, and particularly Gerry's letters, and what they meant for her. Facing her grief again, even seven years on is difficult and you feel her pain and the real fear that she may slip back into the dark abyss if she examines her grief journey too closely. Nevertheless, she delivers and the response is positive, but someone seems too involved and Holly's reaction is avoidance, and this has consequences, but I need the rest of the book to find out what they are. I received an arc sample from Harper Collins UK - Harper Fiction via NetGalley in return for an honest review.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Patty Smith

    Many thanks to NetGalley, Harper Collins Publishers Australia, and Cecelia Aherns for an ARC in exchange for an honest excerpt review of Postscript. My thoughts and opinions are 100% my own and independent of receiving an advance excerpt. THIS IS FOR THE EXCERPT ONLY RUN!! Don’t walk. Seriously run to the nearest bookstore, or get those little fingers typing on Amazon because it is finally here. Yes! The long awaited sequel to P.S. I Love You. I will not wait one more minute. As soon as I can I am Many thanks to NetGalley, Harper Collins Publishers Australia, and Cecelia Aherns for an ARC in exchange for an honest excerpt review of Postscript. My thoughts and opinions are 100% my own and independent of receiving an advance excerpt. THIS IS FOR THE EXCERPT ONLY RUN!! Don’t walk. Seriously run to the nearest bookstore, or get those little fingers typing on Amazon because it is finally here. Yes! The long awaited sequel to P.S. I Love You. I will not wait one more minute. As soon as I can I am reading the whole book. The premise is that we meet up with Holly seven years after suddenly losing the love of her life Gerry. Ah, Gerry. The one who wrote her all those letters, to be opened, one a month, so she could move on and heal. It looks like that’s what she did. She still has her best friends and a new guy, Gabriel. She works with her sister who owns a second hand/vintage store. Her sister also has a podcast and Holly finds herself a guest talking about grief. A month later and her sister has not stopped bugging her about continuing to share her story. That podcast was a big hit. Holly should write a book, give talks, something. But Holly is not having any of it. One day her sister gives her an envelope from one of their best customer’s. An invitation to help the P.S., I Love You club. This group wants to write their own letters for their loved ones for when they pass and they want Holly to guide them. Can Holly do it without the grief sweeping her up in its grip again. I loved the first book. I already cried in chapter two of this book. I can’t wait to re-familiarize myself with these characters. I highly recommend this. Are you still here reading this? Go, run - yes, NOW!

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