I never reread books. “P.S. I Love You” is the exception to that rule. I just read it for the third time, to prep for reading it’s followup book, “Postscript”. I will tell you right from the start, these books are emotional cutting. I sobbed through both. But they are JUST SO GOOD! If you are in the mood for a good heart wrenching read, these are it. I have read most of Cecelia Ahern’s books, and “P.S. I Love You” remains my favorite. If you’ve seen the movie adaptation just know that there is very little resemblance at all. As is usually the case, the book is so much better. I will drop the synopsis for each below:
“P.S. I Love You” – Cecelia Ahern
Everyone needs a guardian angel! Some people wait their whole lives to find their soul mates. But not Holly and Gerry. Childhood sweethearts, they could finish each other’s sentences and even when they fought, they laughed. No one could imagine Holly and Gerry without each other. Until the unthinkable happens.
Gerry’s death devastates Holly. But as her 30th birthday looms, Gerry comes back to her. He’s left her a bundle of notes, one for each of the months after his death, gently guiding Holly into her new life without him, each note signed ‘PS, I Love You’. As the notes are gradually opened, and as the year unfolds, Holly is both cheered up and challenged. The man who knows her better than anyone sets out to teach her that life goes on. With some help from her friends, and her noisy and loving family, Holly finds herself laughing, crying, singing, dancing–and being braver than ever before. Life is for living, she realises–but it always helps if there’s an angel watching over you.
“Postscript” – Cecelia Ahern
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.
Let me know if you read them and how you like them!!