Thursday, 2 April 2020

Postscript by Cecelia Ahern

Postscript is the sequel to the bestselling novel P.S. I Love You by Cecelia Ahern. Postscript (which can be read as a standalone) meets up with Holly seven years after the death of her husband, Gerry. After hearing about her story on a podcast, a small group of terminally ill acquaintances seek out Holly's help. They are inspired by Gerry, and they'd like to prepare special goodbyes for the own loved ones. Their own special messages and gifts for their families to comfort them in a time of sorrow.

I never read P.S. I Love You, but I did watch the movie before reading Postscript. I had avoided this book/movie, because I thought it would be too heartbreaking, and I was pleasantly surprised by the movie. I found it to be touching and hopeful.

Postscript is an emotional book. The messages about grief and loss are powerful, and the moments Holly spends with the different patients in the book are heartfelt and moving.

Unfortunately, I think this book is a victim of me reading it at the wrong time. This is not a comfort read, and I found it much more heartbreaking than the P.S. I Love You movie. Additionally, I didn't alway agree or understand Holly's perspective, but I've also never experienced profound grief the way she has, so it's difficult for me to judge.

If you loved Holly and Gerry in the first book, definitely read Postscript. There are many flashbacks to the two of them and a few more surprises in store for the reader. Be warned that the theme of death and loss will pull deeply at your heart, so maybe save it until after our pandemic is over.


Disclaimer - I received a complementary copy of this book from Read Forever and Grand Central Publishing for review purposes. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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