Monday 6 April 2020

Book ~ "Postscript" (2019) Cecelia Ahern

From Goodreads ~ It's been eight years since Holly Kennedy's husband died - seven 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.

Holly's husband, Gerry, had passed away eight years ago at age 30 from cancer.  For a year after his death, she received a letter from him every month (in P.S., I Love You).  Holly has grown and moved on ... she has a new career and a boyfriend she is soon going to be moving in with.

Then she is approached to be part of the newly formed P.S., I Love You Club.  Five people with terminal illnesses want her to help them with their last letters to loved ones.  At first she resists because she has moved on.  Then she realizes that they do need her help and it's a way of giving back.  But it does jeopardize her relationship with her boyfriend because it's time consuming and he feels he has to compete with the ghost of Gerry.

I had read P.S., I Love You and have seen the movie which was based on the book a couple times so I thought it would be interesting to see what has happened to Holly in the years after Gerry's death.  While I liked P.S., I Love You, I found this book for the most part depressing and dreary and draggy and I had a hard time finishing it.

Though this is the second in the P.S., I Love You series, you don't need to read P.S., I Love You first to read this book.  There are many flashbacks to Holly's life with Gerry.  It was sometimes confusing when it happened because the flashbacks ran into the present timeline ... I read an ebook version and maybe the spacing/division was better in a "real" book?  As a head's up, the F-bomb is dropped a lot.

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