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Postscript

Title: Postscript (#2 P.S. I Love You)

Author: Cecelia Ahern

Published: 19th September 2019 – Harper Collins

Format: Kindle Edition (Netgalley) – 362 pages

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Hello Hello! How are you?

Today I’m bringing you a really special review as I was lucky enough to get the chance to read Postscript by Cecelia Ahern! I was supposed to meet her on Zoom but life got in the way and I couldn’t make it, but I am really glad I was still able to read the book and review it today!

I’ve read a few of Cecelia Ahern’s books and I have to say one thing, they always, ALWAYS, get me in the feels. If you don’t like crying in books, DON’T pick any of this author’s books up because I guarantee you will cry. The first Cecelia Ahern book I read was Where Rainbows End (Love, Rosie is the film), and I adored it so much, it’s probably one of my all-time favourites. And I read P.S. I Love You a few years back, loved that too and sobbed the whole way through. Let’s just say, the tissues didn’t stay dry this time either!

Thank you so much to Becca from Harper Collins for inviting me to meet Cecelia and for allowing me to read the book, it was great and I’m so happy I said yes! Thank you to Netgalley for providing me with a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review, all opinions are my own.

Warning: At this point, if you haven’t read P.S. I Love You by Cecelia Ahern and you want to, turn away now as this post will kind of be full of spoilers!!

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GOODREADS SYNOPSIS

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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MY REVIEW

Postscript by Cecelia Ahern is the sequel to the P.S. I Love You, in which we met Holly Kennedy for the first time right after her husband, Gerry, died of a brain tumour. During that novel, he left her letters to find and open each month, and this novel starts up 7 years later, but in the same theme. I absolutely adored P.S. I Love You, it was such a great book, I cried so much, but I also laughed so much, you definitely need to be prepared for ALL the feels!

I read this book in a matter of days and it took me back right to when I read the first book in this duology, I could remember it all and how much I loved the characters! I have to say that I loved them all, well, I probably didn’t LOVE them all, but I really enjoyed reading about them. Even though Gerry has been dead for 7 years, he is still such a massive part of this book and of Holly’s life, and he is the reason for the P.S. I Love You Club, which I’m sure you can guess from the blurb that this club has taken inspiration from what Gerry did for Holly and are trying to do it themselves for their loved ones when they go.

I did have a few little problems with Holly, but I think that as the book moved on and everything changed around her, she had to adapt to everything and she did so very well. I really loved Denise and Sharon again, these two are so hilarious and together they are just, I don’t even know a stronger word but I was laughing so hard at times! We also meet some new characters in this book and they become such big parts of Holly’s life that you can’t help but feel everything that she is feeling for them.

The original P.S. I Love You Club is made up of Joy, Angela, Paul, Bert and Ginika, and I have to say that Ginika and her story really touched my heart, I think that Cecelia did an amazing job of bringing all these people to life and even though I felt it was a tad weird at the start with them imposing on Holly, I got it and once I was used to it, it didn’t bother me anymore.

This book had me laughing one minute and crying the other, I think I must have spent th last 5 chapters just in constant tears, if you want a tear-jerker, you need to check out Cecelia Ahern’s other works because they definitely pack a punch and don’t leave your heart in the same way they found it. I usually struggle with really mundane books (what I call anything that’s not fantasy or science-fiction) but this one was so important, emotional and just hard-hitting that you can’t help but be moved.

Trigger Warnings: death, loss, grief, terminal illnesses, cancer, multiple sclerosis, symptoms of illnesses, car accident.

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MY THOUGHTS AND RATING

Overall, this was such a great book, I read it really fast and I would probably have been able to read it in one sitting if life hadn’t gotten in the way because Cecelia’s books are just so good you want to just devour them, but obviously, then you’re sad because it’s over too fast!

I can’t really say much about the world-building, this book is set in Ireland just as the first book was, we do get a little look at some of the places around where Holly lives, but this book is focused on the theme and the characters, if you don’t mind reading books with terminally ill people (specifically cancer and multiple sclerosis) and you don’t mind a good old laugh and a good old cry, then this is the book for you.

The writing style was fluid and kept me completely immersed, the pacing was also really good, I love books with short chapters and this was perfect for me. I gave this book 5 stars (see below for my ASPECTS rating), I don’t have anything bad to say about it because it was amazing and I     loved it, it just made me feel so many things and I just can’t fault it. If this book sounds like something you would like, then I highly recommend it and I hope you love it as much as I did.

Once again, thank you to Becca and Cecelia, I’m so glad I got the opportunity to read this book, it’s been on my list ever since I learned there would be a sequel and it was such a great experience, I loved it! And thank you for reminding me that Cecelia Ahern is one of my favourite authors and that I need to read more of her books!

That’s all for now, I hope you enjoyed this post, see you soon, stay safe,

Ellie xx

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ASPECTS RATING

Atmosphere – 7

Start – 8.5

Pacing – 9

Ending – 9

Characters – 9

Theme – 9

Style – 8.5

Total = 60

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR – CECELIA AHERN

Cecelia Ahern was born and grew up in Dublin. She is now published in nearly fifty countries and has sold over twenty-five million copies of her novels worldwide. Two of her books have been adapted as films and she has created several TV series.

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