Holly couldn't live without her husband Gerry, until the day she had to. They were the kind of young couple who could finish each other's sentences. When Gerry succumbs to a terminal illness and dies, 30-year-old Holly is set adrift, unable to pick up the pieces. But with the help of a series of letters her husband left her before he died and a little nudging from an eccentric assortment of family and friends, she learns to laugh, overcome her fears, and discover a world she never knew existed. (Summary courtesy of Goodreads.)
This book was so heart wrenching and full of real emotion that I couldn’t tear myself away from it. I remember being in tears but I just couldn’t stop myself from reading on. The craziest thing about it is that Cecilia was only 22 or so when she wrote it. I would love to someday ask her how she was able to write such raw emotions and heartbreaking loss at such a young age. If you have only seen the movie, please read the book. It’s so different than the movie.This book will forever be at the top of my list.
I was hesitant to read this because of the topic and the fact that I had recently gotten married when this came out. However, Ms. Ahern won me over with some of her other books, so I gave it a chance. I'm so glad I did because it drew me right in and I couldn't get enough! I laughed and cried along with Holly and her family and friends. I also think that the movie didn't do justice to the book.
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