Tuesday, February 4, 2020

Book Review and Giveaway: Postscript

By Melissa Amster

Sixteen years after Cecelia Ahern's bestselling phenomenon PS, I Love You captured the hearts of millions, the long-awaited sequel follows Holly as she helps strangers leave their own messages behind for loved ones.

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. (Synopsis courtesy of Amazon.)

When I first became a Cecelia Ahern fan, I was hesitant to read P.S. I Love You because of the subject matter. However, something pushed me to check it out and then I loved it! (I didn't feel like the movie did it justice though). When I first heard about Postscript being published, I couldn't wait to get my hands on a copy! Was it worth the sixteen (seven for Holly) year wait? I can attest that it was!

The story was a good follow-up to P.S. I Love You. It was nice to revisit Holly's story and see what she has been up to, as well as check in with her family again. I'm glad Ciara got even more time in the story, since I really liked her in P.S. and even think she should have her own spin-off novel. I felt like Daniel should have been reintroduced somehow, as well. (Harry Connick Jr. played him in the movie.)

I liked the idea of the P.S. I Love You club and how Holly was resisting getting involved but kept getting pulled into the fray. I found myself caring about the people in the club, especially Ginika. However, I felt like one of them didn't get as much closure. I had a feeling of where one aspect of the story was going (and was right), but the rest of it was surprising.

This was a sweet story overall and it gives new insight about grief.

Movie casting suggestions, since I wasn't fond of the P.S. I Love You movie casting:
Holly: Hayley Atwell
Denise: Rebecca Hall
Ciara: Jessica De Gouw
Sharon: Jodie Whittaker
Gabriel: Michael Fassbender
Ginika: Aparna Brielle
Paul: Ben Whishaw
Bert: Ron Cephas Jones

Thanks to Grand Central Publishing for the book in exchange for an honest review. They have TWO copies to give away!

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26 comments:

Nina said...

I have seen the movie P.S. I Love You and enjoyed it!

JeanneK said...

This is on my TBR list and I’d be absolutely thrilled to win a copy to read and review. I did see the movie P.S., I Love You and really thought it was great. Thanks so much for the chance!

Carla S. said...

I did see P.S. I Love You and enjoyed it!

susieqlaw said...

I read P.S. I Love You

Linda May said...

I loved the movie but I haven't read the book yet. Thanks for your great generosity.

Bernice Kennedy said...

I saw the movie and loved it. I would to read the book!

Nancy P said...

Sounds terrific. This is a new author for me. Haven't seen the movie.

traveler said...

I haven't seen the movie. This book sounds captivating.

GrandmaD said...

I saw the movie. I’m looking forward to reading this book.

Cherisse said...

I love the movie, have seen it multiple times.

Carole said...

Thanks for the links Melissa. Will be ordering htis one. Cheers

diannekc said...

I read the book P.S. I Love You and loved it.

Nancy said...

No. I have not read PS I Love You.

Rita Wray said...

I haven't seen the movie. The book sounds great.

Mary Preston said...

Not read or seen.

LoriF said...

I cried when I read P.S. I love you and can only imagine what Postscript will do to me.
The Book was so much more than the movie ever could be.

Elena Y. said...

I have read and watched PS I love you =)

Tracy Wirick said...

I haven’t seen the movie or read the book 😳

Mary C said...

I read P.S. I Love You

Linda Kish said...

I haven't seen the movie or read the book.

Donamae Kutska said...

I have not read the book or seen the movie.

bn100 said...

never read or saw it

Bonnie K. said...

I have read and watched P.S. I Love You. Loved both of them.

rubynreba said...

I have not seen the movie or read the book.

Lelandlee said...

I love the movie

Xia Lee said...

Seen it multiple times