Monday 30 September 2019

Blog Tour ~ Postscript by Cecelia Ahern

I'm so excited to be hosting today's final stop on this lovely blog tour

Harper Collins
19 September 2019

My thanks to the publishers for my copy of this book
and the opportunity to be part of the blog tour

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.

What did I think about it..

I have to say that PS I love You was one of my favourite books of the new millennium which was, of course, followed by the film of the book with Gerard Butler and Hilary Swank in the lead roles. Time has passed and it's now time to see what's been happening to Holly Kennedy in the seven years since her husband Gerry died.

Holly is now 37 years old and is tentatively moving forward both in her life and personal relationships but when a group, inspired by Gerry's letters to Holly, and calling themselves the PS I Love You Club get in touch asking for Holly's help in writing letters of their own, it brings back all sorts of memories which Holly thought she had buried forever. What then follows is a compassionate and sensitive look at both the burdens and the blessings of experiencing deep love alongside traumatic loss, and of how the grieving process, never straightforward, comes back to haunt you when you least expect it.

The author writes so beautifully that it's hard not to become emotionally attached to all the new characters who flit into and out of the story. There are lots of memorable moments, some will make you laugh out loud, whilst others will make you cry those proper sobby tears which leave you feeling like an emotional wreck, and yet, throughout it all, is a story of tremendous hope and the abiding strength of love.

From the very start of Postscript it feels like you are returning to a group of old friends whose company you have missed, and from the minute you meet up there are no awkward silences, no blurred edges and no gaps in the conversation. However, inevitably Postscript will be judged alongside PS I Love You in terms of content and mass appeal, so I'm pleased to say that, in my opinion, the writing is everything we have come to expect from this talented author, and whilst there are similarities in the style of writing I do think that Postscript is an altogether more mature story but with the same powerful emotional punch.

PS..It would make a great movie...♡

Photo credit: Barry McCall

Cecelia Ahern is one of the biggest selling authors to emerge in the past fifteen years, having sold more than 25 million copies worldwide in over 50 countries. Two of her books have been adapted as major films and she has created several TV series in the US and Germany. Her novel PS I Love You was a New York Times bestseller and huge #1 bestseller in Ireland and the UK. In 2007, it was made into a major film starring Hilary Swank and Gerard Butler. Since PS I Love You was published in 2004, Cecelia has written 13 bestselling novels, two YA novels and, most recently, a critically acclaimed collection of short stories, ROAR which is now in development by: Nicole Kidman and Per Saari’s Blossom Films, Bruna Papandrea’s Made Up Stories and Theresa Park’s Per Capita Productions, along with Ahern’s own Greenlight Go Productions label. Her novels have resonated with readers everywhere through their thoughtful, unique and inspiring storytelling and have won numerous awards. Cecelia lives in Dublin with her family.

Twitter @Cecelia_Ahern #Postscript



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