One of my favourite Valentine’s day presents that I’ve received is a movie that my husband couldn’t find anywhere locally and eventually tracked down on Amazon Italy and had it sent to me from there. That movie was PS, I Love You. I cried at this tragic tale of grief, heartache and sadness but also fell in love with the ultimate message of love, happiness and triumph. I’ve lost count of how many times I’ve watched this movie, but it remains one of my favourites to this day.

It’s very unusual for me to watch a movie before reading the book, but I must admit that’s what happened in this case. I do, however, consider myself redeemed now because I’ve just finished reading Postscript, the sequel to PS, I Love You, by Cecelia Ahern.

Postscript picks up seven years after the events of PS, I Love You. Even though it’s been seven years since Holly Kennedy’s husband died and she has moved on in many ways, the memories of Gerry’s death come crashing back into her life when a group inspired by the letters Gerry left for her after his passing threaten to drag her back into the pit which she fought hard to escape from.

The terminally ill members of the PS, I Love You Club ask Holly to assist them in leaving something behind for their loved ones too. Drawn to help them knowing how important the messages will be one day in helping them to deal with their grief, but also facing memories that resurface and threaten to overwhelm her new life, Postscript is the book we never knew we needed to continue the story of Holly as she grows and stumbles upon surprising new things even when we thought the story of Gerry and Holly was over.

You’ll enjoy reuniting with Holly’s family and friends, but also delight in meeting the new friends she makes along the way. I loved learning their stories, they made me laugh and cry, and my breath was taken away as we discover that “there’s always one more thing to say…”

“It’s only paper, but it’s not. They’re only words, but they’re not. We’re only here for such a short time, the paper will outlive us all, it will scream, it will shout, roar, sing our thoughts, feelings, frustrations, and all the things that go unsaid in life. The paper will act as a messenger for their loved ones to read and hold; words from a mind, controlled by a beating heart. Words mean life.”

Postscript is available for a recommended retail price of R285 from book stores and online retailers.

Thanks to Jonathan Ball Publishers for sharing this book with me.

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