Reading Corner: P.S. I Love You by Cecelia Ahern

The last book I read was P.S. I Love You by Cecelia Ahern. Telling the story of Holly, a young widow from Ireland, P.S. I Love You is Irish author Ahern’s debut novel. The story is centred around love and grief; it is both sad and happy, heartwarming and heartbreaking.

The novel is framed around the aftermath of Gerry’s death – protagonist Holly’s husband, best friend and soulmate. After he dies of a brain tumour, she is forced to find a way to live without him, to find happiness elsewhere and to deal with the cherished but painful memories she is left with. Ahern’s style is witty and engaging, with gorgeously funny moments amongst the sadness of Holly’s bereavement.

P.S. I Love You is essentially a reawakening. Holly learns to live again as she herself is brought back from the dead in a way her husband couldn’t be. She puts her life back together, both holding on and letting go.

While reading this book, I laughed and cried. I thought about life and about love. To me, these are the best kinds of novels – the ones that make you appreciate what you have, encourage you to be kind to others and to live life to its fullest. I love books that give you a new perspective by the time you finish them. 

I haven’t seen the film adaptation of P.S. I Love You, and I’m not sure if I should. I love my own imagination of the characters and places. As far as Postscript goes, Ahern’s sequel to the novel, I’m not too excited. I tend to enjoy the first in a series of chick lit style novels, but anything that comes after is often a bit of a flop as far as I’m concerned. Perhaps the follow-up to P.S. I Love You will be worth a shot, though. Especially if it’s as lovely as the original.

Bridie Adams

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