The long-awaited sequel to the international bestseller PS, I Love You!
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…
'As this gorgeous novel illuminates, life goes on, even in the wake of loss' Nicholas Sparks, bestselling author of The Notebook
‘A gorgeously hopeful, poignant story that is guaranteed to make readers weep but leave them with a warm heartl’ Irish Independent
‘Touching, full of humour…life-affirming. Ahern writes with honesty and empathy. I had a lump in my throat when I finished reading’ Irish Times
‘Explores one of the fundamentals of human experience with warmth, humour and pathos’ Sunday Independent
‘Cecelia Ahern is without a doubt an incredibly talented storyteller … heartbreaking, bittersweet and beautifully written’ RTE Guide
‘The book, like the first, spoke straight to my heart…perhaps it’s the realness and simplicity of Ahern’s observations that make it so impactful’ Irish News
‘Fans of PS, I Love You are in for a treat… Warmth emanates from the pages of this lovely, uplifting novel’ Good Housekeeping
‘A poignant, warm and hopeful novel’ Woman & Home
‘Wise and uplifting – but keep a box of tissues at the read. You’ll need it’ Sunday Express
‘I adored this uplifting story about hope and love’ Prima
‘Another weepy about grief and the enduring power of love’ Sunday Mirror
‘This is a novel to delight loyal fans and new readers alike’ Woman’s Weekly
About the author
Cecelia Ahern was born and grew up in Dublin. Her novels have been translated into thirty-five languages and have sold more than twenty-five million copies in over fifty countries. Two of her books have been adapted as films and she has created several TV series.
She and her books have won numerous awards, including the Irish Book Award for Popular Fiction for The Year I Met You.
She lives in Dublin with her family.
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
Cecelia Ahern’s Inside Story: “The story came to me in about 2012. I had my second child and I went to fix my will and all those horrible, very real things you have to do. That’s when it popped into my head. I thought of all the everyday things that people do in preparation for those they have to leave behind. I was thinking about it as a separate story really until it clicked with me that it definitely was related to PS, I Love You. This was my sequel story and if I was ever going to do it, this was the way I was going to do it.
“It grew from there and wouldn’t go away. I kept battling with whether I should do it. How would people feel? So I tested it out first and didn’t tell anyone about it. I got to the stage where sentences are running round and round in my head and that’s when I know it’s time to sit down and write. It’s a lovely feeling. I sat down and wrote the first chapter, just to see how it would feel revisiting it. And I was so emotional. I got into the story straight away and was crying my eyes out—from what I was writing and because I was revisiting something that was so special in my life.
“I then spoke to my publishers and editors I have close relationships with, and tested it out with them. I was expecting them to say: ‘Yes! Finally you’re doing the sequel that we’ve always wanted!’ But, honestly, they did not react like that! They were very cool and calm and told me that they loved the idea but there was no pressure on me to write a sequel. It was the best response because it made me realise no-one was pushing me to do this. I was fighting an invisible thing in my head and suddenly I knew that this was just a story that I wanted to write.
“The important thing for me was that this story was strong enough to stand alone. For it to be a novel in its own right. I’m sure most people will have read PS, I Love You before they read it, but I needed it to be as strong as any other novel I would’ve sat down to write.
“It was a novel that definitely took an emotional toll. The first book changed my life, so it kept bringing me back to that time and my connection to it. Then there’s the story itself—I had to create these characters to say goodbye to them. I remember the days I spent researching what kinds of illnesses I was going to give them. With PS, I Love You I had decided to not detail the nitty gritty of all of Gerry’s treatments. It was about the emotional journey after the illness. So I had to decide just how involved Holly was going to be with these people’s illness. How much does she step in? Or does she support this club in a different way?
“There was a lot of crying at the desk and a lot of learning about things I didn’t really want to learn about. Jenica’s story [a teen mother with a terminal illness] really touched me—really broke me. I could have written the story solely about her at one stage, near the end. Which was a really bad time to have that idea. But I find her story so powerful and touching.
“Of course, it was also interesting going back to a character that I had created 15 years ago and trying to develop her further. I wasn’t able to do that from scratch. I had to figure out how I could make her almost a new person. That’s interesting to me. Compared to everyone I’ve written over the last 15 years, I would say Holly’s my most normal, ordinary, down-to-earth kind of character. So I was trying to figure out how I could make her really juicy and meaty for me now. One of the things I did was to make her so truthful—she’s honest about the fact she doesn’t want to help people. She’s not a saint, she’s no angel. And she’s forced to analyse this amazing marriage that was so beautiful in the first book. Was it actually all good? Did the letter actually help her? Jerry wouldn’t know the woman she’s become and would he even like her? With time we can be more honest.
“I’ve been with my husband since I was 19, and I am not that 19 year old anymore. There’s very little of her left because life toughens you up. We all change, and I chose that seven-year gap between the first story and the second because of that seven-year evolution. We all become the next version of ourselves every seven years. So I wanted to add on the layers to what Holly’s become after seven years. Sometimes I think we’re all quite unrecognisable.”
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Funny sad happy horrible brilliant
Couldn’t put it down, even through the tears!
A must read and don’t forget to have tissues handy!