Book Review: P.S. I Love You by Cecelia Ahern

Cecilia Ahern’s publisher, Harper Collins, sent me an ARC of the sequel to PS I Love You and before I read it, I wanted to read the first novel. Even though I had read the novel before, I had read it many years ago and wanted to refresh my memory on details.

Genre: Romance, Women’s Fiction, Contemporary Fiction

Blurb:

Some people wait their whole lives to find their soul mates. But not Holly and Gerry.

Childhood sweethearts, they could finish each other’s sentences and even when they fought, they laughed. No one could imagine Holly and Gerry without each other. 

Until the unthinkable happens. Gerry’s death devastates Holly. But as her 30th birthday looms, Gerry comes back to her. He’s left her a bundle of notes, gently guiding Holly into her new life without him, each note signed ‘PS, I Love You’. 

As the notes are gradually opened, and as they year unfolds, Holly is both cheered up and challenged. The man who knows her better than anyone sets out to teach her that life goes on. With some help from her friends, and her noisy and loving family, Holly finds herself laughing, crying, singing, dancing — and being braver than ever before. 

Life is for living, she realizes — but it always helps if there’s an angel watching over you.

My thoughts:

I loved this story when I first read it and with the re-reading, I love it even more. The story is about love of a soul mate – not a perfect love, but a love that has endured the day to day arguments and frustrations that couples experience. Unfortunately Gerry dies and leaves Holly alone. Holly is devastated and we read how she learns to cope without her love. The notes that Gerry has left her guide her through her grief and help her to create a life without her soul mate.

PS I Love You is not only a story about a lost love; it is a story that describes the voyage of a woman who her entire adult life has relied on another person to help her make decisions and help her through the ups and downs of life. During her grieving process, Holly learns about herself and who she truly is. She comes to realise more about herself as well as more on the other people in her life. She learns to see things through her eyes, and not through the eyes of her partner. In addition, Holly discovers her inner strength.

This novel is not a romance like many others. Instead it is about a love that has been experienced; the growth of a woman to find her inner strength; and about the grieving process. Re-reading this story has allowed me to appreciate even more Ahern’s storytelling prowess. Now I look forward to reading the sequel.

I give this novel ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 5 stars

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2019

(This novel was the 66th in my book pledge for 2019)

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