PS, I Love You
PS, I Love You
A wonderfully warm and heartfelt debut from a stunning new talent. Everyone needs a guardian angel! 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, one for each of the months after his death, gently guiding Holly into her new life without him, each note signed ‘PS, I Love You’. As the notes are gradually opened, and as the 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 realises–but it always helps if there’s an angel watching over you.
PS, I Love You is Irish writer Cecelia Ahern’s first novel, published in 2004. The book reached No. 1 best-seller status in Ireland (for 19 weeks), Britain, the United States, Germany, and the Netherlands. Holly and Peter being the protagonists, this book reached the best-seller status quite early.
Holly and Gerry are a married couple who live in Dublin. They are deeply in love, but they fight occasionally. By winter that year, Gerry suddenly dies of a brain tumor and Holly realizes how much he means to her as well as how insignificant their arguments were.
Deeply distraught, Holly withdraws from her family and friends out of grief until her mother calls her informing her of a package addressed to her. Within the package are ten envelopes, one for each month after Gerry died, containing messages from him, all ending with “P.S. I Love You”. As the months pass, each new message fills her with encouragement and sends her on a new adventure. With Gerry’s words as her guide, Holly slowly embarks on a journey of rediscovery.
Cecelia Ahern’s debut novel, PS, I Love You, follows the engaging, witty, and occasionally sappy reawakening of Holly, a young Irish widow who must put her life back together after she loses her husband Gerry to a brain tumor. Ahern, the twentysomething daughter of Ireland’s prime minister, has discovered a clever and original twist to the Moving On After Death concept made famous by novelists and screenwriters alike–Gerry has left Holly a series of letters designed to help her face the year ahead and carry on with her life. As the novel takes readers through the seasons (and through Gerry’s monthly directives), we watch as Holly finds a new job, takes a holiday to Spain with her girlfriends, and sorts through her beloved husband’s belongings. Accompanying Holly throughout the healing process is a cast of friends and family members who add as much to the novel’s success as Holly’s own tale of survival. In fact, it is these supporting character’s mini-dramas that make PS, I Love You more than just another superficial tearjerker with the obligatory episode at a karaoke bar. Ahern shows real talent for capturing the essence of an interaction between friends and foes alike; even if Holly’s circle of friends does resemble the gang from Bridget Jones a bit too neatly to ignore (her best friend is even called Sharon).
While her style can be at times repetitive and her delivery is occasionally amateurish, Ahern deserves credit for a spirited first effort. If PS, I Love You is any indication of this author’s talent, readers have much to look forward to as Ahern matures as a novelist and a storyteller.
I greatly enjoyed the book; seeing how a young woman dealt with the loss of her beloved spouse. Not only was she enduring the loss, she also had to come to terms with life moving forward for the res t of the world, while she felt stuck in this ‘limbo’ of not quite knowing where and how to fit in this new life she was forced into by circumstances beyond her control.
The things left for her by her departed husband (don’t want to spoil the book for anyone), fulfill their intended purposes better that he could have ever hoped for.
She comes out of her first year as a widow a changed woman; not just changed by virtue that she was a single woman in a sea cf couples, or so it seemed to her, but changed in fundamental ways that will help her shape and mold her future into something very different from the plan she and her spouse had planned; not better or worse, just different.
This was an excellent read. It is ripe with endless possibilities for rousing discussions. I highly recommend this book!