Challenge criteria: A re-read of a favourite book
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.
What I liked:
I first read this book when it came out in 2004, and picked it up again so I could remember the story before reading Postscript. I found myself remembering surprising amounts of the story, a mark of how endearing this book is.
Of all the characters in this book, and there are quite a lot, my favourite was Ciara. She’s fierce and feisty, and I would have loved to have been like her when I was 25 myself. In fact, Holly’s family are all very heart-warming and loveable in their own ways. Yes, even Richard.
What I didn’t like:
I found Holly to be a little irritating at times. I know she was grieving, and her loss was catastrophic, but I did find her to be selfish at times. It’s something I hope is amended in the second book.
I wasn’t a fan of a lot of the relationships in this book. I found Denise and Tom to be too much, and rather sickening to read. I’m also not too in love with Daniel, or the outcome of his story arc.
Out of five:
Three and a half. I didn’t hate it, but I don’t think I loved it as much as I did the first time I read it.