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.
I've wanted to re-read this book for ages and after a gap in ARCs I decided to finally give it another go. I first read this book when I was a teenager on the recommendation of a friend from school and I remember loving the book and balling my eyes over it. It took me a few days to read and when I was done I couldn't quite get over it. I guess you could say it was my first book hangover (not that I knew to call it that then). I thought re-reading it would mean I would love it again but how wrong could I be?
Don't get me wrong, I didn't hate it but I didn't love it like I remember and it's the prime example of how your tastes as a reader can change!
But I digress and will now get down to what you're here to read: my review!
When we first meet Holly she has recently lost the love of her life, the man she thought she would live with forever, have children with and grow old with but the universe had a different idea. Gerry tragically dies of a brain tumour and Holly is now a young widow. Something she never thought she would face.
This book did break my heart but I just found it so hard to connect to Holly. It took me a long while to really connect with her and at certain points I found the book hard work. Cecelia does have a way with words though and created a great web of friends and family for Holly which injected humour into the book and it needed that. It needed the comic relief and there is lots of it with Declan and Ciara, Holly's younger siblings.
There was one character in particular that I loved and that was Holly's brother, Richard. You think at the start of the book that he's an idiot but you realise that he has his own issues and he really is an absolute sweetheart. He is the person that Holly least expects to come to her aid and does in a way she never knew he could or would. I loved reading them reconnecting.
The one thing I absolutely loved about this book is the journey Holly goes on. Gerry has left her a collection of letters to aid her through her first year without him and what he does for her is amazing. I really think she needs his help in that first year and he does so much for her.
All in all, I didn't love it like I remember loving it but I didn't hate it either. There was much I loved and much I didn't so I'm on the middle ground with this one but I am gutted that my memory of the book didn't live up to the re-read. I'd be interested to hear from you guys if this has ever happened to you!