PS… she’s back. Fans of sob-inducing 2004 novel PS, I Love You received rather welcoming news this week when author Cecelia Ahern tweeted that a sequel is on its way.
The book, which will be released this fall in the U.K., will be followed by a U.S. debut in early 2020. “I’ve written the sequel to PS I LOVE YOU – titled POSTSCRIPT,” Ahern tweeted Tuesday, March 12. “I hope you’ll welcome back Holly… & Gerry…& that reading it will be as emotional for you as it was for me.”
The first novel followed a newly married couple, Holly and Gerry (portrayed by Hilary Swank and Gerard Butler, respectively), who were happily in love until they suddenly faced devastating news: Gerry was dying of a brain tumor. After he passes away, his widow Holly—in her grieving process—learns that her late husband has left behind a series of letters to help her rebuild her life after his death.
(Of course, the title was derived from the way he messages each love letter, ending it with the words, “P.S. I love you.”)
Entertainment Weekly revealed the sequel’s synopsis on Wednesday, March 13.
“When Holly Kennedy is approached by a group calling themselves the PS, I Love You Club, her safe existence is turned on its head. Inspired by hearing about her late husband Gerry’s letters, the club wants Holly to help them with their own parting messages for their loved ones to discover after they’re gone,” the preview reveals. “Holly is sure of one thing – no way is she being dragged back to the grief she has left behind. It’s taken seven years to reinvent herself, and she’s ready to move on with her life. But Holly comes to realize that when you love someone, there’s always one more thing to say…”
Ahern also shared a snippet of why she decided to write a sequel to the wildly popular novel.
“It’s been fifteen years since I wrote my debut novel and I relished the challenge of revisiting the world of Holly seven years after her husband’s death,” the author explained. “A deeply emotional project for me, Postscript is the PS to my PS and while it is a sequel, it is also a story that stands alone about living a purposeful life in the face of illness, grief and loss. I hope that new readers and PS, I Love You fans alike will embrace Holly’s new journey.”
— Cecelia Ahern (@Cecelia_Ahern) March 11, 2019
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