MOTIVATION for READING: I really enjoyed the movie and mentioned I would like to read the book. My friend Gail loaned it to me.
WHAT’s it ABOUT: A young widow receives a packet from her husband with monthly letters offering advice on how to move on with her life.
I have been sitting here for days wondering what thoughtful comments I can add or insights I can share but the best I can do is to forget trying to reinvent the wheel and just quote Marian Keyes’s blurb on the front cover:
“Sweet and sad and funny: a charming journey from grief to hope.”
Because as short as that is, it is spot on. I agree with it. Now, on the back cover, the Boston Globe gives it a “four and half hankies out of five” rating: “Laugh and cry along with Holly, as she bravely forges on with life.”
But I didn’t cry. And I only give it the three pie rating for “I liked it.” In fact, I think I prefer the movie! I DID cry watching the film.
Lots of great Irish slang (I’m assuming, but I didn’t write any of the words/expressions down to double check). I enjoyed the setting of Dublin and Galway which I’m told is a lovely place; would SO love to visit Ireland someday. I was impressed with this book as a debut novel and look forward to reading more from Ahern. It looks like she is off to an illustrious career; she has a ton of books out already considering this was her first six years ago. In fact, one of my pet peeves about book covers is when they talk more about another book that the author has written than the one I’ve got in my hands. This cover states the Cecilia Ahern is the author of Rosie Dunne (titled Love, Rosie in the US?) but says PS I Love You is her first. Well, did they publish these at the same time? So confusing… But not terribly relevant, I suppose. Or, is it?
Now I’m just rambling and off-topic. I need to get back to writing reviews for this so-called ‘book’ blog; I’m out of practice.