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Postscript by Cecilia Aherne

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Many years ago ,in another life time, I spent an entire Easter weekend reading my ‘Easter egg’( Ive never been a fan of chocolate) and sobbing uncontrollably over the beautifully poignant P.S I Love You  by Cecelia Ahern .

I had no idea of the loss of a husband but the heartfelt words called to a part of me that yearned for true love tragedy as it does to so many young women, We love to be tortured by imagined grief. How naive I was. Notes written by a young husband dying of a brain tumour seemed unimaginably romantic and when our heroine read them and so survived the first year after his death I was hooked by the character of Holly. Of course fans will know this went on to be a major film , changed beyond my recognition but still full of love and tears. 

So here we are, Postscript. Set 7 years after the end of the last book Holly is entrenched in a new life and love. Stronger , wiser and confident until a stranger approaches her and begs her help. I will not be giving too much away by saying the help is needed by a group of characters dying in different ways and each having their own unique reason to want to emulate Gerry and leave their own’ PS I Love You’ letters but needing guidance and help from Holly.

Since the last book I have suffered the loss of my husband and although the idea of the book called to me I was not sure if I would be able to read it yet. I haven’t actually read a book in the six months since his death however I felt it might be cathartic and snuggled into his jumper on his side of the sofa and consumed it on one tear drenched Sunday. 

I can honestly say Cecelia Ahern has written a beautiful sequel that hurt my heart yet helped me in ways I am still not sure I understand ,I emerged from it red nosed, emotionally drained yet calm. Just like Gerrys lamp in the first book I felt it was a comfort sent to me at a time  need it and a way to begin reading again which has been a lifelong joy but recently lost to me. 

Cecelia reintroduces us to an older Holly , unwittingly thrown into inner turmoil of if she can dredge up the hurt she has managed to paper over ,  I cant say I have ever actually liked Holly which is strange since  loved the books but maybe that is the point, she is  more real than a heroine and has changes of heart, problems we want to solve for her as an outsider but we cant, and makes decisions we are sure we wouldnt.

 Postscript is a story of love and hope against all the odds just when you think your world might be over there is a tiny glimmer and once again Cecelia Ahern has proved she is a wonderful story weaver.

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I'm a slightly deranged middle aged widow, living in the Cotswolds with two fabulously funny little dogs. A mother, grandmother, sister and friend. Determined to survive by writing to remember, to forget and to cope with grief. the memory of my husband supporting me, guiding me and probably laughing at me if there is a ‘somewhere’

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Book Review: All for You by Louise Jensen

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Louise Jensen is by now a fairly well-known author in the psychological thriller/domestic noir thriller genre but I think this was her first book I read. It is about a family of four, Ellen the mother an orthopaedic surgeon who is currently not working, Aidan the father a vet and the two boys Connor and Kieron. Kieron has some rare possibly terminal disease while Connor is a sensitive 17 years old. In the picture, there are also two of Connor’s good friends: Ryan and Tyler. We know that something happened to Connor’s girlfriend Hailey’s but we don’t know what. First Tyler then Ryan disappear and everyone fears that Connor might be the next as the three were always together and they were together the night something happened to Hailey.

Connor disappears as well but it is not what it seems. It’s a complex thriller with several punchy twists, I couldn’t work out who could be the kidnapper and the ending was genuinely surprising although a bit far fetched and very dark. You can tell that Jensen is a bit more accomplished in writing thrilling plots than other authors. Overall it took me a while to get into this book but then I was engrossed in it and read it late at night. I would recommend it to anyone who likes a good mystery with lots of family secrets. I was given a free copy of this book by NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review.

This book will be out in October but you can pre-order it now. 

All For You: don’t miss the next thrilling and shocking psychological thriller from best selling author of The Date and The Sister in 2021!
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  • 384 Pages - 10/28/2021 (Publication Date) - HQ (Publisher)

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Keeping Up Appearances; from Hyacinth Bucket to Eleanor Rigby

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Keeping Up Appearances was a British sitcom that ran on BBC television from 1990 – 1995. It featured a woman called Hyacinth Bucket, which she insisted was pronounced Bouquet. The humour lay in watching her attempts at social climbing. She lived to impress her unfortunate neighbours, who tried to avoid her! 
Coincidentally, at that time, I was in contact with relatives, who erroneously insisted on a French pronunciation of their surname, and were oblivious to their ridiculous behaviour.
 
While the programme was enjoyed for its comedic effect, some people in real life struggle to keep up appearances and it is no laughing matter. People who have social status, such as by being a home owner, but lack actual income, are said to be in genteel poverty. This leads to reduced  spending and failing to replace things that are broken. By keeping up appearances, others are not aware of the true state of affairs.
 
 
The March family in the novel Little Women, by Louisa M Alcott, are an example of genteel poverty. They gave up their Christmas dinner to take to a family, who were in absolute poverty. Today, people who have very little themselves, may leave an item to be collected for the food bank, on their way out of the supermarket.
 
Another sort of keeping up appearances, is the disguising of emotions. This may extend to hiding actual physical or mental abuse. Victims of controlling behaviour may show no sign to the outside world, suffering at home in silence. 
 
In “Eleanor Rigby”, the song by Paul McCartney, the woman disguises her loneliness by appearing cheerful, wearing a face that she keeps in a jar by the door, as the song says. She is an example of all the lonely people,  who keep up appearances.
 
 Footnote : As a tribute to the Beatles, Tommy Steele commissioned a statue of Eleanor Rigby, (a fictitious person, although the name is found in a Liverpool graveyard) It is placed not far from the site of the club, the Cavern, where the Beatles first performed.
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Little Women
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Book Review: All Her Fault by Andrea Mara

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I have read many psychological thrillers but this was something else. Many books say they have unpredictable twists but very few deliver on that promise. This one does. It all starts when Marissa Irvine goes to collect her kid Milo from a playdate. But at that address, no one knows the kid or the family that was supposed to live there. What follows is 7 days of police search for the four-year-old boy, quite quickly it becomes obvious that he was taken by the nanny of the kid he was meant to play with. But the question is why? Why would a young woman kidnap a little boy?

 

The plot was quite watertight and when the twist arrived, it made sense. The characters were interesting and everyone was a bit suspicious, But to understand this crime, we need to know the motive and I can’t say much more without spoiling the book. If you like psychological thrillers, not scary ones but well thought out, this book is for you. I was given a copy by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. 

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