The Two Lives of Lydia Bird

The Two Lives of Lydia Bird

A Novel

eBook - 2020
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"Lydia and Freddie. Freddie and Lydia. They'd been together for more than a decade, and Lydia thought their love was indestructible. But she was wrong. On her twenty-eighth birthday, Freddie died in a car accident. So now it's just Lydia, and all she wants to do is hide indoors and sob until her eyes fall out. But Lydia knows that Freddie would want her to try to live fully, happily, even without him. So, enlisting the help of his best friend, Jonas, and her sister, Elle, she takes her first tentative steps into the world, open to life--and perhaps even love--again. But then something inexplicable happens that gives her another chance at her old life with Freddie. A life where none of the tragic events of the past few months have happened. Lydia is pulled again and again across the doorway of her past, living two lives, impossibly, at once. But there's an emotional toll to returning to a world where Freddie, alive, still owns her heart. Because there's someone in her new life, her real life, who wants her to stay. Written with Josie Silver's trademark warmth and wit, The Two Lives of Lydia Bird is a powerful and thrilling love story about the what-ifs that arise at life's crossroads, and what happens when one woman is given a miraculous chance to answer them"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Ballantine Books, [2020]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780593135242
Characteristics: 1 online resource


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Jun 26, 2020

Took me a while to finish the book but a very cute read!

Mar 13, 2020

4+ Stars!!

I’m tempted to call Josie Silver the British Taylor Jenkins Reid. At least, when considering TJR’s earlier published works. At times, The Two Lives of Lydia Bird read like a mash-up of TJR's "Forever, Interrupted," "Maybe in Another Life", and even a little "After I Do." To be fair, they have their own distinct styles, but it was where my thoughts went a few times during my reading. Like Reid, Josie Silver's writing is original and impressive. Some might not like the story line, but not many can say she doesn't write well. The author took an original story direction and didn't try to make me believe the unbelievable, but gave insight into the heroine's grieving mindset. The story was women's fiction with romantic undertones. Not a romance per se, but a love story. It's also a journey through grief with second chances in life and love.

As Lydia traversed her dream life, there were a few occasions where it dragged down the pacing a bit. I think that was due to the fact that I knew those moments weren't "real" and they didn't have the same impact as the chapters in her "real" life. At the same time, there were interesting correlations between Lydia's two "lives" that helped propel the story forward by giving her insight into the what-ifs. In spite of the few slower-paced moments, I really enjoyed the overall story. And the ending? SO WORTH IT! ❤️


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