Today’s books all have quirky storylines and a subtle touch of something beyond natural in them! Be sure to check out the posts for Rebecca Serle & Quan Barry too!
It’s hard to believe that THE TWO LIVES OF LYDIA BIRD is only the second book from Josie Silver, who made a smash debut with ONE DAY IN DECEMBER in 2018.
I really enjoyed both of these books and I think Josie Silver’s distinctive warm, accessible voice combined with creative, unconventional storylines make her a very fun and exciting writer.
I look forward to seeing what she does next, especially since I enjoyed Lydia Bird more than December, which had a more youthful edginess to it that maybe made it more popular? I felt like Lydia Bird was overall a more mature, contemplative read. Watching Lydia grow through her grief and get to a place where she understood she had to let her husband go so she could truly live in the present and create a new life without him was moving and compelling, especially since the reader could understand what was happening around her, even as she remained oblivious.
Having recommended Silver’s books, I’ll also say that they reminded me of a few other books and movies that have been long-time faves, so I want to mention them too:
Taylor Jenkins Reid ( @Amazon ) – especially Forever, Interrupted; One True Loves; and Maybe In Another Life
The fabulous movies Truly, Madly, Deeply (with Juliet Stevenson and Alan Rickman) and Sliding Doors (with Gwyneth Paltrow and John Hannah)
THE TWO LIVES OF LYDIA BIRD
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.
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 Lydia’s twenty-eighth birthday, Freddie died in a car accident.
So now it’s just Lydia, and all she wants is to 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, Jonah, 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 through the doorway to 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.
(This review is part of Read-A-Romance Month. Hope you’ll come back every day to check out my book recommendations. You can find the calendar here. Also check out The Romance of Reading, a Facebook “book club” where we’ll have great authors guest hosting every week.)
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