The Two Lives of Lydia Bird

“Your life is still your life… You’re still here, inconveniently breathing, watching the sun go down and the moon come up regardless of whether you think it’s got a damn nerve showing its shiny face every day.”

Thank you Ballantine Books for gifting me an advanced copy of Josie Silver’s newest novel, The Two Lives of Lydia Bird.

“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, 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 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.”

Oh, you all. This book was beautiful. Within the first 100 pages, I found myself crying on multiple occasions; Josie Silver knows how to write a book that hits you right in the heart. 

For those of us who have lost someone, someone who we deeply loved, I’m sure the thought has crossed our minds as to how much we would love to have just one more day… one more conversation with our loved one. But, can you imagine being able to live a life with them as though nothing had happened? To be able to see where their life took them? The person that they grew to become? To have the opportunity to hug them or look them deep in the eyes? That’s the gift that Lydia Bird was given after losing her fiancé. 

I wondered how it would be possible for Silver to fill 375 pages with the story of Lydia Bird but she did it so very well and there wasn’t anything that I would want to be done differently. Her character development was superb.

I was completely invested in Lydia, Freddie and all of the other characters that Silver introduced in this book. It was truly a mesmerizing storyline full of countless emotions. I had to stop to read as to whether Josie Silver had lost her spouse because she wrote about it in such a real way. Besides being beautifully written, the book is full of poignant quotes surrounding grief.

“There isn’t a handy grief blueprint. You don’t get over losing someone you love in six months or two years or twenty, but you do have to find a way to carry on living without feeling as if everything that comes afterward is second best. Some people walk up mountains, others throw themselves out of planes. Everyone has to find their own way back…”

If you were a fan of One Day in December, I encourage you to add The Two Lives of Lydia Bird to your reading list. You won’t be disappointed!

Thank you Ballantine Books, Penguin Random House and Josie Silver for the opportunity to read this book before its publishing date. 

The Two Lives of Lydia Bird will be published on March 3, 2020 and is available for pre-order now.

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