The Two Lives of Lydia Bird
In this next captivating love story from the #1 New York Times bestselling author of One Day in December, a young woman is reunited with her late fiancé in a parallel life. But is this happy ending the one she really wants?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.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.

The Two Lives of Lydia Bird Details

TitleThe Two Lives of Lydia Bird
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseMar 3rd, 2020
PublisherBallantine Books
ISBN-139780593135235
Rating
GenreRomance, Contemporary, Fiction, Womens Fiction, Chick Lit, Adult Fiction

The Two Lives of Lydia Bird Review

  • Irena
    January 1, 1970
    I loved this book oh so much!It's such a beautiful story...It even made me cry, but also filled my heart with hope.I think it's save to say I LOVE Josie Silver. Last year she took my heart with One Day in December, and now this...Really, where does she gets her ideas from?I'm not complaining, I hope she'll keep them coming our way....Right now, I feel like she's a star that shines on my reading life...Guys, if you can, pre-order this novel. You won't regret it!Full review to come at some point I loved this book oh so much!It's such a beautiful story...It even made me cry, but also filled my heart with hope.I think it's save to say I LOVE Josie Silver. Last year she took my heart with One Day in December, and now this...Really, where does she gets her ideas from?I'm not complaining, I hope she'll keep them coming our way....Right now, I feel like she's a star that shines on my reading life...Guys, if you can, pre-order this novel. You won't regret it!Full review to come at some point in January or late December.
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  • Amanda
    January 1, 1970
    After falling in love with One Day In December, I was thinking this next book couldn’t be as good, but I was thankfully wrong!!Lydia and Freddie are engaged, their love should last a lifetime but how long is a lifetime? Sadly on Lydia’s birthday, Freddie and his best friend Jonah are involved in a car accident and Freddie dies.Lydia is a great character, you can really feel her pain and despair at losing her true love. Lydia wants to hide away but with help from friend Jonah and sister Elle, After falling in love with One Day In December, I was thinking this next book couldn’t be as good, but I was thankfully wrong!!Lydia and Freddie are engaged, their love should last a lifetime but how long is a lifetime? Sadly on Lydia’s birthday, Freddie and his best friend Jonah are involved in a car accident and Freddie dies.Lydia is a great character, you can really feel her pain and despair at losing her true love. Lydia wants to hide away but with help from friend Jonah and sister Elle, there may be light at the end of the dark tunnel.Then something happens, Lydia is given the chance to live her life again with Freddie, but at what cost? And what if her happiness comes at a cost to others. The journey of Lydia’s grief is heartbreaking to read, but I loved her transformation from heartbroken to taking control of her life. This story sends out hope to anyone who has lost someone close to them.This book didn’t just tug at my heart strings, you stole my heart and kept it long after reading this book. I cried loads and would keep telling my husband what was happening with tears streaming down my face!!Josie Silver writes about grief in a sensitive and understanding way where, with the help of friends and family, there is hope and maybe the start of a new life. I can’t recommend this book enough. Thank you to Netgalley for my copy in exchange for a review.
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  • Paromjit
    January 1, 1970
    Josie Silver follows the fabulous One Day in December with this in depth study of the heartbreaking grief and loss experienced by Lydia Bird when on her 28th birthday, her fiance, Freddie Hunter dies in a car accident, whilst his best friend, Jonah Jones, whilst injured, lives to walk free. Lydia lived with Freddie in Shropshire, her whole life had revolved around him since they were fourteen years old at school and they were planning their wedding for the following year. To say that Lydia's Josie Silver follows the fabulous One Day in December with this in depth study of the heartbreaking grief and loss experienced by Lydia Bird when on her 28th birthday, her fiance, Freddie Hunter dies in a car accident, whilst his best friend, Jonah Jones, whilst injured, lives to walk free. Lydia lived with Freddie in Shropshire, her whole life had revolved around him since they were fourteen years old at school and they were planning their wedding for the following year. To say that Lydia's life falls apart is an understatement, the overwhelming grief is too much for her, and adjusting to life without Freddie is not a scenario she can accept. Silver uses the device of sleeping pills that offer Lydia the surprising pathway through lucid dreaming to continue her life with Freddie. This allows her to escape the harsh, unforgiving landscape of grief and avoid passing through that challenging process sentiently.However, it means that her waking hours are to be endured and survived whilst she lives her real life with the love of her life with Freddie in her sleeping hours. This is, of course, problematic for all those who love Lydia, her mum, and her best friend and older sister, Elle. It takes her some time to become aware that they are supporting her through the wreckage of her life, the guardians of her sanity. Her feelings towards Jonah are complicated and she just can't face him, even though her friendship with him is even longer than that with Freddie. Through the years they have been a close knit trio, even though Lydia had resented him at times. It is Jonah that helps her by getting her to attend a grief workshop when she really did not want to. It takes almost 3 months before a fragile Lydia can make herself go back to work, only to understand that Phil, Ryan, Julia and Dawn have been there for her in ways that had just not crossed her mind.It begins to dawn on Lydia that she has reasons to live in the real world and slowly acknowledge the hitherto impossible concept that perhaps there will be someone for her after Freddie. It is oh so hard for her to let go of Freddie but having to live without him is beginning to change her, she can no longer be the same woman she used to be, she must inevitably evolve. Josie Silver writes a compulsive tear jerker, of a young woman having to come to terms with her world falling apart, struggling through the process of grief until she is strong enough to pick up the pieces of her life and forge a new path for herself. It is Silver's wonderful writing, with bags of humour and her brilliant characters that makes this such a great read and I have no doubt that so many readers will absolutely love this. Many thanks to Penguin UK for an ARC.
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  • ♡ ᴅ ʀ ᴇ ᴀ ᴍ ♡
    January 1, 1970
    romance intriguing plot pretty cover written by my five-star author= must buy ✔️ romance✔️ intriguing plot✔️ pretty cover✔️ written by my five-star author= must buy❗️
  • mahana
    January 1, 1970
    cried all throughout one day in december because of the angst and now I’m crying because I’m so disappointed
  • Michelle
    January 1, 1970
    NOT ONLY IS MARCH THIRD THE BEST DAY OF THE YEAR & MY BIRTHDAY - IT IS THE PUB DATE OF A MILLION GREAT BOOKS!!!
  • Taylor Noel
    January 1, 1970
    I loved it Josie Silver's THE TWO LIVES OF LYDIA BIRD so much. I was a huge ONE DAY IN DECEMBER fan and was a little nervous this one wouldn’t hold up. But it definitely does. I fell in love with LYDIA BIRD for all the same reasons I did ONE DAY—the characters, the fluid storytelling, the emotional connection, and the happy ending. This is such a sweet love story that completely transported me into Lydia’s life. I felt emotionally invested in Lydia’s story, and I enjoyed every minute of her I loved it Josie Silver's THE TWO LIVES OF LYDIA BIRD so much. I was a huge ONE DAY IN DECEMBER fan and was a little nervous this one wouldn’t hold up. But it definitely does. I fell in love with LYDIA BIRD for all the same reasons I did ONE DAY—the characters, the fluid storytelling, the emotional connection, and the happy ending. This is such a sweet love story that completely transported me into Lydia’s life. I felt emotionally invested in Lydia’s story, and I enjoyed every minute of her transformation from heartbroken widow to a remade, empowered woman taking control of her own life. All of the characters, in fact, felt real and compelling to me. I thought the “magic pills” were a fun gimmick that were handled with just the right touch. And I really did love the happy ending. LYDIA BIRD was a completely delightful read that I so much needed during this turbulent news cycle. I haven’t been able to stop thinking about it.
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  • Cathryn Northfield
    January 1, 1970
    A beautifully written story about love, loss and learning to live again. On her 27th Birthday, Lydia tragically loses the love of her life Freddie. The story is told with Lydia as narrator and allows us to follow her journey as she deals with her bereavement.Grieving for the only man she’s ever loved, she struggles to cope with day to day life aswell as dealing with nights of Insomnia. Then something magical happens and allows Lydia the chance to see what could have been....The story details A beautifully written story about love, loss and learning to live again. On her 27th Birthday, Lydia tragically loses the love of her life Freddie. The story is told with Lydia as narrator and allows us to follow her journey as she deals with her bereavement.Grieving for the only man she’s ever loved, she struggles to cope with day to day life aswell as dealing with nights of Insomnia. Then something magical happens and allows Lydia the chance to see what could have been....The story details Lydia’s grief so well; it will pull at your heartstrings and have you reaching for the tissue box! I loved the relationship between Lydia, her mum and her sister Elle. The solidarity between them really shines through and shows the importance of a supportive family, especially when life throws you a curveball.I was so emotionally invested in this story and there’s so much more I want to say but I don’t want to give any spoilers away. I have found a quote that sums it up perfectly though...‘All the art of living lies in a fine mingling of letting go and holding on’ - Havelock EllisIf you loved Josie’s first book One Day in December, then you’ll love this just as much. Thank you to Net Galley, Penguin Books and Josie Silver for my ARC. Book Description- Lydia and Freddie. Freddie and Lydia. They've been together for almost a decade, and Lydia thinks their love is indestructible.But she's wrong. Because on her 27th birthday, Freddie dies in a tragic accident.So now it's just Lydia, and all she wants to do is hide indoors and sob 'til her eyes fall out. But Lydia knows that Freddie would want her to live her life well. So, enlisting the help of his best friend and her sister Elle, she takes her first tentative steps into the world and starts to live - perhaps even to love - again.Then something unbelievable happens, and Lydia gets another chance at her old life with Freddie. But what if there's someone in her new life who wants her to stay?
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  • Laura
    January 1, 1970
    Oh my goodness. I needed that. I had an idea pretty early on how it was going to end but it was even more wonderful than I imagined. One Day in December was so good that I worried whether Josie could match it. She did. The Two Lives of Lydia Bird is just as good if not even better! This book is about love and loss and change. There’s something here that every single person can relate to. I had several little cries while reading this book and I’d do it all again. Nothing felt unnecessary. Oh my goodness. I needed that. I had an idea pretty early on how it was going to end but it was even more wonderful than I imagined. One Day in December was so good that I worried whether Josie could match it. She did. The Two Lives of Lydia Bird is just as good if not even better! This book is about love and loss and change. There’s something here that every single person can relate to. I had several little cries while reading this book and I’d do it all again. Nothing felt unnecessary. Everything was poignant. I’m grateful for every single tear, laugh, smile and heartache this book brought on.
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  • Victoria Frow
    January 1, 1970
    Very good. This book is just so good as it takes you on such an emotional journey you feel like you are one of the characters and you experience every emotion within you and just keep wanting more once it's finished. Josie Silver is such a wonderful author and she is getting better with each book. Grab yourself a copy either on Kindle (30th Jan 2020) or Paperback (3rd March 2020). Thank you Penquin via Netgalley for the free copy.
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  • Karen Whittard
    January 1, 1970
    Oh this book is just beautiful. Beware you need massive amounts of tissues to get through this book. But boy is it 100% worth it. I laughed, I cried and I was heartbroken and then fixed again. This book is beautiful.
  • Sara Oxton
    January 1, 1970
    The Two Lives of Lydia Bird by Josie Silver a five-star read that may just be the best read of 2020. I adored One day in December so had such high hopes of this story, and I was not disappointed, Josie Silver writes about grief and loss in such a caring and compassionate way, they just made it so easy to understand where Lydia is coming from, you feel her heart breaking, you will cry buckets along side her. This is a great story and one that you can’t miss, there is a story within the story, and The Two Lives of Lydia Bird by Josie Silver a five-star read that may just be the best read of 2020. I adored One day in December so had such high hopes of this story, and I was not disappointed, Josie Silver writes about grief and loss in such a caring and compassionate way, they just made it so easy to understand where Lydia is coming from, you feel her heart breaking, you will cry buckets along side her. This is a great story and one that you can’t miss, there is a story within the story, and you will not see the twist coming, its brilliantly done. If you read one novel in 2020 make it this one, I know you won’t be disappointed, and I am sure much like me you will be going back for a re-read.
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  • Emer (A Little Haze)
    January 1, 1970
    'The Two Lives of Lydia Bird' is the new novel by Josie Silver, the author of last year's women's fiction sensation 'One Day in December'. I enjoyed One Day in December but this book... This book is on another level compared to that! It is thoroughly gripping and truly emotional. The story follows the titular Lydia Bird as she struggles to deal with life in the aftermath of her fiancé Freddie's sudden and tragic death. In the waking world we see Lydia shut down and find herself listlessly moving 'The Two Lives of Lydia Bird' is the new novel by Josie Silver, the author of last year's women's fiction sensation 'One Day in December'. I enjoyed One Day in December but this book... This book is on another level compared to that! It is thoroughly gripping and truly emotional. The story follows the titular Lydia Bird as she struggles to deal with life in the aftermath of her fiancé Freddie's sudden and tragic death. In the waking world we see Lydia shut down and find herself listlessly moving through her life. She is given pills to help her to sleep and these pills somehow cause her to experience what I can best describe as lucid dreaming episodes in which her life with Freddie continues as normal past his death. Lydia is torn between these two worlds and somehow needs to find her way through to a place where she can begin to rebuild her life. This book is really brilliant how in how it creates a perfectly believable alternate life for Lydia that never felt strangely far-fetched. The narrative choices of this novel are wonderful at how they illustrate grief, loss and how such a monumentally life changing life event forces you to become a new version of yourself. It was so moving to read about Lydia's struggles in her waking life and how these struggles began to subtly change her relationship with Freddie in the lucid dreaming world. I really loved Lydia as a character. I felt she was beautifully complex and quite an authentic feeling character in that she never felt overly perfect (i.e. a special snowflake style character) but instead had flaws which made her feel all the more relatable.I also really adored the relationships that the author created between Lydia and all the other characters. Each relationship be it her romantic relationship with Freddie, her familial relationships with her mum and sister, or her friendship with life long friend (and Freddie's bestie) Jonah all felt unique and interesting to read about as the author really expertly and sensitively created relationships that at times were deepened and at others strained by the all encompassing grief that Lydia was going through. The pacing of this story was nigh on perfect too. I loved how the author took us on an approximate 18 month journey with Lydia in this book as it really helped to show how grief impacts a person in both the short and long term. Nothing felt rushed nor did it feel too slow. And to me the ending was incredibly satisfying and had the perfect tone of both sadness and optimism for the future; perfectly bittersweet.I would definitely recommend this to people who enjoy getting swept away by emotional women's fiction.four and a half stars*An e-copy of this book was kindly provided to me by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review* For more reviews and book related chat check out my blog
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  • Belinda Missen
    January 1, 1970
    Let me go have a cup of tea and a lie down so I can calm down before I write my review.Update: I didn't get my lie down, but I have got a cup of tea, so let me see if I can get my thoughts into words. I understand that, after the phenomenon of One Day In December everyone will be watching this book with bated breath, just to see if it can live up to the sparkling beauty of its predecessor. Hint: it does. The deets: Lydia Bird has lost the love of her life, Freddie Hunter. Through the use of an Let me go have a cup of tea and a lie down so I can calm down before I write my review.Update: I didn't get my lie down, but I have got a cup of tea, so let me see if I can get my thoughts into words. I understand that, after the phenomenon of One Day In December everyone will be watching this book with bated breath, just to see if it can live up to the sparkling beauty of its predecessor. Hint: it does. The deets: Lydia Bird has lost the love of her life, Freddie Hunter. Through the use of an experimental sleeping pill, Lydia spends her nights being transported to another life. One that still includes Freddie. One in which she can explore all those myriad 'What if' type questions we're plagued with when someone leaves us. These visits become a brilliant exploration of grief, and the rose-coloured glasses we so often give to those who are dearly departed. After all, we all do it. We recall with fondness the beautiful eye-crinkling smiles and silly little sayings. We don't ever remember the workaholic, egotistic, pain in the bum part. At least not initially. The spread: So often with books, they're spread over a very condensed period of time. We get in, get the story, and get out. I adored that we got to stay with Lydia over the course of almost two years. After all, we don't grieve in a single week or month, do we? It's a long, slow and, sometimes, painful process, and I was so glad to see that grief was handled in this way. Along with Lydia, we got to splice her new life together, watch her transform, shed her skin, and become a new woman. The threads: There are so, so many threads in this book. It helps to create a richly layered portrait of life. Parents, siblings, inlaws, coworkers, casuals, and best friends - a whole cast of people who'll have to deal with this loss in similar but not identical ways. I was also pleased to see another point dealt with: eventually, others will move on/out of their grief cycle while you're still in it. And, sometimes, that means they don't have time for your grief. It's not that they don't care, they're simply preoccupied with life. Life goes on, as they say. The effect: I've done an unnatural amount of checking in with my husband since I began reading this - just to check that he's okay. The magic: I adored the magic of this book. I've read other reviews that have said some points of the books aren't entirely explained. I would respectfully disagree. They are, perfectly well. And, if that doesn't suffice, I'm a firm believer in magic. I've had loved ones visit me in dreams, and and more than happy to accept that as proof. A thoroughly wonderful exploration of grief, love, and self. Absolutely beautiful book.
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  • Fabulous Book Fiend
    January 1, 1970
    Having read and enjoyed Josie Silver’s debut novel, One Day in December, I was excited to start on her second book and also a little apprehensive as to whether it could possibly live up to the success of that first story. I needn’t have worried on that score; this turned out to be an amazing story that had me coming back to it whenever I could until it was finished.Lydia Bird is utterly devastated when the love of her life and man she is soon to marry, Freddie Hunter, is killed in a car accident Having read and enjoyed Josie Silver’s debut novel, One Day in December, I was excited to start on her second book and also a little apprehensive as to whether it could possibly live up to the success of that first story. I needn’t have worried on that score; this turned out to be an amazing story that had me coming back to it whenever I could until it was finished.Lydia Bird is utterly devastated when the love of her life and man she is soon to marry, Freddie Hunter, is killed in a car accident on his way home. Her grief is all consuming, and nobody, not even her mum or sister, Elle, can get through to her. Sadly, the accident has also affected her relationship with her one-time best friend, Jonah Jones, who was with Freddie that fateful day, and has also been badly affected by Freddie’s death. After months of worry, her mum persuades her to try some new medication to at least let her get some sleep. These little pink pills seem to Lydia to be her salvation, allowing her while in their influence to put her life with Freddie back on course. As time goes on, however, she starts to wonder if this is really what she wants or whether there is something better for her in her life in the real world.This is an incredible story dealing with a very difficult subject in such a sensitive way. It is so well written that I felt totally immersed in Lydia’s world every time I sat down to read. In fact, Lydia’s heartbreak over her loss was so real that I found myself crying almost every time I picked up the book until I was half way through; beyond that there were some happy tears as well as sad ones. Her journey from a person almost destroyed by grief to a woman in charge of her life was marvellous to watch. The ending is very much what I hoped for, but I could never be quite sure would happen. This is definitely a book well worth going out and buying, but take heed of my warning about the need for a stack of tissues.
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  • Sharon
    January 1, 1970
    Lydia’s fiancé, Freddie dies on her birthday in a car crash. Her world has fallen apart and she has no idea how she is going to cope without him. When she is given a chance to be in another life where Freddie is still alive, should she take it? Why do authors have to write such sad books??!! I think I started crying by the end of the first chapter and was on and off right through to the end of the book! Can it just be known that being red-eyed and tear stained really isn’t an attractive look! Lydia’s fiancé, Freddie dies on her birthday in a car crash. Her world has fallen apart and she has no idea how she is going to cope without him. When she is given a chance to be in another life where Freddie is still alive, should she take it? Why do authors have to write such sad books??!! I think I started crying by the end of the first chapter and was on and off right through to the end of the book! Can it just be known that being red-eyed and tear stained really isn’t an attractive look! Lydia Bird is a wonderful character though. You feel an immediate connection with her, partly because of her loss but also because she seems like such a nice person who doesn’t deserve any of what has happened to her. Even if you haven’t suffered such a loss, surely everyone could relate to her and understand why Lydia would want to hide away from everything with what she is going through.I honestly didn’t guess where this storyline was going until it happened. A chance at another life with your loved one…who wouldn’t want that? Lydia’s story pulled on every heartstring I have and yet I loved every minute of her heart-breaking and empowering journey. If only we could choose a different life when we needed to but unfortunately, the grass isn’t necessarily greener on the other side. I loved the other characters who were around Lydia – her sister, Freddie’s best friend Jonah and her mother, who added a little bit of a smile into my tears as I fondly thought how mothers like to fuss over their children no matter how old!Yes, it is a sad book and it does deal with the death of a loved one. The author though has dealt with the issue of grief so sensitively in her writing that even I, who has struggled to read books like this since the death of my dad, could manage to finish it with a lighter heart, a smile on my face and a feeling that perhaps sometimes good does come out of bad. It is so full of emotion and has taken me on such a rollercoaster of a read that I’m not quite sure whether I’m still on there!! Beautifully written with many life lessons to be learnt, be sure to have tissues to hand as I’m sure there won’t be a dry eye in the house.
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  • Emma L
    January 1, 1970
    Oh my goodness this book is just, perfect. The blurb alludes to duel lives going on which let's be honest sounds very odd. I wasn't quite sure how this would work especially after having read Josie's first book 'One day in December' of which I loved instantly and gifted as presents to friends, it was THAT good.A few pages in on this new story and instantly any 'concerns' on how Josie would deliver this parallel life was squashed away immediately, We meet Lydia who is due to meet her love, Oh my goodness this book is just, perfect. The blurb alludes to duel lives going on which let's be honest sounds very odd. I wasn't quite sure how this would work especially after having read Josie's first book 'One day in December' of which I loved instantly and gifted as presents to friends, it was THAT good.A few pages in on this new story and instantly any 'concerns' on how Josie would deliver this parallel life was squashed away immediately, We meet Lydia who is due to meet her love, Freddie for her birthday meal out but Freddie dies and we follow her in the year or so after this happens. Lydia painfully goes through her life as it is now without Freddie and also experiences life with Freddie. How this is done is cleverly done and I think would make a good book club topic - was it depression, wishful thinking, extreme dreams due to self medicating? This does sound dark however it isn't somehow due to the magical storytelling.This book had me sobbing at Christmas and New Year Eve and again at the very end. It is essentially a beautiful love story at the heart of it all not with just Lydia and Freddie. The love we have for our friends and family when we all experience life changing event no matter how big or small they appear. Josie has done it again and I can really see this story working on the big screen too. A week later and I am still thinking about this gorgeous story. Love, love, love.Thank you, thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for the chance to review this beautiful story in exchange for a honest review.
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  • Denise Mcghie
    January 1, 1970
    DO NOT TRY AND READ THIS BOOK ON YOUR LUNCHBREAK AT WORK!! .. It's an overwhelmingly emotional read, I cried absolute buckets .. all the way through! but it's also a captivating read one you won't want to put down. (Just make sure the tissues are close to hand before you start to read!) Lydia is gloriously in love with her childhood sweetheart Freddie. On the way to her birthday dinner, he takes a detour to pick up Jonah, his and Lydia's best friend since school, and tragically dies in a car DO NOT TRY AND READ THIS BOOK ON YOUR LUNCHBREAK AT WORK!! .. It's an overwhelmingly emotional read, I cried absolute buckets .. all the way through! but it's also a captivating read one you won't want to put down. (Just make sure the tissues are close to hand before you start to read!) Lydia is gloriously in love with her childhood sweetheart Freddie. On the way to her birthday dinner, he takes a detour to pick up Jonah, his and Lydia's best friend since school, and tragically dies in a car accident. In an instant Lydia's world falls apart.Lydia is overcome with grief and struggles with her daily life. She finally gets some little pink pills from her doctor and realises when she takes these and sleeps she gets to be with Freddie again in a parallel life where he hasn't died and everything is still on track for their wedding. The journey with Lydia, sharing the grief of her real life and her bittersweet moments in her dream life, was written so well eloquently describing how grief can affect you. You get taken on all her highs and lows, her guilt and finally her hope for the future. All the characters in the book were relatable and they all played their part intertwining in Lydia's life perfectly. The little comic touches throughout the book are perfectly placed giving the story a natural ebb and flow. I really, really want to go into great detail about this book but that would spoil it for anyone reading it and for me this is a must read of 2020. Thanks to Netgalley and Penguin Books (UK) for the ARC
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  • Cassie
    January 1, 1970
    Two Lives. Two Loves. One Impossible Choice.Lydia and Freddie. Freddie and Lydia. They've been together for almost a decade, and Lydia thinks their love is indestructible.But she's wrong. Because on her 27th birthday, Freddie dies in a car accident.So now it's just Lydia, and all she wants to do is hide indoors and sob 'til her eyes fall out. But Lydia knows that Freddie would want her to live her life well. So, enlisting the help of his best friend and her sister Elle, she takes her first Two Lives. Two Loves. One Impossible Choice.Lydia and Freddie. Freddie and Lydia. They've been together for almost a decade, and Lydia thinks their love is indestructible.But she's wrong. Because on her 27th birthday, Freddie dies in a car accident.So now it's just Lydia, and all she wants to do is hide indoors and sob 'til her eyes fall out. But Lydia knows that Freddie would want her to live her life well. So, enlisting the help of his best friend and her sister Elle, she takes her first tentative steps into the world and starts to live - perhaps even to love - again.But then something inexplicable happens, which 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. But what if there's someone in in her new life who wants her to stay?Due to thing happening in my personal life over the last 9 months or so, this book has been so difficult to read - but my God, I couldn't put it down. I have cried and laughed but mainly cried throughout the reading of this book. I was more than a little nervous to begin reading it as I was such a fan of One Day in December but I needn't have worried. Josie Silver certainly writes about grief with such understanding and the connection that I felt with Lydia was unprecedented.
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  • Maggie Harris
    January 1, 1970
    The two lives of Lydia Bird is an emotional journey of a read. Having lost her husband Freddie in a car crash, Lydia is overcome by grief, no one is able to help her. In desperation her mother and sister persuade her to take the anti depressants her doctor has prescribed. When taking the pills Lydia enters a dreamworld where Freddie is alive and life carries on as if nothing as happened and Lydia feels happiness again.Unfortunately real life is all too present, Jonah, her and Freddie’s best The two lives of Lydia Bird is an emotional journey of a read. Having lost her husband Freddie in a car crash, Lydia is overcome by grief, no one is able to help her. In desperation her mother and sister persuade her to take the anti depressants her doctor has prescribed. When taking the pills Lydia enters a dreamworld where Freddie is alive and life carries on as if nothing as happened and Lydia feels happiness again.Unfortunately real life is all too present, Jonah, her and Freddie’s best friend who survived the car crash with only a small facial scar is living with survivors guilt and Lydia can hardly bear to look at him, so they are both going through their own turmoils.As the story continues you only wish the best for these two, the aspects of grief are beautifully written and heartbreakingly real, but slowly as the grief becomes a little easier to handle and Lydia starts to live again it is truly lovely.I do not wish to give away the ending but for me although not at all disappointing it just seem to come with no build up or clues and no real follow up which left me wanting more...a lot more.That said an uplifting and very satisfying read.My thanks to net galley and publisher for the opportunity to review this book honestly.
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  • Mrs
    January 1, 1970
    The two lives of Lydia Bird is an emotional journey of a read. Having lost her husband Freddie in a car crash, Lydia is overcome by grief, no one is able to help her. In desperation her mother and sister persuade her to take the anti depressants her doctor has prescribed. When taking the pills Lydia enters a dreamworld where Freddie is alive and life carries on as if nothing as happened and Lydia feels happiness again.Unfortunately real life is all too present, Jonah, her and Freddie’s best The two lives of Lydia Bird is an emotional journey of a read. Having lost her husband Freddie in a car crash, Lydia is overcome by grief, no one is able to help her. In desperation her mother and sister persuade her to take the anti depressants her doctor has prescribed. When taking the pills Lydia enters a dreamworld where Freddie is alive and life carries on as if nothing as happened and Lydia feels happiness again.Unfortunately real life is all too present, Jonah, her and Freddie’s best friend who survived the car crash with only a small facial scar is living with survivors guilt and Lydia can hardly bear to look at him, so they are both going through their own turmoils.As the story continues you only wish the best for these two, the aspects of grief are beautifully written and heartbreakingly real, but slowly as the grief becomes a little easier to handle and Lydia starts to live again it is truly lovely.I do not wish to give away the ending but for me although not at all disappointing it just seem to come with no build up or clues and no real follow up which left me wanting more...a lot more.That said an uplifting and very satisfying read.My thanks to net galley and publisher for the opportunity to review this book honestly.
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  • Sarah
    January 1, 1970
    I couldn't wait to read this book since I loved last year's 'One Day in December' so I was grateful to the publishers for the opportunity to read it early. I'm pleased to say it lived up to my expectations! Like Josie Silver's earlier novel, this has a film-like quality and the scenes and characters are easily brought to life. Although the story starts with a death and deals predominantly with a protagonist, Lydia, who is working through her grief, it is not overly depressing or morbid. Instead I couldn't wait to read this book since I loved last year's 'One Day in December' so I was grateful to the publishers for the opportunity to read it early. I'm pleased to say it lived up to my expectations! Like Josie Silver's earlier novel, this has a film-like quality and the scenes and characters are easily brought to life. Although the story starts with a death and deals predominantly with a protagonist, Lydia, who is working through her grief, it is not overly depressing or morbid. Instead it feels warm and honest, with plenty of humour and so much heart. This is a love story about love in all its forms: family, friendship and community. I was initially concerned (especially when I saw the 'awake' and 'asleep' chapter headings) that the concept wouldn't work well and the story would fall into cliché but, somehow, Josie Silver makes it work by acknowledging all the complexities and nuances of Lydia's situation. If you enjoyed books like Jojo Moyes' 'Me Before You' series or Beth O'Leary's 'The Flatshare', I think you would love this.Thank you very much to Penguin Books (UK) and NetGalley for the chance to read an early copy of 'The Two Lives of Lydia Bird' in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Danielle Dent
    January 1, 1970
    Josie Silver is fast becoming my new favourite author. Now I know this is probably not politically correct these days but she writes “chick lit with a heart” and she gives me all the feels. Her first book had me an emotional wreck and this one had its moments as well - actual tears running down my face. Loved the concept of the story - very original and well written with characters I was invested in. My only issues were the constant referral to Freddie and Jonah by their full names and the fact Josie Silver is fast becoming my new favourite author. Now I know this is probably not politically correct these days but she writes “chick lit with a heart” and she gives me all the feels. Her first book had me an emotional wreck and this one had its moments as well - actual tears running down my face. Loved the concept of the story - very original and well written with characters I was invested in. My only issues were the constant referral to Freddie and Jonah by their full names and the fact that Jonah and Lydia got together literally in the final paragraph I wanted more of them happy!!!!! Especially after I had invested so much emotion in Lydias grief it felt like I couldn’t truly enjoy the happy ending. Though if I remember rightly it was the same with One Day In December. That being said I can’t give it any less than 5 stars because I enjoyed it so much. Thank you to the author, Penguin and Netgalley for an advance copy in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Keely
    January 1, 1970
    Congratulations, Josie Silver! Your follow up to the mega-hit 'One Day in December' is for me, even better; I wouldn't change a thing and that is very unusual.The story is beautifully unfurled with enough to keep you guessing and wondering quite what is going on in Lydia's life and how it will all come to a head. Josie's style is so easily readable and the emotional rollercoaster she takes you on is neither overly saccharine nor unbelievably dramatic - I like that she just lets the characters be Congratulations, Josie Silver! Your follow up to the mega-hit 'One Day in December' is for me, even better; I wouldn't change a thing and that is very unusual.The story is beautifully unfurled with enough to keep you guessing and wondering quite what is going on in Lydia's life and how it will all come to a head. Josie's style is so easily readable and the emotional rollercoaster she takes you on is neither overly saccharine nor unbelievably dramatic - I like that she just lets the characters be and go at their own pace (sometimes 'oh so frustratingly' for the reader) and work it out, like in life.It also begs the question, do we subconsciously know more than we admit about our 'other halves' but just don't want to confront it or even acknowledge it.The storyline was excellently edited too. Just the right length and degree of struggle, grief, disbelief and sheer wanting things to be different.Bring on the next one!
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  • Joanne Cartwright
    January 1, 1970
    Lydia and Freddie are a childhood romance with longevity and fast heading towards marriage when he is cruelly taken from her in an accident also involving their mutual friend.The story switches between 2 realities, the truth and a dream world that Lydia feels she visits in her (pill induced) sleep where Freddie is still alive and they are planning their wedding. Lydia starts to rely on those pills to take her to a happier place to the detriment of her real world life.The raw emotions displayed Lydia and Freddie are a childhood romance with longevity and fast heading towards marriage when he is cruelly taken from her in an accident also involving their mutual friend.The story switches between 2 realities, the truth and a dream world that Lydia feels she visits in her (pill induced) sleep where Freddie is still alive and they are planning their wedding. Lydia starts to rely on those pills to take her to a happier place to the detriment of her real world life.The raw emotions displayed by Lydia in her real world hit hard as do some of the emotions she goes through in her dreamworld. One or two scenes in each world brought a tear to my eyes as the descriptions were so powerful and one or two a wry smile as Lydia dips her toes back into life with some cringeworthy results and alongside some quirky colleagues.A great story, sensitively written from a grief perspective but with plenty of feel good moments to keep the emotional balance just right.
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  • Chantelle Hazelden
    January 1, 1970
    What a book!I adore Josie Silver's writing and she hasn't disappointed with this latest novel.This is a tale of love, loss and friendship.The way she described how Lydia journeyed through her grief was both sensitive and emotive.Fair warning, this story starts off with a sad tone, I'll be honest I cried throughout a lot of this book (not all sorrowful tears though.)Each character within this book has been given a great amount of depth, each playing a supporting role that seemed necessary.What's What a book!I adore Josie Silver's writing and she hasn't disappointed with this latest novel.This is a tale of love, loss and friendship.The way she described how Lydia journeyed through her grief was both sensitive and emotive.Fair warning, this story starts off with a sad tone, I'll be honest I cried throughout a lot of this book (not all sorrowful tears though.)Each character within this book has been given a great amount of depth, each playing a supporting role that seemed necessary.What's portrayed is essentially normal day to day life. Josie shows how one persons death has an affect on so many lives, not just those who you think are close to them but a wider reach as those friends and family's actions change and adapt to new beginnings.The Two Lives of Lydia Bird is emotional but by the end you are left with a sense of hope and comfort.Highly recommended.
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  • Nicki
    January 1, 1970
    Lydia’s boyfriend (and soon to be husband) dies In the first few pages of the book. The story follows her through her grieving and the unique way she finds of dealing with the desperate pain she is feeling.As a young widow myself I was impressed with the insight into what it feels like. I identified with a lot of Lydia’s feelings and actions. (Well done to Josie Silver - she certainly did her research and I didn’t feel she minimised or avoided the reality of the situation. Many others do.) I Lydia’s boyfriend (and soon to be husband) dies In the first few pages of the book. The story follows her through her grieving and the unique way she finds of dealing with the desperate pain she is feeling.As a young widow myself I was impressed with the insight into what it feels like. I identified with a lot of Lydia’s feelings and actions. (Well done to Josie Silver - she certainly did her research and I didn’t feel she minimised or avoided the reality of the situation. Many others do.) I would recommend the book. I wanted to finish it quickly to find out what happens and found myself caring very much for Lydia and those around her. The cast of supporting characters were well written and I enjoyed them. There was sadness but also a lot of fun. Thank you to #NetGalley, the author and the publishers for the opportunity to read this lovely book.
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  • Jen | mamajustwantstoread
    January 1, 1970
    Books about grief always wreck me, especially when written gut wrenchingly well. Lydia's grief is like a living being within the book. After her fiance dies the grief becomes part of who she is. Despite the bright cover The Two Lives of Lydia Bird is heartbreaking. I cried on and off basically through out the whole book but It's also hopeful. The supporting cast of family and friends in Lydia's life help warm up this otherwise sad book. I loved her relationship with her sister and how her Books about grief always wreck me, especially when written gut wrenchingly well. Lydia's grief is like a living being within the book. After her fiance dies the grief becomes part of who she is. Despite the bright cover The Two Lives of Lydia Bird is heartbreaking. I cried on and off basically through out the whole book but It's also hopeful. The supporting cast of family and friends in Lydia's life help warm up this otherwise sad book. I loved her relationship with her sister and how her co-workers supported her without question. Seeing her slowly rediscover herself and learn her own strength had me smiling in between the tears. Pick this book up if you're a fan of Taylor Jenkins Reid's early books or if you're a fan of feeling all of your feelings. Josie Silver has officially become a must read author for me.
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  • Deirdre Rosenberg
    January 1, 1970
    This is not the kind of book I usually read. But I felt that I needed a change of pace and this book called my name. I'm really happy I went with this- it was beautiful. From start to finish, I connect with it deeply. The plot and characters, the writing style and the themes of loss, grief and growth. I found myself teary-eyed often while reading and it was in such a gentle way. I really, really needed that. I think this is a novel that many walks of life could enjoy. But I would strongly This is not the kind of book I usually read. But I felt that I needed a change of pace and this book called my name. I'm really happy I went with this- it was beautiful. From start to finish, I connect with it deeply. The plot and characters, the writing style and the themes of loss, grief and growth. I found myself teary-eyed often while reading and it was in such a gentle way. I really, really needed that. I think this is a novel that many walks of life could enjoy. But I would strongly recommend it if you've suffered a huge loss or are in a period of growth. I liken it to Eat, Pray, Love for similar reasons, although these books have little in common. I am really looking forward to reading more from Josie Silver.
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  • Jude Harley
    January 1, 1970
    Lydia has lost her husband in a tragic accident. The book follows the heartbreak that Lydia suffers and her journey subsequently. It examines her relationships with her family and friends in the aftermath and her subsequent illusions that she’s chatting to her love in the afterlife. Unfortunately as much as I love the books by this author I just cannot click with this. I’ve given it so many chances. It’s very well written, it’s just not my cup of tea! I DNF at 37%. Books (and films) containing Lydia has lost her husband in a tragic accident. The book follows the heartbreak that Lydia suffers and her journey subsequently. It examines her relationships with her family and friends in the aftermath and her subsequent illusions that she’s chatting to her love in the afterlife. Unfortunately as much as I love the books by this author I just cannot click with this. I’ve given it so many chances. It’s very well written, it’s just not my cup of tea! I DNF at 37%. Books (and films) containing afterlife just don’t gel with me at all. It’s very odd but there we have it. I’ve given it 3 stars for the quality of the writing and the amazing ability as ever to be emotional in a tasteful manner. It’s not the authors issue that the subject doesn’t appeal to me.
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