Friday, 7 February 2020

The Two Lives of Lydia Bird by Josie Silver

What if you could live your great love story again?

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?

I'm so pleased to be today's stop on the blog tour for this really unique book. I've never read a story quite like it. You will cry but there is humour and hope  along the way too. I hope you love it as much as I did. 

Freddie and Lydia have been together since high school. They are engaged and planning their wedding. Life stops for Lydia when Freddie dies in an accident on her  27th birthday. Lydia blames Jonah who was her and Freddie's best friend. 
Lydia's sister Elle and her mum are a great support to her, helping her through her grief.
When she returns to work we see what lovely workmates she has. None of them know what to do or say to her but somehow they do it right.

At some point Lydia knows she will have to meet with Jonah again and try to hide the angry feelings she has for him. Jonah is grief stricken too and doesn't know how to move on.

Then something happens that propels Lydia into a new life, a life with Freddie in it.
As Lydia embraces this new life what about her old one,the one without Freddie. How long can her mum and sister put their lives on hold to help Lydia? At some point their lives will move on too. Lydia has to be brave and let go,but can she do it? 

This is a beautiful story. Lydia is grief stricken,fragile but brave too. Elle, her sister is the sister we would all love to have and her mum is just lovely. There are many simple  things she does in the story that prove how good a mum she is.

This is a story of how Lydia works through her grief. It lets us see how everyone finds a different way and in the end it's whatever gets them through each day. 
Yes it's sad but it's also full of  of love,humour,friendship and escapism. And what a beautiful ending.

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