Book Review: The Two Lives of Lydia Bird by Josie Silver

The Two Lives of Lydia Bird by Josie Silver

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Title: The Two Lives of Lydia Bird
Author: Josie Silver
Publisher: Ballantine
Publish Date: March 3, 2020
Genre: Women’s Fiction
Series: na
My Rating: 4/5


Two lives. Two loves. One impossible choice. From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Reese’s Book Club Pick Day in December

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.

The Two Lives of Lydia Bird by Josie Silver
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On Lydia’s 28th birthday, Freddie, her fiancé, died in a car accident. Lydia is having trouble moving on. She tries sleeping pills, and learns she is transported to another world when she takes them. A world where Freddie is still alive.

A heartbreaking novel. Lydia is devastated with the sudden death of Freddie. She knows she needs to continue living her life, but she is overwhelmed with grief. She does have some support from her mother, sister, and friends, and they help her make steps in her recovery. Lydia is hindered in her grieving process because she has sleeping pills that create an alternate world for her. She is torn between visiting her sleeping world to be with Freddie, and moving on without him in her real life.

An emotional story that deals with grief. While some moments are heavy and sad, others are humorous and uplifting. A beautifully written novel of love, loss, grief, letting go, and starting over. Honest, sweet, and compelling.

I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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