Hello Book Dragons!
February was a great month to stay home and curl up with a book, wasn’t it? Hope you all managed to conquer your TBRs!
Today is my stop on the blog tour of The Two Lives of Lydia Bird by Josie Silver. All thanks to Viking Books for having me on the blog tour and for providing me with a proof copy.
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.
This is my first time reading a book by Josie Silver but Silver has previously written One Day in December which some of my friends had read and loved. From what I could tell, the story of The Two Lives of Lydia Bird is structured similarly to One Day in December.
It’s just been a few hours that I finished reading the book and gosh, was it heartbreaking. Following Lydia on her journey was an emotional roller-coaster ride for me. The pain, the grief, the shock; everything that Lydia had to experience, it was heart-wrenching. Josie Silver’s writing style is such that it gives you all the FEELS. I don’t know a better way to express it. Reading the book felt like stepping into Lydia’s shoes and actually living her life.
The Two Lives of Lydia Bird introduces the characters right away and the tragic event happens in the beginning and then as we slowly progress, we find Lydia adjusting to her new life–its a new beginning for her. Silver captured Lydia’s grief, her anger and her acceptance of the reality at the end so well that it was impossible not to cry. The concept of living “two lives” (not the kind you are probably imagining) was something which I haven’t read before in Contemporary Romances.
Lydia has to cope with her new way of life and she constantly struggles with how her life used to be and how it is at present. She is reminded of all the good times she shared with Freddie and in her present life when everything has changed, Lydia is forced to live two lives. But now it is all up to her and she has to decide how she wants to shape her life.
This book is beautiful inside out, okay? The Two Lives of Lydia Bird should be on your TBRs! If you are someone who loves Contemporary Fiction, then I am pretty sure you’ll love this book.
BOOK RECOMMENDATION: Love a heart-wrenching YA Fiction that will make you think twice? Read my review of The Sky is Mine to know why it’s one of my recent favourites. 🌻
Until next time,