I took a much-needed vaca in the mountains this past weekend. It was SO nice to get away for a bit and enjoy some fresh mountain air, hiking, and family. I also had some time to get in some reading and take some new pictures for my Bookstagram and blog! I’ve been drowning in Netgalley ARCs, and while of course, this book was not one of them, I’ve finally been able to get a schedule and somewhat of a handle on all of them. Of course, I keep requesting more which doesn’t help, but hey, what can you do?
𝘛𝘪𝘵𝘭𝘦: The Two Lives of Lydia Bird
𝘈𝘶𝘵𝘩𝘰𝘳: Josie Silver
𝘎𝘦𝘯𝘳𝘦: Romance, Contemporary, Women’s Fiction
𝘉𝘰𝘰𝘬 #: 44/75
𝙎𝙮𝙣𝙥𝙤𝙨𝙞𝙨 (𝙛𝙧𝙤𝙢 𝙂𝙤𝙤𝙙𝙧𝙚𝙖𝙙𝙨): In a thrilling 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 right for her?
Lydia Bird is living a happy, normal little life–she has a good job, a wonderful fiancé, Freddie, and the usual daily dramas of buying groceries and being in a relationship. And then everything stops: Freddie is killed in a car crash on his way to pick up his best friend, Jonas. Her world bottoms out.
Lydia retreats from the company of her sister, her mother, and from Jonas, the only other person who understands her loss. Alone and adrift, she seeks a small amount of solace in the sleeping pills her doctor prescribes for her, which give her relief in the form of abnormally deep sleep. But they also come with an increasingly complicated gift: Whenever she takes a pill, she emerges in another world. A world in which Freddie is still alive.
And so Lydia returns again and again to the doorway of her past, living two lives, impossibly, at once. In one, her relationship with Freddie and her friendship with Jonas move along as scheduled, and in the other, that same friendship begins to become something else, something very unexpected and yet thrillingly familiar.
Written with Josie Silver’s trademark warmth and wit, The Two Lives of Lydia Bird is a powerful love story, by turns joyous and devastating, about the questions of fate and chance that we find at life’s crossroads, and what happens when one woman is given the painful, miraculous chance to answer them.
𝙍𝙚𝙫𝙞𝙚𝙬: I’ve been so excited to read this all year and MAN it didn’t disappoint. I cried through the ENTIRE book. Seriously – cover to cover.
After the loss of her fiance, Freddie, Lydia finds herself able to transport between two different worlds with the help of some little pink sleeping pills. One world shows her current reality, where she’s dealing with life without Freddie, and the other is an alternate world where Freddie is still alive and time is moving along as normal. Lydia continues to find solace in her alternate world until suddenly, that world starts to have its issues and the real world starts to show a little sliver of hope for her future.
This book depicted grief, heartbreak, romance, love, and friendship so beautifully. It made me hug my fiance a little tighter and had tears streaming down my face for a majority of the book. The characters in this book held such depth and realness and we are shown so beautifully how Lydia’s world starts to revolve solely around her people for comfort and solace. I LOVED watching her relationship with Jonah rise and fall with her emotions and her process of dealing with her grief.
I really loved Lydia’s character development. She starts at her absolute lowest point, and you gradually get to see her rise and blossom into her “new” self as she learns to grieve and allows herself to move on. She feels like such a real person, which is something I crave in books – I can’t stand when a character feels so unbelievable you can’t relate to them. I found it so easy to relate to Lydia throughout the entire book, even though I’ve not gone through such a tragedy as she had. Along with this, I thought Jonah’s character development was beautiful too. I liked how different his grieving process looked from Lydia’s even though they were dealing with similar heartbreak. I like how their stories intertwined and then grew apart over and over again as they learned to be friends again without their common denominator.
Don’t pick this book up if you don’t like crying! Overall, a very sweet romance full of heartbreak and love.
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