The Two Lives of Lydia Bird: A Novel

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Two lives. Two loves. One impossible choice. From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Reese’s Book Club Pick One Day in December . . .
“I read The Two Lives of Lydia Bird in a single sitting. What a beautiful, emotional gift Josie Silver has given us.”—Jodi Picoult

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.

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16 reviews
Book Bruin Kim
February 6, 2020
I absolutely loved this book. It was poignant and heartbreaking, but also so hopeful and empowering. It resonated so strongly within me that I actually read it slower, so that I could absorb every word. I wouldn't categorize The Two Lives of Lydia Bird as a romance, however, even though there are romance elements. I found it to be more about grief, coping with loss, friendship, and moving forward. I felt so many emotions reading this book and was drawn into Lydia's story immediately. The writing was raw and painfully honest and I found myself highlighting passage after passage. The characters and emotions were so relatable and more than once I found myself crying for their heartaches and also for their joys. I've seen and read other novels with similar plot lines, but I felt that the author handled it in a really unique and touching way. I wasn't surprised with the trajectory of the story and thought it came together really beautifully. I appreciated that the author showed all the stumbles and struggles that our characters face as they confront their feelings and emotions and that there wasn't some magic bullet to wipe it all away. The relationships and dynamics between the Bird women was especially heartfelt. I loved Elle and Lydia and thought often of my own sister as I read this novel. I know that many will compare this novel with Josie Silver's debut, One Day in December, but to me they are very different types of books. I think the emotional impact is similar, but readers should not go into this one expecting a purely romantic read. To me, this book is more about facing unimaginable heartbreak and coming out stronger on the other side, no matter how long it takes you. It's about finding strength (within yourself and with the help of others) and being brave enough to keep on going. A beautiful novel from start to finish and I'm sure it will be one of my favorites from 2020. *I voluntarily read an advance review copy of this book*
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Elizabeth Garcia
April 4, 2020
Full of emotions but just wonderful.
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About the author

Josie Silver’s debut novel, One Day in December, was a Sunday Times and New York Times bestseller and has been translated into more than twenty-five languages. Josie lives in a small town in the UK with her husband, their sons, and an ever-changing cast of animals.

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