Book Review : The Two Lives of Lydia Bird

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*Disclaimer : I received a copy of this eBook for free from NetGalley in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.

Hiya friends! I hope that today is going awesome for you. I recently finished reading The Two Lives of Lydia Bird by Josie Silver.

Below you will find the description of the book provided by NetGalley, followed by my review and star rating. Happy reading!

From NetGalley :

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.

My Review :

If you had the opportunity to live a double life from the comfort of your bed, would you take it?

That’s the question Lydia has to ask herself on a pretty much daily basis.

After her entire world flipped upside down, she is faced with the opportunity to see how her life could have played out had her fiancé not died.

What she is quick to realize though is that some things are better left in dream-land. The heartbreak that those around her experience is almost too much for her to bear.

My favorite part of this book is the realization that we as people are constantly changing. Always. I believe that this is why friendships and marriages fail. People can claim that the person “isn’t who they thought they were.” This is so true.

We evolve every single day. Hopefully it’s in a positive and growing way, but sometimes it isn’t.

Our attitudes and demeanors can be shaped by those around us, what’s happening in the world and our mental state at the time.

As a couple we have to learn to grow and evolve around and entwined with each other. When that fails to happen, as we can see in this book, the relationship can dwindle.

Josie does an awesome job outlining this process throughout this book. I’d highly recommend this one.


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