THE TWO LIVES OF LYDIA BIRD: A gorgeous new love story from the Sunday Times bestselling author of One Day in December Josie Silver, is now available worldwide!
What if you could live your great love story again?
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, Jonas, 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.
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Reviewed by Rachel and Sharon Thérèse
Goodness! Stepping into The Two Lives of Lydia Bird isn’t just an unexpected experience; it’s a journey of heartbreak, smiles and fragile struggles. It’s a story of unwarranted feelings of guilt, clinging to bygones and learning to let it go by facing the future with all one’s might. The author of One Day in December has an uncanny knack for pulling the reader in from word go and to appreciate Lydia’s two lives, you simply have to dive into the book, leaving all thoughts of what could happen behind. Why? Because Lydia has narrated her story with every unfeigned emotion possible at her perfectly imperfect pace of recovery.
“Travelling back and forth, visiting a place where my grief doesn’t exist, where extraordinary pain hasn’t irrevocably changed me … it was magnificent. Honestly, it was.”
Grief. We all deal with it in different ways. Lydia’s trying to safeguard her heart, so we tried hard not to judge how she overcame her long ineradicable nights. We can’t say the remedy delighted us but if the shoe fits… She doesn’t want to be coddled by those who are concerned for her well-being, just left alone—and not exactly in misery either, but in peace. Here, we have to point out that peace of mind without even mentioning one’s health has a high price, so could the remedy blunder her awakening hours. Let’s see.
“The price of dreaming about him is higher than I could ever hope to pay; it’s a higher price than anyone should ever have to pay.”
To say the prologue is interesting would be putting it mildly. We’re gifted with the whisper of a character who must have impressed Lydia because otherwise, where would her story have taken us. Ahh … Silver has so much in store for her readers, therefore all we can say is keep reading because we promise you will be delighted and amazed in equal measure.
“You’ve really surprised me, Freddie.”
“Just doing my job.”
“Your job, huh?”
“Making you happy.”
Nobody knows how you would feel or indeed react when you lose the love of your life. Lydia’s childhood sweetheart, Freddie, has been taken far too soon. Their seemingly normal life shaken beyond its core. Silver tells their story from when they were children so you’re taken from past to present throughout. To fully appreciate Lydia’s sorrow and the way she grieves, this was vital.
The relationships explored in this story were beyond amazing! Lydia’s life has truly been turned upside down and understandably her family and friends are waiting to pick up the pieces and nurse her through the heartbreak. What we truly loved about these characters was their unflinching honesty when interacting with Lydia. Silver has a great knack of giving the reader dialogue that seemed so achingly real and true to life.
“Grief is an odd thing. It’s mine and no one can do it for me, but there’s this whole supporting cast of silent actors around me waiting in the wings.”
We’re sure the subject matter of this story is one that may put many readers off but we urge you not to. This writer delicately balances high emotion and warm wit and at times we cried, but mostly smiled albeit with tear-stained cheeks. By the end of the story, we felt we’d lived through Lydia’s stages of grief. Our only complaint was we felt the ending was a tad rushed. An epilogue would have completed the story off perfectly and given us the closure we felt we deserved but maybe that’s just us wanting more Lydia. Maybe Lydia had given us enough. Bravo, Silver!
Praise for The Two Lives of Lydia Bird
“I read The Two Lives of Lydia Bird in a single sitting—crying, laughing and rooting for the heroine, who reminds us that the people we love, and the people we lose, change us, and that who we are at the beginning of our story is never who we are at the end of it. What a beautiful, emotional gift Josie Silver has given us.”
—Jodi Picoult, New York Times bestselling author of Small Great Things and A Spark of Light
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“At its core, this is a story of love lost and individual growth. But it is also about love found and future happiness. While this is in many ways the complete opposite of Linda Holmes’ Evvie Drake Starts Over, fans of that book will enjoy it.”
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“Silver’s latest (after One Day in December) is a heartbreaking, poignant tale. . . . Through lush prose, expert plotting, and richly imagined characters, Silver offers an achingly real portrait of grief transposed with the character’s intoxicating parallel universe. This will stay with readers long after the final page is turned.”
Josie Silver is a writer of love stories.
Her debut novel One Day in December was a Sunday Times & NY Times bestseller and has been translated into more than twenty-five languages.
Josie lives in the Midlands with her husband, their sons, and an ever-changing cast of animals.
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