The Two Lives of Lydia Bird

The Two Lives of Lydia Bird

A Novel

Book - 2020 | First edition.
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"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"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Ballantine Books, [2020]
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780593135235
0593135237
Characteristics: xi, 368 pages ; 25 cm
Alternative Title: 2 lives of Lydia Bird

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A beautifully written exploration of heartbreak and grief, that takes place over the course of 18 months after Lydia loses her fiance Freddie in a tragic accident. For fans of Me Before You by Jojo Moyes and I Almost Forgot About You by Terry McMillan.—Ashley Giangregorgio, Virginia Beach Public ... Read More »


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Butterfly121761
Nov 23, 2020

Although it has a predictable ending this is a beautifully painful book and there were a couple of chuckles in some of the chapters. Recommend this one!

JCLPiepieB Nov 02, 2020

This book started off so sad that I almost threw in the towel. But then I kept reading and became really wrapped up in Lydia's life and how poignant and hauntingly beautiful this story is. The book became much better than I'd originally thought it was. Plus, it ends with a kiss in a LIBRARY and definitely gave me some Bridget Jones vibes. Read this if you're a fan of Me Before You or P.S. I Love You.

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YourLocalReader
Oct 28, 2020

The Two Lives Of Lydia Bird explores the dreaded question of, What if? Lydia Bird had the perfect life with her fiancé, Freddie Hunter, until he tragically dies in a car crash leading to her rapid spiral into depression. Lydia finds herself living a double life in her dreams, where Freddie is still alive. Readers will examine Lydia coping with her double life and deciding which world she wants to stay in: one with Freddie alive but with consequences or life without her fiancé. I am giving The Two Lives Of Lydia Bird 3.5 stars because it is a very complicated book to break down. I appreciate the concept of dual worlds and the “what if” question posed. The execution of those concepts proved to be utterly heartwrenching. Lydia Bird, the main character, undergoes brilliant character development as the book progresses, which I found extremely delightful to witness. The book does a terrific job of tugging on your heartstrings through its emphasis on love: romantic, familial, or platonic while tackling hefty topics of grief and self-acceptance. However, some flaws impacted my enjoyment of this book. Some parts of the novel were lengthy beyond necessary details, so the author could have cut out some pages to improve pacing. The character development of one of the side characters towards the end became annoyingly underdeveloped, erasing their strong introduction. Overall, I would still recommend this book to anyone looking for an insightful read that tackles difficult life topics. I am not a romance fan, but this book left me wistful about relationships we take for granted. I can guarantee this book will stay in your mind since it will make you cry and laugh at the same time. The age suggestion is 16+ for multiple mentions of vulgar language and descriptions.

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Lauramoe3
Sep 28, 2020

I enjoyed this one a lot.

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Tica77
Sep 04, 2020

This is an absolutely beautifully written book and an inspiring story. Lydia, a young 20 something, loses her fiancé in a car accident. The story revolves around her two lives : the one in which she is in pain and grieving, the other in which she keeps Freddie alive in her mind and her dreams. It is also the story of Jonah, Freddie's best friend who is also grieving. It is about, loss, grief and love. It is about family and how they try to help Lydia cope. Highly highly recommended. It will make you cry but it will also make you smile and laugh out loud.

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sandifletcher
Sep 01, 2020

Utterly and magnificently magical!

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Katie_Dublin
Aug 10, 2020

Amazing! Highly recommend.

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sjarrell0
Jun 26, 2020

Took me a while to finish the book but a very cute read!

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RosaReads2
Mar 13, 2020

4+ Stars!!

I’m tempted to call Josie Silver the British Taylor Jenkins Reid. At least, when considering TJR’s earlier published works. At times, The Two Lives of Lydia Bird read like a mash-up of TJR's "Forever, Interrupted," "Maybe in Another Life", and even a little "After I Do." To be fair, they have their own distinct styles, but it was where my thoughts went a few times during my reading. Like Reid, Josie Silver's writing is original and impressive. Some might not like the story line, but not many can say she doesn't write well. The author took an original story direction and didn't try to make me believe the unbelievable, but gave insight into the heroine's grieving mindset. The story was women's fiction with romantic undertones. Not a romance per se, but a love story. It's also a journey through grief with second chances in life and love.

As Lydia traversed her dream life, there were a few occasions where it dragged down the pacing a bit. I think that was due to the fact that I knew those moments weren't "real" and they didn't have the same impact as the chapters in her "real" life. At the same time, there were interesting correlations between Lydia's two "lives" that helped propel the story forward by giving her insight into the what-ifs. In spite of the few slower-paced moments, I really enjoyed the overall story. And the ending? SO WORTH IT! ❤️

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