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The Two Lives of Lydia Bird

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THE NEXT CAPTIVATING NOVEL FROM THE BESTSELLING AUTHOR OF ONE DAY IN DECEMBER

Two Lives. Two Loves. One Impossible Choice.

Lydia and Freddie. Freddie and Lydia. They've been together for almost a decade, and Lydia thinks their love is indestructible.

But she's wrong. Because on her 27th birthday, Freddie dies in a car accident.

So now it's just Lydia, and all she wants to do is hide indooaccident.

So

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Kindle Edition, 432 pages
Expected publication: January 30th 2020 by Penguin
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Amanda
Oct 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
After falling in love with One Day In December, I was thinking this next book couldn’t be as good, but I was thankfully wrong!!

Lydia and Freddie are engaged, their love should last a lifetime but how long is a lifetime? Sadly on Lydia’s birthday, Freddie and his best friend Jonah are involved in a car accident and Freddie dies.

Lydia is a great character, you can really feel her pain and despair at losing her true love. Lydia wants to hide away but with help from friend Jo
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♡ ᴅ ʀ ᴇ ᴀ ᴍ ♡
✔ romance
✔ intriguing plot
✔ pretty cover
✔ written by my five-star author

= must buy❗
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mahana
Sep 29, 2019 rated it liked it
cried all throughout one day in december because of the angst and now I’m crying because I’m so disappointed
Taylor Noel
Oct 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved it Josie Silver's THE TWO LIVES OF LYDIA BIRD so much. I was a huge ONE DAY IN DECEMBER fan and was a little nervous this one wouldn’t hold up. But it definitely does.

I fell in love with LYDIA BIRD for all the same reasons I did ONE DAY—the characters, the fluid storytelling, the emotional connection, and the happy ending. This is such a sweet love story that completely transported me into Lydia’s life. I felt emotionally invested in Lydia’s story, and I enjoyed every minute of he
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Laura
Oct 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Oh my goodness. I needed that. I had an idea pretty early on how it was going to end but it was even more wonderful than I imagined. One Day in December was so good that I worried whether Josie could match it. She did. The Two Lives of Lydia Bird is just as good if not even better! This book is about love and loss and change. There’s something here that every single person can relate to. I had several little cries while reading this book and I’d do it all again. Nothing felt unnecessary. Everyth ...more
Karen Whittard
Oct 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Oh this book is just beautiful. Beware you need massive amounts of tissues to get through this book. But boy is it 100% worth it. I laughed, I cried and I was heartbroken and then fixed again. This book is beautiful.
Cathryn Northfield

A beautifully written story about love, loss and learning to live again.

On her 27th Birthday, Lydia tragically loses the love of her life Freddie. The story is told with Lydia as narrator and allows us to follow her journey as she deals with her bereavement.
Grieving for the only man she’s ever loved, she struggles to cope with day to day life aswell as dealing with nights of Insomnia. Then something magical happens and allows Lydia the chance to see what could have been....

The
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Sharon
Lydia’s fiancé, Freddie dies on her birthday in a car crash. Her world has fallen apart and she has no idea how she is going to cope without him. When she is given a chance to be in another life where Freddie is still alive, should she take it?

Why do authors have to write such sad books??!! I think I started crying by the end of the first chapter and was on and off right through to the end of the book! Can it just be known that being red-eyed and tear stained really isn’t an attractive look! Ly
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Emma L
Oct 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Oh my goodness this book is just, perfect. The blurb alludes to duel lives going on which let's be honest sounds very odd. I wasn't quite sure how this would work especially after having read Josie's first book 'One day in December' of which I loved instantly and gifted as presents to friends, it was THAT good.

A few pages in on this new story and instantly any 'concerns' on how Josie would deliver this parallel life was squashed away immediately, We meet Lydia who is due to meet her
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Denise Mcghie
Nov 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
DO NOT TRY AND READ THIS BOOK ON YOUR LUNCHBREAK AT WORK!! .. It's an overwhelmingly emotional read, I cried absolute buckets .. all the way through! but it's also a captivating read one you won't want to put down. (Just make sure the tissues are close to hand before you start to read!)

Lydia is gloriously in love with her childhood sweetheart Freddie. On the way to her birthday dinner, he takes a detour to pick up Jonah, his and Lydia's best friend since school, and tragically dies in a car acc
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Cassie
Oct 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Two Lives. Two Loves. One Impossible Choice.

Lydia and Freddie. Freddie and Lydia. They've been together for almost a decade, and Lydia thinks their love is indestructible.

But she's wrong. Because on her 27th birthday, Freddie dies in a car accident.

So now it's just Lydia, and all she wants to do is hide indoors and sob 'til her eyes fall out. But Lydia knows that Freddie would want her to live her life well. So, enlisting the help of his best friend and her si
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Maggie Harris
Oct 19, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The two lives of Lydia Bird is an emotional journey of a read. Having lost her husband Freddie in a car crash, Lydia is overcome by grief, no one is able to help her. In desperation her mother and sister persuade her to take the anti depressants her doctor has prescribed. When taking the pills Lydia enters a dreamworld where Freddie is alive and life carries on as if nothing as happened and Lydia feels happiness again.
Unfortunately real life is all too present, Jonah, her and Freddie’s bes
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Mrs
Oct 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
The two lives of Lydia Bird is an emotional journey of a read. Having lost her husband Freddie in a car crash, Lydia is overcome by grief, no one is able to help her. In desperation her mother and sister persuade her to take the anti depressants her doctor has prescribed. When taking the pills Lydia enters a dreamworld where Freddie is alive and life carries on as if nothing as happened and Lydia feels happiness again.
Unfortunately real life is all too present, Jonah, her and Freddie’s bes
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Sarah
Oct 27, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I couldn't wait to read this book since I loved last year's 'One Day in December' so I was grateful to the publishers for the opportunity to read it early. I'm pleased to say it lived up to my expectations!

Like Josie Silver's earlier novel, this has a film-like quality and the scenes and characters are easily brought to life. Although the story starts with a death and deals predominantly with a protagonist, Lydia, who is working through her grief, it is not overly depressing or morbid. Instead
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Danielle Dent
Oct 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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Joanne Cartwright
Lydia and Freddie are a childhood romance with longevity and fast heading towards marriage when he is cruelly taken from her in an accident also involving their mutual friend.
The story switches between 2 realities, the truth and a dream world that Lydia feels she visits in her (pill induced) sleep where Freddie is still alive and they are planning their wedding. Lydia starts to rely on those pills to take her to a happier place to the detriment of her real world life.
The raw emotions
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Keely
Nov 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Congratulations, Josie Silver! Your follow up to the mega-hit 'One Day in December' is for me, even better; I wouldn't change a thing and that is very unusual.

The story is beautifully unfurled with enough to keep you guessing and wondering quite what is going on in Lydia's life and how it will all come to a head. Josie's style is so easily readable and the emotional rollercoaster she takes you on is neither overly saccharine nor unbelievably dramatic - I like that she just lets the c
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Chantelle Hazelden
What a book!

I adore Josie Silver's writing and she hasn't disappointed with this latest novel.

This is a tale of love, loss and friendship.

The way she described how Lydia journeyed through her grief was both sensitive and emotive.

Fair warning, this story starts off with a sad tone, I'll be honest I cried throughout a lot of this book (not all sorrowful tears though.)

Each character within this book has been given a great amount of depth,
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Sara Oxton
Nov 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The Two Lives of Lydia Bird by Josie Silver a five-star read that may just be the best read of 2020. I adored One day in December so had such high hopes of this story, and I was not disappointed, Josie Silver writes about grief and loss in such a caring and compassionate way, they just made it so easy to understand where Lydia is coming from, you feel her heart breaking, you will cry buckets along side her. This is a great story and one that you can’t miss, there is a story within the story, and ...more
Deirdre Rosenberg
Nov 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019
This is not the kind of book I usually read. But I felt that I needed a change of pace and this book called my name. I'm really happy I went with this- it was beautiful. From start to finish, I connect with it deeply. The plot and characters, the writing style and the themes of loss, grief and growth. I found myself teary-eyed often while reading and it was in such a gentle way. I really, really needed that. I think this is a novel that many walks of life could enjoy. But I would strongly recomm ...more
Sarah
Oct 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
Excuse me while I just blow my nose and wipe my eyes.
This is another perfect book for reading in your cozy pj's with a mug of comforting hot chocolate and giving yourself over to the two worlds that Lydia Bird inhabits following the sudden death of her fiancé. Thanks to (view spoiler) Lydia is able to have a foot in two worlds; the one where she has to deal with her grief and anger about what has happ
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Joey
Nov 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: love-romcom
This book is so well written and eloquently describes how it feels to be living with grief. It shows all of Lydia's highs and lows, her hopes and fears, her fantasy and her reality.

I had to stop reading this book on my lunch break, because this book truly moved me. Some say I can be over sensitive, especially dealing with such a tragic subject matter. But it was such a wonderful story. My heart hurt for Lydia on so many occasions, but I also felt her joy and it was uplifting to see her hope ret
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emily
Oct 27, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
These are 100% the types of books I live for. This was a joy to read from start to finish.

After reading ‘One Day in December’, I knew that Josie Silver was a gem of a writer. She paints a gorgeous picture of romance, friendship and heartache and leaves you yearning for more even when there’s no words left of the page. This novel touched on all sorts of topics that make the perfect light-hearted romance recipe. I fell in love with Jonah Jones from the get go and I’m sure if you read,
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Lucy
Oct 25, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A sweet and endearing love story, perfect if you’re after a quick read.

Lydia and Freddie are childhood sweethearts, and about to marry. But on Lydia’s birthday, Freddie dies in a car accident.

In the hideous traumas of grief, the sleeping pills Lydia is prescribed enable her to enter another universe, one where Freddie is still there and the wedding is still on…

What is real? What is grief? Lydia is shored up by the love of her sister who is expecting a baby, an
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Christine Rennie
Nov 11, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle, netgalley
With thanks to Netgalley and the publishers for the arc, which I have just finished reading.
I read and enjoyed Josie Silver’s debut book One Day in December and enjoyed it enormously and expected her next book to be an easy read. The Two Lives Of Lydia Bird is not an easy read , it is a very painful, personal journey of grief when the love of your live dies before your wedding. I kept stopping and starting this book, very uncertain if I wanted to read any more of it and not totally convinc
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Tamsin Preece
Oct 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was a very sweet book. Lydia is grieving the loss of her husband and this story is about her path forwards.

The characters were very believable and I found it moving in places. I liked the dual aspect of the story, particularly that things weren’t always rosy in the alternative life.

It made me think about my own reaction to grief and loss and how I could help others.

A good, well paced read with an interesting story. Thank you to NetGalley and the publishers for my copy of this
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Lynn
A beautifully written book about love, grief, and change.

Lydia’s story is heartbreaking, but reading her journey to a more confident women taking control of her life was wonderful.

The story does tug at the heartstrings filling you with sadness but Josie Silver writes about grief with sensitively and understanding leaving you with a lightness of heart and a feeling of hope.

Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher / author for providing me with a free electronic copy of this book for review.
Maria
Oct 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
ARC received from Netgalley for review.
Whoa. Jodie’s first book was a highlight of last year.. I’ve read it more than once no and I absolutely adored it. I was very hopeful of this, and for the most part I wasn’t let down. From the tragic beginning I knew how it was going to end to be honest... just not necessarily the journey... including the Shirley Valentine detour. I cried.. as promised.. and hugged my OH a little tighter. It’s lovely.. and sad... and ties up nicely. And just like her
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Jane Pennington
Nov 08, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a fabulous book. Very well written with realistic characters. It's a tear jerker, for.sure, but its much more than that. Written in the first person, Lydia tells us us of her love for Freddie, and their life together. Her world is torn apart when he dies in a car accident. The first few chapters chart her grieving process, and are very painful to read.. The story is one of love, loss and living though it to find a better future. I highly recommend it.
I'm most grateful to the Publishers
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Brooke
Nov 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Josie Silver has clinched her role as a “must read” author for me with The Two Lives of Lydia Bird. This is a book about grief and love and second chances. With a dash of magical realism, Silver explores the love Lydia had with her childhood sweetheart Freddie and what loving again could look like. The time-shifting narration did take me a bit to settle into at first, but I was captivated once I did.

Many thanks to the author, the publisher, and NetGalley, for providing me with a copy
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