The Two Lives of Lydia Bird by Josie Silver

A huge thank you to Ballantine Books for the Advanced Copy via Netgalley!

I read One Day in December almost two years ago and it immediately became one of my favorite romances ever. It gave me gut-swoops (that thing where a book is so cute and romantic that your stomach gets brief butterflies) and surprised me with it’s depth. Needless to say, I was very excited when I got approved to read Josie Silver’s second book, The Two Lives of Lydia Bird on NetGalley. This book wasn’t what I expected, but it turned out to be a poignant novel about life and death, and what it truly means to live and move on.

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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