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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, 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.


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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, 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.

30 review for The Two Lives of Lydia Bird

  1. 4 out of 5

    jessica

    this is a complicated book for me to rate and review. my immediate reaction is that i enjoyed it - hence the 4 stars. i must be a glutton for heartache, because loss of a significant other is a romance trope i actually quite enjoy, even though it breaks my heart every single time. there is just something so comforting about seeing someone deal with unimaginable grief and become stronger because of it. the heart surely is a resilient thing. that being said, if i took the time to dissect and this is a complicated book for me to rate and review. my immediate reaction is that i enjoyed it - hence the 4 stars. i must be a glutton for heartache, because ‘loss of a significant other’ is a romance trope i actually quite enjoy, even though it breaks my heart every single time. there is just something so comforting about seeing someone deal with unimaginable grief and become stronger because of it. the heart surely is a resilient thing. that being said, if i took the time to dissect and nitpick this much more thoroughly, i would find some aspects of the story that are a tad problematic (mainly how freddies character is handled towards the end). but i think i will just keep my thoughts focused on the positives of this book and see it for the heartfelt and touching story that it can be. because this truly is a great representation of grief and coping and learning to love again. ↠ 3.5 stars

  2. 5 out of 5

    Susanne Strong

    5 Lovely Lyrical Magical Stars Do you believe in Magic? In the possibility of getting back the life you lost? For Lydia Bird, that possibility becomes a reality when her best friend and fiancé Freddie Hunter passes away in a car crash and she discovers a magical way to be with him again. Best Friends, the love of each other's lives, and hopeless romantics. Lydia and Freddie had it all, until one day, that love was taken away from them, leaving Lydias life in shambles. Her mother, her sister and 5 Lovely Lyrical Magical Stars Do you believe in Magic? In the possibility of getting back the life you lost? For Lydia Bird, that possibility becomes a reality when her best friend and fiancé Freddie Hunter passes away in a car crash and she discovers a magical way to “be” with him again. Best Friends, the love of each other's lives, and hopeless romantics. Lydia and Freddie had it all, until one day, that love was taken away from them, leaving Lydia’s life in shambles. Her mother, her sister and Jonah Jones (her other best friend), are left to pick up the pieces. Lydia doesn’t know how she’ll survive, until “it” happens. Until she discovers a lovely and captivating way to “be” with Freddie. What happens when her “real” life calls to her? The place where she has begun to find her true self, to let go and begin again. Torn in two, Lydia must make a choice. In “The Two Lives of Lydia Bird” I found myself completely taken in, hypnotized and mesmerized, by Lydia, the idea of magic and true love. Tears fell and I no ability to stop them. I fell for Lydia, Freddie, Jonah, Elle, Ryan and all of Lydia’s coworkers. This novel cast a spell over me and then some. It is lovely, lyrical, heartwarming and heart-wrenching and I loved it with all of my heart. I loved “One Day in December” - Josie Silver’s debut, and was eagerly awaiting her follow up and this does not disappoint. This was a delightful buddy read with Kaceey, (of course)! Thanks for sharing in this magical read with me Kaceey! A Huge thank you goes out to Colleen Nuccio at Random Publishing House - Ballantine, NetGalley and Josie Silver for the arc. Published on Goodreads and NetGalley on 12.25.19.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Kaceey

    A beautiful, hypnotic love story! Lucky Lydia! She has it all. Lets start with her charming Fiancé Freddy, then theres her best friend (and Freddies) since they were school kids, Jonah. And lets not forget her dear mom and sister. Shes positively over-the-moon happy with her picture-perfect life. Today is Lydias Birthday. But there wont be anything happy about this day. Life is about to take a serious turn for the worst after her Freddie is involved in a tragic accident Lydia is in the grips of A beautiful, hypnotic love story! Lucky Lydia! She has it all. Let’s start with her charming Fiancé Freddy, then there’s her best friend (and Freddies’) since they were school kids, Jonah. And let’s not forget her dear mom and sister. She’s positively over-the-moon happy with her picture-perfect life. Today is Lydias’ Birthday. But there won’t be anything happy about this day. Life is about to take a serious turn for the worst after her Freddie is involved in a tragic accident Lydia is in the grips of immense grief and finds it quite impossible to move on. Finally her sister steps in, taking her to get some much needed help. First step... sleep! If Lydia can just sleep a few hours then maybe the healing process can begin. She’s given a prescription for a trial medication. One that will let her sleep deeply and dream vividly! But are these really just dreams?! Is she still able to have the life she always wanted? When I read Josie Silver’s previous book One Day In December I was captivated. So when I saw her latest release was available, I was first in line! And yup…I loved this one even more! Josie Silver writes from the heart. A profound love story that touched my soul and left me once again in a puddle of tears. An absolute must read for 2020! A buddy read with Susanne that we both loved💖 Thank you to NetGalley Random House Publishing Group - Ballantine and Josie Silver for an ARC to read and review

  4. 5 out of 5

    Paromjit

    Josie Silver follows the fabulous One Day in December with this in depth study of the heartbreaking grief and loss experienced by Lydia Bird when on her 28th birthday, her fiance, Freddie Hunter dies in a car accident, whilst his best friend, Jonah Jones, whilst injured, lives to walk free. Lydia lived with Freddie in Shropshire, her whole life had revolved around him since they were fourteen years old at school and they were planning their wedding for the following year. To say that Lydia's Josie Silver follows the fabulous One Day in December with this in depth study of the heartbreaking grief and loss experienced by Lydia Bird when on her 28th birthday, her fiance, Freddie Hunter dies in a car accident, whilst his best friend, Jonah Jones, whilst injured, lives to walk free. Lydia lived with Freddie in Shropshire, her whole life had revolved around him since they were fourteen years old at school and they were planning their wedding for the following year. To say that Lydia's life falls apart is an understatement, the overwhelming grief is too much for her, and adjusting to life without Freddie is not a scenario she can accept. Silver uses the device of sleeping pills that offer Lydia the surprising pathway through lucid dreaming to continue her life with Freddie. This allows her to escape the harsh, unforgiving landscape of grief and avoid passing through that challenging process sentiently. However, it means that her waking hours are to be endured and survived whilst she lives her real life with the love of her life with Freddie in her sleeping hours. This is, of course, problematic for all those who love Lydia, her mum, and her best friend and older sister, Elle. It takes her some time to become aware that they are supporting her through the wreckage of her life, the guardians of her sanity. Her feelings towards Jonah are complicated and she just can't face him, even though her friendship with him is even longer than that with Freddie. Through the years they have been a close knit trio, even though Lydia had resented him at times. It is Jonah that helps her by getting her to attend a grief workshop when she really did not want to. It takes almost 3 months before a fragile Lydia can make herself go back to work, only to understand that Phil, Ryan, Julia and Dawn have been there for her in ways that had just not crossed her mind. It begins to dawn on Lydia that she has reasons to live in the real world and slowly acknowledge the hitherto impossible concept that perhaps there will be someone for her after Freddie. It is oh so hard for her to let go of Freddie but having to live without him is beginning to change her, she can no longer be the same woman she used to be, she must inevitably evolve. Josie Silver writes a compulsive tear jerker, of a young woman having to come to terms with her world falling apart, struggling through the process of grief until she is strong enough to pick up the pieces of her life and forge a new path for herself. It is Silver's wonderful writing, with bags of humour and her brilliant characters that makes this such a great read and I have no doubt that so many readers will absolutely love this. Many thanks to Penguin UK for an ARC.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)

    This was pretty much exactly what you would expect it to be and it was (mostly) delightful! My only real complaint about this one is that it almost felt like it went on a little long for my personal tastes. I was completely gripped for the first half (seriously, I was crying like every other chapter), but I'd be lying if I didn't say that the last third of the book lost my attention at times because the story dragged on for a bit too long. Overall, this wasn't a perfect book, but it was a This was pretty much exactly what you would expect it to be and it was (mostly) delightful! My only real complaint about this one is that it almost felt like it went on a little long for my personal tastes. I was completely gripped for the first half (seriously, I was crying like every other chapter), but I'd be lying if I didn't say that the last third of the book lost my attention at times because the story dragged on for a bit too long. Overall, this wasn't a perfect book, but it was a surprisingly fun read given the subject matter and I do recommend if you're into romance and journeys of self discovery. TW: death of a loved one, miscarriage, drug use (sleeping pills)

  6. 4 out of 5

    JanB

    I read to 53%, and was completely bored so I started skimming. I then read the last 5% and realized I could not care less what happened between 53% and the ending so I set it aside. I enjoyed the authors last book but this one was not for me. Im leaving it unrated. I read to 53%, and was completely bored so I started skimming. I then read the last 5% and realized I could not care less what happened between 53% and the ending so I set it aside. I enjoyed the authors last book but this one was not for me. I’m leaving it unrated.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Emer (A Little Haze)

    'The Two Lives of Lydia Bird' is the new novel by Josie Silver, the author of last year's women's fiction sensation 'One Day in December'. I enjoyed One Day in December but this book... This book is on another level compared to that! It is thoroughly gripping and truly emotional. The story follows the titular Lydia Bird as she struggles to deal with life in the aftermath of her fiancé Freddie's sudden and tragic death. In the waking world we see Lydia shut down and find herself listlessly moving 'The Two Lives of Lydia Bird' is the new novel by Josie Silver, the author of last year's women's fiction sensation 'One Day in December'. I enjoyed One Day in December but this book... This book is on another level compared to that! It is thoroughly gripping and truly emotional. The story follows the titular Lydia Bird as she struggles to deal with life in the aftermath of her fiancé Freddie's sudden and tragic death. In the waking world we see Lydia shut down and find herself listlessly moving through her life. She is given pills to help her to sleep and these pills somehow cause her to experience what I can best describe as lucid dreaming episodes in which her life with Freddie continues as normal past his death. Lydia is torn between these two worlds and somehow needs to find her way through to a place where she can begin to rebuild her life. This book is really brilliant how in how it creates a perfectly believable alternate life for Lydia that never felt strangely far-fetched. The narrative choices of this novel are wonderful at how they illustrate grief, loss and how such a monumentally life changing life event forces you to become a new version of yourself. It was so moving to read about Lydia's struggles in her waking life and how these struggles began to subtly change her relationship with Freddie in the lucid dreaming world. I really loved Lydia as a character. I felt she was beautifully complex and quite an authentic feeling character in that she never felt overly perfect (i.e. a special snowflake style character) but instead had flaws which made her feel all the more relatable. I also really adored the relationships that the author created between Lydia and all the other characters. Each relationship be it her romantic relationship with Freddie, her familial relationships with her mum and sister, or her friendship with life long friend (and Freddie's bestie) Jonah all felt unique and interesting to read about as the author really expertly and sensitively created relationships that at times were deepened and at others strained by the all encompassing grief that Lydia was going through. The pacing of this story was nigh on perfect too. I loved how the author took us on an approximate 18 month journey with Lydia in this book as it really helped to show how grief impacts a person in both the short and long term. Nothing felt rushed nor did it feel too slow. And to me the ending was incredibly satisfying and had the perfect tone of both sadness and optimism for the future; perfectly bittersweet. I would definitely recommend this to people who enjoy getting swept away by emotional women's fiction. four and a half stars *An e-copy of this book was kindly provided to me by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review* For more reviews and book related chat check out my blog

  8. 5 out of 5

    Debra

    3.5 stars Lydia thought she and Freddie would be together forever. Happily, ever after was her goal. But life had other plans. On her twenty-eighth birthday, Freddie died in a car accident. Initially, she shuts down and doesn't want to move on, doesn't want to go out. Her sister and Mother try everything. Finally, Lydia agrees to get some sleep in her room and NOT the couch. This is where things get interesting. In her dreams, Freddie is alive, and they continue living their lives together. Soon, 3.5 stars Lydia thought she and Freddie would be together forever. Happily, ever after was her goal. But life had other plans. On her twenty-eighth birthday, Freddie died in a car accident. Initially, she shuts down and doesn't want to move on, doesn't want to go out. Her sister and Mother try everything. Finally, Lydia agrees to get some sleep in her room and NOT the couch. This is where things get interesting. In her dreams, Freddie is alive, and they continue living their lives together. Soon, Lydia begins to go out into the world, but she also can't wait to get back and go to sleep. Finally, with the help of Jonah, her sister, and Mother, Lydia begins to live again. How can she move on? What will life be like without Freddie? Will she ever be able to live again? I loved One Day in December and couldn't wait to get my hands on this book. This one lacked the magic and pull of that book, but I still found this one to be enjoyable. Mainly because I could relate to Lydia in this book. In my 20's I was engaged, and my fiancé died in a car accident, so this one hit close to home with me. Lydia's grief resonated with me and I could relate to her grieving process. I thought Josie Silver did a great job with this. I will say that this one got a little slow in the middle and I struggled to maintain attention. I would have liked it to move a little bit faster at this point. The highlights for me were how grief as handled and the "dream world" that Lydia lived in with Freddie. I also loved the relationship between Lydia, her mother, and sister. This book deals with loss, grief, moving on, starting over, family and love. Thank you to Random House Publishing Group - Ballantine and NetGalley who provided me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. My thoughts and opinions are my own.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Irena BookDustMagic

    Perfection. That is the one word I would use to describe The Two Lives of Lydia Bird. This novel has stolen my heart with its beautiful storyline, with the intensity of emotions it awoke in me. I honestly cant even remember when was the last time I fell in love with the book so hard If Im not mistaken, it was back in 2018 when I read One Day in December, that was one of my favourite reads that year. If nothing (but its not nothing, its everything) this book showed just how amazing Josie Silver of a Perfection. That is the one word I would use to describe The Two Lives of Lydia Bird. This novel has stolen my heart with it’s beautiful storyline, with the intensity of emotions it awoke in me. I honestly can’t even remember when was the last time I fell in love with the book so hard… If I’m not mistaken, it was back in 2018 when I read One Day in December, that was one of my favourite reads that year. If nothing (but it’s not nothing, it’s everything) this book showed just how amazing Josie Silver of a writer is. She wrote two novels, and they both were stunningly written with emotional, heart shaking but beautiful plots, and characters one can’t help but get attached to. I now am sure I don’t want to ever miss a piece of work written by this incredible author! I want to support her as long as my eyes can see, as long as my brain can recognize the sentences… I loved the magical element that is the foundation of the story, but also how it affected the main character and the way the story developed. The story is written in first person, with Lydia as a narrator. It is beautifully written and even though the book has more than 400 pages it didn’t feel like it. I wished it was longer, so I could spend more time in this world, with these wonderful characters. I rarely cry while reading, but this book made me shed some tears. That one scene, with lighting up candles, was especially emotional. It was my favourite scene in the whole story. The story wrapped up in the most satisfying way. I hoped it would end up that way, and when it did, I was overwhelmed in a good way. I approve it 100%. I will mention only one more thing: I want to praise Josie Silver for mentioning my county, Croatia. I was in Makarska many times in my life and I loved reading about it in one of the most beautiful books. In the end, if I could make you want to read one book from my recommendations list, I would chose this one, because I am sure it will touch many hearts and I hope it will move yours too. I am so thankful I had an opportunity to read this wonderful novel and I truly believe I will carry it in that part of my heart reserved only for favourite stories, for the rest of my life.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Kim ~ It’s All About the Thrill

    Well this was a hell of an emotional roller coaster! I spent much of the book confused and then BAM 💥 it clicked and it brought me to tears anyone that has suffered a loss can relate. The ending is .... fabulous ❤ This is a very emotionally charged read for me. Like I said, most of the book had me confused and a bit frustrated until I figured out what was really going on with Lydia Bird. Now nobody truly knows what is going on with a character, except the author themselves. So we all have a Well this was a hell of an emotional roller coaster! I spent much of the book confused and then BAM 💥 it clicked and it brought me to tears… anyone that has suffered a loss can relate. The ending is .... fabulous ❤️ This is a very emotionally charged read for me. Like I said, most of the book had me confused and a bit frustrated until I figured out what was really going on with Lydia Bird. Now nobody truly knows what is going on with a character, except the author themselves. So we all have a personal perception of what we think unless it is completely spelled out for us. So this was my take on Lydia and it crushed me and then the ending made me smile. So odd to struggle a bit throughout a book and then have it be a 5 star read. I know, it seems weird but hear me out. The book is split into chapters of "asleep" and "awake." I loved the awake chapters but the asleep chapters...well I was scratching my head going umm ok. Until I figured out what the sleep chapters really meant- or so I think. Lydia would fall asleep and dream her fiancee Freddie was alive and well and they were living their life. In the awake chapters, Lydia would have to face the grim reality - that Freddie died suddenly while on the way to her birthday party. There is no Freddie and Lydia. As many of us, I have faced a loss of a loved one that tore my heart out, destroyed my life. Everyone deals with grief differently. For me, sleep was like an escape from the terrible reality. Then there is the moment when you wake in the morning and you lie in bed for a minute and you are groggy still. You spend every single moment thinking of your loved one and this is the one moment in the day that your mind doesn't remember that they are gone...and then it does and you think "oh yeah." I feel like Lydia's sleep chapters were the same. It was her way of dealing with her grief. As time goes on she slowly needs this escape less and less. Realizing this and then the ending was so heart touching that it quickly got bumped up to a 5 star read for me. Lydia Bird I loved you even though your story stirred up way too many feels. A beautiful story and I loved, loved, loved this ending.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Larry H

    Gotta love a book that has you sobbing in the wee hours of the morning!! Such was the case with Josie Silver's new book, The Two Lives of Lydia Silver . Life can change in a split second. One second Lydia was waiting for her fiancé, Freddie, to arrive at her birthday dinner; the next second she learns that he was killed in a car accident on the way. "It's probably for the best if the last time you do something momentous passes you by unheralded: the last time my mother collected me at the school Gotta love a book that has you sobbing in the wee hours of the morning!! Such was the case with Josie Silver's new book, The Two Lives of Lydia Silver . Life can change in a split second. One second Lydia was waiting for her fiancé, Freddie, to arrive at her birthday dinner; the next second she learns that he was killed in a car accident on the way. "It's probably for the best if the last time you do something momentous passes you by unheralded: the last time my mother collected me at the school gate, her hand reassuring around my smaller one, the last time my father remembered my birthday. The last time I spoke to Freddie Hunter as he dashed back to see me on my twenty-eighth birthday. Do you know what the last words he said to me were? Over and out." Lydia and Freddie have been a part of each other’s lives since high school, and she has loved him since she was 14. She doesn’t know how to get through a day, let alone the rest of her life without him, but her family and friends try to help her navigate her grief. One day she discovers a world where Freddie is still alive, and there, her life goes on from that fatal night. She cherishes every additional moment with Freddie and gets to envision picking out her wedding dress, the simple moments of sharing a life together. Little by little, though, she begins to see that even the fairytale life she's witnessing has its rough spots in unexpected places. As she takes tentative steps to regain control of her life, she has to decide: live for what could have been despite its challenges, or live for now, and be present for those who love you. It’s a difficult decision for Lydia to make. "There isn't a handy grief blueprint. You don't get over losing someone you love in six months or two years or twenty, but you do have to find a way to carry on living without feeling as if everything that comes afterward is second best." Sure, the premise of the book is a little unrealistic, but I just found it so moving and beautifully told. I didn’t always love Lydia’s character but I just loved this story, and I so enjoy the way Josie Silver writes, having been totally besotted with her debut novel, One Day in December . Check out my list of the best books I read in 2019 at https://itseithersadnessoreuphoria.blogspot.com/2020/01/the-best-books-i-read-in-2019.html. Check out my list of the best books of the decade at https://itseithersadnessoreuphoria.blogspot.com/2020/01/my-favorite-books-of-decade.html. See all of my reviews at itseithersadnessoreuphoria.blogspot.com. Follow me on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/the.bookishworld.of.yrralh/.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Amanda

    After falling in love with One Day In December, I was thinking this next book couldnt 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 Lydias 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 Jonah and sister Elle, there 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 Jonah and sister Elle, there may be light at the end of the dark tunnel. Then something happens, Lydia is given the chance to live her life again with Freddie, but at what cost? And what if her happiness comes at a cost to others. The journey of Lydia’s grief is heartbreaking to read, but I loved her transformation from heartbroken to taking control of her life. This story sends out hope to anyone who has lost someone close to them. This book didn’t just tug at my heart strings, you stole my heart and kept it long after reading this book. I cried loads and would keep telling my husband what was happening with tears streaming down my face!! Josie Silver writes about grief in a sensitive and understanding way where, with the help of friends and family, there is hope and maybe the start of a new life. I can’t recommend this book enough. Thank you to Netgalley for my copy in exchange for a review.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Nick

    yo I got this ARC and I am going to read the hell out of it

  14. 4 out of 5

    Jayme

    How do you continue living WITHOUT the person you have been in love with since you were fourteen years old-Your fiancée, who was killed in a car accident on your 27th birthday??? After losing Freddie, Lydia is barely functioning, until she is prescribed some pills, to help her to get some much needed sleep... Once the pills are prescribed, two separate narratives begin 🌙 ASLEEP: Lydia finds that if she takes her sleeping pill, she will DREAM of Freddie of the life they would have lived, the life How do you continue living WITHOUT the person you have been in love with since you were fourteen years old-Your fiancée, who was killed in a car accident on your 27th birthday??? After losing Freddie, Lydia is barely functioning, until she is prescribed some pills, to help her to get some much needed sleep... Once the pills are prescribed, two separate narratives begin… 🌙 ASLEEP: Lydia finds that if she takes her sleeping pill, she will DREAM of Freddie… of the life they would have lived, the life they should have lived. It is like she is being transported to a parallel Universe, where Freddie is still alive and sharing her life with her. 🌞AWAKE: Lydia has to live through all of the “firsts” without Freddie. First Christmas alone, First New Year’s Eve Alone. First Wedding Alone. The only thing she looks forward to, is the next pill, so she can be reunited with Freddie, in slumber... For the first 100 pages or so, the chapters alternate, by DAY OF THE YEAR: AWAKE and then ASLEEP, as Lydia tries to move forward and heal. I wasn’t really connecting with the ASLEEP chapters, as I have never really been a fan of the “time travel” love stories, and this felt similar. And, as usual, I was falling for the WRONG guy! 🤷🏻‍♀️ The FRIEND (Jonah Jones from the AWAKE chapters) instead of The FIANCÉE (Freddie, from the ASLEEP chapters) I almost gave up. But, I was enjoying the “AWAKE” chapters, and just as I was deciding whether or not to continue reading...Lydia goes to a shelter to adopt a cat for company, and hey, what can I say...it made me hang in there! 😻 (Thank You, Turbin the cat...you arrived at just the right time, even though you had a very minimal role, in Lydia’s life, when all was said and done! 😹) As Lydia muddles through those “firsts”, and begins to heal, the “ASLEEP” chapters tapered off, and the “AWAKE” chapters became more dominant. We share more time with Lydia’s Mum, her sister Elle and her husband David, her work friends, and her friend, Jonah, who was both a best friend to Freddie and to Lydia through their childhood. These are the kind of people we should all be lucky enough to have as a support system in good times and bad! This is when I found the MAGIC in this story that other reviewers found earlier. Despite the subject matter, it really is more uplifting than it is depressing. I am so very glad that I didn’t give up! 💖 The book literally ends with one character in TEARS. AND, it ended with me in TEARS, too! In the very best way! 💝

  15. 5 out of 5

    Marialyce

    I have a file on goodreads entitled "I wish I had liked this book more" into which I am placing this story. While I loved this author's One Day in December, this new book just didn't give me all the thrills I was expecting. First and foremost, I do think the author handles the very important topic of grief quite well. She managed to portray the very devastation that losing a loved one fosters on those who have experienced that loss. Certainly, her main character, Lydia, is overwhelmed by the I have a file on goodreads entitled "I wish I had liked this book more" into which I am placing this story. While I loved this author's One Day in December, this new book just didn't give me all the thrills I was expecting. First and foremost, I do think the author handles the very important topic of grief quite well. She managed to portray the very devastation that losing a loved one fosters on those who have experienced that loss. Certainly, her main character, Lydia, is overwhelmed by the tragic event that took her soon to be husband Freddie. That car accident left Freddie dead, his best friend, Jonah, hurt but not seriously, and Lydia planning her soon to be wedding, bereft. With the man she had loved since she was so very young, life seemed indestructible and glowing with opportunity. Instead, Lydia now faces a life of tears, sorrows, and remembrances. Then something happens that pulls Lydia into an alternate universe where Freddie survived and her life with him continued. She is living in two worlds, the one where dreams exist and the one where reality dwells. How does one handle living in this emotionally charged environment and still manage to be part of reality? Keeping a foot in each world does not serve Lydia well and this story becomes one of allusions versus reality. So what was it that caused my ambivalence with this story? For one, I am not the greatest target for a book such as this, not really being a romantic story reader. So I am sure that's partly to blame. The second item was that I found instances of the reality that Lydia lived in to be unreal. The characters in the story were all wonderfully understanding as Lydia spent months absent from her job and in a world where it was ever so obvious that she needed help. I couldn't help but question why her mother and sister did not seem to see that and although they loved her dearly allowed her to stay in the depths of despair. Another thing that just didn't gel with me was the amount of time her job allowed her to be away. It was unrealistic for most people who have experienced tremendous loss would ever had been granted that much time away from their job. Granted these seem like small items and yet they seemed to seep into the story and mar it for me. It was also certainly no secret how this all would work out and the story seemed to labor along until its inevitable conclusion. However, I know that many will love this story with its mixture of romance and tragedy. I just wish I had been able to accept the premise a bit more. Thank you to Josie Silver, Ballantine Books, and NetGalley for a copy of this story to be released in March.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Chelsey

    ⭐⭐⭐⭐💫 and ALL THE FEELS!!!!!! Lydia and Freddie have been together since they were practically kids. After over a decade together, theyre now engaged and happily planning their future together. On the way to Lydias birthday dinner, Freddie dies tragically in a car accident. His best friend Jonah is also in the car but he comes out with nothing but a scratch on his face and a shattered heart for the loss of his best friend. Lydias grief is all consuming. Unable to handle every day life, unable to ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️💫 and ALL THE FEELS!!!!!! Lydia and Freddie have been together since they were practically kids. After over a decade together, they’re now engaged and happily planning their future together. On the way to Lydia’s birthday dinner, Freddie dies tragically in a car accident. His best friend Jonah is also in the car but he comes out with nothing but a scratch on his face and a shattered heart for the loss of his best friend. Lydia’s grief is all consuming. Unable to handle every day life, unable to eat, and unable to sleep, her family brings her to a doctor who prescribes sleeping pills. The first night Lydia takes a little pink pill, she awakes in her dream world next to Freddie. The dream is vivid - lifelike. She soon realizes that the pills are somehow a portal to another, alternate timeline where Freddie is still alive and well. Alternating between her real life and her dream world, Lydia begins leading two lives. But the physical and emotional toll are grueling and how can she live in either world with one foot in and one foot out? This was an extremely powerful and emotional tale of love and grief. Though it focused on the romance of Freddie and Lydia, it was not a typical meet cute love story. The depth of the characters and emotions leapt off the pages. Silver’s writing was superb, the story was wonderfully unique, and the novel really makes you think. Beautiful story of love, loss, grief, and the power to live. Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for an advanced copy in exchange for my honest review.

  17. 4 out of 5

    ♡ ᴅ ʀ ᴇ ᴀ ᴍ ♡

    ❥ 5 / 5 stars I didnt expect much from this book but whoa, it turns out to be a lot better than her previous book and IM BLOODY IMPRESSED RIGHT NOW!!!!!! ❥ 5 / 5 stars I didn’t expect much from this book but whoa, it turns out to be a lot better than her previous book and I’M BLOODY IMPRESSED RIGHT NOW!!!!!!

  18. 4 out of 5

    Kendall

    One Day In December was one of my top books of 2019. I absolutely devoured it! So, of course I was ecstatic to get my hands on Silver's new novel! Well.... would it be any different for me to be the outlier on a book? Nope haha! I really struggled with this book and was a very very slow burn of a book. I think the premise of the book was great.... Lydia adjusting to the love of her life Freddie dying in a car accident. The concept of grief and coping is heavy throughout this book and felt more of One Day In December was one of my top books of 2019. I absolutely devoured it! So, of course I was ecstatic to get my hands on Silver's new novel! Well.... would it be any different for me to be the outlier on a book? Nope haha! I really struggled with this book and was a very very slow burn of a book. I think the premise of the book was great.... Lydia adjusting to the love of her life Freddie dying in a car accident. The concept of grief and coping is heavy throughout this book and felt more of a darker mood. The novel focuses on an interesting concept of Lydia in a dream-like state still being with Freddy and having conversations etc/real life with him. Than Lydia goes back to her "awake" state and living in present of Freddy no longer being alive. For some reason I couldn't connect with this one at all. I hit 50 percent and was completely bored? I'm not sure why maybe the mood I was in? But, this was just "ok" for me and nothing that hit home for me. I felt the romance wasn't particularly there in this novel but maybe this was just a side note and it was focusing more on moving on from grief/death. Overall, I would give this one a try and maybe it's something you will love. 3 stars for me on this one. Thank you to Random House Ballantine and Netgalley for the arc in exchange for an honest review. Publication date: 3/3/20 Published to GR: 1/10/20

  19. 4 out of 5

    Book of the Month

    Why I love it by Sara Hildreth I shy away from sentimental reads. If an author is overtly manipulating my emotions, I have no problem rolling my eyes and setting the book aside. Luckily, Im here to tell you that The Two Lives of Lydia Bird possesses not one moment of emotional fakery. This novel is as raw as it is charming, and one of the most earnestly heartfelt books I have read. Freddie and Lydia have been together since they were 14, and Lydia cant imagine her life without him. But a few months Why I love it by Sara Hildreth I shy away from sentimental reads. If an author is overtly manipulating my emotions, I have no problem rolling my eyes and setting the book aside. Luckily, I’m here to tell you that The Two Lives of Lydia Bird possesses not one moment of emotional fakery. This novel is as raw as it is charming, and one of the most earnestly heartfelt books I have read. Freddie and Lydia have been together since they were 14, and Lydia can’t imagine her life without him. But a few months into their engagement, on Lydia’s twenty-eighth birthday, Freddie dies in a tragic accident. In her grief, Lydia’s relationship with Freddie’s best friend, Jonah, deepens as she tries to move on. But she's rattled to discover that, every night when she falls asleep, she is inexplicably transported to a world where Freddie is still alive. As Lydia deals with the emotional strain of living parallel existences, she’s forced to make decisions not only about how she wants to live, but who she wants to live with. What I love most about this book is that in spite of the extraordinary premise, its charm is in the ordinary moments that make up Lydia’s dual lives. The Two Lives of Lydia Bird broke my heart into pieces and then put those pieces back together one spontaneous cat adoption and silent speed dating session at a time. With each tentative step Lydia takes toward healing, we learn alongside her that grief and love are both messy, knock-you-down, totally transformative parts of life. Grab a box of tissues and enjoy the journey. Read more at: https://bookofthemonth.com/the-two-li...

  20. 5 out of 5

    Pavlina Read more sleep less blog❤❤

    <3 4 stars <3 The two lives of Lydia was an emotional ,heartbreaking read but also sweet!My heart broke for Lydia and I was aching for her. The whole book is about Lydia trying to come to terms living without Freddie. There were moments I find myself crying and others that I have a smile on my face.I loved the writing, it was fast paced and the characters were fantastic, not only Lydia but the rest too. The ending was sweet I just wanted a little bit more of it!This is the reason it wasn't a <3 4 stars <3 The two lives of Lydia was an emotional ,heartbreaking read but also sweet!My heart broke for Lydia and I was aching for her. The whole book is about Lydia trying to come to terms living without Freddie. There were moments I find myself crying and others that I have a smile on my face.I loved the writing, it was fast paced and the characters were fantastic, not only Lydia but the rest too. The ending was sweet I just wanted a little bit more of it!This is the reason it wasn't a five stars.This one could easily become a movie!     

  21. 4 out of 5

    DeAnn

    4.75 swoon worthy stars I loved Josie Silvers first book One Day in December so I jumped at the chance to read an early release of this one. Now she is on my must-read list! This book was such a romantic, yet heartbreaking story. The ending made me cry! I loved it! (Although the plot sounded a little far-fetched when my daughter asked about the book I was reading) We have Lydia Bird and her amazing boyfriend/fiancée Freddie theyve been together since age 14 and are planning their wedding next 4.75 swoon worthy stars I loved Josie Silver’s first book “One Day in December” so I jumped at the chance to read an early release of this one. Now she is on my must-read list! This book was such a romantic, yet heartbreaking story. The ending made me cry! I loved it! (Although the plot sounded a little far-fetched when my daughter asked about the book I was reading) We have Lydia Bird and her amazing boyfriend/fiancée Freddie – they’ve been together since age 14 and are planning their wedding next year. The perfect life comes to a hard stop when Freddie dies on Lydia’s birthday in a car accident. Grief takes over her life and Lydia can hardly function. Strangely, she’s reunited with Freddie in her sleep and they seem to live their lives as if the car accident never happened. Lydia finds herself torn between her sleep life and her “real” life. Can she maintain the dual lives? I especially liked the dynamics with Lydia’s sister and mom and found their relationship added quite a bit to the story. Lydia’s best friend Jonah tries to pull her out of her grief, but he’s struggling with his own demons. How can Lydia get past her grief to embrace life and maybe even find love again? The character of Lydia was so real, her grief was heartbreaking, and it was quite the journey for her to process this huge loss. Mark your calendars, this one comes out 3.3.2020 – I highly recommend it, especially if you need a good cry! Thank you to NetGalley, Josie Silver, and Random House/Ballantine for a copy of this one to read in return for an honest review.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Sylvie

    I made a mistake again finishing a Josie Silver book in a public place. meaning: sobbing like a ninny in front of strangers. Review coming soon.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Tinichix (nicole)

    Some books come along at just the right time, and this book came at the perfect time for me. We just clicked. Ive lost track of how many times Ive cried. It only took me about 20 pages to develop giant alligator tears. Wow she took a hold of the heart strings right away and just pulled. I think anyone who has loved, lost someone, or even both, will be able to relate to a lot of feelings and emotions in this book. But its not all a downer. Its a beautiful story with incredible characters. It was Some books come along at just the right time, and this book came at the perfect time for me. We just clicked. I’ve lost track of how many times I’ve cried. It only took me about 20 pages to develop giant alligator tears. Wow she took a hold of the heart strings right away and just pulled. I think anyone who has loved, lost someone, or even both, will be able to relate to a lot of feelings and emotions in this book. But it’s not all a downer. It’s a beautiful story with incredible characters. It was funny at times and made me smile. It’s touching. Endearing. Raw. Honest. Full of emotion. It contains vulnerability. And at times for me was indeed sad. It’s for sure one of those that I already miss the characters and I already wish I was reading once again for the first time. Those are some of my favorite books. Lydia and her fiancé have been together since she was 14, for more than a decade they have shared their lives. Then tragedy strikes. She must learn to navigate her waking life without her fiancé. Even her sister the fixer can’t fix her now. She shared a best friend with her fiancé and now the strength of their friendship during tragedy and change is tested. Lydia ends up finding her own way back to her fiancé in a place without grief and she begins to change while visiting him in her other world. Managing both worlds and still healing herself becomes challenging. I hope you choose to read it to discover how Lydia chooses to navigate the best of both worlds. It truly was a wonderful story and I’m so happy Josie Silver has done it once again. I loved “One Day in December” and enjoyed this one equally. Many thanks to Goodreads and Random House for providing giveaways. Their giveaway has in no way influenced my rating, nor was I under any obligation to review the book after reading it.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Kate Vocke (bookapotamus)

    Guys - this one is HEAVY. Lydia Bird's fiancé Freddie has died just months before they are to be married and shes understandably struggling. When she finds him again - in the most magical and unexpected of ways - she continues to hold on to the most perfect love shes ever known. But while she navigates both a world with Freddie - simultaneously with one without him - you begin to wonder if will she ever be able to move on. Will the comforts of the past with him prevent her from living a future Guys - this one is HEAVY.⁣ ⁣ Lydia Bird's fiancé Freddie has died just months before they are to be married and she’s understandably struggling. When she finds him again - in the most magical and unexpected of ways - she continues to hold on to the most perfect love she’s ever known. ⁣ ⁣ But while she navigates both a world with Freddie - simultaneously with one without him - you begin to wonder if will she ever be able to move on. Will the comforts of the past with him prevent her from living a future without him?⁣ ⁣ This one started off sad. And it continues to be sad almost throughout the entire story and I have to honest - I almost had to put it down. I just don’t like to be sad! The emotions are definitely a heavy weight that Lydia carries throughout her journey, and in turn - you carry as well. ⁣ ⁣ Just like One Day in December, Josie Silver's writing is phenomenal. And that’s why I kept reading. The prose is so beautiful, and the way her words make you feel, make reading a painfully sad story worth every single minute. It’s a gorgeous tale of love, loss, and letting go.⁣

  25. 4 out of 5

    mahana

    cried all throughout one day in december because of the angst and now Im crying because Im so disappointed cried all throughout one day in december because of the angst and now I’m crying because I’m so disappointed

  26. 5 out of 5

    Michelle

    NOT ONLY IS MARCH THIRD THE BEST DAY OF THE YEAR & MY BIRTHDAY - IT IS THE PUB DATE OF A MILLION GREAT BOOKS!!!

  27. 5 out of 5

    Katie (never.ending.reading.list)

    The Two Lives of Lydia Bird is a beautiful story about loss, love, and continuing on with life after the unimaginable happens. This book really surprised me. I went in pretty sure what it was going to be but Josie Silver had a really unique story here. Lydia Bird is a young woman who unexpectedly loses her fiancé in a car accident. Her life after is nothing but despair and longing for what could have been until a new medicine she takes to help her sleep transports her to an alternate universe The Two Lives of Lydia Bird is a beautiful story about loss, love, and continuing on with life after the unimaginable happens. This book really surprised me. I went in pretty sure what it was going to be but Josie Silver had a really unique story here. Lydia Bird is a young woman who unexpectedly loses her fiancé in a car accident. Her life after is nothing but despair and longing for what could have been until a new medicine she takes to help her sleep transports her to an alternate universe where Freddy didn't die. She navigates life in both worlds, moving on with the support of her mom, sister, and Freddy's best friend Jonah in one life and continuing her dream world in the other. The realizations she has along the way were truly moving and I think this would be a really great book to read for someone dealing with all encompassing grief. To be honest this was a slow start for me, I couldn't get into the characters, but as the story unfolded I really did fall in love with Lydia and her story. There were for some sure some cliches along the way but this was a beautiful story that will stay with me. Thank you Netgalley for an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Jamie beauty_andthebook_

    The Two Lives of Lydia Bird shows the incredible versatility of Josie Silver as an author. I definitely picked this one up expecting a story similar to One Day in December (one of my favorites of 2018) and what I was was a story of love, loss and finding oneself again. TTLoLB tugged at my heartstrings again and again and moved me to tears. Lydia, is straddling two worlds, a dreamlike world where her fiance is alive, and reality, where he has died and she is alone and suffering. Like most of us, The Two Lives of Lydia Bird shows the incredible versatility of Josie Silver as an author. I definitely picked this one up expecting a story similar to One Day in December (one of my favorites of 2018) and what I was was a story of love, loss and finding oneself again. TTLoLB tugged at my heartstrings again and again and moved me to tears. Lydia, is straddling two worlds, a dreamlike world where her fiance is alive, and reality, where he has died and she is alone and suffering. Like most of us, Lydia would much rather spend her time in the dream world, but at what cost does her true reality suffer while away in this place? Silver raises excellent questions in this story and does a beautiful job at straddling the line between holding on and letting go. Thank you to Random House for an advanced copy. All opinions are my own.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Louise Wilson

    Lydia tragically lost her partner, Freddie on her 27th birthday. Freddie has been the only man Lydia had ever loved. She struggles on a daily basis. She's alsomsuffering from insomnia. Lydia discovers that when she takes sleeping pills, Freddie comes alive in her dreams. Lydia is surrounded by people who love and support her and who want to see her well again. A beautifully written story about love, loss and how to start learning to live your life again. Its emotional and touching. I found Lydia tragically lost her partner, Freddie on her 27th birthday. Freddie has been the only man Lydia had ever loved. She struggles on a daily basis. She's alsomsuffering from insomnia. Lydia discovers that when she takes sleeping pills, Freddie comes alive in her dreams. Lydia is surrounded by people who love and support her and who want to see her well again. A beautifully written story about love, loss and how to start learning to live your life again. Its emotional and touching. I found Lydia's grief believable and heartbreaking. The story flips between Lydia's life and her dreams. We follow Lydia's journey and transformation from a heartbroken women to a woman taking back control of her life. The pace is slow ut it's still an enjoyable read. I would like to thank NetGalley, Penguin Books (UK) and the author Josie Silver for my ARC in exchange for an honest review.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Louise Wilson

    3.5 stars rounded up to 4 Lydia tragically lost her partner, Freddie on her 27th birthday. Freddie had been the only man Lysia had lever loved. She struggles to cope on a daily basis. She's also suffering from insomnia. Lydia discovers that when she takes sleeping pills, Freddie comes alive in her dreams. Lydia is surrounded by people who love and support her and who want to see her well again. A beautifully written story about love, loss and how to start learning to live your live again. Its 3.5 stars rounded up to 4 Lydia tragically lost her partner, Freddie on her 27th birthday. Freddie had been the only man Lysia had lever loved. She struggles to cope on a daily basis. She's also suffering from insomnia. Lydia discovers that when she takes sleeping pills, Freddie comes alive in her dreams. Lydia is surrounded by people who love and support her and who want to see her well again. A beautifully written story about love, loss and how to start learning to live your live again. Its emotional and touching. I found Lydia's grief believable and heartbreaking. The story flips between Lydia's ife and her dreams. We follow Lydia's journey and transformation from a heartbroken woman into a woman taking back control of her life. The pace is slow but it's still an enjoyable read. I would like to thank NetGalley, Penguin Books (UK) and the author Josie Silver for my ARC in exchange for an honest review.

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