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The Two Lives of Lydia Bird by Josie Silver
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The Two Lives of Lydia Bird

Repeat author
Josie Silver is back at Book of the Month – other BOTMs include One Day in December.

by Josie Silver

Quick take

Thanks to magic, a fiancé finds her dead husband-to-be very much alive in her dreams. Cue all the daytime naps.

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Why I love it

Sara Hildreth
BOTM Ambassador, @fictionmatters

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.

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Synopsis

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.

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Preview

Get an early look from the first pages of The Two Lives of Lydia Bird.

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11833 ratings
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  • 9% Dislike
  • Watauga, TX

    An amazing journey! I loved “The Two Lives of Lydia Bird.” Her story of grief was sweet and sad and wonderful all at the same time. And the end- “there is more than one happy ending for everyone.” ❤️

  • Farmington Hills, MI

    This book literally made me cry. I’ve not lost a lover but have lost a close loved one and the emotions – regret, desparation, love – are so well written it spirits you away. Amazing & heartwrenching.

  • Dover, OH

    This book is sad and happy all in one. There’s so much grief, but the author shows how Lydia manages that grief. A good read for anyone whose been through something they don’t think they’ll overcome.

  • Lewis Center, OH

    I fully expected this book to be frivolous and mindless and was planning on setting it aside. I’m glad I didn’t because this book is rich, satisfying, and I was sad to say goodbye to these characters.

  • Arlington, MA

    This book was amazing. I love that the author didn’t shy away from the difficult parts of grief or try to smooth everything over. I loved Lydia and her quiet strength and I loved her and Jonah’s story

  • Altamonte Springs , FL

    Lydia bothered me a bit in the latter half of the book, she felt selfish. I almost stopped but I’m glad I didn’t. Lydia read as selfish because she feels real, sometimes grief makes us a bit selfish.

  • New York, NY

    Really helped show and shape how individuals deal with loss and “moving on” while making it an enjoyable for everyone to read. I wasnt a fan of the authors debute novel but this one really got me.Love

  • Louisville, KY

    I was really disappointed by Josie Silver’s One Day in December but the plot if this book seemed interesting. I’m really glad I did! The characters in this seemed very relatable and they had good arch

  • Kingstree , SC

    I don’t read romance novels much anymore; I have become too jaded. This is so much more than a romance novel, although there is romance too—it’s about love, family and finding yourself. Great book!!

  • Gurnee, IL

    Novel is set in London ❤️ and the story immediately pulls you in and your heart is softened to Lydia. She copes with her grief by living two lives, one while awake and the other while asleep. Loved it

  • Austin, TX

    This book gave me all the feels! Today would’ve been my mom’s 65th birthday had she not passed from cancer. I related to Lydia and praise Josie Silver for the way she presented grief and granted hope!

  • Greenwood, DE

    What a unique concept! I love how the writing style and story mimics how grief feels - strong, rough, and almost unbearable, at the start, but becomes more normal and bearable, as time continues. ❤️

  • Centreville , VA

    I cried and I cried but fell in love with the story, the concept, felt what Lydia was going through when it came to loss. Didn’t like the way it ended I was wanting more and did not want it to end ????

  • Cary, IL

    I didn’t want to read this for the longest time because I didn’t want to be sad, but it was so achingly good! I cried for Lydia multiple times and I love how her journey was so believable and honest

  • Saint Paul, MN

    I couldn’t put it down. I loved it from beginning to end. From the bio and then after a couple chapters in I realised how it will end. Still I loved it and I was emotional during the whole book.

  • Milford, OH

    This book may have made me cry a time or two. It’s perfect for when you need a book with some feel good too though. It makes you question what you would give to spend time with someone who’s passed.

  • WIXOM, MI

    I saw it coming but I didn’t see it coming - the ending. I didn’t think it could happen, but I hoped it would. There’s a lot of sadness and grief in this book, but also a lot of hope and happiness.

  • Devon, PA

    I cannot say enough good things about this book. I laughed and cried, Lydia’s pain was so perfectly displayed that I felt her loss as if it were my own. Finished it in a day and always think about it!

  • Mantua, NJ

    This was my favorite book that I’ve gotten from BOTM. It was raw, real and beauitful. I truly felt the love Lydia had for Freddie and I thought the grieving process was described perfectly. 5 out of 5

  • Austin, TX

    Loved it, beginning to end! Loved going through Lydia’s journey of grief, love, and acceptance! Quite different from Silver’s “One day in December”, but in the best way! A quick, feel good read!

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