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Romance | The Two Lives of Lydia Bird | Josie Silver

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I’m delighted to be sharing my thoughts on tour for Josie Silver’s The Two Lives of Lydia Bird.

I LOVED Josie Silver’s debut, One Day in December (read my thoughts here), and hoped her second novel would live up to my expectations.  And it did!

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 sister Elle, she takes her first tentative steps into the world and starts to live – perhaps even to love – again.  

But then something inexplicable happens, which 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. But what if there’s someone in in her new life who wants her to stay?  

A heartbreaking, uplifting story for fans of PS I Love You and Jojo Moyes, this gorgeously romantic novel will make you laugh and cry and remind you of what a wonderful gift it is to love and to be loved.

Book cover for The Two Lives of Lydia Bird by Josie Silver

The Two Lives of Lydia Bird by Josie Silver is published by Penguin and available to purchase now in digital and audiobook formats.  The paperback publishes 5th March and the hardcover 3rd March.


This story captured my heart and it wasn’t because of the romance.  Lydia very quickly snuck into my heart and carried me along with her as she tries to find where she belongs and who she is after the death of Freddie. 

Living in a close-knit community and having her family close is a blessing as well as a burden.  It’s not only her own grief that weighs her down…  I loved the relationship she has with her sister Elle and mum Gwen and felt this gave her a strong foundation.  Her colleagues at the Town Hall give her a sense of normality and stability and one event was brilliant in pushing Lyds forward.  Her experience in Croatia is a much needed interlude – I could picture this so clearly!  Even though she was away I thought it brought her much closer.

I’m not going to say much about her chance at her old life, except that I thought it was feasible and a brilliant concept (for reasons I can’t go into – no spoilers!).

The pace was perfect, switching it up and mellowing it out when the story needed it.  I was invested with everything that happened. 🙂

I do enjoy Josie Silver’s writing style.  The following is just one example:

“It’s as if a huge raven has landed on the roof and folded its wings down over the windows <snip>.”

Very visual for me and described the feelings perfectly.

The ending was exactly how I hoped it would be and left me with tears of happiness and a sense of completion.

The Two Lives of Lydia Bird warmed my heart.  It shows us that we can find our way through grief once we’ve learned to not only love ourselves but to trust in ourselves too. 

Highly recommended.

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Josie Silver’s debut novel, One Day in December, was a Sunday Times and New York Times bestseller and has been translated into more than twenty-five languages. Josie lives in a small town in the UK with her husband, their sons, and an ever-changing cast of animals.

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I've been blogging about my interests at Jera's Jamboree for 9+ years. My love of reading, crocheting, being out in nature and positive psychology are all things that help me unwind from my role as an Inclusion Lead in a primary school.

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