BOOK REVIEW: The Two Lives of Lydia Bird by Josie Silver

Title: The Two Lives of Lydia Bird
Author: Josie Silver
Publication: March 3, 2020
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Genre: Women’s Fiction
Pages: 450

SYNOPSIS: (From Goodreads

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.


Last month I read another book by this author and absolutely loved it.  My sister loaned me both of her books.  I knew that I had to read the other one ASAP.  I hoped that it would be just as good as the first one I read.  So this month when I should have been reading my other book club book, which I admit that I had no desire or gumshun to read I decided to start it. 

Lydia Bird is waiting for her fiance, Freddie, to show up for her 28th birthday dinner.  With just one little event her life is changed forever.  Her fiance is killed when the car he is driving crashes into a tree.  His best friend, Jonah is also in the car but escapes with bumps, bruises, and a cut.  Lydia has to learn to navigate life without the love of her life.  This book was so good.  Yes, I cried multiple times before the end of the book, no I really didn’t care. The idea of Lydia having two lives and how the author wrote it was really good.  She had her waking life where things actually happened then she had her sleeping one where she took a sleeping pill to help her sleep.  

This book covered lots of heavy issues.  The death of a loved one.  I was thinking about that the entire time.  I have been married to my husband for 10 years but have been together for 14. How would I handle his death if he did pass suddenly?  We have three kids together.  What would I do?   I think the book also touched on drug dependency.  Lydia liked being in her sleep world but in the end, she knew that it wasn’t healthy and stopped taking the pills.   Watching Lydia and Jonah repair and mend their relationship into something more was awesome to watch.  They each dealt with their grief in a different way.  I absolutely love the authors writing style.  It draws me in a kept my attention the whole way.  I see that the author has another book coming out in March of next year and I have already added it to my Amazon Wish List!


Pick up your copy of The Two Lives by Lydia Bird by Josie Silver on Amazon, Barnes and Noble and check your local bookstore. Also make sure to add it to your To Reads list on Goodreads and leave feedback for the author when you are finished. You can check out more from author Josie Silver on her website HERE.

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