Review: The Two Lives of Lydia Bird by Josie Silver


Release date: March 3, 2020

Publisher: Ballantine

Genre: Contemporary Romance


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. 


I’m probably one of the last people on the planet who still hasn’t read One Day in December, (I’ll get to it one day, especially after reading this gem) so I had no clue what to expect when I started this one. From the description I knew it would be emotional, but I had no idea just how poignant and beautiful it would truly be. It made me laugh, it gave me hope and even though I didn’t cry (cold black heart, remember?) it did make me melancholy and definitely tugged on my heartstrings.

Grief is a bitch, and mourning the loss of the love of your life in your twenties is just about the most heartbreaking scenario I can imagine. I thought the author did a fantastic job of exploring grief and loss in an authentic way and while I was skeptical about the whole idea of Lydia living in a “dream world” it was done incredibly well. This was a unique love story with so much heart and a touch of magic, a really beautiful book that touched me and I adored Lydia by the end.

Overall rating: 4/5

Thanks to the publisher for my review copy.

4 thoughts on “Review: The Two Lives of Lydia Bird by Josie Silver

  1. czai says:

    I’m so hyped for this book! And I absolutely loved One Day in December! So when this was announced, it was an immediate wish list for me. I love how you talked about this (especially since you haven’t read her other book).

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