Tuesday, December 21, 2021

The Two Lives of Lydia Byrd

Book: The Two Lives of Lydia Byrd

Author: Josie Silver

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.-Goodreads

Review: In the present: Lydia’s husband, Freddie, has died and she is in a deep state of depression/grief. In an alternate universe/dreamstate (hallucination possibly induced from meds) her husband is still alive and well. Lydia’s moves between grief and love and tries to find a way to move forward. I liked this although I never felt any sort of connection between Lydia and Freddie.

Grade: 3/5 

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