The Two Lives of Lydia Bird

The Two Lives of Lydia Bird by Josie Silver

Publisher: Ballantine Books
Publication Date: March 3, 2020
Genres: Fiction
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Book Review

The Two Lives of Lydia Bird is a story of grief and forgiveness. On her twenty-eighth birthday, Lydia Bird’s life is rocked by tragedy when her fiancé Freddie is killed in a car accident. Unable to cope with his loss, her doctor prescribes her some sleeping pills to help. But a magical thing happens when she takes the sleeping pill, she wakes up in a parallel universe where Freddie never died. Thrilled with this discovery, Lydia dives into this new life as often as she can. But the more time she spends in her alternate life, the harder it is to come back to her real one. Sooner or later Lydia has to decide whether to continue taking the plunge or say goodbye to Freddie forever.

I loved this story. I loved watching Lydia grow as a person in the wake of her husband’s death. I loved watching her come to terms with her life and really ask for what she needed. I did find that it dragged at points, especially as Lydia is in the middle of her grief, but it did pick up as it got closer to the end.

If you are picking this story up thinking it’s a romance similar to Josie Silver’s last book, One Day In December, this may not be the story for you. The Two Lives of Lydia Bird was more like After You by Jojo Moyes but with a bit of sci-fi mixed in. It is first and foremost a story of grief, personal growth, and family.

Thank you to Netgalley and Ballantine Books for my review copy!


  1. I actually didn’t like Josie Silver’s One Day in December so perhaps I’ll give this one a shot if you think it’s different.


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