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The Two Lives of Lydia Bird
The Two Lives of Lydia Bird | Josie Silver
239 posts | 101 read | 3 reading | 60 to read
THE NEXT CAPTIVATING NOVEL FROM THE BESTSELLING AUTHOR OF ONE DAY IN DECEMBER 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 heart-breaking, uplifting story for fans of PS I Love You and Jojo Moyes, this gorgeously romantic novel will make you laugh, cry and remind you of what a wonderful gift it is to love and to be loved.
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kellyann28
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This is an interesting book. I liked it overall, it hovers between a pick and so-so for me, but I can absolutely understand why this would not be everyone's bag. Whoever was in charge of the cover design should have thought twice about the vibes it gives off for this emotionally heavy book, IMO!
#LMPBC @sprainedbrain @Catsandbooks @JackOBotts

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kellyann28
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My book for May came today! #LMPBC I am going to read on it this weekend ❤️
@sprainedbrain @JackOBotts @Catsandbooks

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JackOBotts
Mehso-so

⭐️⭐️⭐️ This was an okay read. It moved quickly and kept me curious, but I had some issues with some plot points (or lack there of). Grief is hard…and so different from one person to the next. I think Silver did a good job taking Lydia through her devastating grief with honesty. #lmpbc Group E

sprainedbrain My sentiments, much better expressed. 😉 1mo
JackOBotts @kellyann28 - Lydia Bird is making her way to you…should arrive by Monday, 5/2! 4w
kellyann28 Thank you! 3w
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Judybskt
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1. Even though the premise of the story was unrealistic, the characters were realistic.
2. Nothing - the book ended at the perfect spot.

#two4tuesday
@TheSpineView

TheSpineView Thanks for playing! 😊 1mo
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Judybskt
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Pickpick

3.5 ✨
Cute read

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Pretty photo 💗 1mo
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blondie
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I‘m enjoying this so far.
The writing is beautiful and is making me want to take my time while reading.

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sprainedbrain
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Mehso-so

I didn‘t love this book (not nearly as much as I loved Silver‘s One Day in December), but I didn‘t hate it and I couldn‘t stop reading it. The ending made up for some of the issues I had, but it was abrupt. 😆

Here‘s hoping it works for the rest of my #LMPBC group E. 🤞🏻

kellyann28 I'm excited for this one still! 🎉 2mo
Catsandbooks I loved one day in December. Excited to read this one 2mo
JackOBotts Arrived today! Looking forward to diving in soon. 💜 1mo
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BooksNBowls
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Oh my heart! This story broke it and put it back together again and now I‘m just a mess. Josie Silver writes from the heart in this one! I love Lydia, I think she‘s so relatable and real. She‘s not perfect, but you can‘t hate her for it. She acknowledges her flaws and challenges herself because of them. The strength she finds throughout this book and the transformation she‘s made by the end is just beautiful. This is my favorite read this month.

BooksNBowls I didn‘t understand people‘s negative reviews with this one; many didn‘t like aspects of the book that I felt like were important to the end-game and the overall point of the story. Idk, but I loved it! 💕 Also to note, this was my #doublespin pick! Yay! Already starting on my list for next month. 😁 2mo
AileenRR I just put this on hold at the library based on your review. I so excited! 2mo
BooksNBowls @AileenRR YAY!! I really hope you like it as much as I did! Please come back to this post when you‘re finished so we can discuss! 2mo
jewright I loved this one too! 2mo
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BooksNBowls

There isn‘t a handy grief blueprint. You don‘t get over losing someone you love in six months or two years, or twenty, but you do have to find a way to carry on living without feeling as if everything that comes afterwards is second best. Some people walk up mountains, others throw themselves out of planes. Everyone has to find their own way back, and if they‘re lucky, they‘ll have people who love them to hold their hand.

Texreader Awww. Nice quote 2mo
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sprainedbrain
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Thanks for the tag @RaeLovesToRead ❤️

1. My current book, 2nd of my 3(!!!) LMPBC books… sort of making me wish I could draw the eyerolling emoji better. 😬

2. Important is hard to apply to books when you mainly read fiction, but I will go with The Nickel Boys.

3. I almost never bail and haven‘t this year, but I probably should have bailed on Mirror Mirror. 😒

If you want to play, you‘re tagged!

#wondrouswednesday

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Judybskt
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🫐Go Set a Watchman
🍑Hmmmm - probably because my Daughter started to read it and said she should probably reread to kill a Mockingbird. And I‘ve already read to kill a Mockingbird twice.
🫑Tagged

@Eggs #wondrouswednesday

Eggs ❤️🦜💙 2mo
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Judybskt
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New book with lunch

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BooksNBowls
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Went out and bought my #doublespin pick for this month! I‘m excited for this one! I loved One Day in December, so I‘m sure this one won‘t disappoint! #bookspin

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EatSleepRead
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Such a bittersweet story, but I really adore this novel. All heart ❤

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Kdgordon88
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#BeginsWith #Two

Sitting on the BOTM TBR

Andrew65 Love this. 4mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I have so many sitting!! 😂 4mo
Eggs A great read👏🏻📚👍🏼 4mo
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Kshakal
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Eggs Perfect 👍🏼 🥰🤩 4mo
Andrew65 Love this. 4mo
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MicheleinPhilly
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I read 2 or 3 of this type of book a year lately as I‘ve found them to be helpful in sort of clearing the cobwebs and refocusing my brain on reading. They‘re schmaltzy and predictable but also funny and utterly charming. This one did the trick.

TrishB Same! 8mo
Cathythoughts Nice 👍🏻💕 8mo
DivineDiana I tend to love schmaltzy! 💗 8mo
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InkintheMargins
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⭐⭐⭐⭐
This book definitely grew on me. I thought the first half was a little bit silly in its treatment of the subject matter, but it developed in such a way that was pleasing and meaningful for the reader. This is a lovely, quiet story about love and grief. I enjoyed it very much.

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Eggs
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I read this today in 1 sitting and it was delicious and satisfying. As a widow I could identify with the MC‘s grief journey, though there is a lot more to love about this story as well. Character development, love/loss, and profound life events give this book its rich texture. 5⭐️

#bookspinbingo @TheAromaofBooks

Victoriahoperose I just read this one recently as well and loved it. Such a unique and well written book! 1y
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! This one has been on my TBR for a while!! 1y
Eggs Agreed❣️ @Victoriahoperose 1y
Eggs @TheAromaofBooks I think you‘d love it 📚👏🏻❤️ 1y
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mavey
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Mehso-so

There are a few similar elements in both the books that Josie Silver has written. If I had to pick one I'd go with the former but that doesn't in any way undermine this one in terms of dealing with grief. The story starts picking up pace in the second half. The character growth is quiet and fierce. There are some beautiful moments. The music box was a nice symbolism for facing the music.
⭐⭐⭐

mavey Okay now Josie, why would you create sweet, charming characters like The Thai Lover and The Speed-Dating Rule Breaker and leave us wondering about all the what-ifs! Why Josie, why?? 1y
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Victoriahoperose
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This was such a great love story that incorporates loss and grief perfectly. No one ever wants to think about losing the person they love, but this book really makes you think about whether you would take the chance to see the one you loved and lost and give up the normal life you live for that or if it‘s better to move on and forward. I loved how this ended and it made me sad at points, but also made me smile when I finished!

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alisonrose
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Contradictory, but I read nearly the entire book in one day, yet found it mostly boring. The short chapters made it very readable, & at times the exploration of grief was moving, but mostly it went about as deep as a kiddie pool. Pretty monotonous and hard to believe (wouldn‘t you worry about your mental state in Lydia‘s position??? But she‘s just like “la la la this is fine”) and the ending was cheap. Didn‘t hate it but not much to like. 2/5 ⭐️

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alisonrose
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TBH I‘m not super eager to read this one and not expecting much from it, based on reviews I‘ve seen and my personal preferences, but I got it in February 2020 and my general rule is that I need to read books within a year of buying them, so it‘s about time I give it a go. #NowReading

Laughterhp That‘s a good rule to have. I feel like I should adopt a similar rule. 1y
alisonrose @Laughterhp I‘ll be honest, I don‘t stick to it perfectly.......but I try to 😆 1y
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FeatherV
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I'm actually surprised I didn't spend this entire book sobbing #josiesilver did an incredible job showing grief, redemption and how life continues to move on while posing the interesting question: What if you could visit an alternate reality?
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robinb
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This was my second 5⭐️ read of 2020. Heartbreaking and poignant.

#12BooksOf2020 #day2

Andrew65 Loved this one. 1y
robinb @Andrew65 👍👍👍 1y
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One_With_Books
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This book definitely takes you full on by the heartstrings

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erinachu
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UGHHHH. I NEED JOSIE SILVER TO WRITE MORE BOOKS RIGHT NOW. When I read this one, and One Day in December, I was so mystified by the characters. Like these are real people, and these books are biographies. I feel whole when I read this, and I feel a little empty now that it's done. ❤😭

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wanderinglynn
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I picked up the book yesterday afternoon & have already devoured it.

Wow, once again I thought I went into her book knowing what to expect & it wasn‘t exactly what I expected. But not in a bad way. I still like One Day in December a bit better. I did enjoy this one; but I‘m just not sure what I think. I gave it 4 ⭐️ on GR (& have a longer review there).

This quote 👆🏻 did resonate quite a bit with me. “Your secrets are your own here.”

Tanisha_A Gosh! That view 🤩 2y
wanderinglynn @Tanisha_A yes, I love my balcony. 2y
Wordsling What a marvelous view ! 2y
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wanderinglynn @Wordsling thanks. This view is the sole reason I rented this apartment 2y
Wordsling You've chosen well indeed !!!? 2y
Wordsling !* 2y
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JeffyRoo
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I'm not crying, you're crying.
So gorgeous. Real and engaging characters, truthful responses to grief and death and life.
And ending with hope.

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Josee.lit.a.lu.et.lira
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#TarotTakeOver #2ofwands
Tag book is totally about choosing between actions in order to move forward. Lydia juggles with her real life where her deceased fiancé is no more and her dream life where she gets to spend time with him. Beautiful chick lit journey of mourning and making decisions towards progress. This card is totally in harmony with the mood, story and colour scheme of the cover; Lydia will find solace via travelling (Globe) ????

Meaw_catlady Beautiful card!!! 💕💕💕 2y
Josee.lit.a.lu.et.lira @Meaw_catlady 🙏🏻 That deck is fabulous 🤩 The intuitive meaning of the cards flow to me like no other ❣️✨ Mystical Magic ✨ 2y
Chelsey_5 I love this book! 🥰 2y
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Josee.lit.a.lu.et.lira @Chelsey_5 Me too, I really enjoyed it. I saw you tagged it for #TheHermit 😉 In the beginning, I did not want Lydia to end up with Jonah, but by the end I liked how the author brought it around. 2y
Chelsey_5 @Josee.a.lu.lit.et.lira I completely agree. I‘m loving how the same book can be used for multiple cards 2y
Josee.lit.a.lu.et.lira @Chelsey_5 Yes, books and cards can be received and interpreted in so many ways; depending on our own stories and filters. 2y
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Mariah2
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Love love loved this novel! It made me laugh and cry and feel so many different emotions. The ending was perfect but kept you waiting for it til the last second. Highly recommend as it was also beautifully written and look forward to reading more of Josie silver.

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Chelsey_5
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For today‘s #tarottakeover, there are so many that come to mind. But, I‘ve chosen The Two Loves of Lydia Bird! After being a part of Lydia and Freddie for over a decade, Lydia has to learn to live her life fully without him.

Josee.lit.a.lu.et.lira Yes, a great #TheHermit story, especially with Lydua leaving for Croatia 🇭🇷 and finding who she is. (edited) 2y
BayouGirl85 I didn‘t think of this one. Good pick. 2y
Meaw_catlady Sounds like a perfect choice ! 2y
ErinSueMreads Oh I love that cover! 2y
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LaMacKi
Pickpick

From someone that has lost a loved one this book is very much appreciated. I felt the longing of one more day, hour, minute with my loved one on every page. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone that has experienced loss. "Miss you everyday Ed".

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DebinHawaii
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Catch up July review. I tried to go back & join in the #sundaybuddyread final discussion I missed due to Hurricane issues in Sunday but it didn‘t happen.🙁Between pick & so-so for me but I‘m rounding up as I‘m in the minority of the group & I liked it-even if I didn‘t love it. It‘s chick-lit but Lydia‘s grief & eventual growth had me a bit choked up at the end. Silver‘s first book is better but this one has its charms & made for good discussions.

TheBookHippie 💜💜💜💜 2y
Josee.lit.a.lu.et.lira I also like it, solid pick for me 🧡 2y
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Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick
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Mehso-so

Predictable & not very compelling. We all grieve differently, sure, but as the book goes on it's apparent that Lydia was very much in Freddie's shadow since they began dating at 14. It also felt like Lydia had no consequences in life for taking so much time for herself. We also only know Freddie "after", which makes it difficult to enjoy the time asleep when she can be with him. A few characters seemed to do a complete 180 mid-book for plot. ⬇️

Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick ⬆️ I liked the characters Jonah & Kris and would've liked if they were better utilized. This was the July #SundayBuddyRead so if you're considering it for a book club, it did allow for great conversation. This is also another #bookspinbingo box checked off for July. @TheAromaofBooks 2y
TheAromaofBooks Great progress!! I haven't read this one yet, but I've heard some complaints with the idea that Lydia never really seems to be able to be herself by herself - that she sort of moves from one guy to another guy. 2y
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Sargar114
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Mehso-so

I was a bit let down by this one. It seemed interesting when I read the blurb but didn‘t deliver. It felt uncomfortable to read and I struggled. The last section really elevated the story though and brought the score up for me. Read for #sundaybuddyread and managed to check another box for my disappointing performance in #bookspinbingo

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 2y
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coffees
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Mehso-so

Finally finished a book this month!! As for how I feel, it was ok, a 3/5 🌟 read. I just couldn't connect with Lydia & Co. The humor felt coded since I'm not familiar with the shows and people they reference and for so long (understandably) Lydia isn't likeable. The only character I was drawn to was Jonah but, well, this wasn't his story. There were a few moments where I did get teary eyed but for the most part felt meh #fiction #copingwithdeath

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Josee.lit.a.lu.et.lira
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I spent great moments with all the characters, despite a difficult subject. I found the author courageous to address mourning in a Chicklit. I accepted the unreal premise & followed the transition stories with interest; both main characters made interesting revolutions, each in their own way. The end is cliché, but Silver brought it in with skill; I accepted it with a Awww. To read with the Beatles in the background! #SundayBuddyRead #UK #romcom

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Great review 💗 2y
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DamYank
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8 pages in and i was bawling! I can't believe it took me this long to crack this one open. It starts out gut wrenching, and then is a journey of grieving and healing. You feel every emotion along with the main character. This is a book that i will selfishly keep on my shelf and never give away!!

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Librarybelle
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Mehso-so

I definitely enjoyed Silver‘s One Day in December more than this book. That said, this book was okay and really helped showcase how everyone responds to grief differently. There were parts of this one that kept me engaged, but just an overall so-so for me. #SundayBuddyRead

Trashcanman Whatever you do, don't tell anyone. 2y
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DebinHawaii
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OK, I‘m going in to finish this up in time for the #SundayBuddyRead tomorrow. With my Starbucks Impossible Breakfast Sandwich & Iced Guava Passionfruit Drink because that‘s what the heart wanted this morning. Had to run a couple errands & grab a few things as we are under Hurricane Warning. Always a little nerve wracking.🤞🏼it keeps weakening but they still expect storm impacts throughout the state from tonight through Monday.

KVanRead Stay safe 💚 2y
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Andrew65
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This is somewhere between a so so & a pick, would most probably give it 3.5 stars. It did work well as an audiobook. Has had mixed reviews and quite predictable about where it was heading. I much preferred the author‘s first book, which I loved, but this one had its moments. You can feel grief and sadness coming off the page on this one and do need to suspend belief at points with her other ‘dream‘ life. Certainly an author I will read more from.

Birdsong28 Love this book. I understand that some people haven't enjoyed this as much as her first book but this deals with a totally different theme and doesn't hook you in like the first but the theme is dealt with with sympathy and compassion so that is what makes it for me as one day needed that hook but this doesn't. 2y
Andrew65 @Birdsong28 I enjoyed it more as it progressed. 2y
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Jasmine_P
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I really ended up enjoying this book. It‘s definitely not what I expected, but once I got a few chapters in I could predict the ending. The book was so interesting that I was left wanting to know HOW the ending would happen though so I keep on reading!

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Andrew65
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Finally got a chance to start the #SundayBuddyRead with only 3 days to go to the final discussion. 🙈🙊🤷‍♂️

TheBookHippie You can do it. Also maybe you‘ll figure out what parts the book went flying at over here at my house 🤣✌🏻🙄 2y
Andrew65 🙈🤣 Like that! 😳🤷‍♂️ @TheBookHippie (edited) 2y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Andrew65 yeah not the greatest, but awesome discussions!!! 2y
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Mrs_B
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Ending helped to bring it back up. Don‘t want to say too much as I‘ll spoil it!
#sundaybuddyread looking forward to seeing what everyone else thought of the last quarter. (Sorry I missed last Sunday!)

This is definitely a “genre I would usually avoid” for #summerfun.

TheBookHippie SAME for my bingo square ! 2y
Mrs_B @TheBookHippie oooo how are you getting on? I can‘t find anything I want to read that has an ice cream on the cover!!! 2y
TheBookHippie @Mrs_B I asked the teens I mentor they want me to read 2y
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Mrs_B @TheBookHippie Oooo that looks a good one! 2y
TheBookHippie @Mrs_B just got it from the library 2y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Fingers crossed 🤞 for the next one!!! 2y
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vlwelser
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This was definitely ok. But I didn't like the main character a whole lot.

#SundayBuddyRead discussion on Sunday (obvs) so no spoilers! 🤐🤐🤐😶😶😶
@TheBookHippie. @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Pretty pic though!!! 2y
TheBookHippie 🤐🤐🤐🤐🤐🤣 2y
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See you SUNDAY
#SUNDAYBUDDYREAD

rjsthumbelina Lovely bookmark! 2y
TheBookHippie @rjsthumbelina It was a gift! 2y
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WOW! I loved reading this book over the course of the month.First off thanks for choosing it as the #Sundybuddyread.At times, I had to really pay attention to which world Lydia was in, and what month we were in, but that is just the way my brain works.Throughout the book, we got see how Lydia dealt with the death of her fiance. I can't even imagine.She was able let go in the end. and I am so that in the end her and Jonah started a relationship.

Josee.lit.a.lu.et.lira I finished it this morning. Where did you get the pic? 🥰 Even, though I did not want them to end up together, the writer did a great job at making me believe they could be. I think she should have short feathery hairs though for the kissing scene😉 I‘m glad you enjoyed it, so did I, a lot! (edited) 2y
cwarnier @Josee.a.lu.lit.et.lira I just googled a picture and choose one I was feeling fit. 2y
Cinfhen So glad you loved this one 🧡 2y
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ElizaMarie
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StayCurious I love your stickers - so colourful! 2y
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