Title: The Two Lives of Lydia Bird

Author: Josie Silver

Pages: 369 Pages

Publisher: Penguin

The Blurb

Two love stories. 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 tragic 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 unbelievable happens, and Lydia gets another chance at her old life with Freddie. But what if there’s someone in her new life who wants her to stay?

A heart-breaking, uplifting story for fans of PS I Love You and Me Before You, 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.

The Review

The Two Lives of Lydia Bird asks the question if you could change the past, would you?

Meet Lydia, she has just lost the love of her life, Freddie, in a cruel accident. When dealing with her grief she finds that she can still see, speak to, live with Freddie but it may come at a cost.

The Two Lives of Lydia Bird made me smile so much. It was such a sad story but one that really made me think about what I would do in that situation. It reminded me of the Alan Rickman movie Truly Madly Deeply. It hold a bright light up to just how wonderful and indeed excruciating love can be.

Both heartwarming and heartbreaking, The Two Lives of Lydia Bird is a must read.

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Title: Cat Lady

Author: Dawn O’Porter

Pages: 400 Pages

Publisher: Harper Collins UK

The Blurb

CAT LADY [n.] 

Single, independent, crazy, aloof, on-the-shelf, lives alone . . . 

It’s safer for Mia to play the part that people expect. She’s a good wife to her husband Tristan, a doting stepmother, she slips on her suit for work each morning like a new skin.

But beneath the surface, there’s another woman just clawing to get out . . .

When a shocking event shatters the conventional life she’s been so careful to build, Mia is faced with a choice. Does she live for a society that’s all too quick to judge, or does she live for herself?

And if that’s as an independent woman with a cat, then the world better get ready . . .

Fresh, funny and for anyone who’s ever felt astray, CAT LADY will help you belong – because a woman always lands on her feet.

The Review

Hehehehehe. Good god I love Dawn O’Porter. Granted, I would read this woman’s shopping list because I love her that much but it helps that her work so just so damn funny.

Mia is a quirky individual. Married and a stepmother, she is also a cat mum and she bloody loves her fur baby. However, people seem to be offput by her behaviour and she seems to be a bit of a fish out of water. The only place she finds comfort is a pet bereavement group she attends…the only problem is that her cat is very much still alive.

In Cat Lady we see her try to navigate the confusing and complex world.

Cat Lady is laugh out loud funny and if you have liked her other work then you will love this.

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Title: New Animal

Author: Ella Baxter

Pages: 240 Pages

Publisher: Pan Macmillan

The Blurb

Amelia is no stranger to sex and death. Her job in her family’s funeral parlour, doing make-up on the dead, might be unusual, but she’s good at it. Life and warmth comes from the men she meets online – combining with someone else’s body at night in order to become something else, at least for a while.

But when a sudden loss severs her ties with someone she loves, Amelia sets off on a seventy-two-hour mission to outrun her grief – skipping out on the funeral, running away to stay with her father in Tasmania and experimenting on the local BDSM scene. There she learns more about sex, death, grief, and the different ways pain works its way through the body.

It takes two fathers, a bruising encounter with a stranger and recognition of her own body’s limits to bring Amelia back to herself. 

Deadpan, wise and heartbreakingly funny, Ella Baxter’s New Animal is a stunning debut.

The Review

New Animal is a bold story that explores the uncontrollable nature of grief.

When Amelia – a make-up artist at a funeral parlour – experiences her own grief we see her completely unravel. As we watch her unravel we see how her grief manifests in the strange. She runs away and delves into the world of BDSM trying to feel pain to make the unbearable emotional pain she is feeling.

Ella Baxter is an exciting new voice. Whilst New Animal didn’t hit all my needs for a story it was Ella Baxter’s easy writing style that kept me engaged. I’m excited to see what else she can do.

New Animal by is available now.

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Title: The Reading List

Author: Sara Nisha Adams

Pages: 384 Pages

Publisher: Harper Collins

The Blurb

When Aleisha discovers a crumpled reading list tucked into a tattered library book, it sparks an extraordinary journey.

From timeless stories of love and friendship to an epic journey across the Pacific Ocean with a boy and a tiger in a boat, the list opens a gateway to new and wonderful worlds – just when Aleisha needs an escape from her troubles at home.

And when widower Mukesh arrives at the library, desperate to connect with his bookworm granddaughter, Aleisha introduces him to the magic of the reading list. An anxious teenager and a lonely grandfather forming an unlikely book club of two.

Inspiring and heartwarming, The Reading List is a love letter to storytelling – its power to transport us, connect us, and remind us that a new beginning is only a page away…

The Review

What a charming novel. That is undeniably the best way to describe it. Charming from the first page to its last.

The Reading List is a Love Actually-esque books with disparate characters who are all somehow connected. It is this connection – often unknown by the characters – that binds the story like the glue that binds a book together.

For me the most heartwarming of connections was between Aleisha and Mukesh, two people who couldn’t be further from each others lives if they tried. However, the bond that they create over a newly discovered passion for books is wonderful and to be able to witness unfold is such a privilege.

For me, The Reading List really exemplifies the restorative power of literature and the world wide need to cherish libraries and the treasure the things inside – not just the stories on the page but the stories of the people who use them.

A truly wonderful novel by Sara Nisha Adams.

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Title: Geraldine Verne’s Red Suitcase

Author: Jane Riley

Pages: 338 Pages

Publisher: Lake Union

The Blurb

His dying wish was to set her free. So why does she feel so trapped?

Jack had two dying wishes: that his wife scatter his ashes somewhere ‘exotic’, and that she not give up on life once he was gone. He intended to spur her on to new adventures, but despite clinging to her red suitcase, Geraldine Verne hasn’t left the house for three months.

It takes an accident for Geri to accept help from her friends, but when Meals on Wheels arrive she is mortified. Yet heartbroken volunteer Lottie brings with her more than cottage pie and custard. Like Geri, she too is struggling to cut loose.

As a gloriously unlikely friendship blossoms, Geraldine begins to feel a long-lost spark of life and a newfound confidence. Perhaps what both women needed most, after all, was each other.

The Review

There are some book themes that are hard to read. They bring you down or take you to a place that you don’t want to go to and you would think that a book which revolves around the theme of grief would be a book you would want to stay away from. Not Geraldine Verne’s Red Suitcase. It is simply wonderful.

Geraldine Verne’s husband has recently died and our journey with Geraldine through the novel is watching how she deals with grief and ultimately acceptance of her new situation. Her life without her beloved Jack.

Ultimately, Geraldine Verne’s Red Suitcase is a celebration of life, love, and the people who stick by you in the hard times and the knowledge that you will survive grief. Similar to The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper and The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry, Geraldine Verne’s Red Suitcase is a life affirming warm hug of a book and one you should all add to your TBR.

Geraldine Verne’s Red Suitcase by Jane Riley is available now.

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