The Best Days of Our Lives: the big-hearted and uplifting new novel from the bestselling author of Anything Could Happen

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The Best Days of Our Lives: the big-hearted and uplifting new novel from the bestselling author of Anything Could Happen

The Best Days of Our Lives: the big-hearted and uplifting new novel from the bestselling author of Anything Could Happen

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Even so, it doesn't disappoint and takes the reader through several twists and turns that provoke all the emotions that you should expect to go through when reading a book penned by an established, first class Author. But thankfully this story wasn’t all misery, anguish and sadness as it could have easily descended into this vein. But overall I feel it’s a story about hope and joy, about redemption and family, about second chances, and about how important your loved ones are to you. I think because at this point things started to happen and the secrets and issues that each person had been hiding started to come to the fore.

This was a beautiful story that contained so much heart and lightness amongst its tragedy, such is the skill and warmth of Diamond’s writing. After Leni McKenzie died in an accident, we follow the McKenzies navigating through life in which their beloved sister and daughter no longer exists. Deeply moving but ultimately uplifting, you won't regret reading this * Katie Fforde * Wise, moving and heart-warming - this is Lucy Diamond at her very best * Rosie Walsh * Lucy is at the top of her game with this wise and wonderful book.I know of her and I’ve seen her books and often been interest in them, but for reasons unknown to me, I have never actually read one. Although the novel has moments of sadness it also encompasses hope and the importance of having a strong support network. It's this that many readers will relate to as there are so many families that are different from the 'Norm'.

The story follows all four family members as they deal with the absence of Leni, a powerful personality. Alice tries to piece together her sister’s last weeks, while Will, the youngest sibling, hops on a plane right after the funeral, not ready to deal with their loss. Fast forward five and a half months later and Leni’s family are deep in the grieving process although they are trying to hide their true feelings from each other particularly her brother Will. Thirty-something sisters Leni and Alice became inseparable following the divorce of their parents, Belinda and Tony, with younger brother Will always trying to keep up.This is a story about a fractured family, torn apart by deceit and who, through unimaginable tragedy, learn to appreciate each other as individuals and the roles that they play in each other's lives. It is also about them coming to terms with Leni’s death and getting over the grief and living life to the fullest as Leni would have wanted her family to be.

Tony, Leni’s dad, is a classic example of this, and I really admired and loved his character by the end. Its characters were written with depth and real humanity and as such their grief was raw and palpable and yet this is a novel that still manages to leave you uplifted by the end. Belinda, Leni’s mum, develops an unhealthy, yet comforting relationship with a clairvoyant, while Tony, Leni’s dad, is getting ready to become a father for the fourth time all over again after three failed marriages. I appreciated the honesty throughout and although the characters are each fractured and torn apart by their loss they have to learn to come to terms with the fate that has befallen them. We do, however, get to know her really well through her sister Alice, her brother Will and her parents Belinda and Tony.

Alice is also trying to find her own path in life now that her sister has died and is trying to find out the things that she wants out of life for herself. The characters in the book were beautifully written, I loved getting to know their stories and how they all pulled together was heart warming. Her marriage is over as her husband can’t cope with what she has turned into and all the solid structures once in place in her life are gone. Alice her sister discovers things that lead to more questions to be answered and life starts to get complicated. Each family member (Mum Belinda, Dad Tony, sister Alice and brother Will) deals with the grief of losing Leni in their own way.

Everything is dialled up to such an extreme that it doesn’t always feel in keeping with the characters. And part of me would like more depth to her character and more of her story, rather than the drip feeding we get.What we see are human beings going through messy, conflicting, and complex emotions due to losing someone they loved so dearly.

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