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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Belinda through consulting a clairvoyant and spending ridiculous amounts of money to 'talk' to her daughter, Will by running off to Thailand to sell tourist 'rubbish' on the beach and Alice by becoming obsessed about Leni's last few days and what she was doing from appointments in her diary that aren't very clear. 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 loved the idea of sharing memories with Leni’s friends and family - and although raw at the beginning they became a real source of comfort.

It’s grieving to the fullest, following all stages from denial to coming to terms to their new reality. Yes, the first half for me dragged but as the family stumbled towards acceptance and in doing so grew and matured and at the same time I felt there was a turning point and the my earlier misgivings began to disappear. 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. 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.Her seventeenth novel, Anything Could Happen, is out as an ebook this December and published in hardback January 2022.

Shortly after her 35th birthday, Lina is out riding at night when she's knocked off her bike and instantly killed by a passing car. In the following year, we follow the McKenzies as they turn to different ways of coping (or not coping in this case). Tony is sweet and a bit gormless and slowly bit by bit as he starts to wake up and understand that he needs to change he comes to a realisation that the family that he left behind when his marriage broke down, that maybe it’s not too late to make amends with them. Set over the course of one life-changing year, The Best Days of Our Lives is a warm, big-hearted and poignant story, full of hope, heartache and love. The Best Days of Our Lives is one of those books that makes you reassess how you live your own life.Everything is dialled up to such an extreme that it doesn’t always feel in keeping with the characters. Through many experiences and an extensive journey they learn lots about themselves and several secrets are also revealed too.

Belinda and Tony had split up many years ago and had different partners, Tony having had more than one significant other over the years, but now currently settled with a younger partner who is pregnant, so he's about to become a dad again. Hours spent talking to Leni through a psychic hotline may be bringing Belinda comfort but deep down surely she must know that this is not real at all? Lucy Diamond's books are always a great read in the family-drama type genre, and this was no exception.After Leni McKenzie died in an accident, we follow the McKenzies navigating through life in which their beloved sister and daughter no longer exists.

Last few books by this author didn't gel with me so much, but "The Best Days of Our Lives" turned out to be a poignant yet funny, touching story about a family dealing with the worst - with grief. Secretly, he’s tormented by the part he played in Leni’s death … and the thing about secrets is, they always come out eventually. Initially, I got the sense the other family members were willing to leave him off to his own devices as they were too caught up in their own misery and grief.I loved that the supporting characters (Jackie, Ray, Jacob etc) really complemented the story, and I liked that characters such as Jackie and Ray were actually nice and weren’t made out to have that evil step parent vibe! Although the stories are fiction, they are still someone's imagining of how a situation would play out if they were in the midst of it. This book will stay with me for a long time ,(so much so I won’t start reading another book for a while ) it touched my heart and made me realise that everyone has their own experiences and moving on is entirely individual. Leni is the life and soul of the party, she is also nursing a broken marriage, trying to navigate her family drama and dynamics, nursing a broken heart after multiple heartwrenching ivf treatments not working and mummy to fur baby cat Hamish.



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