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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It’s unsurprising that the parent’s and children’s stories link as they’ve all lost the same person, but there are some secondary characters that pop up here and there that help tie it all together. 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.

This book was very sad as ultimately it follows a family in the months after losing a daughter/sister, but it was uplifting and inspiring too. Tony was initially painted as the 'bad' guy a bit in the break-up of their marriage, but circumstances are not exactly as initially portrayed and I really liked his character, and his partner Jackie, who I would have liked to see more of in the story. A brief introduction has the reader meeting Leni as she is about to celebrate her 35th birthday with her family. What follows are chapters from each family’s members viewpoint, her sister Alice, her brother Will, her mother Belinda and her father Tony.Lucy Diamond's books are always a great read in the family-drama type genre, and this was no exception. He is devastated by the loss of Leni but without this occurring I don’t think he would have undergone the transformative journey which I enjoyed following. I’ve used a pen name because ‘Diamond’ is a lot easier to spell and pronounce than ‘Mongredien’ and also because I’ve written lots of children’s books too and wanted to keep the genres separate. Alice her sister discovers things that lead to more questions to be answered and life starts to get complicated. I struggled to get through the first half or so but found once I reached perhaps around the 55% mark I finally started to really engage with each individual character.

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!The McKenzies are your average complicated family: knotted together by in-jokes, arguments and a few closely-guarded secrets. The story is punctuated with various people's reminiscences of her from a tribute page set up by her sister, and these were fun to read. The big-hearted, hopeful new novel from the bestselling author of The Beach Cafe and Anything Could Happen - perfect for summer reads.

As the book moves on, through their grief they all learn things about themselves, they learn to support each other, to forgive and to try to move on. Belinda finds comfort in her many conversations with a telephone clairvoyant who is able to speak to her daughter and pass messages back from beyond the grave.I love books by Lucy Diamond and this one was just as good as the others I’ve read, with lots of characters to keep you interested. 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 perfect gift this Christmas. As the sisters grew they inevitably parted ways to follow different paths but always knew that they had each other's backs. This was the catalyst for Alice starting some self-healing but really can we ever truly reach that end point in relation to this especially when all we want is that person back in our lives? However we learn a lot about Leni through the memories of her family and friends so she’s never far away from centre stage.

I liked the premise of this story, but I found this to be slow and depressing that I struggled to connect to the characters although I finished it. Her seventeenth novel, Anything Could Happen, is out as an ebook this December and published in hardback January 2022. I expected a sad story but instead Diamond wrote a story which was honest, witty (I particularly enjoyed the stories from a Leni growing up).

The Best Days of Our Lives by Lucy Diamond a beautifully written book from start to finish but you may need some tissues handy. I never thought I would be saying this but Tony was my favourite character throughout the entire story. Seeing the McKenzies finding their way in this new reality, experiencing happiness again and creating ways to honor the Leni they loved and miss so much in their lives - I think I’m going to water my eyes all over again for each and every one of them. Providing readers with a glimpse into the world of bereavement, close family relationships and the impact when life deals this card.

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