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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We know that she dies early doors (no spoiler - it’s right there in the synopsis), but there’s not real transformation from her being there to not. 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. Some characters are loveable from the start, some grow on you as you go through the story, and absolutely nobody is perfect.

As they gradually piece together the puzzle that they so carelessly let shatter all those years ago, and with it, form new connections, as well as re-connecting with old ones. Then, some years later, along came Will and their parent's focus was somewhat distracted from the girls by all the time spent in hospital with their brother. 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. Tony, Leni’s dad, is a classic example of this, and I really admired and loved his character by the end.A touching read, with some light-hearted moments (I particularly liked Hamish the cat’s part in this!

Each family member (Mum Belinda, Dad Tony, sister Alice and brother Will) deals with the grief of losing Leni in their own way. 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.

Everyone is keeping secrets and the thing about secrets is that they will all be revealed in the end. Will, needs a little bit of love in his life and to crack open his false exterior and reveal what is truly haunting him. I now live in Bath with my husband and three young children and divide my time between writing and looking after them. 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.

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. Especially as we all know dealing with the aftermath of losing a loved one can be a challenge and have such a long and devastating impact. As for Will, the youngest McKenzie, he’s in denial, having hopped onto a plane to Thailand days after the funeral. Leni McKenzie's family - her divorced parents Belinda and Tony, both with new partners, her sister Alice and brother Will - are still reeling from her unexpected death, all turning to different ways of coping - or not coping.Meanwhile their dad Tony who has become somewhat alienated from his children since his divorce from their mum Belinda has a new baby on the way, and at his age, well, he wonders if he can start all over again. The last couple of chapters could each be THE happy ending, yet Lucy Diamond granted us one after another chapter just to make sure every member of the McKenzie clan was truly, genuinely okay - missing their sister and daughter every moment in their lives, but full of hope for their future, because they were privileged to had Leni in their lives. Emotional, gentle and, in spite of its serious subject matter, uplifting ― Irish Independent --This text refers to the hardcover edition. 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.

By the end though everyone had slowly worked through their grief and guilt and come out the other side as a much closer family, which was really nice to see. As the sisters grew they inevitably parted ways to follow different paths but always knew that they had each other's backs. I really liked the flashbacks to Leno on the memorial page, the stories showed how Leni touched so many lives, selflessly at times. Don’t get me wrong, it’s a weepy and will have you reaching for the tissues throughout, but it was so heart-warming that I couldn’t help but be captivated by it right from the very beginning. 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.She is also finding out lots more about her sister things she kept hidden from people and what happened to her in the last week of her life. 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. She does make a brief appearance at the beginning, when the story takes the reader back to her birthday party before the accident but after that she’s no longer with us, at least not in person. I think that grief is explored really well in this book, and through the different family members, we see how everyone deals with grief differently.

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