“The Two Lives of Lydia Bird” by Josie Silver

My rating: 4/5 stars

Two lives. Two loves. One impossible choice. From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Reese’s Book Club Pick One Day in December. . .

“The Two Lives of Lydia Bird” by Josie Silver

THE TWO LIVES OF LYDIA BIRD is another irresistible love story from author Josie Silver. This romance is an emotional rollercoaster. The heart of this story is about Lydia working her way through her grief and learning how to live in the present. Tissues will be needed.

It took me more than a week to finish the book. There were some chapters that I had to force myself to get through, but overall it was an enjoyable read.

I received a free digital copy of this book from Netgalley for an honest review. This book was purchased for my library’s collection.

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“Well Met” by Jen DeLuca

My rating: 5/5 stars

The book takes place during a Renaissance Faire…I mean, do I need to say more?! HUZZAH!

Well Met by Jen DeLuca

From the first line of this book, I was hooked. As someone who enjoys all things Renaissance and is more of a historical romance reader, the mix of “Ren Fair talk” and modern talk was enjoyable.

In Well Met, the main characters, Emily and Simon, each had their own inner battles they needed to face in the book. The author did a great job of giving the reader just enough detail without it feeling like you were stuck in their problems. I never felt like I spent too much time away from Simon. This is romance fiction, but there is a lot of character development and focus on relationships outside of the main couple. I enjoyed the family relationships and friendships that Emily fostered as much as I enjoyed her and Simon. Emily is finding her own way and creating a future for herself in the small town she finds herself in that didn’t necessarily need to include Simon, but I am so happy it does!

Ok, so Simon is such a Darcy! He rubs Emily and the reader the wrong way time and time again, until you learn about what is really going on with him…then he starts to do all the right kinds of rubbing. Plus, he’s an English teacher! Recite poetry to me anytime, Simon. 😉

Overall, I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys quirky and fun romance books. For those romance readers like me who are stuck on historical romance authors (looking at you Tessa Dare), you get just enough corsets and dashing pirates to make you forget it isn’t one.

This is the first of a series, the next being Well Played, and all I can say is: I’m game!

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