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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

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I’m afraid it didn’t grab me like her previous books and I found it difficult to get into, although it did improve towards the end. In the following year, we follow the McKenzies as they turn to different ways of coping (or not coping in this case). 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. The Best days of lives by Lucy diamond is about a McKenzie family dealing with the loss of a loved one. 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!A bittersweet ode to the highs, the lows, and all the shades of living in between, The Best Days of Our Lives is Lucy Diamond at her absolute best.

As Alice says ’The world spun off it’s axis and everything went dark’ and this how every family member feels.

Lucy Diamond grew up in Nottingham and went to university in Leeds where she studied English Literature. 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 family dynamic between the characters has the potential to be complicated, but the author completely pulls it off. 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 starts with them all in quite a dark place and I did struggle with that initially but ultimately this is a touching and satisfying read.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. 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. This was a beautifully written book, giving an insight into the family’s grief and showing how far out the ripples of Leni’s death went. 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. 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.

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. Through many experiences and an extensive journey they learn lots about themselves and several secrets are also revealed too. Will, needs a little bit of love in his life and to crack open his false exterior and reveal what is truly haunting him. The Best Days of Our Lives by Lucy Diamond a beautifully written book from start to finish but you may need some tissues handy.

Lucy is the Sunday Times bestselling author of eighteen novels including The Beach C afé and Anything Could Happen . 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.

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