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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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.

Lina McKenzie was the life of the party and also the glue that held her somewhat dysfunctional family together. He made mistakes in the past, but as he begins to realise he didn’t quite live up to being a particularly good dad, he is determined to make amends now that he’s lost one daughter. I read English at Leeds University then moved to London and worked for various publishers before I packed it all in to go travelling around the world for a year and a half. But I found this one to be just ok, I didn’t love it and I didn’t dislike it so I guess I’m somewhere in between.There are also some twists and turns throughout the story, which add a little bit of intrigue into Leni’s story. 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 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. The family dynamic between the characters has the potential to be complicated, but the author completely pulls it off. The Best Days of Our Lives has a sad and difficult event that forms the core of the book from which all the other events and situations involving the characters evolve from.

In Lucy Diamond’s latest novel we are introduced to the McKenzie family who are all struggling to come to terms with a shocking and unexpected loss. 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.I appreciated the honesty throughout and although the characters are each fractured and torn apart by their loss they have to learn to come to terms with the fate that has befallen them.

There are lots of different family dynamics within the book, yet the author deals with these in an uncomplicated and simple way, creating and resolving deep rooted family issues.Opening the story we find out that loveable family member Leni McKenzie is knocked off her bike and passes away. The books featured on this site are aimed primarily at readers aged 13 or above and therefore you must be 13 years or over to sign up to our newsletter. 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. The McKenzies are your average complicated family: knotted together by in-jokes, arguments and a few closely-guarded secrets.

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. A brief introduction has the reader meeting Leni as she is about to celebrate her 35th birthday with her family. However we learn a lot about Leni through the memories of her family and friends so she’s never far away from centre stage.Human flaws and the burden of grief are not hidden away, as we see the impact of Leni passing on her siblings and parents - with every emotion shared. Alice, her sister is angry, she’s lost a friend, and more so they were at odds with each other in the run up to Leni’s death. Tony sets up a WhatsApp group to try and talk to everyone again and get them all talking to each other, which was an actual stroke of genius on his part as things start to slowly resolve themselves. Their fond recounting of stories about Leni was wonderful and following them all through their grief was so sad yet uplifting. Diamond’s analogies of the butterfly having to fight it’s way out if it’s chrysalis and the way a river will learn to flow around a pebble we’re absolutely beautiful ways to explore how we might move forward after tragedy.



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