AUTHOR: LUCY DIAMOND • CATEGORY: CONTEMPORARY FICTION • PAGES: 488
NOTE- I requested a review copy of On A Beautiful Day from the brilliant people at Pan Macmillan Australia in exchange for my honest review. If you wish to see my review policy you can find it here.
In Lucy Diamond’s On a Beautiful Day, four thirty-something friends are catching up, eating al fresco at a bistro in Manchester. Laura is desperate to get pregnant and is glumly starting to think it’s never going to happen. Recent divorcee Juliet is swept up in a whirlwind romance although finding it hard to win over her new partner’s precocious teenage daughter. Eve – uptight and a control freak – has found a lump in her breast and is in complete denial that anything might be wrong. India is the most happy-go-lucky of the four but when you’re trying to juggle a career, marriage, kids, ailing parents, neurotic dog and falling-down house, there’s always a catastrophe waiting in the wings.
An accident they witness on the street changes them forever and makes them contemplate just how lucky (or not) they are …
In this book each central character is trying to work their way through a life issue which they have not shared with one another. These issues are present before the group witnesses the tragic accident, but the event of the accident impacts how they tackle these issues. Each woman has her own unique personality, so they are all effected to varying degrees.
These characters are equal parts amazing and frustrating, except for maybe Laura because she is definitely my favourite. I wanted to scream at Jo to pull back a bit. You shouldn’t move in with someone that fast. Seriously Jo, what were you thinking. Seriously. Eve, Eve, Eve (shaking my head at you). Get the bloody lump checked and tell your husband woman! As for India, you need to forgive yourself, tell your husband and move forward with your life.
As we delve in deeper to each woman’s story you gain a greater understanding of why they have kept their issue to themselves. As a female reader I can relate to this because there are often things we hold back from our friends and loved ones until we have processed it ourselves. Lucy Diamond clearly has a great understanding of the intricate nature of female friendship and the desire to put your best self forward.
The ending of the book is wonderfully written and reminds us that when we turn the final page of a book the story continues. There is always something after “The End”. What exactly that something is? Well, that’s for the individuals imagination to decide, but no story simply stops. There is always more. Overall this is a rewarding book that gives us a glimpse into these characters lives and, of course, it all starts and ends on a beautiful day.
Overall Rating: ￼￼￼￼☕☕☕☕ 4/5 teacups
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Happy reading x