Tuesday, February 4, 2014

(11)Lydia's Party by Margaret Hawkins

Lydia's Party

Publication Date: January 23, 2014
Pages: 304


For several years now, Lydia has gathered her friends for a "Bleak Midwinter" party. It is one night Lydia looks forward to every year, having all of her friends and their different backgrounds and different perspectives at one place really makes for an interesting evening.  This year is even more special than the others and she takes great effort to make sure that everything will be special, - from the food, the seating, the ambiance, all of it needs to be perfect because Lydia has an important matter to discuss with those who are closest to her. Will she be able to give them the news that is guaranteed to shatter them all or will she keep silent and avoid their reactions?

Lydia's Party follows Lydia and her friends as they prepare for the party.  We are privy to all of their inner thoughts as they anticipate, and in some cases dread, the party to come.  From these different perspectives the reader gets to really see their various relationships with Lydia and each other. They are all from different places in their lives, but they all have one thing in common, Lydia.  It is was wonderful to get in the head of each character to a certain degree and by the time Lydia is ready to make her big announcement, I kind of know what to expect from each of them with their reactions.   I want to be careful with how I word things so not to giveaway the big "reveal".  I had pretty much figured out what was going to be said, but I wasn't entirely sure until Lydia tells us, the reader, what she is going to tell her friends.   The rest of the book went rather quickly and required a few tissues as it really touched my heart.

Bottom line, for many of us our friends are as close or closer than family.  As friends we bicker, we support, we love, and we are there for each other no matter what.  Lydia has that kind of support and her story is a beautiful one to read with your friends.   If you are in need of a good book to cleanse your soul, grab a few copies of Lydia's Party and read it with your friends.

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