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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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Although the stories are fiction, they are still someone's imagining of how a situation would play out if they were in the midst of it. Sometimes the act of getting through a trauma can give you strength you didn’t have before-strength to fly’. The best day of our lives' is a beautiful story about love (in so many ways), grief, strength and overcoming your pain to build something amazing out of it.

This story covers a true reflection of building yourself back together piece by piece and realising the strength others can give to you whilst you overcome the initial loss. There are also some twists and turns throughout the story, which add a little bit of intrigue into Leni’s story. 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.Leni’s death forces Alice to rebuild things in her own life and I loved the metaphor of the butterfly showing her struggle and the symbolism of the peacock feathers throughout the book.

Opening the story we find out that loveable family member Leni McKenzie is knocked off her bike and passes away. As for Will, the youngest McKenzie, he’s in denial, having hopped onto a plane to Thailand days after the funeral. I had a problem with Leni, though, because the picture of her, painted by the characters, was totally different to this what the author showed us in the first chapter.The characters were so well written, with each persons individual journey and development always leaving me wanting more. What we see are human beings going through messy, conflicting, and complex emotions due to losing someone they loved so dearly. But I admired him for his persistence and the fact he admitted to himself that things needed to change and with a new arrival due he wasn’t going to make the same mistakes as he had done with his older children.

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