On a Beautiful Day by Lucy Diamond

This is a beautifully written story about four friends who meet, as they always do, for a low key birthday lunch. The horrific accident they suddenly witness has far reaching repercussions for all of them, and forms the basis of the book. Laura, India, Eve and Jo are the main characters and we follow each of their lives, with Laura facing up to a life without the baby she so desperately wants, Eve discovering a lump and the emotional turmoil that brings, Jo navigating a new relationship after a recent divorce, and India having to finally lay events from her past to rest.

I loved the way that each chapter focussed on a different character – it kept the story fresh and interesting, especially as each of the women’s lives intertwined in different ways. There were a couple of moments early on where I thought I had guessed where the story was going to go, and I felt worried that I sussed it all out so early on, but Lucy writes in such a lovely way that I was completely wrong and it was a real surprise to discover some twists and turns along the way.

I would highly recommend this book as a feel-good read, with at least one of the characters guaranteeing to pluck at your heart strings or remind you of people you may know! Although I have to say my favourite character ended up being Lewis!! The way the prologue in particular was written was absolutely beautiful and has really stayed with me.

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