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    Affecting, inspiring, and delightfully mesmerizing

    On a Beautiful Day is a heartwarming tale that reminds us that life should be lived to the fullest every day and it’s not only the high but also the low moments in life that truly shape us. There are four main characters in this novel; Eve, an accountant and mother of two who struggles to ask for help; Jo, a divorcee and nurse who's hesitant to fall in love; Laura, a middle-aged woman who craves motherhood; and India, a mother of three who has a secret from the past that continually haunts. The prose is warm and emotional. The characters are multifaceted, empathetic, resilient, and endearing. And the plot is a sweeping saga about life, loss, family, secrets, adultery, infertility, determination, acceptance, self-discovery, happiness, romance, and love. Diamond has an uncanny ability to write beautiful, beguiling stories about female friendships that resonate and On a Beautiful Day is no exception. It's powerful, genuine, heartfelt, and moving and I enjoyed every minute of it.
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    Little Lives

    3.5 Stars When four friends meet for lunch, they can't know that they will witness an event that is set to change all their lives. Sounds a wee bit melodramatic but that is basically what the book boils down to. Having narrowly avoided being hit by a car whose driver suffers a fatal heart attack at the wheel they each deal with the fall out in their own ways which draws them both closer together and further apart. The real pleasure of the book is in the minutiae of their lives, the daily grind that has to be dealt with no matter whatever else is going on around them: Jo - Newly single after her marriage broke down has just met a lovely man but his teenage daughter is another thing altogether. Is it worth persevering with the relationship in the hope she can make some sort of relationship with an intractable 13 year old? Laura - Desperate for a child and has suffered through a couple of miscarriages and now everything seems to have stagnated - her marriage and her prospects for a family. Eve - Absorbed by her job, controlling of her family (after all a thing can only be done properly if you do it yourself) and worried about her health. Forced to confront her own frailties by a rather New-Age client will this make or break her? India - Hiding a deep dark secret from her past, the fall out from the accident brings it all rushing back to her. Unfulfilled in her choice of career she knows she needs to make a change but can she? The characters are wonderfully complex and at times infuriating and intractable, at others you just wish you had a friend like that. That is the real heart of the book - not their various problems and challenges but their friendship. No matter what these 4 women are an incredible support network for each other and have relationships that any woman would envy. The real issue with the book is the fact that something has to be happening to all of them. None of the 4 are just breezing through the few months described within these pages. There is so much drama for each of them it does become a little trying at times. Yes, we all have those moments in our lives but in any group there is usually at least one person who is coasting along quite nicely whilst everyone else is having a mini-breakdown. The writing is strong and you do get a sense of each woman's voice as they have not been overpowered by the author. I just felt that there was too much going on here with too many issues being covered at once - step-parenthood, mortality, childlessness, divorce, major health issues, teen pregnancy and a few others just for good measure. You do start to feel a little overwhelmed with the sheer depressive nature of modern life at times. Fortunately Ms Diamond does a deft line in humour so you generally get yanked out of it PDQ. Bit of a mish mash of a book if I'm being honest but I did quite enjoy reading it.

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