Publication Date: Available Now from Macmillan
Source: Review Copy
It’s a beautiful day in Manchester and four friends are meeting for a birthday lunch. But then they witness a shocking accident just metres away which acts as a catalyst for each of them.
For Laura, it’s a wake-up call to heed the ticking of her biological clock. Sensible Jo finds herself throwing caution to the wind in a new relationship. Eve, who has been trying to ignore the worrying lump in her breast, feels helpless and out of control. And happy-go-lucky India is drawn to one of the victims of the accident, causing long-buried secrets to rise to the surface.
On A Beautiful Day is a really excellent and beautifully written story of friendship through the ups – and in this case downs – of life.
One day a group of four friends witness a horrifying accident. How they cope in the aftermath of that, how it is the catalyst for life changes, how it changes their friendship, that is the basis for this novel and it is entirely compelling throughout.
Lucy Diamond creates wonderfully observed, layered characters who are entirely realistic and easy to engage with – we see how this event changes their perspectives and makes them look at the world in a new way – and into themselves and what in their lives needs fixing. The problems they face are all those which any of us might and this gives it a really addictive quality – you want to find out what happens to them all.
Right at the heart of On A Beautiful Day are these four women and their relationship, how they cope and help each other cope with everything that is thrown at them. It is sometimes melancholy, always uplifting, occasionally funny and leaves you with the feeling that there is, indeed, always the possibility of second chances.
I loved it.
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