Lydia's Party | Book Review

ebook, 304 pages
Author, Margaret Hawkins
Published, January 23, 2014
Publisher, Viking Adult

 Lydia is having a party—it’s a party she hosts every year for six women friends who treasure the midwinter bash. Over a table laden with a feast of food and wine, the women revel in sharing newsy updates, simmering secrets, and laughter. As this particular evening unfolds, Lydia prepares to make a shattering announcement.
As we follow these friends through their party preparations, we meet flawed but lovable characters who are navigating the hassles of daily chores while also meditating in stolen moments on their lives, their regrets, their complicated relationships, and their deepest desires. When Lydia’s announcement shocks them all, they rediscover the enduring bonds of friendship and find their lives changing in unexpected ways.
Tender, wryly funny, and exquisitely written, Lydia’s Party poignantly considers both the challenges of everyday life and of facing our fears while creating characters whose fears, foibles, and feistiness will capture readers’ hearts.  

This book was different from anything that I ever read.  The cover is beautiful and was what caught my attention and the description seemed like something I would enjoy. 
It took me until I had read half the story to really start to understand the purpose and I don't think that you can completely understand until you finish the book. 
What I loved is that the story is about seven women.  You get a good idea of what their lives are like not only now, but also around the time that Lydia met them.  But in my opinion, there are three that really stand out above the others.  Lydia, of course, Celia, and Norris.  Lydia writes lists all the time.  Lists about everything, but in the book she is making lists about regrets, things she hasn't done, and things that she wished she had done more.  It really gets you to think about your own life.  Which is something that all the women do to some extent. 
Over all it was very enjoyable.  Part Four was a great way to show that ties with people last longer than the person itself.  I do believe that it would be better read and understood by the 35 and up demographic. 
It is important to note that I received this book via NetGalley in return for a honest review.  All thoughts and opinions are mine. 


  1. The title caught my eye because Lydia is my niece's name.

    1. I really like the name Lydia. It looks great written. :0

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