That’s two for two – so far I have loved everything I have read by Lucy Diamond.

I loved The House of New Beginnings and I also really enjoyed On A Beautiful Day ($20.78, PGC Books, Pan MacMillan) , about four friends who meet for a birthday lunch on a Manchester patio and almost die as a car goes out of control and heads toward them, veering off at the last minute and hitting a shop across the street. Each of the four friends deal with the tragedy differently: Laura realizes she needs to listen to the ticking of her biological clock; Jo, who is sensible, decides to throw caution to the wind in her new relationship; Eve, who is a planner and take charge kind of women, has been worrying for weeks about a lump in her breast, and now feels out of control; and India, who is about fun, is drawn to one of the victims, which causes long-buried secrets to rise to the surface.

A Beautiful Day shares the stories of each of these women before and after the car accident. Diamond does a fantastic job of bringing not only her four characters to life, but allowing you to learn about the supporting characters as well. Each of the stories are amazing: I don’t think I could pick a favourite, although India’s story is probably the most heartbreaking.

I love how Diamond ended the book and I look forward to reading more from this author.

A copy of this book was provided by PGC Books for an honest review. The opinions are my own.