Lily Bennett’s Bucket List
by Katherine Dyson
Publication Date September 9, 2022
Published by HarperCollins UK
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Genres: Fiction / Family Life / General, Fiction / Friendship, Fiction / General, Fiction / Romance / Contemporary, Fiction / Romance / General, Fiction / Romance / Romantic Comedy, Fiction / Women
***I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.***
The most life-affirming and uplifting debut you will read this year. Perfect for fans of Jill Mansell, Fiona Gibson and Clare Pooley.
What would Lily Bennett do?
This is the question Lydia Grey finds herself repeatedly asking ever since she discovers Lily’s bucket list at the bottom of her shopping trolley. Lily clearly knows how to live life and it’s about time Lydia started to live hers. And what better start than to tick off all Lily’s life-long dreams . . .
1. Ride a horse
2. Jump off the 10m diving board
3. Climb a mountain
4. Go camping
5. Ride a rollercoaster
6. Learn to surf
7. Go stargazing
8. Get a tattoo
9. Do the scariest thing you can think of
After all, how hard can it be to complete the list?Except number nine means that Lydia must open herself up to her past to move on with her future . . .
Lily Bennett’s Bucket List by Katherine Dyson is a fun romantic comedy with a friends-to-lovers trope that I enjoyed very much. This uplifting and heartwarming story is sure to steal your heart.
When Lydia Grey meets her ex-husband and his new girlfriend in the shopping center, her heart is once again shattered. Ex husband, Adam was the love of her life, and she never saw the end coming. Now, back single again, every date she’s been on has been a disaster. When she spies Adam and his new girlfriend in the store she ducks out but finds a “bucket list” at the bottom of a shopping trolley. Determined to change the trajectory of her life, she vows to complete Lily’s bucket list.
After meeting Jake on a dating app, they decide to meet in person at a pub, the first thing he notices is the bright pink bucket list that Lydia has been studying. He immediately assumes that Lydia is the Lily of the bucket list, and Lydia doesn’t correct him. They decide the stay friends only, and he agrees to help her complete the bucket list. But as they complete each item on the list, they grow closer and closer together.
I enjoyed the bucket list tasks very much. Since it wasn’t Lydia’s list to begin with, she wasn’t fully attached to the tasks on the list, so it was hilarious to see her trying to do things she didn’t really want to do in the first place. Jake was a wonderful partner for her tasks. Jake is also hiding something and he’s reluctant to start a relationship. This is a slow-burn romance, with two reluctant participants, who become friends long before they become lovers.
I have mixed feelings about the actual premise of the book. Lydia doesn’t tell Jake that she isn’t Lily Bennett until much later in the book. I’m not a fan of relationships that start out with deception, and I thought that she didn’t have a great reason for not telling Jake who she really was early on in the book. I also wondered how she was able to keep her real identity secret from Jake for such a long time.
However, deception aside, I really liked Lily and just adored Jake. Together they made a believable and lovely couple and I was rooting for them throughout the book.
I recommend Lily Bennett’s Bucket List to anyone who enjoys romance and women’s fiction. I received a complimentary copy of this book. The opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
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