Connect Five Friday – Living an Alternate Life


It’s Friday once again and that means it’s time for Connect Five Friday, hosted at Book Date by Kathryn – the meme where we share five book/reading things that connect in some way.

I had mentioned The Two Lives of Lydia Bird last week as one of my recent library books. Well, I read it and loved it. It made me think of several other books – books where the main character lead an alternate life – as well as the movie “Sliding Door”.  In some novels, twins switch places, such as the classic The Prince and the Pauper. In others, there is an actual body swap as in Freaky Friday. In some, the character dons a disguise, especially in historical fiction, or is flung back in time. There are so many possiblilities.


Here are 5 books where the protagonist leads an alternate life.

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The Two Lives of Lydia Bird by Josie Silver. Lydia loses her fiancé Freddie and then is drawn into a world where Freddie still lives. What a premise.

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In Five Years by Rebecca Serle. Dannie falls asleep and wakes up 5 years in the future, with a different man and different apartment. Then wakes – to her current life.



Outlander by Diana Gabaldron. One of my favourite time travel novels!Claire is drawn back in time to begin a new life with her Highlander Jamie.


I haven’t read either of the next two books but both these YA books intrigue me


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Two Summers by Aimee Friedman, Summer is having to make a decision between 2 possibilities, about what her summer will be like


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In Some Other Life by Jessica Brody. What would have happened if she had gone to a private school? Kennedy finds out when she hits her head.

5 thoughts on “Connect Five Friday – Living an Alternate Life

  1. The idea of alternate life is a great premise. Of course Outlander, huge love. I have been looking at Rodham which is alternate fiction on a real person and wondering about it.

    • I’d forgotten about that one. Will definitely check it out.
      My hubby came home today – after almost 6 weeks in hospital! But he is so limited – I had to get a walker, a commode, and a wheelchair and he is now on dialysis – 3 x a week. So infuriating all that he lost over that time. Will probably be months of recovery.

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