I wanted to write some words right after finishing the book because I had this feeling of overwhelming love for it. So here is the short version I posted on Goodreads:
Talk about delayed gratification! But in the end, I didn’t want it to be over. I loved this book so much! This story could have gone completely wrong given the circumstances our main characters fell into, but Josie Silver just handled it perfectly.
So let me elaborate on that now…
One Day in December takes place over a span of 10 years. Our main characters, Laurie and Jack never have it easy. First, they see each other, practically fall in love, but don’t get to meet. Laurie then spends a year looking for him everywhere she goes only to finally come across him at her party but as her best friend’s new boyfriend.
I was instantly apprehensive about this scenario because they don’t tell Sarah, the best friend/girlfriend, that this isn’t the first time they’ve laid eyes on each other. I honestly thought the story would take us on the traditional ride of yearning, lies, and heartbreak, with some possible cheating involved, but NO. Josie Silver gives a much more compelling and honest story. She doesn’t go for the cliche outcomes. Instead, she delivers characters who are flawed but also good-hearted. The characters in this book felt so real to me and that’s just a testament of how well Josie Silver has written them.
The audiobook narration also played a part in how much I loved this book. The narrators, Eleanor Tomlinson and Charlie Anson, brought them to life with such sincerity and care. I felt the pain and the joy and everything else in between thanks for their performances.
I highly recommend this book to all my romance lovers. Either read it or listen to it but DO IT. Then come chat with me about it. :)
One Day in December by Josie Silver
Narrator: Charlie Anson, Eleanor Tomlinson
Published by Broadway Books
Pub Date: October 16th 2018
Length: 10 hrs and 27 mins
Format: Audiobook | Source: Publisher
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance, Women’s Fiction
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Two people. Ten chances. One unforgettable love story.
Laurie is pretty sure love at first sight doesn’t exist anywhere but the movies. But then, through a misted-up bus window one snowy December day, she sees a man who she knows instantly is the one. Their eyes meet, there’s a moment of pure magic… and then her bus drives away.
Certain they’re fated to find each other again, Laurie spends a year scanning every bus stop and cafe in London for him. But she doesn’t find him, not when it matters anyway. Instead they “reunite” at a Christmas party, when her best friend Sarah giddily introduces her new boyfriend to Laurie. It’s Jack, the man from the bus. It would be.
What follows for Laurie, Sarah and Jack is ten years of friendship, heartbreak, missed opportunities, roads not taken, and destinies reconsidered. One Day in December is a joyous, heartwarming and immensely moving love story to escape into and a reminder that fate takes inexplicable turns along the route to happiness.