Published by Broadway Books on October 16th 2018
Genres: Contemporary Romance
I received this book for free from in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
A love story about what happens after you meet, or rather, don't meet the one.
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.
If you treat yourself to one book this month, make it this one. It’s a “everyday” epic love story about friendship, romantic love, and the swallowing ones own feelings to make these types of relationships work together. Josie Silver does an amazing job taking us through the 10 year journey cataloguing the romantic entanglements of the 3 central characters, Laurie, Sarah and Jack. I subscribe to the notion that drives the story line; Laurie and Jack make eye contact that they both feel to the core. When nothing comes of that moment and fate brings them back together, it happens in circumstances that will test all three. Whose to say what and how things are supposed to work out and why.
Driven from the perspective of a young woman, Laurie, as she experiences a soul crushing moment discovering your best friend has unwittingly begun dating a new man who happened to the same mystery man that the two of you spent a year searching for. The situation has angst written all over it and there is angst a plenty. We get both Laurie and Jacks view directly, but also Sarah’s from the way these two perceive her. There’s no bad guys here, just bad timing. I really love the journeys the individuals take and how their relationships are with each other show us the characters in different light(s).
I inhaled this story. Between the reading of it and the reflecting on it and how it made me feel, it took a few days of my gladly given time. This one is a true gem and I highly recommend it be read by contemporary romance and womens fiction reader enthusiasts. This is definitely a 2018 favorite and a book to consider a #mustread 🙂