Author: Josie Silver
Publisher: Broadway Books
Publication Date: October 16, 2018
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.
❃ I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. ❃
One Day in December by Josie Silver is a love story that will have you believing in love at first sight and then leave you in an emotional mess. The novel also looks at friendship and finding oneself through its cast of interesting characters. When the reader gets to the dramatic conclusion, the story is reminiscent of a classic movie.
Although the title might lead one to believe that the book is about one day in December, it actually takes place over the span of a few years. Silver uses the chance encounter to set the stage for the novel and then adds quite a few layers of character development that allows the characters to change and grow. I really enjoyed reading about Laurie and her struggles with her career. Her character is determined and head strong, which I found to be an engaging quality.
At first, I was worried about a love triangle, but it wasn’t like that at all. Because Laurie is one of those types of people who picks up the pieces and moves forward, so does the plot. The amazing friendship between Laurie and Sarah becomes the focus and it is so wonderful to read a story about women who have each other’s backs. This was my favourite aspect of the book by far.
Once the book comes full circle, the drama goes full tilt. The ending is something that you might find straight out of a movie like An Affair to Remember. The number of times that Laurie and Jack are close to finding each other and then don’t just gives me a Cary Grant/Deborah Kerr vibe. The message here is: love is something that will endure whatever is thrown at it.
If you are a fan of melodrama and love stories, I highly suggest giving One Day in December a read. The characters are well-developed, and the friendship between the two women is admirable. You will want to stock up on some tissues for the ending, trust me on that one!