Always in December by Emily Stone is an emotional story that explores grief and love. While on the surface, this book seems like it is going to have some happy moments, it is definitely one that contains a lot of sadness. I was hoping that the romance would be a little more heartwarming and uplifting, but this one has a very heavy theme that is at times very hard to read. For those hoping for a Christmas romance, this one might not be the holiday book you were hoping for.Title: Always in December
Author: Emily Stone
Publication Date: October 12, 2021
Every December, Josie posts a letter from her home in London to the parents she lost on Christmas night many years ago. Each year, she writes the same three words: Missing you, always. But this year, her annual trip to the postbox is knocked off course by a bicycle collision with a handsome stranger--a stranger who will change the course of Josie's life.
Josie always thought she was the only one who avoided the Christmas season, but this year, Max has his own reasons for doing the same--and coincidence leads them to spending the holiday together. Aglow with new love, Josie thinks this might be the start of something special.
Only for Max to disappear without saying goodbye.
Over the course of the next year, Max and Josie will find that fate continues to bring them together in places they'd never expect. New York City. Edinburgh. The quiet English countryside. And it turns out, Max had every reason to leave and every reason to stay. But what does fate hold for Josie and Max as Christmas approaches again?
A devastating, romantic, life-affirming love story, Always, in December will stay with readers long after they've finished the last page.
❃ 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. ❃
Review: Always in December by Emily Stone
Josie is a character that is both relatable and enjoyable to read about. She has a lovely relationship with her grandparents and I found those parts of the story very endearing. It does seem, however, that Josie has been handed the short end of the stick too many times during her life. As hard as she tries, her career and her love life don’t always go in the direction she is hoping for.
❀ Romantic Elements
There is a romantic element to the book that is similar to One Day in December. The two lovers always seem to find each other again, which is romantic, but at times a bit far-fetched. I think if the book was a bit more upbeat, I would have been willing to overlook this aspect, but it just did not feel very realistic to me.
❀ A Lot of Emotion and Sadness
Perhaps if Always in December by Emily Stone wasn’t marketed as a holiday novel I might have enjoyed it more than I did. I went into it expecting the love affair to bring happiness to Josie’s life, yet felt a bit disappointed in the way the story unfolded. That being said, it is a well-written novel and it will be enjoyed by others who don’t mind a holiday romance novel with a lot of emotion and sadness.