Sometimes you just want a fun, light read. One Day in December by Josie Silver fulfills that need in a delightful way. I thank TLC Book Tours for sending me a copy at no charge for my honest review.
About One Day in December:
Paperback: 400 Pages
Publisher: Broadway Books (October 16, 2018)
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.
About the Author:
JOSIE SILVER is an unashamed romantic who met her husband when she stepped on his foot on his twenty-first birthday. She lives with him, her two young sons, and their cats in a little town in England called Wolverhampton.
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Imagine you looked out the window of the bus you are riding and locked eyes with a man (or woman) and you know with all of your being that you have seen the one person you are meant to be with for the rest of your life. Then the bus pulls away and you have no way of knowing how to find this person again. But you hope and you look and you hope some more and just as you are about to give up you find him but when you do he’s your best friend’s boyfriend.
This is the premise of One Day in December.
Laurie is the one who sees and loses the man of her dreams. She lives with her best friend Sarah and they do search for her “bus boy” as they call him. But he is not found until Sarah brings home her new love to introduce to Laurie and it turns out that he is indeed the man whom Laurie loves. But what is she to do other than ignore her feelings and watch her friend fall in love with him too. But Sarah wants them all to be friends and as hard as it is, Laurie does so for she loves Sarah.
But do we believe this can be maintained? And does “bus boy” – Jack, remember Laurie?
This is an easy to read, modern romance. There are basically three main characters with a few others that have starring roles. But at its heart it’s the story of Laurie, Sarah and Jack and how those three inter-relate to each other. The relationships between girlfriends and men and women. And what happens when a man gets in between friends.
I enjoyed the change of pace from my usual reading which takes place in the past. It did take me a few beats to get used to the British-ness of the book but fortunately I read a lot of books that are written by British authors so I didn’t have trouble with translation.
One Day in December is certainly a book that pulls at your heartstrings. It will also make you laugh. What more can you ask of a book? It will definitely distract you from the daily grind and that is a gift for sure.
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