Book Review: One Day In December by Josie Silver

Published in the United States by Broadway Books, an imprint of the Crown Publishing Group, a division of Penguin Random House.

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Genre: Adult Romance

Page Count: 392

My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Trigger Warnings: Death of a Parent, death of a sibling (in the past) and cheating on a psrt

Sypnosis from Goodreads:

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.

My Review:

This was such a perfect Christmassy read, although it’s not set in its entirety through Christmas, I definitely felt the vibe of the festive season as I was reading this beautiful book! It’s worth noting though that it’s actually set over a couple of years, a decade in fact! So, there’s several Christmases thrown in, really.

It all begins, as the title suggests, One Day in December, when Laurie has a total meet cute moment with a pretty young boy she sees from outside of a bus. Their eyes meet and they totally have that connecting moment, only before the young man can get on, the bus drives away! Of course it does, right? Laurie has nothing to go on in terms of her quest to find this guy now, though she’s certain that they’ll stumble across one another again!

Now, I feel like I can proceed without much caution here, as its noted in the Sypnosis – indeed Laurie does meet her special guy again, only, he’s now dating her best friend, Sarah. This is where I had a slight problem with their otherwise wonderful friendship dynamic, two people who completely know one another inside out and always gave one another’s back, Sarah who seemed just as eager to find Laurie’s mystery man, who claimed that she knew him (although maybe I should say conjured the idea of him?) as much as Laurie herself, yet she didn’t realise that Laurie’s meet cute moment was with the guy that Sarah’s head over heels for! So, bearing that in mind, you kind of feel like there’s some inevitable betrayal and hurt coming, which made me really wonder if that could have been avoided if only some communication occured…..

Frustrations aside, honestly, I absolutely loved this book! It’s so different from what I’d usually read, more often than not I’d rarely read something from the Romance genre, unless it’s Young Adult Contemporary or Fantasy of any sort and interwoven as a side story, but when Elissa at The Bookish Bean Co announced that One Day In December was to be this month’s Discord Book Club Buddy Read for the month, I knew I had to get a copy and read it!

I’m honestly so happy I did, too! There were times when I was reading this book and has slightly popped it on the backburner to read other books, as I’ll often do, but it was just lovely coming back to Laurie and Jack’s characters! In so many ways they were completely flawed and you can’t not feel their angst for one another when they’re in the vicinity of the other, or even with their with other Partners, so those parts just definitely seemed cruel for all parties involved!

The pacing of this book was absolutely delightful, there was well and truly never a dull moment and was definitely equal parts entertaining and angsty! I absolutely loved that the book was told in dual perspectives too, it was fabulous reading from both Jack and Laurie’s perspectives through this decade as they navigated the intricacies of life, from family and personal tragedies, to the frankly messy dating world, uncertainties about career life and everything in between! I’d definitely recommend this book and would honestly read it next festive season too, it’s just so perfect for the Christmas Period!

Happy Reading (and Happy Christmas!) ☺️🌲,


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