ONE DAY IN DECEMBER by Josie Silver

From the Back Cover

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 Thoughts

ONE DAY IN DECEMBER was last December’s Reese Witherspoon book club pick, and, as I am a slut for anything Reese, I had to pick it up!  Though I chose to wait until the holiday season, and though it has a slightly Christmas-y vibe, Silver’s book would be a great read for any time of year.

“Despite the fairy-tale snowstorm out there, this isn’t Narnia.  This is London, real life, where hearts get kicked and bruised and broken, but somehow they still keep beating.”

At times ONE DAY IN DECEMBER feels just like a Hallmark movie in book form, with all the cheesy romantic cliches and a significant amount of holiday cheer.  It’s a love-at-first-sight story featuring the ultimate meet cute on the streets of London and a supremely complicated love triangle featuring Laurie’s best friend and Jack’s girlfriend, Sarah.  Laurie and Jack’s story is told over a period of ten years, visiting specific days throughout each year when they share a significant interaction.  It features both his and her points-of-view, and each perspective reads like you’re right inside their thoughts.  I thought it was especially cute to see Laurie and Jack second-guessing their actions around the other; it was an adorable way to portray their relationship.

I did have some small issues with Silver’s novel; for example, I think the time period felt a little drawn out and a whole decade of interaction between our two main characters felt a bit unrealistic, but it wasn’t a deal-breaker and I still really enjoyed ONE DAY IN DECEMBER as a whole.  If you find yourself searching for a sweet, contemporary romance this holiday season, look no further than Josie Silver’s ONE DAY IN DECEMBER!  It’s the perfect book to read curled up with some hot cocoa by the fireplace.

4 Comments

  1. Nicole

    I started to read this book because it sounded SO GOOD but I just couldn’t do it. I lost interest and I think there was something else that annoyed me… maybe that way they talked?! I can’t remember. I really wanted to like it but just couldn’t!

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  2. Literary Elephant

    Great review! I’m glad you mostly liked this one, I’m hoping to pick it up closer to Christmas. Your criticisms definitely make sense, but I’m in the mood for a romance so I hope I’ll have a good time with it!

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