Publication Date: October 16, 2018
Publisher: Ballentine Books
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Dates Read: October 24, 2020
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.
I love a good romance and One Day in December was a really great romance.
I was captivated from the very beginning! The characters were so relatable, the storyline was emotional and heartwarming, and it was such a delight to read. This is definitely a book that makes you question missed chances and whether there is just that one special person for you in a lifetime. It is a romance, but it is very heartwarming and gives you all the feels!
The character growth in this story is phenomenal, and I couldn’t believe that this was a debut novel. Silver’s writing is wonderful and such a journey. I will be picking up her other books in the future.
A few warnings/triggers: (spoiler-y sorta)
(1) This is very “insta-love”/”love at first sight”, BUT I am not usually one to like those kind of romances, but I think that the 10 year journey that Josie Silver takes us on, balances out the initial “insta-love” and makes the story beyond magical.
(2) This story does have cheating (A man and woman kiss while the man is in a relationship). While I know that some will not agree that it is cheating, some people definitely will, so I wanted to throw that out there for those that don’t like that in stories.