Review | One Day in December – Josie Silver

It’s not December anymore, but this book was too good not to share. One Day in December isn’t only about Christmas, so this is still the perfect book if you’re looking for a winter read. This book was very touching and I couldn’t put it down. Keep on reading to read the rest of my review for One Day in December!

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.

Review

After reading the sypnosis for One Day in December, I knew it was the book for me. I’m a fan of a good romance story and add a winter setting to it and I’m a happy person! This book is different in a way that it’s told through a few years in time. Every year starts off with Laurie’s resolutions and we read about different days in the year.

One Day in December is told from two POVs – Laurie and Jack. After a Christmas party, Laurie sees Jack outside when she sits in the bus home. It seems like this mysterious person is going to come see her, but the bus leaves just as he gets up. That’s when her search for Jack starts. It’s been over a year, but then he shows up, just one problem: Jack is her best friend’s new boyfriend.

“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.”

I thought at first that only seeing parts of a year may be confusing, but not at all. Even though sometimes a few months are skipped, it doesn’t feel like I missed anything in this story. I can’t imagine how hard it must’ve been to see your best friend with the man you dreamed of for over a year. This is a part that did frustrate me though! I know it’s hard, but why Laurire didn’t speak up is beyond me. I know she didn’t want to hurt her friend, but she should’ve been honest.

One Day in December isn’t only a romance though. Yes, we read how Laurie and Jack get along while he’s with her best friend. How Laurie still is in love with him (or thinks she is anyways), but is doing her best to avoid him and her feelings. One Day in December is also about friendship. Sarah and Laurie are the best of friends and I love how they are together. Even when their lives go in different directions, they’re there for each other.

One Day in December is also about family. Laurie goes through a lot with her family and not all fun stuff. We get to read about them during this book and it’s clear she really loves them. They support her wanting a career in the magazine world. Laurie is trying to find her way in the magazine world and what she wants in her life.

“I know how painful it can be letting someone you think you love go, but that I don’t believe there’s only one person in the world for each of us. It’s too fanciful, too limiting.”

I think this book also shows us that timing can be everything. Even if you love someone, circumstances can make it difficult to be together. You may even find love in other places. One Day in December really is heartwarming and moving story. These characters were incredibly frustrating at times, but this is a beautiful story. Jack’s POV along the way really added the extra backstory we need to understand why things take some turns in their lives.

If you’re looking for a story to warm you up during the cold winter months, definitely pick up One Day in December! Josie SIlver’s writing sucks you in from the start and doesn’t let you go.

Some books definitely belong to certain seasons! What are some heartwarming books I need to read this winter?

4 thoughts on “Review | One Day in December – Josie Silver

  1. great review! I’m always scared with these kind of books that they’ll frustrate me. I really hate it when two people fall for each other or show some liking in any way, but the other one has a boyfriend or girlfriend. Even if they don’t act upon it – they better not – it’s just not something I like to read about. I don’t know if it’s the book for me then. I do like that it’s a December setting. Those are good <3

    1. It even frustrate me at times, so I could definitely understand that it wouldn’t be for you!

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