One Day in December
Author: Josie Silver
Published: October 16, 2018
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Genre: Adult, Romance, Contemporary, Christmas
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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.
Please proceed with caution as this review may contain spoilers.
Before anything else, I just want to say that I am not condoning cheating in any way, shape or form. That is something I am against with and would not romanticize it. That is way it took me awhile to really find the meaning of this book and how it is not entirely about cheating.
So as mentioned earlier, I really didn’t like the cheating aspect in this book but when I get through it even more, I realized that it wasn’t the kind of cheating that everyone doesn’t like. Like I said, it may seem like that but both main characters were so mature in handling the issue. But let’s just way this book might not be everyone’s cup of tea.
PLOT. I really liked how this book takes place in 10 years and see how both characters have developed and changed all through out the years. I like seeing how despite their own personal lives happening, they still find a way to be there with each other as friends. I loved it. But it just sucks that Jack lied about that one day they laid eyes on each other that Laurie vividly remembers. But then again that was the whole point. The book wouldn’t turn out like that if it weren’t for that “lie”. I really love the build up with their relationship.
CHARACTERS. I really adore the main characters, even the side characters but then again, some characters were just not my cup of tea. As for Laurie, I really like how mature she is and it just sad that she went through what she went through with her marriage. I am glad that she chose herself than suffer what her husband did. But thinking about it now, it was not selfish act. I guess the husband just wants what’s best for them and he is just to caught up with that his business.
Jack was such a crazy guy and he confuses me sometimes. He like a playboy in the book after dating Sarah. But I actually prefer the friendship Laurie and he had, but the ending just caught me and I adore it so much.
WORLD BUILDING. Anything London just brings so much joy to my heart. I adore England so much that any book that is based in London, I just fell bias about it. I liked how I was feeling the London vibes in this book was. Like the very first part of the book that just screams London to me.
WRITING STYLE. The book was just so easy to get to and I adore that. I want to read her other book now that I find her writing style so light and easy.
FEELINGS. This book really gave me so much feels that at the very end of this book I really loved the book. I am so happy that I adored their romance. It might have been an insta-love but it wasn’t like they got together right there and then. It took them 10 years, that’s a long time.
PLOT (30pts) 25 CHARACTERS (25pts) 18 Main Characters (15pts) 12 Side Characters (10pts) 6 WORLD BUILDING (20pts) 18 WRITING STYLE (15pts) 15 IMPACT/FEELS (10pts) 8 TOTAL: 84