Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Julie's Review: One Day in December



Author: Josie Silver
Series: None
Publication Date: October 16, 2018
Publisher: Broadway Books
Pages: 416
Obtained: library
Genre:  Romance
Rating: 5/5
Bottom Line: Just what I needed: a wonderful love story
Grab, Just get it at the library, or Remove from your TBR list? Grab
Summary: 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. ~amazon.com

Review: One Day In December is one of those books that you will want made into a movie immediately after you read it. It's also the type of book that if you have one day to read it in, you can do that too. Oh and it's British (swoon).

It fits the bill as a romance novel and I do not mean that as an insult. It has angst, it has moments that will make you laugh and ones that will make you cry. It is about finding love, sacrificing your own happiness for someone close to you. It is about growing up and growing into yourself.

We meet Laurie as she's riding the bus home from work when at a bus stop she locked eyes with a young man who takes her breath away. She can't be sure but she feels like he felt something too. But she didn't take immediate action so she spend the next year looking for him only for him to enter her life for real as her roommate/best friend's new boyfriend.  So Laurie let's it go. She doesn't speak up and tell Sarah that her new love is Bus Stop boy.

What ensues is a lot of pining but eventually moving on for all of them. I loved Laurie. She was a wonderful young woman to root for. You never rooted against Sarah and part of me wondered how Ms. Silver would chose to end this novel.

If you are looking for a lovely novel to lose yourself in, go and get this one!


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