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One Day in December by Josie Silver
Romance

One Day in December

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by Josie Silver

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The best British holiday meet cute since Love Actually.

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    Emotional

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    400+ pages

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    Happy

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    Light read

Synopsis

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.

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One Day in December

December 21

Laurie

It’s a wonder everyone who uses public transport in winter doesn’t keel over and die of germ overload. In the last ten minutes I’ve been coughed on and sneezed at, and if the woman in front of me shakes her dandruff my way again, I might just douse her with the dregs of the lukewarm coffee that I’m no longer able to drink because it’s full of her scalp.

I’m so tired I could sleep right here on the top deck of this swaying, rammed-full bus. Thank God I’ve finally finished work for Christmas, because I don’t think my brain or my body could withstand even one more shift behind that awful hotel reception desk. It might be festooned with garlands and pretty lights on the customer side, but step behind the curtain and it’s a soulless hellhole. I’m practically asleep, even when I’m awake. I’m loosely planning to hibernate until next year once I get home to the nostalgic familiarity of my parents’ house tomorrow. There’s something soothingly time warp-ish about leaving London for an interlude of sedate Midlands village life in my childhood bedroom, even if not all of my childhood memories are happy ones. Even the closest of families have their tragedies, and it’s fair to say that ours came early and cut deep. I won’t dwell though, because Christmas should be a time of hope and love and, most appealing of all at this very moment, sleep. Sleep, punctuated by bouts of competitive eating with my brother, Daryl, and his girlfriend, Anna, and the whole gamut of cheesy Christmas movies. Because how could you ever be too tired to watch some hapless guy stand out in the cold and hold up signs silently declaring to his best friend’s wife that his wasted heart will always love her? Though—is that romance? I’m not so sure. I mean, it kind of is, in a schmaltzy way, but it’s also being the shittiest friend on the planet.

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Why I love it

What happens when a hardcore mystery/thriller fan who shies away from romance in film, television, books, and even real life takes a chance on a romance novel? Spoiler alert: I loved it.

When Laurie spots a handsome guy through a bus window in London, their eyes meet, and she falls in love at first sight. But after a year of searching, she’s had no luck finding him … until she is introduced to her best friend Sarah's new boyfriend, Jack. Guess who he turns out to be? The ensuing story follows Laurie, Sarah, and Jack over 10 years as they navigate life, love, and all their highs and lows.

While billed as a love story, I found One Day in December to be a charming coming-of-age story at its heart. It’s a book about the post-college years, when life hands you unexpected challenges, and tough decisions have to be made about relationships, careers, friendships, and family. I never expected to be as invested in this book as I was, but I found the characters relatable, their dialogue authentic, and their stories moving. I hope you’ll love this book as much as I did—the perfect read for the holiday season.

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Member ratings (24,692)

  • Madison K.

    Frederick, MD

    Sometimes someone takes your breath away when you least expect and I hope that one day that person comes back in my life as well which is why by the end I was in full tears, so relatable…😭😭😭❤️❤️❤️

  • Kate P.

    Arlington , TX

    I was so invested in these characters I thought about them when I wasn’t reading. I couldn’t wait to get home to start reading again. I LOVED this book so much. I wish there was a sequel. ❤️❤️❤️❤️

  • Ashley C.

    Kissimmee, FL

    ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5 I finished this book in two days, basically one. I was so involved in the characters life, it felt like i knew them. I loved this book, a must read if your into these romance books!

  • R T.

    Brookline, MA

    I can’t explain how much I loved this book. It reminded me of Something Borrowed, but more melancholic. Love at first sight, love triangle, and a friendship bonded by grief and loss, my gosh ❤️❤️❤️

  • Nikki H.

    Texhoma, OK

    Just what my Holiday heart needed ❤️ I’ll add that I thought Jack & Laurie deserved an Epilogue- sort of deflated that didn’t happen after all they went through to get their happy ending. Great read!

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