One Day in December. Josie Silver. Romance. 2018. 409 pages. 4 stars.
“Sometimes you just meet the right person at the wrong time”
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
“You tread lightly through life, but you leave deep footprints that are hard for other people to fill.”
Frustratingly addictive. That’s how I’m describing this book. It was so frustrating because Laurie and Jack were so close but never quite there, and yet, I couldn’t stop reading on because I was hooked–addicted even. I read this in one sitting, often needing a fiver to catch my breath and remind myself that this piece of gorgeous fiction is all it is–fiction. There is no hypothetical bus stop with two people experiencing love at first sight only to be blocked by literally every single thing in their lives.
This story is puts the slow in slow burn. The book covers around seven to ten years following the lives of Jack, Laurie, Sarah, and other minor characters involved. It reads so similarly to Love, Rosie (without the epistolary format) that I couldn’t help but compare the two. It even has similar plot twists. These similarities, however, do not remove credit from Silver’s masterpiece of a slow burn romance with a satisfying ending not just for the pair, but for all characters included!
The depth this story delivers also surprised me. It touches on issues that adults have to face but don’t really talk about: what if my S/O wants to move to X but I don’t see myself there? What happens when my other half is forced to choose between our relationship and their career? These kinds of touchy subjects are rarely dwelled on by romance novels, and yet, One Day in December uses these kinds of taboo topics as cornerstones to the plot.
If you’re a fan of the films Love, Rosie and One Day, I would definitely recommend this one for you! Heartwrenching, wonderful, and satisfying. 4.5 stars.
Josie Silver is an unashamed romantic who met her husband when she stepped on his foot on his twenty-first birthday. She lives with him, her two young sons, and their cats in a little midlands town in England.