Our Review

‘If anyone asks me if I’ve ever fallen in love at first sight, I shall say yes, for one glorious minute on 21 December 2008.’

Sometimes we come across a story that immediately warms our hearts and makes us feel like we’ve come home. Like we’ve been waiting for that immediate greeting of a warm hug, of a book that stirs something in our soul that makes us want to roll amongst the pages as they consume us. Sound fanciful? Well it’s not, it’s where we avid readers love to be -to find ourselves- to stay and feel part of something wonderful, something magical, something emotional and something heart-warming. Reading fiction that feels somewhat real, so much so we laugh, cry and experience every emotion. It’s a place we call book heaven and One Day in December is this book.

“There comes a point where you have to make the choice to be happy, because being sad for too long is exhausting. And that one day, you’ll look back, and you’ll not be able to remember exactly what it was you loved about that person.”

So quintessential British, so very romantic and dreamy. So heart-breaking, lost and persevering. So full of regrets, sacrifices but also hope and loyalty. So angsty and conflicting. So very funny and delicious. Every single character plays an intricate part of this story of life and love. A cast of people who all come across incredibly real in all their flaws and all their perfects. We experienced every step of this story as Josie Silver never just told, rather she showed us through masterful writing which ensured we felt the story with every breath we took as friendship and loyalties were tested in the pursuit of love and happiness.

‘So my only resolution this year? To work out how to fall out of love.’

The opening chapter reads like something out of a fairy-tale in all its wistful romance. The cockles of our hearts swooned and we could taste and feel the snowflakes, we saw the steamed up bus window and we felt the connection when Laurie and Jack first laid eyes upon each other. Fleeting yes, but a momentous and intense moment which was to reside deep within both for years to come.

“I don’t know if I believe in all that destiny stuff, Lu, but I’ll always be glad you’re in my life.” He looks down into my eyes and his mouth is so close I can feel his breath on my lips. I ache.

“Me too,” I whisper. “Even though being with you is hard on my heart sometimes.”

One day in December is told in dual pov as we follow Laurie and Jack who are caught in the headlights of bad timing and consequences beyond their control. The path of true love rarely runs smoothly and often drama and heartbreak makes a visit for the occasion. Love interrupted by friendship, distance and inopportune situations beyond anyone’ control. Yet the heart still wants what it wants and will fight for it no matter what it has to go through and how long it takes.

‘The truth is that I’ve walked around the edge of being in love with Jack for too many years. It’s made me realize something inevitable, something that’s been a long time coming: he and I would be better off without each other.’

We absolutely adore our Christmas movies; you know the ones that we sit and watch again and again every year as part of tradition. The ones that make our hearts warm and happy, maybe cry a tear or two whilst we curl up on the couch under a blanket with a glass of wine in hand. Well, if ever there was a case to bring a new one into the Christmas movie -must watch- fold then One Night in December stands proudly at the forefront. Someone needs to make this happen and we will be there ready with bells on and tinsel in our hair. Be prepared for a compelling journey of love and friendship spanning years, it’ll make you laugh and cry in equal measure. It’ll break your heart -frustrate you even- yet it will fill you with so much love and beauty too. It’s a wondrous journey we urge you to take. Let Josie Silver mesmerize you as she did us, leaving us with a heart full of love and a tearful smile of pure happiness.

“You tread lightly through life, but you leave deep footprints that are hard for other people to fill.”

Synopsis

A love story about what happens after you meet, or rather, don’t meet the one.

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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