Title: One Day in December
Author: Josie Silver
Original Publication Date: October 16, 2018
Genre(s): Romance, Fiction, Chick Lit, Contemporary, Holiday
Goodreads 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.
My Mini Review
This is a story based on fate and love-at-first sight. If those are two things you find yourself rolling your eyes at, please refrain from reading this book. It is not for you.
As for myself, I believe in it all. Laurie and Jack’s alternating POVs and the synopsis already give the ending away. Of course, we all knew what was going to happen before we even read the first word but, being able to follow their 9 year journey was truly unique and quite beautiful… going through their different stages in life with them made it felt more real and helped me connect with the characters more.
I do think some parts dragged on and on. Many events that took place were drawn out and some details could have been left out completely. *MINOR SPOILER ALERT* I personally preferred Oscar the entire time (if he wasn’t cheating…) over Jack but, Jack was just meant to be for Laurie. 😉
My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Dates Read: December 10-December 24, 2018
My Favorite Quotes
“I’m not a bitch though; or maybe I’m just a quiet one inside my own head. Isn’t everyone?“
“My man brain observes the movement of her limbs, the sliver of breast I can see under her arm, the inward curve at the base of her spine. Why do women have to have all that going on? It’s really not okay.”
“You’re down, but you’re not out.”
“Despite the fairy-tale snowstorm out there, this isn’t Narnia. This is London, real life, where hearts get kicked and bruised and broken, but somehow they still keep beating.”
“I kissed her because the need to know how her soft, vulnerable mouth would feel against mine floored me like a goddamn express train. And now I do know, and I wish I didn’t, because you can’t un-remember something as spectacular as that.”
“I think we’re both living in denial, completely unprepared and unwilling to return to the world we belong to. But who’s to say that you have to belong to somewhere forever, anyway?”
“Not everyone can make it, can they? Some do, and others settle for less.”
“I told him that there comes a point where you have to make the choice to be happy, because being sad for too long is exhausting.”
“Her smile is hesitant and doesn’t quite make it as far as her eyes.”
“I’ve been walking like a man in lead boots, too tired to raise my bones from my bed, too fuddled to think any further ahead than my next meal and how long it is until I can go back to bed again.”
“Who’s to say what’s right and wrong with love, anyway? This isn’t romance by numbers, it’s real life.”
“I’m hemorrhaging the people I love and I don’t know how to stop it. Is this just a fact of life? You have to grow up and shed your old friends like papery snakeskin to make room for the new?”
“It reminded me that there are other places, and there will be other times.”
“You tread lightly through life, but you leave deep footprints that are hard for other people to fill.”
“The problem with uprooting things is that sometimes it kills them altogether, but that’s a risk I have to take.”
“I slump and close my eyes, wondering if there will ever be a time when it feels like all the pieces of my life are in the right place.”
“I’m treading water, but what I want is to swim.”
“‘Sometimes you just meet the right person at the wrong time,’ I say softly. ‘Yeah,’ he says. ‘And then you spend every day afterward wishing that time could be rearranged.’“