Published by Broadway Books
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Contemporary Romance, Romance
Read in: May 2020
Reading Challenges: 2020 GoodReads
Source: Personal Collection
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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. - via GoodReads
One of the prompts I had for a round of TBR Monopoly was to read a book that had been gifted to me. During the last round of OTSP Secret Sister that I participated in my lovely sis Victoria sent me One Day in December by Josie Silver.
I am such a sucker for endings. If this book didn’t have such a great ending I think it might have ended up as a three star read. This is definitely a slow burn. I cannot stress that enough. There’s also a lot that happens from Point A to Point B. You might want to know that this book spans years in the characters’s lives. At times it was frustrating. At the end of it all though I liked the experience.
I felt so bad for both Jack and Laurie. They were in such a tough spot. I can certainly imagine how it seemed like the universe was mocking them. One of the biggest issues I had with One Day in December is that Jack and Laurie clearly never stopped having feelings for each other. It made the rest of the book feel a bit icky. It felt like the continued feelings tainted all of their other relationships. Nobody wins in that situation.
In hindsight the ending really saved One Day in December by Josie Silver. I don’t know if it would be worth the journey for other readers.
Reading this book contributed to these challenges:
- 2020 GoodReads