Title: One Day in December
Author: Josie Silver
Published: October 29th 2018
Publisher: Viking – Penguin Books Australia
Genres: Fiction, Contemporary, Romance
Rating: 4 stars
Laurie is pretty sure love at first sight doesn’t exist. After all, life isn’t a scene from the movies, is it?
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.
Laurie thinks she’ll never see the boy from the bus again. But at their Christmas party a year later, her best friend Sarah introduces her to the new love of her life. Who is, of course, the boy from the bus.
Determined to let him go, Laurie gets on with her life. But what if fate has other plans?
Following Laurie, Sarah and Jack through ten years of love, heartbreak and friendship, One Day in December is a joyous, heart-warming and immensely moving love story that you’ll want to escape into forever.
Described by British author Dinah Jefferies as ‘The number one feel-good read of Christmas 2018’, One Day in December by Josie Silver, will definitely put you in the Christmas spirit. This highly regarded contemporary romance novel has already caught the eye of Reese Witherspoon, who made it her top December pick for her popular book club. A cover quote endorsement from one of my favourite authors, Marian Keyes, sealed the deal, I was immediately sucked in to this delightful and moving yuletide romance.
One Day in December is a book that begins and ends with main protagonist Laurie. When we first meet Laurie she is a young woman who has the world at her feet and she dreams of finding that one true love, Hollywood style! It is a cold wintry day when true love comes calling for Laurie, she spies ‘the one’ through the window of a bus. Their eyes lock and Laurie knows then and there that this is the man she wants to spend the rest of her life with. However, this is no simple love story, the bus drives away and takes with it Laurie’s love. Over the next year, Laurie finds she cannot forget the boy on the bus, the encounter haunts her. Then, when her best friend Sarah finally introduces her new boyfriend to Laurie, her bus boy appears, but he belongs to her best friend. Laurie’s heart is crushed, but she will do anything for her very best friend Sarah and this includes forgetting about her feelings towards Jack, the boy from the bus. But, no matter how hard Laurie tries to move on, life has other plans.
The ultimate test to a rock solid friendship, life choices and a love twelve years in the making defines One Day in December by Josie Silver. If you are in need of a festive pick-me-up at this busy time of the year, Josie Silver’s novel would make the perfect choice. It is a little hard to feel festive here in Perth, Australia, where the weather is hitting a high heat wise. While I am longing for a roaring fireplace, a snowy window and some mulled wine, One Day in December provided me with some Christmas infused inspiration. I highly recommend this novel and I am so pleased I was afforded the opportunity to share it with you!
Josie Silver is a British author who describes herself as an ‘unashamed romantic’. This brought a smile and nod from this reader. It is clear that Josie Silver takes her romance writing seriously. One Day in December is not your simple cut and dry love story. Rather, it is an authentic and moving contemporary fiction novel that focuses on love, life and friendship. One of my most treasured books, The Bronze Horseman by Paullina Simons contains an unforgettable first chance meeting between the two leads at a bus stop. I was delighted when I came to the love at first sight scene between Laurie and her bus boy in One Day in December. It certainly gave The Bronze Horseman a run for its money, but in an updated modern format! I instantly fell in love with Laurie and Jack, her bus boy, Silver’s depiction of this scene was magical.
Silver’s novel is quite expansive, it covers over twelve years in the life of not only Laurie, but her best friend, her boy on the bus, their respective families and the various love interests that come in to their lives. I thought Silver did an excellent job of balancing out Laurie’s story, expressing her innermost emotions, thoughts and movements, with the supporting cast of the novel. There are many defining moments that fill the pages of the book, so you never feel at any moment that the book dips pace wise. Just like life, there were some unpredictable moments of elation and celebration, but also heartache. The friendship angle of the book was depicted well by Silver and almost outshines the love story. Silver’s approach is insightful and realistic, rather than sentimental, which I appreciated very much.
The cast featured in One Day in December is significant, but not too large that you find yourself overwhelmed or confused at any moment. Laurie, the lead, was a character I took an immediate shine to and I cheered her along every step of the way. I felt her moments of joy and utter despair. What I also appreciated about Laurie and many of the side characters in One Day in December is that they came with their faults, as well as their good features. This is reflected well in the dialogue of the novel.
As One Day in December is an expansive novel, covering a time frame of over of twelve years, it also crosses a number of locations. The main stage is set in London and much of the storyline revolves around the British capital, but the book also travels to Thailand, Scotland and even Australia. In each of these locations, the reader becomes fully immersed in the setting. The different locales work to heighten the events of the novel, providing that extra level of atmosphere to this stirring tale.
There was definitely a One Day by David Nicholls vibe to One Day in December. I also felt moments of Sliding Doors, a British film I adored in my late teens. Despite these obvious parallels, One Day in December is a novel that stands on its own two feet, offering the reader an emotional, fateful and romantic tale, speckled with a good coating of yuletide flavour. If you haven’t planned your Christmas reading menu, may I be bold enough to suggest One Day in December!
One Day in December by Josie Silver was published on October 29th 2018 by Viking – Penguin Books Australia. Details on how to purchase the book can be found here.
To learn more about the author of One Day in December, Josie Silver, visit here.
*I wish to thank Penguin Books Australia for providing me with a free copy of this book for review purposes.