One Day In December
By Josie Silver
Penguin Random House
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.
One Day In December is a modern day romance story, which is totally not my kind of thing at all, but it was Reece Witherspoon’s book club pick for December so I thought why not give it a go, as her judge of books so far has been great. I’m not into the mushy romance genre but I must say I was instantly swept away with Laurie and Jack’s love at first sight, world wind romance.
This novel is the classic love at first sight story, but has so many twists and turns, drama, and heartache and that’s what makes it unique. The story begins when Laurie is on a packed bus and she sees a gorgeous looking man through the misty window sat at the bus stop. They both look at each other but neither of them moves. The bus pulls away and that’s that. They didn’t meet each other and they don’t for a long time, when they do finally meet, he is in a relationship…. with her BEST FRIEND?!!!! WHAT? Who she lives with and is basically like a sister. The drama doesn’t stop there! You follow Laurie and Jack through ten years of friendship, longing and heartache, will they ever get together?!!
I found the novel frustrating at times, I think that was because I was obviously rooting for them to get together but the universe put lots of obstacles, people and events in the way to stop them. But this frustration kept me reading on as I wanted to know what happened in their lives. I didn’t feel like it was a mushy romance, it was more of a drama. It kind of reminded me of another novel I have read recently The Light We Lost by Jill Santopolo. In this novel the main characters love each other very much, an all consuming deep love but under different circumstances they cannot be together and the book follows their lives and their chosen paths. Both novels are about choices and regrets. What if Laurie or Jack moved their ass that day to get on/off the bus and actually meet. They could of got together there and then without her best friend getting in the way. But that wouldn’t make a good story of course.
What I really loved about this novel was Silver’s use of humour throughout the novel. I don’t think it was laugh out loud comedy but it kept all the drama light and entertaining. It made the characters feel more real and therefore I was more invested in them. Her writing style flowed beautifully, and the whole story captured me from the start, I literally read it in just two days.
One Day In December is a heartwarming story that leaves you smiling and feeling fuzzy. I think this book makes you believe in love at first sight and true love. This book is perfect to cosy up with on a winters night when you are feeling a bit down. It is guaranteed to cheer you up and make you feel good and tug on your heartstrings a bit. I really recommend this book as one of your last reads of 2018. Katie x