Book Review Wednesday: One Day in December

"One Day in December" by Josie Silver is one of those books that you see everywhere. It has a very beautiful cover and has that hygge feeling to it. Everyone was raving about it last year and as December crept up again, it made it's back in the spotlight.

I had been meaning to pick up the book since I heard about it because it seemed like the kind of story I would eat up with a spoon (spoiler alert: I was right). However, me being the Type A person I am, I didn't want to read it in any other month but December. Well, I got my wish because at the beginning of the month the Kindle version was on sale for $1.99 and I immediately purchased it.

I read the entire book in three hours. YUP. From 8 PM-11 PM, I did nothing but read "One Day in December" from start to finish. It was THAT GOOD... but more on that later.


Publisher's Summary

Two people. Ten chances. One unforgettable love story.

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 an immensely moving love story to escape into and a reminder that fate takes inexplicable turns along the route to happiness.

My Thoughts

This was a super cheesy book but in the best way possible. It was a romantic comedy in book form; it had love, death, marriage, heartbreak, and everything in between. It also took place in England which was awesome and made everything better.

Some parts was predictable; like the moment that you read that Sarah has a new 'perfect' boyfriend, you know it's going to be bus-boy. However, other parts were not so predictable and I was shocked that the story made those drastic turns. I was really happy I couldn't figure out the ending, or how we ended up at the end of the book because it kept me on my toes

And so the story truly begins as Jack and Laurie try their best to create a friendship, even though they both know they've seen each other before.

I loved the fact that we travel throughout 10 years of their friendship/relationship; we see the ebbs and flows of adulthood where change is so normal but so fleeting. It was really interesting how Laurie and Jack change as individuals but how their relationships (both together and with others) change. 

The characters were really well rounded and thought out. I enjoyed both Laurie and Jack equally and honestly, didn't find them unlikable. Sarah, however, really rubbed me the wrong way. I'm guessing I was supposed to feel that way to make Jack and Laurie more appealing but my goodness, I really didn't like her character. I found her to be immature, annoying, and a little self-centered but she was a good friend to Laurie, so there's that.

"One Day in December" is the type of book I'll probably read every December. It doesn't all take place in December but it has that warm, fuzzy feeling winter has. It's a beautiful story with so much love along with the message of timing having to be right to be together. I loved it so much and would read it again and again!

Have you read "One Day in December"? What did you think?
xoxo
B