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This post contains affiliate links you can use to purchase the book. If you buy the book using that link, I will receive a small commission from the sale.One Day in December by Josie Silver
Narrator: Eleanor Tomlinson, Charlie Anson
Published by Penguin Books Ltd on 23rd August 2018
Genres: Chicklit, Christmas, Contemporary, Love & Romance, Women's Literary Fiction
Length: 10 hours and 27 minutes
Source: from Netgalley
Amazon Kindle, Audible
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.
I bought this book on an audible daily deal but I also had a netgalley copy which I had yet to read.
I LOVED this book! I was so mad at myself for taking so long to read it! this is the second book recently that I have read that has the wrong timing/ missed opportunity trope. It’s something I really like. I like that true love will win in the end. I know I am an old romantic but I just love it.
I really liked all three of the main characters although at times they each irritated me in their own ways. I thought they could all be selfish at times and not take into consideration other peoples feelings and difficulties. These characters were very realistic. I could really understand each of their dilemmas and feelings. Josie did an excellent job of making sure I understood all three of them.
The narration was excellent too. I loved that there was one for Jack and one for Laurie. Having different narrators really helps when a book has different POV. One thing that I would have really liked was a POV chapter from Sarah. I think she is as integral to this story as Jack and Laurie and hearing what was going on in her head at points would have been really insightful.
This book is a story about love and heartbreak, about friendship and family. It’s one of those epic love stories that will survive the ages. I can’t wait to read more from Josie.
Reading this book contributed to these challenges:
- 2021 Audiobook Challenge
- 2021 Beat the Backlist
- 2021 Christmas Challenge
- 2021 Goodreads Challenge
- 2021 Netgalley Challenge