One Day in December

One Day in December

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...

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Title:One Day in December
Author:Josie Silver
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One Day in December Reviews

  • Kendall

    2018 has been an amazing year of talent for new releases and I can proudly say that this little beauty sits proudly on that shelf!

    Oh my goodness Josie Silver you have my heart with how beautifully your words and talent is expressed across these pages of One Day in December.

    This book was NOTHING that I expected. What a beautiful and powerful tale of love, loss, friendship, and how love can span across a lifetime.

    One beautiful wintery day Laurie is on the bus and she happens to look out her win

    2018 has been an amazing year of talent for new releases and I can proudly say that this little beauty sits proudly on that shelf!

    Oh my goodness Josie Silver you have my heart with how beautifully your words and talent is expressed across these pages of One Day in December.

    This book was NOTHING that I expected. What a beautiful and powerful tale of love, loss, friendship, and how love can span across a lifetime.

    One beautiful wintery day Laurie is on the bus and she happens to look out her window to see heart stopper Jack. They both have an instant connection but Jack never got on the bus. A year goes by and Laurie has done nothing but look high and low for this mysterious bus lover.

    Until one day.. Laurie goes to a Christmas party with her best friend Sarah... who can't stop talking about this new boyfriend she has that she wants to marry. Well..... ladies and gents Laurie has found her bus boy Jack.. who is her best friends new boyfriend. YIKES.

    Let me tell you this is NOT a typical love triangle. Oh my gosh is this novel so much more then just a love story. I became so invested in these characters and gobbled this book up like a turkey dinner!

    Josie flawlessly interweaves the path and storyline of the three characters perfectly.

    "You tread lightly through life, but you leave deep footprints that are hard for other people to fill."

    You need this book in your life... pre order this one because it deserves a raw and rare spot on your bookshelf!!!

    4.5 stars!

    Huge thank you to Crown Publishing and Netgalley for the opportunity to read this arc in exchange for my honest review.

    Expected publication date: 10/16/18

    Review published to GR: 7/27/18

  • Nick

    RELEASED TODAY!

    5 stars

    One Day in December is an epic story centered around three people Laurie, Sarah and Jack.

    It all start on a

    .

    Laurie doesn't believe in first sight love.

    She sees a man through the bus window.

    She believes now.

    She searches for him, every now and then.

    She

    is sure he is

    RELEASED TODAY!

    5 stars

    One Day in December is an epic story centered around three people Laurie, Sarah and Jack.

    It all start on a

    .

    Laurie doesn't believe in first sight love.

    She sees a man through the bus window.

    She believes now.

    She searches for him, every now and then.

    She

    is sure he is the one for her.

    She finally finds him.

    In a

    place.

    And their story begins now.

    This is what I call an addictive book. You just can't put it down for a second. The story is so engaging and it satisfies you but also leaves you wanting more. And here comes my only problem with the book. In the end I was left wanting more.

    The characters are amazing and quirky but I wanted to connect more with them. The books focuses more on situations that the characters create, way more than in the characters themselves.

    Overall, as you can see from my rating, I loved the book. It is such a winter read, where you can take a blanket, a hot cup of tea or coffee and read the hell out of this book.

    - Absolutely.

    - Yes of course.

    - Yes yes yes. Save it for Christmas.

  • Paromjit

    Josie Silver writes a romantic comedy that is absolutely going to be a big hit, with characters that tug at your heartstrings and packed with laugh out loud humour. It is perfect escapist fare that begins and ends in the festive season. It's December, Laurie doesn't believe in soul mates, but with her hair covered in tinsel, she is at a bus stop in London on a crowded bus heading to her parents home in Birmingham for Christmas. Through the misted window, she sees him outside and deep inside her

    Josie Silver writes a romantic comedy that is absolutely going to be a big hit, with characters that tug at your heartstrings and packed with laugh out loud humour. It is perfect escapist fare that begins and ends in the festive season. It's December, Laurie doesn't believe in soul mates, but with her hair covered in tinsel, she is at a bus stop in London on a crowded bus heading to her parents home in Birmingham for Christmas. Through the misted window, she sees him outside and deep inside her she just knows he is the one. When he glances up and spots her, his reaction is mirroring her. However, Laurie doesn't get off the bus and he doesn't get on, and that chance for the two of them is missed. However, Laurie can't forget him, and spends the following year desperately hoping to come across him.

    Laurie's best friend Sarah is as close as a sister to her, they laugh, have fun and support each other unconditionally. Sarah is head over heels in love with her new boyfriend, certain he is the man she will marry, and she is desperate for Laurie's approval. To Laurie's horror, Sarah's new man is Jack O'Mara, her bus stop man, the one. Laurie buries her feelings, her friendship with Sarah is too precious as she tries hard to rein in her feelings and not show her heartbreak. Through the following decade we follow Laurie, her new year resolutions, the kicks and bruises that life hands out that leave her broken, being a pink lady, her never tell a goldfish moments and meeting Oscar in Thailand. Will she and Jack ever get together?

    If you are feeling under the weather, or if life is too much or is getting you down, this is a great book for giving you a lift. Josie Silver has written a gripping contemporary romantic fairytale with verve, wit and panache. A beautifully told story of love, of tears, of loss, of friendship, and regrets, with characters you cannot help but care for. Highly recommended! Many thanks to Penguin UK for an ARC.

  • Norma * Traveling Sister

    Smashing, engrossing & devouring!

    Wow! I absolutely LOVED this book! Laurie, Sarah & Jack were great characters!

    Random amusing line:

    “I squint, trying to duck my head to see what he’s reading ....”

    Oh my, I think all of us book lovers can relate to that sentence. I know that I have done that very same thing so many times!

    ONE DAY IN DECEMBER by JOSIE SILVER is a fabulous, brilliant, heartwarming and delightful story that completely stole my heart and consumed my thoughts. It took me less tha

    Smashing, engrossing & devouring!

    Wow! I absolutely LOVED this book! Laurie, Sarah & Jack were great characters!

    Random amusing line:

    “I squint, trying to duck my head to see what he’s reading ....”

    Oh my, I think all of us book lovers can relate to that sentence. I know that I have done that very same thing so many times!

    ONE DAY IN DECEMBER by JOSIE SILVER is a fabulous, brilliant, heartwarming and delightful story that completely stole my heart and consumed my thoughts. It took me less than 24 hours to read this book because once I started reading it I absolutely could not put it down. It had me totally absorbed, entertained, and interested in the storyline right from the very first page.

    The way that this story was told and presented was actually much more than your typical love story. It was such a powerful and moving story that had so much heart and warmth flowing through the pages of this book that I absolutely could not get enough of. I’m actually kind of a little disappointed that the story was over. It definitely left me yearning for more but in a good way though.

    JOSIE SILVER delivers an engaging, intriguing and beautifully written tale of love, friendship, hope, longing, loss and regret that flowed so perfectly. I was wholly impressed with Josie Silver’s writing style and how perfectly she interweaves the passage of time and storyline with the perspectives of Laurie and Jack. I was totally invested in these characters lives and was definitely hoping for a happily ever after for them.

    It was one of those books that was definitely an all consuming read for me and the perfect winter escape.

    *Thank you so much to Emily from Goodreads for making this spectacular Traveling Sisters group read possible!*

    Norma’s Stats:

    Cover: I love everything about this cover from that beautiful design to the embossed snowflakes!

    Title: Appealing, intriguing, and such a meaningful and fitting representation to storyline.

    Writing/Prose: Well-written, beautiful, impressive, engaging, captivating, and fluid.

    Plot: Warming, sweet, comical, thought-provoking, engrossing, perfectly-paced, enjoyable and extremely entertaining. I adored this storyline!

    Ending: A touching and emotional ending that I was extremely satisfied with that left me with that warm fuzzy afterglow feeling. If a book produces that feeling from me then it is a splendid read indeed!

    Overall: This book was beyond wonderful! Loved, loved, loved it! This book has made my top five books of the year! Would highly recommend!

    Thank you so much to Crown Publishing and Josie Silver for gifting us the Perfect Night In book club kit. It was my absolute pleasure reading this incredible book!

  • (Bern) Mom to 2 Posh Lil Divas

    I finished

    in just over three hours one night! I opened the book and found myself immersed in Laurie and Jack's story. It was exactly what I needed - the kind of book I couldn't put down.

    The story is told from both Jack and Laurie's perspectives, starting from the snowy December day they find themselves on opposite sides of a misty bus wi

    I finished

    in just over three hours one night! I opened the book and found myself immersed in Laurie and Jack's story. It was exactly what I needed - the kind of book I couldn't put down.

    The story is told from both Jack and Laurie's perspectives, starting from the snowy December day they find themselves on opposite sides of a misty bus window, inexplicably drawn to each other. The moment is brief but the bond it forms within them is strong and leaves them both marked.

    This is not a typical love story. It unfolds over the course of ten, angst filled years! In the decade following the moment they first laid eyes on each other we follow Laurie and Jack's ups and downs, their heartaches and relationships, misunderstandings and of course their friendship and undeniable connection. They may have the world's worst timing and a seemingly impossible road to love and happiness together but you can't help but root for them while wondering - will they ever actually get to be together?

    was charming, complex and romantic. Laurie and Jack are perfectly flawed and the kind of well written characters that feel like friends you want to shake and yell at for not being honest about their feelings.

  • Christy

    is a story that follows three main characters, but it's told from Laurie and Jack's pov. It was a loonnnngggg journey to get there, but that ending, it was perfect. Life is about timing. Sometimes we meet people at exactly the right time, and sometimes we meet people at the wrong time.

    The first time Jack and Laurie 'meet' it's on a bus. Laurie is on a bus and sees Jack. He sees her too. He tries to get

    is a story that follows three main characters, but it's told from Laurie and Jack's pov. It was a loonnnngggg journey to get there, but that ending, it was perfect. Life is about timing. Sometimes we meet people at exactly the right time, and sometimes we meet people at the wrong time.

    The first time Jack and Laurie 'meet' it's on a bus. Laurie is on a bus and sees Jack. He sees her too. He tries to get on the bus, but it's too late. Her bus is pulling away and that's that. Laurie spends some time looking for him, but it's a big city and she doesn't find him. Until a year later. When her best friend/roommate brings him home and introduces them as her new boyfriend.

    Ah the stress of this book. I just wanted Laurie to tell Sarah, but she couldn't ruin her happiness with Jack so she keeps quiet. The story spans 10 years. Jack and Laurie become friends and Sarah and Jack continue to date. I had so much anxiety while reading this. It was so hard, because I genuinely liked all three of these characters, as well as Oliver, who is introduced later in the book.

    One thing I can say about this book is it hooked me early on and captivated me. I love a book that can completely hold my attention and this one did just that. I could see this book turning into a film- I think it would make an epic holiday rom-com/angsty romance. It's a heartwarming and beautiful tale of love, friendship, and how sometimes one choice can change the trajectory of your entire life. I listened to the audio book and the narration was fantastic. Definitely a romance I'd recommend for this winter!

  • JanB

    4.5 stars

    This book is all about fate, timing, and star-crossed love, told with a side of humor and a lot of heart. You’re not a romance reader? Neither am I! But this book melted my non-romance reading heart into a puddle.

    In short, I loved it. It turned out to be so much more than I expected. I loved the characters of Laurie, Sarah, and Jack. I also enjoyed how the author explored the friendship between Laurie and Sarah, best friends for life, through thick and thin.

    We follow these three throug

    4.5 stars

    This book is all about fate, timing, and star-crossed love, told with a side of humor and a lot of heart. You’re not a romance reader? Neither am I! But this book melted my non-romance reading heart into a puddle.

    In short, I loved it. It turned out to be so much more than I expected. I loved the characters of Laurie, Sarah, and Jack. I also enjoyed how the author explored the friendship between Laurie and Sarah, best friends for life, through thick and thin.

    We follow these three through ten years, 2008 to 2018. Each year starts off with Laurie’s New Year’s resolutions and we hear both Laurie and Jack’s POV. Honestly, I couldn’t decide how I wanted this messy situation to end up and I changed my mind several times throughout. Things are not always how they appear and there are a few surprises in store.

    The book ends in the year 2018 and you won’t read any spoilers here. I closed the last page with a tear in my eye and a smile on my face. 


    Don’t let your dislike of the genre miss this gem! When Renee of

    raved about it I hopped onto Netgalley and requested a copy. And am I glad I did. Do yourself a favor and pick up a copy of this book that will warm your heart on the coldest of days. It would also be perfect for the booklover on your gift list.

    *I received a copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

  • Debra

    Laurie sees a man outside of her bus window one day. There are no words, no actions, only intense eye contact but that is enough to make her fall head over heels in love with a stranger. She years for him, she can't stop thinking about him, she dreams of the time they will meet again. Then one day her best friend and roommate, Sarah, introduces her new boyfriend, Jack, to Laurie. Sarah is anxious for Jack and Laurie to meet. She hopes they will hit it off - if only she knew that her boyfriend is

    Laurie sees a man outside of her bus window one day. There are no words, no actions, only intense eye contact but that is enough to make her fall head over heels in love with a stranger. She years for him, she can't stop thinking about him, she dreams of the time they will meet again. Then one day her best friend and roommate, Sarah, introduces her new boyfriend, Jack, to Laurie. Sarah is anxious for Jack and Laurie to meet. She hopes they will hit it off - if only she knew that her boyfriend is the man from the bus. The man that Laurie has been dreaming about.... and he is dating her roommate. UGH!

    Bring on the angst, the heartbreak, the not wanting to hurt anyone, the wanting to be happy and the quest for the happily ever after. This book follows Laurie, Sarah and Jack through ten years of their friendship. Through their love for each other, their friendship(s), their lovers, their unrequited feelings. This is not a typical love story. It's a slice out of three people's lives. The story is told through Laurie and Jacks perspectives. The reader is privy to their secret thoughts and feelings. This book has heart. I like that these people cared deeply for each other and as a reader, I cared about them.

    I found this book to be addictive. I had to keep reading to find out what was going to happen to these characters. This is a great book to curl up with a blanket with. My only complaint with this book is that I wanted an epilogue. When the book ended, I thought "Come On!". I wanted just a little bit more time with these characters. I found this book to be engaging, fun and a very enjoyable read. It has a little bit of everything: friendship, loss, grief, new beginnings, forgiveness, heartache, and love.

    Thank you to Crown Publishing and NetGalley who provided me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All the thoughts and opinions are my own.

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  • Larry H

    It was a scene from one of the hopelessly romantic movies she loves: one late afternoon just before Christmas, Laurie is packed sardine-like onto a double-decker bus, when through a misty window she spots a handsome man. Some mystical force tells her that he is the one, and when their eyes meet, it's like they both know this to be true. But before Laurie can move or the man can try to board the bus and hopefully sweep her off her feet, the bus drives away.

    Even though she's almost certain that "B

    It was a scene from one of the hopelessly romantic movies she loves: one late afternoon just before Christmas, Laurie is packed sardine-like onto a double-decker bus, when through a misty window she spots a handsome man. Some mystical force tells her that he is the one, and when their eyes meet, it's like they both know this to be true. But before Laurie can move or the man can try to board the bus and hopefully sweep her off her feet, the bus drives away.

    Even though she's almost certain that "Bus Boy" may never come back into her life, she spends a year looking for him at every bus stop, shop, bar, everywhere she goes. She can't imagine finding anyone else. And just as she gives up hope that she'll ever be reunited with her mystery man, they finally do connect—only he's on the arm of her best friend and flatmate, Sarah. Yes, "Bus Boy," whose name is Jack (and who is more handsome than she even imagined), is Sarah's new boyfriend, a man she's fallen head over heels for.

    Part of Laurie wants to tell Sarah the truth, that Jack is the man she has been hunting for. But when Jack doesn't seem to recognize her, she realizes she has been hanging on to a foolish obsession, and how can she stand in the way of her best friend's happiness? Of course, Sarah doesn't make it easy for Laurie, since she wants the three of them to spend lots of time together, and more importantly, she wants Laurie and Jack to be friends, too.

    Jack actually

    recognize Laurie, and he can't believe that the woman he may have had more than one or two fantasies about is actually his new girlfriend's best friend. But Laurie and Sarah are complete opposites, and he doesn't want to jeopardize what he's starting to have with Sarah. Even if it's difficult to try and be friends with Laurie, if it means that much to Sarah, he'll put any lingering feelings he has aside and do it.

    Is there such a thing as destiny? Is there really one right person for everyone? How can you be happy when someone you truly care about gets what you want, what you think should be "yours"? Can you move on with your life if your heart isn't quite ready to let go?

    follows Laurie, Jack, and Sarah through 10 years of heartaches and triumphs, passion and anger, connections and misunderstandings, secrets and facing the truth. If ever there were a book that highlights how important it is to say what you feel, what you think, when it happens, it's this one.

    If reading the plot summary in my review gives you ideas of how this book will unfold, you may be right. There isn't anything too surprising here, but that doesn't matter, because Josie Silver's appealing yet flawed characters grow on you, even though you want to shake them at times for not saying how they feel. It's a charming, romantic book, sure to warm the hearts of those looking for a good story about love and friendship and how one can get in the way of the other.

    I thought this was going to be a breezy, mindless read, but it's a little more complex than I expected. I really enjoyed this, even though I would have liked it more if we didn't run through the same situations with the characters so many times. It definitely appealed to the sap, err, romantic in me though!!

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