BOOK REVIEW: One Day in December by Josie Silver

Title: One Day in December
Author: Josie Silver
Publication: October 16, 2018
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Genre: Romance
Pages: 394

SYNOPSIS: (From Goodreads)

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


I don’t know why or how this book popped up on my radar.  I do know that I had been wanting to read it.  When I asked my sister if she had heard of it or read it she said she had and that it was pretty good.  She offered to loan me her copy which was perfect since I was thinking about buying it to read.  I was excited to start it.  My plan was to read it on vacation but like most plans that didn’t happen.  However, I started it after I had already got home. 

Laurie has a clandestine meeting through a bus window at what she claims is the love of her life.  She tells her best friend/roomate all about it and they spend the next year looking for “bus boy” as they dub him.  Imagine her shock and sadness when “bus boy” ends up being her best friends new boyfriend that she has heard all about.  Sarah has no clue he is “bus boy” or rather Jack as that is what his name turns out to be.  What happens next is a roller coaster of what if and what would have happened.  This book was such a good book.  I think I read it in three days.  I kept wanting to sneak read it because I needed to know what happened with Laurie and Jack.  It was happy and sad all at the same time.  It was lots of missed chances but in the end it all left me with a smile on my face.  

I really liked the main character of Laurie.  She may seem like the mousy type but in the end she knew what she wanted and she wasn’t going to compromise just because it was something that her husband wanted.  She remained strong.  The spur of the moment decision that changed her destiny had me cheering, I was so proud of her.  I admit that I was a bit peeved at Jack about 90% of the book.  My jaw dropped when he said that he didn’t remember Laurie through the bus window, when you know good and well that he did.  I am happy that in the end (spoiler) they realized they were soul mates for each other.  I have one of her other books on my shelf, my sister once again loaned it to me and I plan on reading it soon.  


Pick up your copy of One Day in December by Josie Silver on Amazon, Barnes and Noble or check your local bookstore. Also make sure to add it to your To Reads list on Goodreads and leave feedback for the author when you are finished. Check out more from author Josie Silver on her website HERE.

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