Book Review: One Day In December by Josie Silver

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Have you ever felt love as first sight or have you missed such opportunities? What happens when two people constantly miss the opportunity to fall in love? Do they ever confess their feelings or live in a dream wondering what would have happened if they confessed? So today I have come up with a new rom-com novel “One day in December by Josie Silver” about friendship, missed opportunities, fated love, and unexpected bumps in life.

One day in December” tells the story of Laurie, who finds her love of life at first sight through a misted bus window on one snowy December day. Their eyes meet, and there is a fast connection of pure magic, and then her bus drives away. She led a year-long search for him and found him where she never expected.

In the ten years that follow, Laurie, Sarah, and Jack faced heartbreak, the missed opportunities, roads not taken, and rethinking destinies. This story is a joyful, heartwarming, and immensely moving love story that reveals the mysteries of fate along the way to happiness.

Fans of modern romance and chicklit will certainly enjoy One Day in December. It is overall a romantic, entertaining, well-written novel. So let’s dive into the article to know more about this book.

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About the Author | Josie Silver

Josie Silver is the author of the New York Times bestselling novels ‘One Day in December’ and ‘The Two Lives of Lydia Bird’. She was born in Wolverhampton, United Kingdom. She is an unabashed romantic who met her husband on his 21st birthday when she stepped on his foot.

She lives with him, their two young sons, and their cats in a little town in England called Wolverhampton. The novel, One Day in December was Josie Silver’s first book and translated into 25 languages.

Book Overview | One Day in December by Josie Silver

Romantic novel One Day in December written by Josie Silver is her debut novel was a Sunday Times & New York Times bestseller when released in October 2018.

Publication date: 11th October 2018

Publisher: Broadway Books of Crown Publishing Group in 2018.

Language: English 

Length: 416 pages (may vary)

Genre: Romance, Fiction, Chick Lit, Contemporary, Contemporary Romance, Adult Fiction, Adult

Setting: The book’s setting takes place in London over ten years.

Point of View: Throughout the novel two characters, Jack O’Mara and Laurie Jame, tell the story from the first-person’s point of view.

Major Themes: There are several themes present in this novel, including friendship, heartbreak, lost opportunities, and destinies re-examined.

Main Characters: This story revolves around four characters: Laurie, Sarah, Jack, and Oscar. 

Laurie and Jack are the prominent voices that you will read from their perspectives in the novel. The spark of passion between Laurie Jame and a stranger on a bus has turned her from a practical woman into a romantic. We begin to understand the spark when we see Laurie’s best friend’s boyfriend, Jack O’Mara, the infamous “busboy.”.

Book Summary | One Day in December by Josie Silver

This story follows Laurie James as she navigates her twenties in contemporary London. On a bus one day, Laurie encounters a man whose eyes she meets instantly. The couple falls in love at first sight.

After the bus drives away, Laurie spends nearly a year searching for her mystery man and finds him at an unexpected place where she neither could express her feelings neither tell any of her friends about it.

Laurie’s missed opportunity keeps her at bay as she gets closer to him as time passes and develops a strong friendship with him as well as keeps her heart restrained from falling more and more in love with him.

Having moved on, Laurie creates a mostly satisfying life for herself. She finally moves on with her life but still struggles with guilt. Desperate for a change, Laurie leaves for Thailand and meets Oscar, a young Londoner. As the two return to England, both begin a relationship that eventually leads to their marriage.

As the wedding nears, Laurie confesses about her mystery man to her best friend Sarah to which she got utterly angry. However, Laurie moves on with her marriage with Oscar which ultimately failed soon which opens up another opportunity for Laurie to get back with her mystery man who has moved to Edinburgh.

Soon Laurie decided to visit Edinburgh and confess her feelings to him, to which he accepts and they unites in the happy-ever-after moment

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My Thoughts On The Book

One of the many things I love about this book is that I am delighted to find out that the story is utterly believable, despite the almost unbelievable storyline. This story has many lovely moments, and I appreciated that there was no excessive drama over the ten years timeline.

Aside from the characters, I liked other aspects of the story overall and the creative writing. The two main characters experience life-changing events, but they’re not forced into them. However, the idea of two people seeing each other through the bus window and knowing immediately that they are in love is so romantic and heartwarming.

Even though this thing is rarely real in real life, it’s so satisfying that Laurie is pretty sure it doesn’t exist anywhere but in movies. Then one snowy December day, she sees a man through a misted-up bus window. Their eyes meet, there’s a moment of pure magic, and then her bus pulls away.

Reading this book was addictive, and I kept wanting to know what would happen to the characters. Definitely a good book to curl up within the evening with a blanket. After reading this book, you felt like you wanted just a bit of time with these characters. The book has a little bit of everything: friendship, loss, grief, new beginnings, forgiveness, heartache, and love.

Reviews on “One Day in December” by Josie Silver

The pacing of the story is just right, the tone warm, and the characters sympathetic… Anyone who believes in true love or accepts it as a central story element will find this debut a satisfying and emotional read.” – Kirkus Reviews

Prepare to be charmed as Josie Silver takes readers on a captivating journey – where female friendship is as important as romantic love… One Day in December is a winner in every way.” – USA Today.

This contemporary romance will have readers rooting for Laurie and Jack as they work through laughing-through-tears experiences and toward a happily-ever-after, they’ll even fight for.” – library journal.

In his debut novel, Silver writes with verve and charm, and readers will be pulling for Laurie and Jack as they navigate their way through missteps and misunderstandings.” – Booklist. 

Love is the novelistic equivalent.” – The bookseller 

One Day in December will make you believe in love” – Refinery29

Like a mug of cocoa on a snowy day, this poignant romance warmed my heart” – First for women

In this new novel, a holiday love triangle and the pursuit of surprising romances make it simply magical.” – SheReads


My rating for this novel “One Day in December by Josie Silver” is 4.3 stars out of 5.

Final Words

Pick this one up if you’re looking for a fun December read as a general romantic recommendation. On one hand, it feels like the perfect holiday read while on the other hand, it is an attractive women’s fiction and love at first sight book that happens in December.

So if you enjoy reading this article and are eager to learn more about this book, I recommend reading it. It has many more interesting facts that you will discover.

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