Book Review: One Day In December by Josie Silver

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Is there such a thing as love at first sight and the missed opportunities? What happens when two people constantly miss the opportunity to fall in love? Will they be together forever, wondering what will happen, or is it meant to be? See what all this means in my review of this cute rom-com novel. “One day in December by Josie Silver” is a compelling story 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-up bus window 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 face heartbreak, the missed opportunities, roads not taken, and rethink destinies. The novel 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 chick-lit will certainly enjoy One Day in December. It was overall a romantic, entertaining, well-written novel. To know more instructive information about this novel, join the fun ride with me by following this article.

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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 twenty-first 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.

Overview of the Book | One Day in December by Josie Silver

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

Publication date: 11 October 2018

Publisher: the novel was published in 2018 by Broadway Books of Crown Publishing Group.

Language: English 

Length: 416 pages (may vary)

Genre: Romance novel, fictional, contemporary romance. 

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 point of view.

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

Main Characters: In the novel, we follow 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.”.

Summary of the Book | 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 the mystery man. One day, Laurie comes across the man from the bus stop as Sarah’s new boyfriend turns out to be Jack O’Mara. Sarah, her roommate, and best friend, is the perfect wing woman, but she falls in love with Jack unknowingly and finds him and falls for him herself.

Laurie missed another opportunity when she didn’t tell Sarah, but Sarah’s well-being is essential that she devotes much of her energy to retraining her heart not to love Jack. Lauren keeps her feelings for Jack a secret, but she develops a close friendship with him as time passes.

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, she and Oscar begin a relationship that eventually leads to their marriage.

 Laurie tells Sarah that Jack is the man from the bus stop as the wedding nears. Sarah was angry that Laurie had kept the secret all these years. While Sarah and Laurie can rebuild their friendship, Now that Jack and Sarah have broken up, they move to Edinburgh for a job. Laurie and Oscar’s marriage soon falls, leaving Jack and Laurie available to start a relationship for the first time after having split up with Sarah.

Laurie reunites in Edinburgh in the happy-ever-after moment, and the two kiss.

Learnings from the Book | One Day in December by Josie Silver

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The author did an excellent job developing the storyline, with both narrators doing a marvelous job narrating it from both Laura’s and Jack’s perspectives. It was so well written that even the secondary character was well-rested. The writing itself was easy to read, but it also has some poetic moments that everyone will be able to enjoy.

There is so much emotion in this story, and the characters are flawed, so you expect them to make mistakes and mess up, and you follow them along these ten years. Page after page, the book explores themes such as family, friendship, loss, tragedy, new beginnings, and a classic love story appeal.

In addition to the friendship dynamic, a love triangle complication gives the reader the feeling of being able to become one of the characters. A real highlight is Laurie and Sarah’s heartwarming friendship, which shines through their joy and mutual devotion towards each other. We also enjoyed the portrayal of Laurie and Oscar’s relationship with its love and happiness and its hardships.

My Thoughts about 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. The book has many lovely moments, and I appreciated that there was no excessive drama over the ten years.

Aside from the characters, I liked other aspects of the story overall and the author’s writing style. 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 real in movies, 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.

Review/Compliments from Different Platform | 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 stars out of 5.

Conclusion & Recommendation | One Day in December by Josie Silver

Pick this one up if you’re looking for a fun December read as a general recommendation. On the one hand, it feels like the perfect holiday read. 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. Thus, if you are eagerly interested in knowing more about the book, please try reading it.

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