I absolutely adored this book!!
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.
Genre(s): Romance, Fiction, Women’s Literature
Publisher: Broadway Books
Expected Publication: October.16.2018
*Thank you First to Read for providing an e-ARC in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed are my own.*
Laurie and Sarah are best friends. They met on their first day of uni and have been inseparable ever since. Rooming together for about 5 years. When Laurie has a moment with a strange man at a bus stop whilst she’s on the bus, she quickly tells Sarah she has found her dream man. And for a year, the two spend time looking around for “bus boy”.
Of course, when Laurie finds him, it had to be her best friend’s new boyfriend. The one she is quickly falling in love with. Heartbroken by the turn of events, she hides the truth from Sarah and at her friend’s insistence, strikes up a friendship with Jack, bus boy.
Yes, you may think where this story is going to go. And you wouldn’t be completely wrong. But, the way the story is woven, will keep you firmly rooted to the book with a big smile on your face.
When the book begins, Laurie and Sarah are sharing a flat together. They are in their early-20’s, living in London and trying to start their careers. Sarah, the more outgoing of the two is having a bit more success. While Laurie, the quieter one, is floundering a bit. They complement each other though. And to see their friendship, you realize how realistic it is. Because even though they are thick as thieves, they do have one big argument that kind of derails their friendship. But they’ve been friends for too long and nothing is really going to way of that.
The story itself is told in alternating viewpoints between Laurie and Jack. The main one being Laurie’s, beginning with that day in December when she and Jack first lay eyes on each other in 2008. From there, the story progresses, encapsulating almost a decade of these characters lives in one book. And this format works. It doesn’t make the story long or too tedious. It’s not a month by month account. Rather, snippets every few months of what the characters have been going through at the moment.
I should mention that because the story takes place primarily in London, the language reflects it. A lot of British expressionisms are used. Some went over my head, but that didn’t bother me. I’m pretty sure I got the gist of them. Besides, the writing is top-notch.
I loved loved loved this book! I honestly cannot wait for this book to be published so I can buy a copy for my best friend. It actually sparked a discussion between us as I told her about this read. What would we want the other to do if we were in a similar situation. Quite enlightening. Now, I have not stepped into my local indie bookstore all year and I am willing to pay full price for this one. That’s how enthralled I am with this book!
This book is perfect for hopeless romantics. Or for those in need of a good romance story. Cannot recommend this book enough. Seriously. ❤
Rating: 4.5/5 stars