One Day in December
the heart-warming and uplifting international bestseller
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'The sweetest love story . . . you're going to love it' Marian Keyes
'You'll fall head over heels for this book' Reese Witherspoon
Looking for the perfect love story to snuggle up with on a cold afternoon? Get ready to escape into the heart-warming, feel-good bestseller that everyone's falling in love with.
Laurie is pretty sure love at first sight doesn't exist. After all, life isn't a scene from the movies, is it? But then, through a misted-up bus window one freezing day, she sees a man she knows instantly is the one. Their eyes meet, there's a moment of pure magic...and then her bus drives away.
Laurie thinks she'll never see the boy from the bus again. But at a party later that year, her best friend Sarah introduces her to the new love of her life. Who is, of course, the boy from the bus.
Determined to let him go, Laurie gets on with her life. But what if fate has other plans?
Following Laurie, Sarah and Jack through ten years of love, heartbreak and friendship, One Day in December is an uplifting and immensely moving love story for fans of Jojo Moyes, Lucy Diamond and Nicholas Sparks.
WHAT AUTHORS ARE SAYING
'Sucked me in and didn't let go. It made me laugh, cry, ache and shout at the characters. Utterly captivating...one of my favourite books' Holly Martin
'The number one feel-good read' Dinah Jefferies
'The love story you've been waiting for ... I loved it!' Miranda Dickinson
'A feel-good, heart-wrenching tribute to the female friends we cannot do without, as well as the men that we fall for. Josie Silver is one to watch.' Stephanie Butland
WHAT READERS ARE SAYING
'I laughed, I cried, I shouted at the characters and I absolutely loved this story' Jennifer
'This book NEEDS to be made into a film' Louise
'Devastatingly good' Johnny
'I LOVE LOVE LOVED this book' Viccki
'Wow! What a book!' Jen
'This kept me turning pages long into the night. I'd highly recommend it' Christine
'I can't wait to reread it over and over' Nikita
'I just didn't want this book to end . . . I shall be singing its praises from the rooftops' Cassie
'The perfect book to read this winter' Rebecca
'I'd recommend it to all' L.J.
'I devoured this book' Amanda
From Publishers Weekly
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Probably My Favourite Book of All Time
One day (in December), Laurie is on a bus and looks up when it stops, only to instantly fall in love at first sight with a boy sitting and reading. Both of them feel a connection where they feel like they’ve just run into someone they haven’t seen in a long time and meeting The One at the same time. She subsequently refers to him as “bus boy” and scans for him in every room she goes into later. A year later, her best friend Sarah insists that she meet her new boyfriend, who she’s determined to marry in the future. Except, Sarah’s new boyfriend is Jack, bus boy, and she wants him and Laurie to be good friends. Both Jack and Laurie pretend to not remember each other, and she tries to distance herself from the happy couple since it’s a burden to her heart. After Laurie and Jack share a secret kiss and everyone around her seems to start settling down, Laurie decides to embark to Thailand to get away for a reprieve and hopefully find someone that makes her forget Jack and the heartbreak over seeing him happy with Sarah.
As someone who thinks love at first sight is ridiculous, I wasn’t entirely convinced that Laurie and Jack could be in love after staring at each other for 2 minutes one day at a bus stop. The hopeless romantic in me that loves angsty, unrequited love, however, loved it. There are obviously other tropes that people will hate, such as, emotional cheating or dating someone your best friend has dated (I don’t think that’s a spoiler since there would be no point to the book if Laurie and Jack didn’t end up together). All of this on top of the fact that Jack kisses Laurie when he’s still with Sarah and only feels a little guilty about it. Not to mention, they both opt to keep this encounter a secret and leave Sarah in the dark. They’re both undeniably characters without the best of morals, but it was hard for me (at least) to not feel heartbroken for these characters that met (for the second time) at the wrong moment and didn’t know how to get themselves out of this complicated predicament.
The following paragraph will have a bunch of spoilers while I discuss the other romances in this book, so be warned. To be frank, I didn’t mind the other women/other men plots because it just added to the angst of the story. For example, Oscar wasn’t demonised like every other male in romance books. Instead, he was portrayed as loving and supportive of Laurie and his downfall was being too dedicated to his job. However, Jack’s other girlfriends (excluding Sarah) seemed to be the same old bitchy, but really hot, girls that hate the girl he’s in love with. I did like how Laurie didn’t explicitly hate them because they were with Jack and instead tried to uncover the positives about their personalities. Though, I wasn’t a fan of how long it took them to realise that their significant others weren’t – in their own words – their “one hundred per cent”. I would’ve liked to see at least another chapter to see how well Laurie and Jack were when they could finally be together with nothing between them. But, this is the downfall of reading romance novels; they end too quickly and most of the time, without an epilogue.
The plot for this book just immediately dragged me in. There are quite a few time jumps since it mainly focuses on the months from October-January and has New Years Resolutions for each year that passes, but I liked it. Despite being a book about a bunch of regular people who are broke (for most of the book, at least), it was quite entertaining. As I stated earlier, I wish the subplots we were introduced to in the middle of the book could have been resolved earlier so the climactic scene didn’t feel like it was coming out of nowhere. That being said, I did finish this in about 4-5 hours because I was that sucked into Laurie and Jack’s story, so I can’t really complain.
One of my favourite things about this book was the writing and how reminiscent it was of Bridget Jones, Love, Rosie, and Love, Actually. All of which are referenced by the main character. In fact, most of the scenes and the “I’m in love with my best friends’ significant other” seemed straight out of these films. Except something actually came out of it. This specific type of British, Christmasy humour is something I love and I can definitely see this being a rom-com in the future (hopefully someone actually picks it up because I’d be first in line). If you’re a fan of any of those or like the humourous narrating in The Hating Game then you’ll need to pick this up immediately.
Overall, this was such a heartbreaking, chest-clenching, addictive read that had me wiping tears the entire time. It definitely doesn’t have the best morals in a book and I could understand why others might not appreciate it, but I loved the experience reading it. If you like any of the movies or books that I name-dropped in this review, then I’d highly consider reading it. Otherwise, it’s a book that can bring such intense emotions out of you while you follow the wild ride of their decade of heartbreak. It’s a book that I can see myself rereading a few times over the years, especially at Christmas time.
A lovely, easy escape story. Perfect!
A lovely easy summer read!
Charming and warm