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Review: One Day in December by Josie Silver

Title: One Day in December
Author: Josie Silver
Year Published: 2018

Genre: Adult fiction (romance)
Pages: 392
Rating: 4 out of 5

Location (my 2018 Google Reading map)UK

FTC Disclosure: I bought this with my own money

Summary (from the inside flap of the book): Laurie is pretty sure love at first sight doesn't exist anywhere outside of the movies. But then, through the mist on a bus window one snowy December day, she sees a man that 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, hoping for another glimpse of what she trusts is true love. But she doesn't find him. Not when it matters, anyway. Instead the "reunite" at a Christmas party, where her best friend, Sarah, giddily introduces her new boyfriend--Jack, the main from the bus--to Laurie.

What follows for Laurie, Sarah, and Jack is ten years of friendship, heartbreak, roads not taken, and destinies reconsidered.

Review: I'll be honest and say that I picked up this book from Book of the Month because the December theme for the Monthly Motif Challenge is Holiday or Winter and I figured December counted for winter. And the main characters met during Christmas time. I didn't know anything about the author or the book, but it sounded good when I read the summary on the back of the book. Actually, I chose two books to satisfy this motif (the other was Girl in Snow by Danya Kukafka) and started the other book first. I was having a tough time getting into it when this book showed up in the mail. I decided to give each book 40 pages and read the one that worked better for me. Well, this one won after page one.

I've never read a holiday book before, but I realize a nice romance is just the thing as Christmas approaches. I can totally see this as a Hollywood movie (think "When Harry Met Sally"), but for American audiences they would have to tone down the ever-present drinking as I found it distracting (but so British). This story had more depth than I expected. It looked into relationships, both plutonic and romantic, and our expectations. In the end it's a feel-good romance that ends the way you expect and want and that's okay with me.

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