One Day In December
By: Josie Silver
Overall: One December day Laurie is on a crowded London bus on her way home from work. At a bus stop, she looks out her bus window and locks eyes with a man. She does not know this stranger, but is inexplicably drawn to him, they lock eyes and neither of them looks away. She feels the magic between them and if the
bus was not completely packed with passengers, she would have gotten off the
bus to go over to him and introduce herself. She has never felt love at first sight before, and spends the whole next year searching London trying to find him again. Then one day, she is rewarded and finally sees the stranger again. Only problem is that when she sees him, he is being introduced to her as Jack, her best friend’s new boyfriend. Jack and Laurie both remember eachother from that magical moment at the bus stop, but they can’t say anything to eachother about it because Laurie’s best friend Sarah is so busy excitedly introducing her new boyfriend Jack to her. Sarah and Jack are now together and so Laurie and Jack are forced to become just friends. They try to navigate this friendship for the next many years while Sarah and Jack are in a relationship, and Sarah and Laurie are best friends and roommates. They are all twenty-somethings trying to find themselves and figure out their lives, loves, careers, and futures. This story about
Laurie and Jack takes place over a ten-year period. Will the timing ever be right for both of them to finally be able to be together? Maybe the timing is never right because they are just really not meant to be together? Or will the stars align and let their love-at-first-sight feelings truly be their destiny after all?
Opinion: This is a charming book for the hopeless romantic in all of us. This is not your typical love story of boy meets girl and they fall in love. Yes, that happens, with their love at first sight. But real life often gets in the way of people’s happiness. This is not a funny, lighthearted rom-com. It is much more realistic. (I know that sounds strange about a love-at-first-sight-story.) But, over the many years of this story, there are successes and tragedies, happiness and disappointments, things that we all go through in our lives. I like that this story was written from both Laurie and Jack’s points of view so you can know what they are both thinking. They go through so much in their twenties and really grow as people throughout the story. I loved all the characters in the book.
I was really rooting for the timing to finally be right for Jack and Laurie to be able to be together. If you like romance, this is a delightful, heartwarming, wintertime read that I highly recommend. Rating 9 out of 10