☆☆➹⁀☆ 5 stars ☆➹⁀☆☆
What It’s About:
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.
One Day in December is an amazing and gripping story of friendship, family, and love that spans ten years. I’ve had the book in my audiobook library since it was released. Once I finally started this book, I couldn’t put down this story about twenty-somethings, Laurie, Jack and Sarah, facing all the life threw at them.
The story is told in dual POV from Laurie and Jack’s perspectives (mostly Laurie’s). Sarah’s character development and story is learned only through the eyes of the narrators. I loved the story layout with chapters starting with the date (diary style) to denote the passage of time. Additionally, I thought it a nice touch to add Laurie’s annual New Year Resolutions as a way to note a new year and the changes in her life. The tension and angst run high throughout this entire book. My stomach was in knots over love found, destiny thwarted, and roads untaken.
I adored Sarah; she is kind, enthusiastic and caring despite the fact that her good looks, charm and obvious luck could have made her into a self-centered princess. Readers sense that Sarah is a good person and a fabulously loyal friend through Laurie’s love and devotion to her best friend.
I vacillate between thinking Jack is lovable, loyal and trying to do the right thing to thinking of him as a jerk. I know his post-Sarah girlfriends are just placeholders because he lost his girl and the woman he wanted to be his girl. I don’t know if my feelings about this character are due to his lack of acknowledgment of Laurie or that he comes off as a bit of a player at times.
I saved the best for last. Laurie is a delight. My heart was with her for every twist and turn her life took. I adored this charming character who loves hard, idolizes her flat-mate, and denies herself to ensure her best friend’s happiness. While traveling in the south Pacific, she meets a handsome fellow Brit who catches her eye and her heart. I melted when he called her his “starfish girl”. When Laurie and Oscar eventually return to real life back in London, the dreamy perfection of their vacation-love shifts slightly. I loved and hated this relationship. I wish I could rant and rave about the details, but that would spoil the read.
While there are plenty of romantic relationships throughout One Day in December, this book felt more like contemporary fiction. For those who shun ‘women’s literature” and “contemporary fiction”, don’t let that description deter you from reading this book! Readers follow Laurie, Sarah and Jack as they deal with the ups and downs of adult life—bad dates, dreamy boyfriends, death and betrayal. The three muddle through and eventually find their destiny.
A great read for fans of Sleepless in Seattle and any John Hughes film. The perfect, misty-eye ending had me holding my breath to the last word.
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