One Day in December: Book Review
By Danielle Rose
One Day in December by Josie Silver
Two people. Ten chances. One unforgettable love story.
One Day in December by Josie Silver is a five-star British meet-cute that's perfect for fans of romantic Christmas stories or the movie Love Actually.
Told in dual point-of-view, it follows Laurel (Laurie) James and Jack O'Mara. They meet one day in December and fall in love at first sight. Sadly, the bus Laurie is riding drives away, leaving both to search for each other over the course of another year. In the end, they do find each other. Jack is now dating Sarah, Laurie's best friend. Sarah is hopelessly in love, and Laurie spends the next several years trying to fall out of love with Jack, who is dashing, charismatic, and secretly in love with her too—even if he doesn't know it right away. In the end, there is a happily ever after for Laurie, Jack, and Sarah.
I absolutely loved the author's writing style, and I appreciated the pop culture references. If you know romantic comedy movies, you'll enjoy the references too. I'm not quite sure what genre to label this book. Based on the cover, I was expecting a romantic comedy. While there is romance and bits of wit, it's not really either. The romance is not overly described or drawn out, and there aren't many moments of comedic relief. Instead, what we're left with is a love triangle that everyone can relate to, even if you haven't fallen in love with your best friend's boyfriend.
One Day in December finds a way to settle deep in your soul. When I finished the book, I sat silently for a few minutes, thinking about the fact that it's over. I got the ending I wanted, but I was sad to leave these characters behind. The author definitely has a way with words.
Give this one a chance. I'm certain you won't regret it.
Danielle Rose is a USA Today bestselling author, a book reviewer, an occasional editor, and an always Oxford comma enthusiast. She graduated in 2012 with a Bachelor of Arts in English from UW-Parkside, and in 2014, she obtained a Master of Fine Arts in creative writing from the University of Southern Maine. Currently, Danielle resides in the Midwest, where she lives with her husband and their five rescue pets. When she is not writing, she is usually reading, renovating and decorating her historic Victorian manor, or sating her wanderlust. More about Danielle can be found at www.droseauthor.com.