Book Review: One Day in December by Josie Silver

GoodReads Synopsis:

Two people. Ten chances. One unforgettable love story.

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.


I am a sucker for any chick-lit, romantic novel, and One Day in December was not only a delight to read, but a breath of fresh air in its realness and charm. Spanning the course of 10 tumultuous years, the story starts with Laurie, a young journalist on her bus ride home after a day of work at her non-fulfilling job. In one fleeting moment, as the bus stops, she locks eyes with a handsome stranger. It's electrifying, and she knows in her heart that she must get off the bus to meet him. But alas, the crowded bus and Laurie's doubt cause the moment to lapse, and the bus moves ahead along its route, leaving Laurie seriously disappointed and overcome with thoughts of 'what if'. What if she met the stranger that looked at her as if he knew her her whole life? What if there was something more than a simple glance, and what if she had just seen her soul mate?

For a whole year, Laurie sets out on trying to find him. At every book store, on every street, maybe, just maybe she'll run into him again. She retraces her footsteps and sits in the same seat on the same bus ride home, yet doesn't run into him again. Until almost one year later, her best friend and roommate, Sarah introduces Laurie to her new boyfriend, Jack.

Why doesn't Laurie just come out and tell Jack that he is the man she saw on the bus? Well, because then we wouldn't have a story! And if Jack admitted that he recognizes her too, then there wouldn't be the enthralling tale to follow. Over the next 10 years, Laurie, Sarah and Jack go through the classic ups and downs that life brings; new friendships, deaths and unfortunate accidents, moving house and changing jobs, life-altering travel, falling-outs, and of course, marriage. What results is a fabulous rom-com that delivers well-rounded characters that are flawed and human and a story that is enchanting as it is enrapturing.

I loved this book, how it didn't pad itself with idealistic notions and corny plot twists. I loved the characters, and how they were very well developed and felt like real people. I love how the book is centered around a deep connection between strangers, one that is built on the classic saying 'love at first sight'.

If you are a romantic at heart and love a good story, check this one out! Plus, it's December right now, and you have no excuse :)