Alright so, anyone who knows me knows I’m an absolute sap. I cry at the drop of a hat when I watch movies or even read books, so it’s no surprise that a story that opens at Christmas and spans over a decade about fated love had me all heart-eye emoji’d up and devouring the book within 2 days… ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
I don’t think I could possibly do the synopsis of One Day in December justice so I’m going to lift this one straight from the book:
“Laurie is pretty sure love at first sight doesn’t exist anywhere outside the movies. But then ,through the mist on a 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, hoping for another glimpse of what she trusts is true love. But she doesn’t find him. Not when it matters, anyway. Instead they “reunite” at a Christmas party, where her best friend, Sarah, giddily introduces her new boyfriend – Jack the man from the bus – to Laurie.
What follows for Laurie, Sarah, and Jack are ten years of friendship, heart-break, roads not taken, and destinies reconsidered.”
Okay so um, how EPIC does this love story (or anti-love story) sound?? Of course I had to pick it up, and of course I couldn’t put it down once I had.
I’ll start where I usually do – with the characters. Laurie and Sarah are honestly the perfect ‘heroines’ in this book. They’re flawed, but lovable, and they’re not cardboard cut-outs of female protagonists in other books or movies. Sure, there are similarities, but these girls row in to women through the course of the book and though life takes them down different paths their friendship endures. It reminds me of my own long-distance best-friendship that feels more like a sisterhood whenever we’re in the same country, so I could definitely relate to Laurie and Sarah (as well as the pain they felt in the face of tough decisions).
Jack, too, is a very real and raw character. His life probably takes a few more twists and turns, and nearly gets derailed, a lot more than the women’s story-lines in this book. You love him, you hate him, you feel for him – there’s a whole array of emotions we’re feeling alongside Sarah and Laurie when it comes to Jack and it’s a beautiful thing to feel so in tune with a book and it’s characters.
It’s hard to properly write about this novel without giving some things away, so without telling you how this occurs, all I can say is there’ll be a moment in this book where you hope to god you don’t get “How I Met Your Mother”d (and by that I mean by the time people get together literally NOBODY WANTS THAT ANY MORE). But don’t fret, it will only last a chapter or three 😉
This book was a rollercoaster of emotions. Full of twists and turns, you definitely never feel like you’re just reading a cliche’d Christmas movie or romantic comedy manuscript turned in to a book. One Day in December has genuine heart, and the cast of characters have very real, human flaws just like any of us reading it. This is a joyous love story of mammoth proportions, but also a reminder that there are so many roads to happiness, not all of them smooth. It’s a charming read exploring the many kinds of soulmates we meet in our lives, not all of them romantic and not everyone destined to stay, but that fact doesn’t lessen their impact on our lives. Enough sap from me now I think, just go and read it! 🙂
Rating: If you’re a romantic at heart, or enjoy a good romantic-comedy, you’ll definitely love reading this. It’s themes around friendship, love, fate, and growing up mean it’s also suitable for other readers of Contemporary fiction!
AU Release Date: 16 October 2018
Are you a romantic? What are your favourite romance reads?
As we all know I’m a wild romantic at heart, but I tend to steer more towards this kind of Rom-Com/Drama genre rather than full on romance. Because emotions are cool.
Until next time,
Thank you to Crown Publishing for sending me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.