Book Review, Josie Silver

Book Review: One Day in December by Josie Silver


Author- Josie Silver

Published on-October 16th, 2018

Genre- Contemporary Romance

Page count- 416

Rating- 3.5/5

“Sometimes you just meet the right person at the wrong time” 

Lately, I have been reading a lot of contemporary romances, “One day in December” being my latest haul. To be honest, romance novels that follows themes of “Love at first sight” or “Insta love” are a huge deal breaker for me. It is just something which I don’t believe in, so going into this novel I was a little sceptical. However, to be my surprise I really enjoyed reading this book and I think it is just one of those books which demands to be read on a cold winter day, if you are looking for all the warm and fuzzy feels.

Laurie and Jack meet each other or rather see each other for the first time through a window of a crowded bus and feel this instant connection but then the bus moves forward and they lose each other before either of them could get a chance to make a move. Thereafter, Laurie searches for this mystery guy from the bus stop for an entire year before finally giving up only to meet him later as her best friend’s Sarah’s boyfriend. Now, you see, how that can be a problem?

“One Day in December” follows the lives of Jack and Laurie through a time span of 10 years as they navigate through their respective lives of happiness, heart-break, love, passion, sacrifices and misery. Which, according to me is also the best thing about this book because even though the connection between them was instant their relationship development is gradual as they go through various stages before they find their way to each other. Both these people constantly struggle to find their niche in the world and around each other. Meeting someone and falling in love with that person is the easier part but to keep loving that person through every change and through every highs and lows of life is the difficult part. And that is the beauty of Jack and Laurie’s relationship. In some ways, this book is so much about growing up and learning to hear the voice of one’s own heart.

“There comes a point where you have to make the choice to be happy, because being sad for too long is exhausting. And that one day, you’ll look back, and you’ll not be able to remember exactly what it was you loved about that person.

But I also said that sometimes, rarely, people can come back into your life. And if that happens, you should keep those people close to you for ever.”

Josie silver’s writing is lucid, neat and engrossing although I must add that the story is narrated year wise and the author tries to cover all the eventful things happening in the character’s lives by highlighting all the important dates of that year. so, I can understand, the narration may sometimes feel a little disrupted but it didn’t really bother me because even then I was able to connect with the characters and the things that they were going through. Laurie’s character is extremely sweet and Jack is a goofy boy next door who sometimes act like a jerk but I felt the best character from this book is legit, Sarah, that woman is fiery and I loved her to the core. Also, I know how the story may appear to be a love triangle but believe me it is not. In fact, this book has one of the best female friendships that I have read and It is just about three people who are kind of trapped in a completely bizarre situation.

However, I would have loved this story so much more if there was some more page time and chemistry build-up between Jack and Laurie. They are good together but somewhere I felt that all-consuming passion was missing. The same can also be said about the ending of the book, which I thought was really cool and amazing but once again, the build up to the climax sort of fell flat for me. I needed more angst, I needed a little more effort from Jack and Laurie and I needed a long happily ever-after epilogue. But, the thing that really bothered me was the way Laurie’s and Oscar marriage ended. It’s a love story, so I knew that the MC’S will eventually find their way back to each other, so, when Laurie married Oscar, I was certain it wasn’t going to last but it bothered me that Laurie didn’t put an effort to save her marriage, I understand the heart wants, what the heart wants but when you are married to someone, you need to make some compromises and I didn’t think that Laurie put any semblance of effort in saving her marriage. I don’t think that works in real life.

That being said, pick this up, if you are looking for a light-hearted and heart-warming read. Now, can someone please make a movie out of it, I think this story can offer a very organic cinematic experience. And, please cast Sam Claflin as Jack O’Mara!!



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3 thoughts on “Book Review: One Day in December by Josie Silver”

  1. I guess the missed connections part helps make up for the insta-love trope a little? The idea of someone throwing away their marriage is something that happens in real life, but it’s a strange thing to do for someone who’s supposed to be the main character because it’s… kind of unsympathetic.

    1. Exactly, that’s what I felt. I mean Oscar wasn’t really a bad character, he loved Laurie and they had a conflict of interest but it wasn’t something which was that huge. They just needed to sort it out but Laurie wasn’t ready to back down. Now some people may say that if Laurie didn’t back down neither did Oscar but the thing is that because Laurie is the main character, I thought a little effort from her side would have been really appreciated.

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