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One Day in December

4.16  ·  Rating details ·  4,923 Ratings  ·  747 Reviews
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
Paperback, 416 pages
Published October 16th 2018 by Broadway Books
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Sep 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing

ARC provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

You can buy the book here!

“You tread lightly through life, but you leave deep footprints that are hard for other people to fill.”

5 stars

One Day in December is an epic story centered around three people Laurie, Sarah and Jack.

It all start on a December day.
Laurie doesn't believe in first sight love.
She sees a man through the bus window.
She believes now.

She searches for him, every now and then.
She thinks is sure he is
Oct 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Laurie sees a man outside of her bus window one day. There are no words, no actions, only intense eye contact but that is enough to make her fall head over heels in love with a stranger. She years for him, she can't stop thinking about him, she dreams of the time they will meet again. Then one day her best friend and roommate, Sarah, introduces her new boyfriend, Jack, to Laurie. Sarah is anxious for Jack and Laurie to meet. She hopes they will hit it off - if only she knew that her boyfriend is ...more
(Bern) Mom to 2 Posh Lil Divas
Do you believe in love at first sight?

I finished One Day in December in just over three hours one night! I opened the book and found myself immersed in Laurie and Jack's story. It was exactly what I needed - the kind of book I couldn't put down. It was an addictive, angst filled love story that filled my heart with a solid dose of romance.

The story is told from both Jack and Laurie's perspectives, starting from the snowy December day they find themselves on opposite sides of a misty bus wi
Josie Silver writes a romantic comedy that is absolutely going to be a big hit, with characters that tug at your heartstrings and packed with laugh out loud humour. It is perfect escapist fare that begins and ends in the festive season. It's December, Laurie doesn't believe in soul mates, but with her hair covered in tinsel, she is at a bus stop in London on a crowded bus heading to her parents home in Birmingham for Christmas. Through the misted window, she sees him outside and deep inside her ...more
Larry H
Nov 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
It was a scene from one of the hopelessly romantic movies she loves: one late afternoon just before Christmas, Laurie is packed sardine-like onto a double-decker bus, when through a misty window she spots a handsome man. Some mystical force tells her that he is the one, and when their eyes meet, it's like they both know this to be true. But before Laurie can move or the man can try to board the bus and hopefully sweep her off her feet, the bus drives away.

Even though she's almost certain that "B
Jul 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
2018 has been an amazing year of talent for new releases and I can proudly say that this little beauty sits proudly on that shelf!

Oh my goodness Josie Silver you have my heart with how beautifully your words and talent is expressed across these pages of One Day in December.

This book was NOTHING that I expected. What a beautiful and powerful tale of love, loss, friendship, and how love can span across a lifetime.

One beautiful wintery day Laurie is on the bus and she happens to look out her win
Nov 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
4.5 stars

This book is all about fate, timing, and star-crossed love, told with a side of humor and a lot of heart. You’re not a romance reader? Neither am I! But this book melted my non-romance reading heart into a puddle.

In short, I loved it. It turned out to be so much more than I expected. I loved the characters of Laurie, Sarah, and Jack. I also enjoyed how the author explored the friendship between Laurie and Sarah, best friends for life, through thick and thin.

We follow these three throug
Norma * Traveling Sister
Smashing, engrossing & devouring!

Wow! I absolutely LOVED this book! Laurie, Sarah & Jack were great characters!

Random amusing line:
“I squint, trying to duck my head to see what he’s reading ....”

Oh my, I think all of us book lovers can relate to that sentence. I know that I have done that very same thing so many times!

ONE DAY IN DECEMBER by JOSIE SILVER is a fabulous, brilliant, heartwarming and delightful story that completely stole my heart and consumed my thoughts. It took me less tha
Oct 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
4 stars!!

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Sometimes you just meet the right person at the wrong time.

One Day in December is a story that follows three main characters, but it's told from Laurie and Jack's pov. It was a loonnnngggg journey to get there, but that ending, it was perfect. Life is about timing. Sometimes we meet people at exactly the right time, and sometimes we meet people at the wrong time.

The first time Jack and Laurie 'meet' it's on a bus. Laurie is on a bus and sees Jack. He sees her too. He tries to get
Katie B
Aug 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This was just such a good read for me. Right from the start I fell in love with the characters. Usually when I read novels in the romance genre I can find at least one or two things that I didn't like, but this book was pretty darn close to perfect. It is understandable though that this might not be the right fit for all readers as we all have stories that we connect with more than others.

Laurie is on the bus when she looks out the window and instantly falls in love with a man standing outside.

Grab a cup of tea or hot cocoa ☕,
a cozy blanket, and THIS book.

I've read so many books lately about crazy people and missing people and abused people that this was a very welcome change.

If you like movies such as 'Serendipity' and 'Love Actually' (which many people consider the be the quintessential holiday movie... which of course, it's NOT, because that title goes to 'Die Hard', OBVIOUSLY) 😄, then you'll love this story.

As with all of the films I mentioned,
Nov 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
5 wonderfully written and beautifully told stars
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This charming book is not in my usual genre of reading and yet I fell in love with it, its characters, its writing, and its alluring situations. Good job. Ms Silver!

Imagine seeing the man of your dreams through the window of a crowded bus in London. Your eyes meet and snap there is that electricity, that pull, that attraction that you have never had before. Now imagine that bus pu
DJ Sakata
Oct 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
My Rating:


Favorite Quotes:

‘I’ve got a date next week… I met him in a lift. I held him to ransom with the stop button until he agreed to ask me out.’ I really need to take life lessons from Sarah… I need to make ‘What would Sarah do?’ my life motto.

I’ll have to take a rain check. I’ve got a double date tonight with Ben and Jerry. They’re sweet… We’re going to work our way through the Karamel Sutra. It’s going to be a thrill a minute.

If I tell you something, do you promise to never tell anoth
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One December day Laurie is sitting staring out the window of a London bus when suddenly her eyes meet a man that makes her believe in love at first sight. In those brief moments Laurie and this stranger share a connection so deep that she knows he's the one... But then the bus pulls off. And he's gone forever. Laurie tries to find him over the course of the next year to no avail. And then the following Christmas she meets him again. The only problem is he is her best frien
Holly  B

This is such a charming romance with some bittersweet moments that added some emotion.
I loved it!!

Full review to post on 11/20
Jul 27, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: contemporary, romance
One day in December, Laurie and Jack have a not-meet cute that defines their lives for the next decade. She's on the double-decker bus, on her way home from working a dead end job; he's on the bench outside. Their eyes meet in a magical, instant connection and it's like a Hollywood romance-- cue the orchestra and the bright lights. But then it ends. She doesn't get off the bus. He doesn't get on. The bus drives away into the night, and this instalove couple are seemingly lost to each other forev ...more
Susan Kennedy
I am an emotional train wreck. I should never even have attempted to finish this book at work. You know that ugly cry? I had to try REALLY hard not to do that ugly cry by setting the book down with only three (3) pages to go. I had to take deep breaths to calm myself down. I loved this book. I loved the story even though my heart wrenched the whole way through. I loved the characters, most of them. There are always those couple that you detest and they were there too. Lovely, lovely book.

Sep 26, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
2.5 stars.

description From now on, if anyone asks me if I’ve ever fallen in love at first sight, I shall say yes, for one glorious minute on 21 December 2008.”

The premise of this story is simple and unquestionably has a movie-like aura to it. And you’ll get no argument from me that Josie Silver does a sound job in covering a ten year period inserting subtle moments of humour amongst the angst generated from a story of missed opportunities. However, I didn’t find it particularly romantic and with several t
Sep 12, 2018 rated it really liked it

Reminiscent of the songs, “Downtown Train” by Rod Stewart or “You’re Beautiful “ by James Blunt, Laurie is on the top of a double decker bus in London, when she spots a guy at the bus stop below. Their eyes meet and she feels a connection, something like “love at first sight”.....

But the bus pulls away without him getting on....

She and her best friend Sarah, search for “bus boy” over the course of the next year, to no avail.

Then Sarah brings home her new boyfriend, Jack, the guy she has alr
Jun 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
Haven’t encountered any of Josie Silver’s other books but was intrigued to read this, thank you to netgalley for a copy in exchange for a review.

An emotional start, when Laurie and Jack first meet, it is so beautifully written, the intricate details make you visualise this scene as if you are watching it in a movie.

At one point in the book, DON’T worry I won’t reveal when, I jumped up out of my seat, I was fully drawn into this book. I felt like I was actually beside these characters living th
Nov 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This very well might be my biggest surprise read of the year. This little hidden gem was nowhere on my radar to read until my Traveling Sisters suggested it. Norma and Brenda from Two Sisters Lost in a Coulee had gotten their hands on some copies from the publisher for a group read. I said sure why not, it looks cute even though it is not my normal reading genre. WOW! I can't even express how much I loved this book. It is such a feel good book, you just genuinely feel good after reading it. This ...more
3.5 stars

This book reminded me so much of the movie Something Borrowed.

A few things to start with. I really enjoyed the author’s voice. Her humor, characters and overall feel of the novel was right up my alley. I can see the author going far, and will be keeping my eye out for her next novel.

The reason I’m rating this novel the way I’m rating it is wholly based on how the plot made me feel. The story is based on the idea of love at first sight between Laurie and Jack. The trouble with that was t
Oct 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
WOW, WOW and WOW! LOVED this book! It took me less than 24 hours to virtually inhale it!!! Once I started there was no time for anything else in my life!

This is a brilliant piece of chick lit that easily captures the heart and leaves you wanting more. The story spans from 2008 to present day and starts with Laurie James, a 22 years old, living with her best friend Sarah in London and working a dead end job at a hotel having recently finished uni. She is just starting adulthood with dreams of bei
Lindsay - Traveling Sister
Nov 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
4 stars! Review to come....
Dana Ilie
Am primit un exemplar in avampremiera de la Editura Nemira, multumesc dragii mei!

De ce doar 3 stele? Este o carte banala, fara pic de profunzime, personajele, nu au sare si piper si sunt extrem de puerile. Nehotararea lor si lipsa de pasiune m-a determinat sa raman rece, nu am rezonat sub nicio forma cu cei doi.
Nu ma intelegeti gresit am citit si alte carti lipsite de profunzime, dar daca se vrea a fi o carte romantica, trebuie sa contina romantism, pasiune, ceva care sa ma faca sa le urmaresc
Sep 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars

I admit it, I love a good romance and One Day in December more than delivers. I was enthralled from the moment that I started reading; I felt like I was watching scenes from my favorite romantic holiday movies, and the entire time I was reading I felt like I was connecting with each character on a personal level! It is so emotional and so delightful to read, and I think that Josie Silver has written an outstanding debut novel. 

Since I told my hubby's sister five minutes after meeting hi
Aug 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley, 2018
See this full review and many more at: 5171 Miles Book Blog.

Many thanks to Crown Publishing and Netgalley for the chance to read and review this novel!

My Anglophile heart beats for British books every now and again, and I must admit to being drawn to this book by its stereotypical cute British cover. Once I read the blurb, I just had to have it. It sounds like the quintessential easy love story to get lost in for a few hours, similar to watching a ROM-COM like Notting Hill. Summer in Texas made
Renee (
Oct 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I know a lot of people hear instant-love and automatically write a book off but I really hope you'll give this one a chance. I would describe the initial "love at first sight" as more of a "wow, I feel an attraction/connection with you" but they can't even speak to each other because one is on a bus and the other is outside at the stop. Then, just as quickly, the bus is gone, resulting in a missed opportunity for both Laurie and Jack. To me, this was believable.

Time goes by and despite Laurie's

Title: One Day in December
Series: Standalone
Author: Josie Silver
Release date: October 16, 2018
Cliffhanger: No
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The potential angst in this book, combined with the beautiful illustrated cover were the biggest drawing points when I spotted One Day in December. I've never read a book by this author before, but the total package being presented was appealing to me in every way, so I had to have it. Based on the blurb, I knew I was taking a risk because it seemed t
Mellie Antoinete
Aug 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
Well I devoured this on a long Thursday summer evening. Adulting is overrated! While this instantly ticks the 5 ⭐ box, I found that at the end of the day, I didn’t necessarily like any of the characters, but I strongly empathized with their choices.

This is an applied lesson in timing is everything. We, as people, are as malleable as our experiences - we laugh when there is joy, we stay when we should go, we love whom we love. I have to give Josie Silver mad credit for writing what could be anyb
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Josie Silver is an unashamed romantic who met her husband when she stepped on his foot on his twenty-first birthday. She lives with him, her two young sons, and their cats in a little midlands town in England.

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