Book Review: One Day in December

8/10 for One Day in December by Josie Silver
(ARC from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review)

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 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 fell a little in love with this story. The main characters were absolutely lovely and I lived for the relationship between Laurie and Sarah.
It's that kind of friendship that gives a bit of character to the story.
However, when your best friend introduces her new boyfriend to you and he turns out to be the love of your can imagine that it brought some interesting developments with it.

The story is told over a time span of almost 10 years. The author cleverly chose to skip forward to pivotal moments in the story and not dwell on the mundane stuff.
Often I'm not a fan of this as I feel it can often cause you to get less of a connection to the story and people in it. One Day in December shows that it's perfectly possible to do. The skipping in time made this one so much easier. It actually caused for an even intenser bond with all the people involved because they went through so much. Josie Silver wasn't scared to make her characters actually live rather than stand still in time. It made a much more realistic portrayal of actual life and the different stages and stepstones people go through.

I was always excited to come back to it and couldn't wait to find out more about my favourite people in this fictional world.