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One Day in December by Josie Silver

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 such a sucker for a good love story and One Day in December delivered.

The first few pages set such a high bar for this book. To this day, I love the concept of the story. Fast forward to the ending, and despite it being predictable, it couldn’t have ended better. The only problem was the middle, and it was pretty disappointing.

There was so much potential and it kind of fell flat in a few areas. I enjoyed the character development, their relationships, and watching them age. There was just so much…fluff that I found myself speed reading just to get through it. There was a ton of surface level drama that made me roll my eyes. I felt like for every two/three slow-moving parts, one really good section followed.

Overall, it was an easy and light-hearted read.

★★★★☆

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The provided summary of If I Live can be found here

★★★★★: Unforgettable, one of a kind. A book that will be hard to forget.
★★★★☆: A good read with little to no flaws.
★★★☆☆: A decent read, but not one I would put on the top of your “To Be Read” pile.
★★☆☆☆: Needs major work, did not enjoy but was able to finish.
★☆☆☆☆: Did not finish.

Book 3/50 for 2020

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