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One Day in December
A Novel
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#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • “Get ready to be swept up in a whirlwind romance. It absolutely charmed me.”—Reese Witherspoon (A Reese Witherspoon Book Club Pick) “The...
#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • “Get ready to be swept up in a whirlwind romance. It absolutely charmed me.”—Reese Witherspoon (A Reese Witherspoon Book Club Pick) “The...
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  • #1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • “Get ready to be swept up in a whirlwind romance. It absolutely charmed me.”—Reese Witherspoon (A Reese Witherspoon Book Club Pick)
    “The perfect book to get lost in . . . Josie Silver’s characters sneak their way into your heart and stay.”—Jill Santopolo, author of
    The Light We Lost
    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.

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  • From the book

    December 21

    Laurie

    It’s a wonder everyone who uses public transport in winter doesn’t keel over and die of germ overload. In the last ten minutes I’ve been coughed on and sneezed at, and if the woman in front of me shakes her dandruff my way again, I might just douse her with the dregs of the lukewarm coffee that I’m no longer able to drink because it’s full of her scalp.

    I’m so tired I could sleep right here on the top deck of this swaying, rammed-full bus. Thank God I’ve finally finished work for Christmas, because I don’t think my brain or my body could withstand even one more shift behind that awful hotel reception desk. It might be festooned with garlands and pretty lights on the customer side, but step behind the curtain and it’s a soulless hellhole. I’m practically asleep, even when I’m awake. I’m loosely planning to hibernate until next year once I get home to the nostalgic familiarity of my parents’ house tomorrow. There’s something soothingly time warp-ish about leaving London for an interlude of sedate Midlands village life in my childhood bedroom, even if not all of my childhood memories are happy ones. Even the closest of families have their tragedies, and it’s fair to say that ours came early and cut deep. I won’t dwell though, because Christmas should be a time of hope and love and, most appealing of all at this very moment, sleep. Sleep, punctuated by bouts of competitive eating with my brother, Daryl, and his girlfriend, Anna, and the whole gamut of cheesy Christmas movies. Because how could you ever be too tired to watch some hapless guy stand out in the cold and hold up signs silently declaring to his best friend’s wife that his wasted heart will always love her? Though—is that romance? I’m not so sure. I mean, it kind of is, in a schmaltzy way, but it’s also being the shittiest friend on the planet.

    I’ve given up worrying about the germs in here because I’ve undoubtedly ingested enough to kill me if they’re going to, so I lean my forehead against the steamy window and watch Camden High Street slide by in a glitter of Christmas lights and bright, foggy shop windows selling everything from leather jackets to tacky London souvenirs. It’s barely four in the afternoon, yet already it’s dusk over London; I don’t think it got properly light at all today.

    My reflection tells me that I should probably pull the tacky halo of tinsel from my hair that my cow of a manager made me wear, because I look like I’m trying out for Angel Gabriel in a primary school nativity, but I find that I really can’t be bothered. No one else on this bus could care less; not the damp, anoraked man next to me taking up more than his half of the seat as he dozes over yesterday’s paper, nor the bunch of schoolkids shouting across each other on the back seats and certainly not dandruff woman in front of me with her flashing snowflake earrings. The irony of her jewelry choice is not lost on me; if I were more of a bitch I might tap her on the shoulder to advise her that she’s drawing attention to the skin blizzard she’s depositing with every shake of her head. I’m not a bitch though; or maybe I’m just a quiet one inside my own head. Isn’t everyone?

    Jesus, how many more stops is this bus going to make? I’m still a couple of miles from my flat and already it’s fuller than a cattle truck on market day.

    Come on, I think. Move. Take me home. Though home is going to be a pretty depressing place...

About the Author-

  • Josie Silver is an unashamed romantic who met her husband when she stepped on his foot on his 21st birthday. She lives with him, her two young sons and their cats in a little town in England called Wolverhampton.

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  • Publisher's Weekly

    July 2, 2018
    Silver’s lovely debut follows two young Londoners after a missed connection alters the course of their lives. Laurie, newly out of university, spots Jack while on the bus one December afternoon. Seated in the bus shelter along the sidewalk, Jack gazes back at Laurie and something electric happens. Over the next year, Laurie contemplates the moment, searching for Jack in vain until he shows up at her door for a holiday party—as her friend’s boyfriend. Laurie doesn’t mention anything, and neither does Jack. Silver, who is keenly aware of her influences (there is an immediate reference to the film Love Actually, and Laurie has a self-described love of Nora Ephron), divvies up chapters between Laurie and Jack. The story follows them through awkward dinners, double dates, and birthday celebrations that are full of highly flirtatious scenes where the two attempt to keep their mutual affection hidden. As they age, flaws also slowly rise to the surface, such as Jack’s cruel streak and Laurie’s problematic consumption of alcohol. Silver’s propulsive narrative is enjoyable, and the mix of tension and affection between Jack and Laurie is charming, addictive, and effective. Readers who like quirky love stories will be satisfied by this cinematic novel.

  • Kirkus

    August 15, 2018
    True love flares between two people, but they find that circumstances always impede it.On a winter day in London, Laurie spots Jack from her bus home and he sparks a feeling in her so deep that she spends the next year searching for him. Her roommate and best friend, Sarah, is the perfect wing-woman but ultimately--and unknowingly--ends the search by finding Jack and falling for him herself. Laurie's hasty decision not to tell Sarah is the second painful missed opportunity (after not getting off the bus), but Sarah's happiness is so important to Laurie that she dedicates ample energy into retraining her heart not to love Jack. Laurie is misguided, but her effort and loyalty spring from a true heart, and she considers her project mostly successful. Perhaps she would have total success, but the fact of the matter is that Jack feels the same deep connection to Laurie. His reasons for not acting on them are less admirable: He likes Sarah and she's the total package; why would he give that up just because every time he and Laurie have enough time together (and just enough alcohol) they nearly fall into each other's arms? Laurie finally begins to move on, creating a mostly satisfying life for herself, whereas Jack's inability to be genuine tortures him and turns him into an ever bigger jerk. Patriarchy--it hurts men, too! There's no question where the book is going, but the pacing is just right, the tone warm, and the characters sympathetic, even when making dumb decisions.Anyone who believes in true love or is simply willing to accept it as the premise of a winding tale will find this debut an emotional, satisfying read.

    COPYRIGHT(2018) Kirkus Reviews, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

  • Library Journal

    September 15, 2018

    Silver explores the different kinds of love men and women create and share in this sweetly romantic novel. Laurie and Jack spot each other at Christmas while she's on a bus and he's out on the street, but the bus drives off and they don't meet. She spends the next year looking for "bus boy." When they finally connect, he's already her best friend Sarah's boyfriend, so they decide not to acknowledge that first encounter, starting a decade of lies of omission and bittersweet friendship that eventually blows up in their faces. Laurie always puts everyone else first until some interesting choices lead to hard-won independence and self-respect. Plenty of stereotypes and tropes here, with Laurie and Jack's alternating first-person points of view illustrating their Love Actually missed opportunities, complete with second-guessing and could-have-beens on both ends. Family members and friends round out a well-developed and necessary cast of supporting characters. VERDICT Readers who enjoy contemporary romance will root for Laurie and Jack as they work through laughter-through-tears experiences and toward a happily-ever-after worth fighting for.--Charli Osborne, Southfield P.L., MI

    Copyright 2018 Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

  • Booklist

    September 1, 2018
    It's love at first sight when, a few days before Christmas, Laurie looks out of the window of a London bus and spots an appealing guy sitting in a bus shelter. He seems to see her, too, but the bus pulls away. Laurie spends the next year searching for bus boy with the help of Sarah, her gorgeous and more glamorous flatmate and best friend. Then, when the holidays roll around again, Sarah brings home new boyfriend Jack?bus boy himself. Silver's novel follows her twentysomething characters over the next 10 years as Laurie struggles with her love for Jack and her loyalty to Sarah. It turns out that Jack, who shares narrative duties with Laurie, has not forgotten that first encounter, but his and Laurie's timing is never right. He and Sarah break up, but not before Laurie has accepted a marriage proposal from dependable Oscar. Silver writes with verve and charm in this debut, and readers will be pulling for Laurie and Jack as they detour through missteps and misunderstandings before their happy ending is finally achieved.(Reprinted with permission of Booklist, copyright 2018, American Library Association.)

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