One Day In December Review

Hello! Welcome Back! Today, I’m going to do something that I’ve never done on my blog before…a book review. One of my goals for this year is to read more, because I have realized reading is actually pretty hard for me. Not in a it’s hard to comprehend way, but in a it’s hard for me to sit down and focus on a book. I could genuinely be enjoying a book or purposely carving out time to read but my mind won’t slow down enough for me to give the book my full attention, meaning I never actually read. That’s something I want to change this year, because I do really enjoy reading. Even though it’s usually  challenging to settle into reading, when a book does keep my attention and makes me forget about the world around me, that’s when I know I’m going to fall head over heels with the story. That happened with the book I’m going to be speaking about today, One Day In December by Josie Silver.

I’m going to do my best at painting a clear picture of this story without spoiling it. In One Day In December, we meet a young woman living in London in her 20s named Laurie James. One day, right before Christmas on her bus ride home from work through the window she locks eyes with a boy on the street and it’s love at first sight. However, she lost him as quickly as she found him. Laurie spends the entire next year searching for her one true love from the bus stop, looking for him everywhere she can think a handsome man like himself would spend his time. Then, at the annual Christmas party Laurie and her best friend, Sarah are throwing she finally finds him! Only there’s one big problem, he was introduced as Jack O’Mara…Sarah’s new boyfriend. We follow Laurie, Sarah and Jack through ten years of friendship and see them experience heartbreak, new loves, forbidden feelings, paths that lead in all different directions and locations around the globe. All the while wondering if love at first sight and fate are just for the movies or do they exist in real life?

One Day in December, is one of the best books I’ve ever read ( or listened too because I did also have the audio book for when I couldn’t pick up the physical copy.) The writing isn’t revolutionary by any means but it sucks you in and sends you on a whirlwind of immense joy. The author, Josie makes it easy for you to really fall in love with the characters without having to put much brain power into it. It’s an easy read that you’re able to fully submerge yourself in. During a time that was particularly hard for me due to family health issues, this book brought me a lot of comfort which I’ll admit added to how much I enjoyed it. I loved everything about this book from the setting to the personalities of the charters. We are reminded that life is not one straight path, there are twists and turns that we’d never expect. Times where we feel so much happiness we feel we might burst, and also times filled with such sadness we feel it might crush our souls. However, in the end life has a way of working itself out and what is meant to be, will be. This story reminded us that, we all have a happy ending waiting for us and our trials & tribulations will lead us there.

This is the perfect winter read for when you want to snuggle up close to the fire and dive into life in London, which I’m sure you all know by now is my dream. I’m not extremely tough on the books I read, if I don’t absolutely love it by like the fifth chapter I usually won’t finish it because like I mentioned it’s a bit hard for me to focus when it comes to reading. Personally, I give this book an 8/10 because my only complaint is that I would have enjoyed the forbidden feelings part of the storyline to have been played up a bit more. What can I say I’m a sucker for angsty storyline’s. I’m hoping that there is going to be a sequel to this book, I would love to have a look inside the life of the characters now that everyone’s life is where it’s meant to be.

Overall, I really recommend you all checking out this book. If you enjoy lighthearted, easy reading, love stories this book will be right up your ally. What books are you currently reading? Any that you think I need to add to my to be read list? Let me know in the comments! Thanks for stopping by…until next time,

Be Nice. Be Good.

Mich. x

Simply Michelle

Hi! I’m Mich. I’m a 26 year old young woman trying to navigate adulthood and all the challenges it brings. On Simply Michelle you will find genuine posts about a wide range of topics from mental health & faith to makeup & baking. This is my safe place to be vulnerable and hopefully you'll feel that you can do the same. I hope you stick around!

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  1. bingingonabudget says:

    Thanks for sharing, what’s your favorite part of December?

    1. thank you for reading! that’s a great question, my favorite part of december would have to be the atmosphere with the lead up to christmas

  2. Great first book review, I can’t wait to read more!

    Jas xx |

    1. thank you jas! that’s so kind of you xx

  3. I love books that just make you so involved in the fictional world – those are honestly the best type of books. I tend to fly through books because of how good they are but later regret going so fast because I already miss the characters after I’ve finished!

    I haven’t heard of this book before, but it seems like a really nice read – not something I would have picked up instantly – but it seems like a great weekend read! 🙂


    1. yes definitely a good weekend read for when the weather is yucky! x

  4. Michelle I too have a hard time sitting down and just a reading. Like you said it takes effort to sit down and focus on the book I cut out all distractions around you. I just want to invest more time and reading books because it makes you smarter. So the book sounds very interesting, I’m a huge fan of love stories with a twist that kinda intertwine. Thanks for sharing your review, I will add it to my book list 😉

    Natonya |

    1. thank you natonya! I hope you enjoy this book! it’s so comforting to know that i’m not alone in the club of “having a hard time reading” lol xx

  5. I love to read, but struggle to find some time until I started reviewing books, now I make time x

    1. wish i had this type of discipline, I know reading is so good for you mentally. hope recovery is going well debbie x

      1. It’s up and down at times, but overall going well thank you xx

  6. I’m the exact same, I love reading but it’s finding the time to sit and focus that I struggle with so much. This book sounds really good though, I do love a book that’s easy-going, light-hearted and a good ol’ love story, so this sounds like a perfect book for me. <3

    Chloe xx

    1. you should definitely check it out on a weekend where the weather sucks! lol xx

  7. This is an amazing review Mich! This sounds like such a great chick-lit book to read. I love that it’s not just fluffy and it has a deeper meaning and theme. Thanks for the recommendation 💞

    1. yes! certainly not just a fluffy book! although i do love my fluff, i need some drama in there which this has! xx

  8. Oh my gosh I totally agree with you – I loved One Day in December and read it in one day! It was the perfect read while I was waiting for hours for my train home, and I also fell in love with the characters (especially Sarah).

    1. Sarah was hilarious! the only thing i wanted more of was a look see in laurie and jack after they got together! we waited so long for them to be together and only got two kisses out of them the whole book! i need more!!!! xx

  9. This book sounds really good and I think I’d really enjoy it because I’m exactly the same as you! I enjoy reading but find it so hard to fully focus and enjoy a book even if it’s good? I feel like I have to try hard to get through the first few chapters before I can relax into it? This sounds like a nice easy read x


    1. omg yes! once i get through the first couple chapters i have a hard time putting it down but i also have a hard time getting through the first few chapters! x

  10. Welcome to the book blogging community! Good job on your first post. 👏

    1. thank you! I won’t always be doing book reviews but they are fun to do every once in a while x

  11. Well done on your first book review! It was great! Despite the fact I used to be a book blogger through and through, it made me fall out of love with reading on multiple occasions so lifestyle is definitely more for me. I’d never go back to being a book blogger but I still love reading other people’s reviews and bookish posts! <3

    1. thank you! it’s not something I think i’ll do very often because I don’t want to feel obligated to read, but it’s fun to experiment in when I find a book I really enjoy! xxx

  12. Georgie says:

    I loved this book <3- I did think at one point I’d be throwing it across the room though! My other faves are the hating game, a girl like you & had me at hello, all lovely easy readers

    1. me too! x

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