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,
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