By Casey Elogio
Love at first sight doesn’t exist, right? At least that’s what Laurie thought before she locked eyes with the man of her dreams through the window of a double-decker bus. One Day in December follows Laurie, a down-to-earth young woman who is fairly certain that love at first sight only exists in the movies.
Then it happens. The moment is brief, but the connection her and the man across the street had leaves a mark on them both. Watching her opportunity to leave the bus pass her by, Laurie makes a vow to find out who this man is. After months of searching for “Bus Boy” (aka Jack), she finally lays eyes on him again, only this time it’s while being introduced to her best friend Sarah’s new boyfriend.
For the sake of Sarah, Laurie makes the decision to push her feelings away for Jack and tries to figure out how to navigate this awkward and confusing new friendship. Taking place over the span of ten years, the story follows Laurie, Sarah and Jack through friendship, heartbreak, missed opportunities and attempts to fix past regrets. Watching the growth and maturity of these characters, while navigating the ups and downs of life makes them that much more relatable and keeps the reader captivated.
In her debut novel, author Josie Silver writes from the perspective of both Laurie and Jack, letting readers see the story through different minds. While Laurie and Jack seem to have the world’s worst timing and sometimes make the wrong choices, you just can’t help routing for them and wondering if they will ever actually get together.
Featured in Reese Witherspoon’s Book Club reading list, One Day in December is a heartwarming novel that encourages you to keep turning the pages. If you’re looking to get lost in a feel-good love story that will tug at your heart strings, this is definitely the book for you.