This months book club choice was a little different than the average selection but it was still a good one. Josie Silver’s One Day in December is Hallmark holidays meets Lifetime movies in a book. If you’re looking for an easy read to cuddle up by the fire with during the holidays, One Day in December will be for you. It’s got scandal, drama, and of course, love.
Laurie (Lu) is on a crowded bus one Winter day on her way home from another mundane day. As she’s lost in her thoughts, she catches eyes with Jack in a moment that neither of them will ever forget. However, neither of them makes a move and the bus drives away and the moment is lost. Lu spends an entire year searching for this mystery bus stop man with her best friend and roommate Sarah. That is, until finally she’s ready to give up. Let’s just pause right there for a moment. First, how can she fall in love with someone she doesn’t even know? Secondly, would anyone really spend a whole year looking for someone that they only caught a glimpse of?
Just when Lu throws in the towel, she comes face to face with the man that she fell in love with at first sight. The only problem is she is now meeting him as Sarah’s boyfriend. They both decide to keep the secret for years each knowing inside that they have a deeper connection. It’s almost like they’re in love behind Sarah’s back. Lu loves Sarah so much though and only cares about her overall happiness. Because of this, she is willing to bury her love for Jack and watch from the outside. Jack on the other hand, knows that Sarah is the whole package and doesn’t want to lose her. After all, he has the best of both worlds by having Sarah as his girlfriend and Lu as his friend that he gets a little too close to when they drink.
The truth eventually does come out as it always does. But how does everyone react to it? That’s something that you’ll have to read the book to find out about. Josie Silver does a great job at telling the story by going back and forth from Lu’s point of view to Jack’s. This gives us readers the opportunity to learn all of the thoughts that are floating around in each of their heads and all of the words being unsaid. Until finally, the love triangle comes to an end.
Lu is a relatable character that starts off strong and even describes herself as a bitch in the beginning. However, as the story goes on, we learn that she is always trying to please others and she loses some of that fire. Jack, is charming and likeable in the beginning. Then, he goes through dark times that leave him a bit damaged and broody. It makes you wonder whether you want Sarah or Lu to end up with someone like him. Finally, there’s Sarah. Her character is consistent throughout. She’s fun, dominant and independent no matter what part of her life she’s in.
As cynical as I can be, I actually enjoyed reading One Day in December. It wouldn’t be my typical go to, but it’s the perfect combination of drama and love.