Author Josie Silver takes readers on a journey that spans 10 Christmas seasons, exploring what happens when true love is found—and lost ... One Day in December is a captivating read, full of charming characters and relatable situations.
Silver explores the different kinds of love men and women create and share in this sweetly romantic novel ... 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 ... 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.
First of all, to enjoy this book, you have to set aside your skepticism and common sense. You have to embrace your inner romantic, and you have to believe, just for a few hours, that love at first sight is a reasonable thing and that we all have a soul mate. If you can do that, then you will find Josie Silver’s One Day in December a sweet, entertaining read. If you can’t, then you will spend a lot of time rolling your eyes ... What follows is a touching story ... If you’re heading out of town anytime over the holidays, this would be the perfect airplane read.
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.
Silver’s lovely debut ... is keenly aware of [its] influences (there is an immediate reference to the film Love Actually, and Laurie has a self-described love of Nora Ephron) ... 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.