One Day in December by Josie Silver, 2018
Laurie and her best friend Sarah
Jack, the man they both love
The Plot (from Goodreads):
Laurie is pretty sure love at first sight doesn’t exist anywhere but the movies. But then, through a misted-up bus window one snowy December day, she sees a man who she knows instantly is the one. Their eyes meet, there’s a moment of pure magic… and then her bus drives away.
Certain they’re fated to find each other again, Laurie spends a year scanning every bus stop and cafe in London for him. But she doesn’t find him, not when it matters anyway. Instead they “reunite” at a Christmas party, when her best friend Sarah giddily introduces her new boyfriend to Laurie. It’s Jack, the man from the bus. It would be.
What follows for Laurie, Sarah and Jack is ten years of friendship, heartbreak, missed opportunities, roads not taken, and destinies reconsidered. One Day in December is a joyous, heartwarming, and immensely moving love story to escape into and a reminder that fate takes inexplicable turns along the route to happiness
I’m not sure how I felt about this one. I found the falling-in-love scene to be completely unbelievable. Eye contact through a bus window would be more like “oh he’s hot” and move on with your day, not worth searching for a guy for a whole year. (Side note…did they never go to the same bus stop at the same time of day to look for him?)
Meet-cute aside, this was a cute and enjoyable love story. I like the theme of falling in love with someone at the wrong time, which I’m sure happens often. I loved Laurie’s relationship with her roommate Sarah. Their friendship was fun and relatable, and IMO the best relationship in this book.
Overall, when you suspend believe it was cute and enjoyable, but not a read you can take too seriously.