Yes, I just read a romance novel…
Requesting this for NetGalley I was in a proper mood for a cute fluffy but “my age” romance novel without too much sex. The synopsis of this seemed to cover those areas so I went off a limb (I never really request romance novel at all) and requested it.
This ARC was provided to me by NetGalley and Penguin (UK) in return for an honest review. Thank you!
One Day In December
by Josie Silver
Synopsis by NetGalley
One unforgettable love story.
Laurie is pretty sure love, at first sight, doesn’t exist. After all, life isn’t a scene from the movies, is it? 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.
Laurie thinks she’ll never see the boy from the bus again. But at their Christmas party a year later, her best friend Sarah introduces her to the new love of her life. Who is, of course, the boy from the bus.
Determined to let him go, Laurie gets on with her life. But what if fate has other plans?
Following Laurie, Sarah and Jack through ten years of love, heartbreak and friendship, One Day in December is a joyous, heart-warming and immensely moving love story that you’ll want to escape into forever, for fans of Jojo Moyes, Lucy Diamond and Nicholas Sparks.
Great F/F friendship!
Common tropes with untraditional turns/endings
First of all.
Let’s get a few things straight. The synopsis says; Two people. Ten chances. One unforgettable love story.
There are three people; Laurie, Sarah, and Jack. The best friends and the boy. Two of these are narrators; Laurie and Jack, but Sarah features very heavily.
Ten chances? No. More like ten years of chances.
One unforgettable love story? Not really. Memorable? Yeah sure.
But overall, I did enjoy it.
The story follows the love story between Laurie and Jack with all its ups and downs.
In general, I liked where the story went and how it got there. The reasons were logical and made sense. What I wasn’t so happy about was the amount of tropes in this book. There were a lot of them from instalove, to best friend dating her crush, to the evil mother-in-law. There were a lot. Several of these had an unexpected or untraditional twist/ending which I liked. Those changes made the book again more down to earth and realistic.
I wasn’t a big fan of the beginning. I was quite confused by all the new things and lack of explanations, and the main characters negative attitude didn’t help. It took me a while to understand that she kept referring to her flat and not just a random street in London.
The book did grow on me and by the end I really liked it. Though I don’t think I started to like the book before I was at least halfway through. It did have a few slow parts in the middle and towards the end, but they all had a purpose and projected the characters to where they ended up. I wasn’t the biggest fan of the ending either, it felt a bit cheesy to me and rushed.
I did like how the book took place over ten years and had snippets off a few days each year. It almost felt like a diary type book.
Laurie – she main character in this story. She is just out of university at the beginning of the book trying to find her place in the world, especially the dream job. In the very first chapter, she falls in love at first sight with Jack. Instalove, but I asked for it so I shouldn’t complain. As the book progress and we follow Laurie through her life in both good and bad moments, she grows up a bit, but I did feel as if she didn’t really evolve that much. I did like her as a character and her friendship with Sarah was amazing.
Sarah – the best friend. The friendship between Laurie and Sarah is one of the best friendships I’ve read in a while. They constantly support and adore each other. I really liked Sarah as a character too. She is strong and resourceful. If she wants something she’ll work hard for it and get it.
Jack – the love interest. I found Jack to be a bit of an ass. Yes, he does have his good moments and yes he really does really care for them. But in some of his narrated bits, I felt either the author is trying too hard to make him a man, or he’s an ass. When Laurie was narrating he wasn’t as much of an ass.
I had no issues with the writing. It was smooth and flowed nicely and it does have some snarky side comments which I enjoyed.
This book is like a chick flick movie. I liked it even though it was tropey, because the tropes have untraditional conclusions most of the time.
If you like romance without the sex or chick lit, this is for you 😁
Have you read this? What did you think?