Book Review: One Day in December by Josie Silver

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One snowy December day in London, Laurie finds herself locking eyes with a man waiting at the bus stop.

She never believed in love at first sight, but this must be what it feels like.

But she’s in a crowded bus, and there’s no way for her to just come up to him and ask for his number.

The weird thing is the man is looking back at her, too. The expression on his face tells her that he feels the same electric connection.

And then Laurie’s bus drives away.

What follows is a whole year of scouring the streets, pubs, coffee shops, and bus stops of London for Laurie’s mysterious man.

Her search comes to an abrupt end when her best friend in the whole wide world, Sarah, introduces him to her one day as her new boyfriend, Jack O’Mara.

I’m actually pretty happy that I did not give up on this book. The first few chapters were ugh, too cutesy and cheesy for my taste. The tone of writing was also that.

But as the story unravels, things also dramatically change in Laurie, Sarah, and Jack’s lives. It takes a more interesting, more serious, and more adult turn.

Fans of a good romance with a serendipitous theme will totally adore this book. It will warm your heart, make you sigh, giggle, blush, and smile, and even blink back a few tears.

I appreciate that the characters are also very likable. There are no real bad guys here, even if you hate their actions. They make the realest choices and decisions, even when they find themselves in the most impossible situations.

As expected, the ending is big and cheesy but still swoon-worthy. I think you will cheer out loud and giggle at the cheesiness of it all, too.

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Maybe in Another Life by Taylor Jenkins Reid

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Twenty-nine-year-old Hannah Martin has lived in more cities than a normal twenty-nine-year-old woman would in her lifetime. Too many cities to count, and with no solid roots formed or real memories to cherish. It had to take an affair with a married man and a lashing from his vicious wife to convince her to just move back home to Los Angeles. It would be wonderful to reconnect with everybody. Especially with best friend Gabby, and her parents who practically raised Hannah when she was in high school. The idea did not sound so bad at all. So move back to L.A. Hannah did.

One beautiful night in the town, out with old high school friends and one very special high school ex-boyfriend that she never really stopped loving, Hannah finds herself at a crossroads of sorts. She has no clue how this is about to change everything.

The repercussions of Hannah’s seemingly simple decision are laid out in alternating chapters. Two storylines occurring simultaneously: one, had Hannah chosen to leave the party early, and two, had Hannah decided to stay behind and spend the night with Ethan.

In both alternate realities, Hannah comes to terms with her decisions and deals with the consequences for her and the people in her life. She is forced to grow up, build a home, and make a life for herself, whether she likes to or not. And along the way, she finally finds the real meaning of what it’s like to really be home.

From the same author that gave us “Forever, Interrupted” and “After I Do” comes another delightfully different, soul-crushingly romantic, smart and intriguing love story. It’s about parallel universes in the most unscientific, most romantic, most feel-good way possible.

Like her two previous novels, “Maybe In Another Life” is brilliantly crafted, emotional, and thought provoking. It’s an honest portrayal of life and love, and all of their certainties and uncertainties. Reading it felt like there’s a life coach talking in there, hiding somewhere between the pages. You will love Hannah, as well as the people she loves, even possibly share her obsessive love for cinnamon rolls and messy hair buns. It’s a happy tale that tells you that no matter which road you take, what decision you make, or which guy you choose, love and happiness are possible. Everything is a possibility.

“Everything that is possible happens. That means that when you flip a quarter, it comes down heads and tails. Not heads or tails. Every time you flip a coin and it comes up heads, you are merely in the universe where the coin came up heads. There is another version of you out there, created the second the quarter flipped, who saw it come up tails. Every second of every day, the world is splitting further and further into an infinite number of parallel universes, where everything that could happen is happening. There are millions, trillions, or quadrillions, I guess, of different versions of ourselves living out the consequences of our choices. What I’m getting at is that I know there may be universes out there where I made different choices and they led me to somewhere else, led me to someone else. And my heart breaks for every single version of me that didn’t end up with you.”