Two people. Ten chances. One unforgettable love story.
ONE DAY IN DECEMBER (Crown) by Josie Silver is pitched as “Love Actually” meets “When Harry Met Sally” – this novel had my name written all over it!
Laurie is pretty sure love at first sight doesn’t exist anywhere but in 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, he’s gone. Her bus drives away, while he just stands there staring.
Laurie spends the next year looking for him all over London until one day he shows up on the arm of her roommate, Sarah. She swears to keep her secret stored away, but falls for Jack every time he shows up with Sarah.
Neither Laurie or Jack knows the other remembers that day on the bus. Ten years of friendship, misunderstandings, heartbreak and opportunities follow until …. Well, you’re just going to have to read ONE DAY IN DECEMBER.
Readers can’t help, but root for Laurie and Jack, but at the expense of Sarah? Three doesn’t seem to be a crowd, until it is. ONE DAY IN DECEMBER is the perfect novel to read to get readers into the Holiday spirit.
We got to ask Josie some questions about writing her book and what the Holidays mean to her.
Where’d the idea for the book come from?
My editor and I discussed the idea of creating a story that made readers feel the way all the classic Christmas movies do – Love Actually, The Holiday and of course Bridget Jones.
I’ve always been fascinated by the idea of love at first sight, and this felt like a good time to explore that too.
Do you believe in love at first sight?
I’ve been asked this quite a few times since the book came out, and you know I think I do! I certainly believe that there can be an instant spark, and that if it happens, you should grab the chance rather than forever wonder what could have been.
I love how you don’t pit the women against one another – that women can be friends even with a man between them. Do you believe that?
I think it works well in the book because Laurie and Sarah are such close friends before Jack comes onto the scene. They have an underlying loyalty to each other that Jack doesn’t have a hope of dislodging!
I guess it would be more difficult to maintain a less solid friendship – all’s fair in love and war, as they say.
Why set it during the Holidays? Do you enjoy the Holidays? Your favorite?
I’m a complete Christmas-a-holic! I’m a fan of snow, glittery lights, candles, and of course, those brilliant movies. There’s a wonderful spirit around Christmas isn’t there, a warmth and bonhomie that just doesn’t happen at any other time of year.
What do you hope readers takeaway from your novel.
Hope, I guess? I’d like readers to feel as if they’ve stepped into Laurie and Jack’s world for a while, that they’ve felt their butterflies and heartache, and that by the time they close the book they’re uplifted by hope.
JOSIE SILVER is an unashamed romantic who met her husband when she stepped on his foot on his twenty-first birthday. She lives with him, her two young sons, and their cats in a little town in England called Wolverhampton.
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