Get a free audiobook

One Day in December

A Novel
Written by: Josie Silver
Length: 10 hrs and 27 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (283 ratings)

CDN$ 14.95/month after 30 days. Cancel anytime.

Publisher's Summary

Number-one New York Times best-seller.

A Reese Witherspoon x Hello Sunshine Book Club pick. “Get ready to be swept up in a whirlwind romance. It absolutely charmed me.” (Reese Witherspoon)

“Josie Silver writes with a warmth so palpable her characters sneak their way into your heart and stay for a long time.” (Jill Santopolo, New York Times best-selling author of The Light We Lost, a Reese Witherspoon Book Club pick) 

Two people. Ten chances. One unforgettable love story.

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 10 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.

©2018 Josie Silver (P)2018 Random House Audio

What the critics say

“Consider setting aside some time and prepare to be charmed as author Josie Silver takes readers on a captivating journey - where female friendship is as important as romantic love.... One Day in December is an unmistakable winner.” (USA Today
 

One Day in December is the sweetest love story. It’s gorgeous, absolutely lovely. Readers are going to love it.” (Marian Keyes) 

"A must-read. In Josie Silver’s charming rom-com, Laurie experiences love at first sight through her bus window...then the car pulls away.... What follows is a decade of heartache, betrayal, and destiny.” (US Weekly)

What members say

Average Customer Ratings

Overall

  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    182
  • 4 Stars
    71
  • 3 Stars
    19
  • 2 Stars
    5
  • 1 Stars
    6

Performance

  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    202
  • 4 Stars
    44
  • 3 Stars
    9
  • 2 Stars
    4
  • 1 Stars
    4

Story

  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    153
  • 4 Stars
    68
  • 3 Stars
    26
  • 2 Stars
    3
  • 1 Stars
    10
Sort by:
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars

Very good

loved her accent, was really feeling for the characters! very surprising turn of events. love it

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Cat
  • 2019-02-01

My brain and ears are bleeding...

Waste of time. Such a sappy overly-dragged love story. I am 20 years older than when I started this book. No substance, no characters, no story.. just cliches ever pursuing some soft of twist. And it’s stereotyping women as weak and men as neanderthal pigs. Not worth the money!

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

I’m screaming !

I listen to audible on the bus ride to and from work. This book is so funny that I find myself laughing on the bus and screaming the F*** for every twist and turns. I got so into this book that I sheared a tear in the end because how good it was. I know lame but yeah. Worth the 1 credit each month.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars

3.5 stars

person reading the book did an awesome job. the story was alright. may read more from this author.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

so inlove with this book.

so inlove with this book. had my attention from the beginning till the end. absolutely romantic

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Really sweet enjoyed it

Very good relaxing book, will listen to it again. loved the ending and the voices.

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars

Easy, enjoyable listen.

Overall, I enjoyed this book. It was a bit prolonged but mostly because of some unexpected twists along the way which I guess is what made it decent listen. I enjoyed the use of a female and male narrator as I think that made a huge impact on the story and it's possible that the audible version is better than the actual book.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Kept me intrigued the whole time!

loved the narrator. Eleanor was the perfect fit for this book! Too many relatable experiences so eloquently put. definitely recommend for light reading with a rich set of characters.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Worth the listen!

I’m a lovesick university student thinking that love can be anywhere. This book tells a great story and I was enthralled with it the entire time.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Loved everything about this book

I'm not one for love stories but this book had some of the best character evolution I've seen in a long time. The description of friendship is heartwarming. Narration was superb.
Definitely one of my top favourite books.

Sort by:
  • Overall
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    2 out of 5 stars
  • D. Fields
  • 2018-12-01

It's Not Romantic, Not Joyous, and Not for Me

I realize that I am in the minority regarding this book. But I am compelled to let others know that the description of this book as joyous, romantic, and heartwarming is very inaccurate and misleading. (Warning: spoiler alert).

First, there are endless descriptions of binge drinking, of being drunk, or hangovers, of vomiting from too much alcohol. There is random casual sex. There are curse words galore. All of this strikes me as being immature both for the characters and for the writer. Second, the premise is not matched by the characters' actions. The idea is that the romantic leads feel such an instant and powerful connection and that this is supposed to be one of the great soulful loves of all time. But gee, the main hero keeps having sex with his girlfriend...oh, right, so she wouldn't be hurt. Perhaps I am old-fashioned, but that seems neither joyous nor romantic.

There is so much pain that the characters have to go through...divorce, loss of friendship, depression, anxiety, and job loss...that I found the story quite depressing, actually. Ten hours honestly felt like twenty. A more accurate description would be that this is a growing up story. It is much more about young adults going through life changes as they graduate from university, start work, move away from home, get married, etc. than it is a romance. The book lacks charm.

Although the end was satisfying in a "Bridget Jones" kind of way, by that time I was heartily sick of the characters and their problems. The book definitely could have been better. But also, if it were not promoted as a romantic and heartwarming holiday love story, my expectations wouldn't have been so off, and I would not have chosen this book at all.

366 of 404 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Terra
  • 2018-12-16

Don’t do it!

The main character cried in every chapter. Definitely returning this one.

Performance was good though.

75 of 84 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    1 out of 5 stars
  • LM
  • 2018-11-15

Crass and Ridiculous

Main character falls in love simply looking at some guy through the window of a bus -- but what an AMAZING connection she knows they have!! Good grief. Even worse than the premise, which wouldn't bother me in a breezy chick lit airplane read, is the language -- heavily laced with profanity. Had to stop listening. Unsure why other reviews liked the narrators, whom I thought lackluster.

122 of 138 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Kari J Burrows
  • 2018-12-14

Disappointed

From the over the top accent to the fake crying. I hung in and finished but barely. It was a good listen at bed time. It put me right to sleep. Tried to hard, felt self righteous at times and the good girl fell for and tormented herself for the bad guy who really didn’t have much to offer. I just didn’t get the recommendation.

20 of 22 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Brigitte Alex
  • 2018-12-17

This is the first book I ever returned!

The story was awful! It was too painful to finish. Not only was the story boring but the performances we're dry and boring

23 of 26 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Rev Shoshana
  • 2018-11-24

Ridiculously trite and predictable

the only reason I finish this book is because for some strange reason my book club suggested is. It held my interest at the very beginning and then the whole thing fell apart into a convoluted highly predictable series of silly events.

40 of 46 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Ellen Zelda
  • 2018-12-15

What am I missing?

This is one of the worst books I've listened to this year (if not the worst). I am not going to finish it because it's a serious waste of time.

If you read the overview of the book, you've read the book. The main character just jabbers and jabbers on about trying to find the guy, finding the guy, obsessing over the guy etc. It's like a long stream of thought about one subject.

22 of 25 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Victoria Bragg
  • 2018-12-17

Very Scattered

This was not for me... A very scattered story...
I didn't love any of the characters...
The reader was annoying

16 of 18 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Anonymous User
  • 2018-12-09

Ehhh

I love romantic comedies. This was just desperate and unrealistic and I didn’t even like the characters.

21 of 24 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Amy
  • 2018-11-12

Great listen...great story!!

I'm SO SAD this book is over!! The readers (Eleanor Tomlinson and Charlie Anson) were totally engaging...and the story is so well-written and told so well! I can't wait for another book by Josie Silver!

19 of 22 people found this review helpful