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Publisher's Summary

Penguin presents the audiobook edition of One Day in December by Josie Silver, read by Eleanor Tomlinson and Charlie Anson. 

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 10 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.

©2018 Josie Silver (P)2018 Penguin Books Ltd

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Good story but a bit lengthy, awesome ending

It's a good story and progresses well over the years of the protagonists's life. The emotional moments are heartfelt. the performance by the narrators is also good and voice modulation suitable to the setting. i started the book and didnt want to stop till it finished, which says that the story's flow was interesting. My only grudge is that the book was a bit too long. The author could have kept a tighter storyline without those little extra sentimental stuff and that odd incident. Those same things could have been shown through inner turmoil, but without getting into too much deliberation. a liked the ending, that was something interesting though not unexpected. it made the overall story peak just before the end. Further, for a generation that dumps everything out on social media, the two leads had massive restraint in them which was odd.... maybe the setting could have been a decade prior for better character association. Overall enjoyable and feel good read.

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this book is everything a romantic novel should be

loved it from start to finish expect for his accident. a must read.cried so much

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The narrations will give u feels of the characters

Loved it. The narrator was the best that's why I started it in the first place. I bet there wouldn't be a better narrator than them.

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  • Chamonie
  • 09-03-19

Super love story..

Very good Enjoyable to listen to.
Couldn't wait for every chapter to follow. Character well chosen

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  • Caroline
  • 05-01-19

Tomlinson narration feels like real life

This book is so romantically captivating. Not too sappy, the perfect amount of love and suspense. Eleanor Tomlinson’s reading is exquisite and absolutely captures every emotion being portrayed in this book so that you can most imagine the story folding out in front of you! Such a delight! Almost couldn’t put it down!

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  • jules
  • 26-10-18

made me laugh and cry lovely story.

I don't usually read love stories but this was amazing kept me on the edge of my seat the whole time. sad now that I've finished reading it.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-01-19

predictable

enjoyable , well read predictable ending but overall nice light hearted and heart warming story

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 24-12-18

Definitely not for your average Hell’s Angel reader

Extremely girly girly, enough to make you wince. Well written story though & ( being a girl) I did shed a tear. Very well narrated indeed. The story did keep me reading to the end. Very Hugh Grant-ish type scenario so theme not original. But the writing style was insightful with some lovely metaphors.

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  • Vanessa
  • 18-10-18

Life can't go on now I've finished the book

I feel lost, like I'm grieving the characters. I fell in love with them and I have never been so devastated for a book to end.

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  • GailieB
  • 25-09-18

Wow

I loved this book and could hardly wait for my next chance to listen to more. I'm kind of disappointed that it has come to an end. Will look out for more books like this from Josie Silver

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  • Maggie R.
  • 09-01-19

Unexpectedly loved it

My first concern (being a BBC Poldark fan) was that I’d find it hard to listen to Eleanor Tomlinson narrate Laurie’s part and not think of Demelza all the time. I needn’t have worried as her voice didn’t have any Cornish dialect and was perfect for the lovely Laurie. Both narrators read beautifully.
The plot was predictable but that didn’t detract from the story and I looked forward to long dog walks, piles of ironing or drives to immerse myself. I smiled and, at the conclusion, cried!

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  • Emma (Star Crossed Reviews)
  • 04-02-21

Epic love story

I bought this book on an audible daily deal but I also had a netgalley copy which I had yet to read.

I LOVED this book! I was so mad at myself for taking so long to read it! this is the second book recently that I have read that has the wrong timing/ missed opportunity trope. It's something I really like. I like that true love will win in the end. I know I am an old romantic but I just love it.

I really liked all three of the main characters although at times they each irritated me in their own ways. I thought they could all be selfish at times and not take into consideration other peoples feelings and difficulties. These characters were very realistic. I could really understand each of their dilemmas and feelings. Josie did an excellent job of making sure I understood all three of them.

The narration was excellent too. I loved that there was one for Jack and one for Laurie. Having different narrators really helps when a book has different POV. One thing that I would have really liked was a POV chapter from Sarah. I think she is as integral to this story as Jack and Laurie and hearing what was going on in her head at points would have been really insightful.

This book is a story about love and heartbreak, about friendship and family. It's one of those epic love stories that will survive the ages. I can't wait to read more from Josie.

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  • sebbie31
  • 05-07-19

not too bad but....

This book had some good believable parts and I think it got marginally better towards the end which kept me listening. However I found the two main female characters rather annoying and somewhat dull. as time went on no one seemed to grow up really and there seemed to be little development of characters apart from angst ridden unrequited love. It was fairly predictable as a storyline. I dont think i can recommend it for others though unless you want to listen to a book that does not challenge you. This is good listening in the car after a hard day of work when not too much concentration is required. I do fid the story somewhat forgettable as a love story. there are better listens out there....

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  • Chloe
  • 24-01-19

Thoroughly enjoyed this!

I'm not usually one for a romance novel but i really enjoyed this book . Very well narrated too.

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  • Heather L
  • 25-12-18

lovely book

I was slightly worried when I discovered the characters were in their twenties - I thought I might not relate with the style of writing. I was wrong.... and as it's about love, most people will relate regardless of age. The main characters were great and the narrators brought their stories to life. I don't normally read love stories but I'm very glad I did.

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  • K.L. Harvey
  • 04-05-19

wonderful

What a lovely story!
Performances were great. i was hanging on every word. cant wait to listen to another Josie Silver book.

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  • BethAngelica
  • 25-05-19

One Day In December! What a story!

This is the first audiobook I have ever listened to, and I’m so glad i did!
I managed to pick a story that will tug at my heartstrings forever!
A beautiful story that had me listening, with tears running down my face, as I cried for this story. The characters, and the story, is so intense! And it’s beautifully written, and even more beautifully narrated.
I’ll remember it forever.

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  • Allison O'Bryan
  • 06-03-19

So enjoyable.

Very sweet, heart wrenching book with a satisfying ending. The performances were fantastic. Definitely recommend.

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  • Caroline
  • 27-02-19

Absolutely adored this book

Loved this so much! Not the most original story line and not exactly heavy hitting literature, but so lovely and so charming! I listened to it in that funny period between christmas and new years and it was the perfect read, I really did enjoy it so much.
The narrators were also both great - such easy listening and I felt like they were not just 'telling a story', but that they really embodied their respective characters.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-12-18

Absolutely charming, funny and sweet

The story was beautifully written and I loved the narrators voices. They portrayed the characters so well.
Story is sweet and charming, all the while pulling at your heart strings.
Couldn’t help but fell like the characters were your best friends.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-04-21

Wish the end was longer

Great story, loved every minute of it. Only downfall was the ending... I didn’t want it to end. I want more!

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  • LH
  • 07-03-21

Not for me

Really tried but just couldn’t get into this book. Persevered but didn’t enjoy. Narrators were good though.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 15-02-21

Ending could have been better

Enjoyable, did I love it? Sort of- the performance lifted the whole thing! Excellent character complications though.

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  • Hanaa
  • 27-01-21

A realistic and beautiful love story.

If you love 'love' stories, then you will love this but if you're not a big fan of them, well this is a different kind of love story that explores the two main characters, Laurie and Sara's lives over a period of time that makes it so much more relatable and realistic than any other love story I have read. The connection between Jack and Laurie share is beautiful. If you are looking for a storyline that pulls you in all kinds of directions emotionally, yet a the same time keeps you hooked - this is it. Emotional, beautiful and real.

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  • Christine Campbell
  • 31-12-20

Really pleased I persevered

At thev beginning I thought the story line was improbable with a chick-lit feel and I was going to leave it. But I loved the narration and persevered, until about half way through when I read all the rest in one sitting,, at times with tears. While I have mixed thoughts about the first chapters and its predictable ending, the super narrators brought the characters to life so well I had to find how they played out.. I found them relatable and enjoyed following the roads their lives took and intertwined over a decade.