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One Day in December

Length: 10 hrs and 27 mins
Categories: Fiction, Chick Lit
4.5 out of 5 stars (83 ratings)

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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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Super love story..

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

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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
  • 10-26-18

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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  • Amazon Customer
  • 12-24-18

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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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-05-19

predictable

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

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  • GailieB
  • 09-25-18

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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  • Vanessa
  • 10-18-18

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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  • sebbie31
  • 07-05-19

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
  • 01-24-19

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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  • Maggie R.
  • 01-09-19

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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  • Heather L
  • 12-25-18

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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  • Kelley R.
  • 12-25-18

It took me by surprise!

One Day In December took me by surprise, I honestly didn't see myself liking it and I remember being annoyed with it's slow pace at the beginning.

The English slang took me a while to understand; thank God for Google and now I have new words to call my friends.

Laurie reminds me of me, not in her love story way but personality wise and I think that's why I resonated with her. Her beautiful friendship with Sarah was definitely one of the highlights as well as the honesty this book illustrate about relationships and life in general.

I found myself unable to put the book down, even getting four hours sleep before a big meeting.

Josie broke my heart and mended it back several times over as I fell in love with both Oscar and Jack. They are both so loveable; Oscar - Safe and Stable (70%) and Jack - Adventurous and Rough around the edges (100%).
Josie's ability to elegantly puts the character feelings into words makes this book one of the best books I've read this year and the ending ties the whole book perfectly.

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  • K.L. Harvey
  • 05-04-19

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
  • 05-25-19

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
  • 03-06-19

So enjoyable.

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

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  • Caroline
  • 02-27-19

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
  • 12-09-18

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
  • 10-16-19

Warm, fuzzy story that’s easy to listen to and beautifully narrated

A very easy to listen to story that was as enjoyable as it was predictable. I particularly liked the narrators.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-15-19

Loved the narrator

I loved this. The narrator, the story...excuse me whilst I go and listen to it again...

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  • Wendy
  • 10-11-19

A love story with ongoing obstacles

The ending was very satisfying so glad I stuck with it. The plot was a bit frustrating.

The narrator did a good job but the main character was pretty whiny and hopeless at times.

Like Bridget Jones but a bit more functional and less funny. More like a cautionary tale.

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  • Nadia
  • 09-25-19

Buy it!

A book for the Romantics. Melts the heart ♡ Beautifully narrated too! Easy to listen to

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-30-19

A Drinking Game Review

Drink every time she inexplicably calls him by his full name as though this is a very normal thing to do - god bless this peculiar trend in romance novels.
Drink every time someone has a cheeky glass of wine or talks about how they could only survive a social interaction with alcohol. Look around disconcertedly as you wonder if anyone is going to mention the groups chronic alcoholism or if even the author is not aware.
My friend, but these alone you will die of alcohol poisoning. But it will be a fun, pleasant path to the afterworld, and sometimes you really just need to believe in love.
And one final drink for that goddamn terrible Australian accent, and how proud it makes me as an Australian how impossible our accent is.