One Day In December: A Novel by Josie SilverOne Day In December: A Novel by Josie Silver

One Day In December: A Novel

byJosie Silver

Paperback | October 16, 2018

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#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER
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-bestselling author of The Light We Lost

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 ten 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.
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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Title:One Day In December: A NovelFormat:PaperbackDimensions:416 pages, 7.94 × 5.16 × 0.84 inPublished:October 16, 2018Publisher:Crown/ArchetypeLanguage:English

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Missed Opportunity? For fans of "The Light We Lost", this is a book about two strangers who fall in love at first sight. Yes, from reading the description you already know what is going to happen, but Josie Silver and her characters Lu, Sarah and Jack make this a great read.
Date published: 2019-01-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great winter read An easy great Winter read! Very easy to get lost in the pages of this book.
Date published: 2019-01-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from LOVELY read Fans of "One Day" and "Something Borrowed" will LOVE this tale of friendship. Don't let the title deceive you, it isn't a Christmas/Winter read and NEEDS to become a movie.
Date published: 2019-01-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fun Winter Read I really enjoyed the book - it was fun and easy to read. Kind of the winter equivalent of a beach read!
Date published: 2019-01-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolutely loved this book! I bought this book right before Christmas, and was immediately engrossed in it. This book is perfect for hopeless romantics or anyone who loves a great love story. The characters are so lovable and it's a book I will read over and over again. I really hope there is a sequel so we can see what the characters are up to now!
Date published: 2019-01-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from BEST BOOK EVER! The perfect Christmas love story with unexpected turns, drama and dreamy characters! I didn’t want it to end, I had to stop myself from hearing too much each day but ultimately I finished my book of the month in less than a week haha! Officially so far one of my favourite books!! Get it, you won’t regret it!
Date published: 2019-01-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from In love with the characters and the story !! I've bought this book in November and started to read it the next month (to go with the thematic of the book, "December" hehe). I couldn't put this book down once I started to read it and I've loved every moment spent on it. I like how the author is descriptive about anything, but not too much, to not hinder the read. You really can feel the emotions of the characters and you can picture the atmosphere of every scenes. I personally like to read a book where you can be in perspective of the main character and the author has made Laurie and Jack both do it, which is absolutely the best. I really love the story. Sometimes heartbreaking, but definitely heartwarming, relatable by moments too. It'll be an annual read on December on my part. <3
Date published: 2019-01-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfectly Beautiful I am not normally a romanc/chick lit reader, but this was the December pick for my book club and I am SO GLAD it was! This book totally stole my heart - I loved everything about it. I loved the slight craziness of the scenario, the complexity and flawed nature of the characters, the tension, the love, the twists. It was all amazing. I blew through this one in literally one afternoon because I NEEDED to know what happened. It was the perfect mix of funny, heartbreaking and heartwarming and I wish it never had to end. I enjoyed it SO MUCH and would absolutely recommend picking it up as some easy and lovely winter reading!
Date published: 2019-01-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Could not put down! I read this book over Christmas - in 2 sittings. Could not get away from it. Wonderful writing that kept me interested & loved the characters.
Date published: 2019-01-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Loved it! Two people, Ten chances, One unforgettable love story. It was a perfect balance of mush and real life! If I had to sum it up was a mix of Serendipity and something borrowed. It makes you wonder does everything happen for a reason, does everything happen at the perfect time?
Date published: 2019-01-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best Christmas read!! I read this book in a matter of days!!! Made me laugh and cry! Hope it becomes a movie in theatres for next Christmas!!!
Date published: 2018-12-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Modern day love story Ahhhh Omg THIS BOOK!!! <3 What a great way to finish off this year. The book was another one of Reese Witherspoon's recommendations and yet again it did not disappoint! I felt so invested in the characters lives and couldn't wait to see what happened. The book is based around 3 characters lives Sarah, Jack, and Laurie. I really don't want to give a lot away but it was a modern day fairy tale mixed with hallmark/ bridget jones diary/ love actually. One day in December will have you laughing, crying, and all the other emotions to go along with it!!
Date published: 2018-12-29
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Cute story, but not hard hitting fiction This is a sweet, winter beach read. The characters were likeable and endearing but I found that the phases of their lives (divided by months and years in the book) dragged on which was irritating. It felt like certain phases needed to end sooner than they did and the storyline needed to progress a bit faster. Over all, a nice feel good, light read.
Date published: 2018-12-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved this romance This romance was the perfect holiday read! It is lighthearted (though at times heartbreaking) and I savoured each page. As I read of Laurie’s love experience over a span of ten years, I saw her develop as a person while experiencing the love she has for both Jack and her best friend, Sarah. Reading the novel made me think of my favourite romantic comedies on film. It encouraged me experience that feel-good feeling when the romance is pitched perfectly and is gently woven into the story of the main character. I loved this well-written story and will keep it on my shelf to reread when I need an uplifting romance to make gloomy winter days more bearable.
Date published: 2018-12-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I loved this book! This book is definitely worth the read. Once I picked up I couldn't put it back down. Everything about this book is just AMAZING! 10 years overseeing the life of Jack and Laurie. I highly recommend this book. I hope Josie will be writing more books soon.
Date published: 2018-12-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I loved this book! I bought this book because it was a staff pick. I couldn’t put this book down. It’s was a good read . I recommend this book!
Date published: 2018-12-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Oh My Heart!!! Ugh I don't know what to say... such a fantastic debut novel. Loved everything about this - characters, romance, London, Christmas, and I can go on and on and on. Impossible to put down.
Date published: 2018-12-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from What’s not to like?! It’s Christmas. In London. Love at first sight. And then of course...a twist. What’s not to like? Lovely read. Especially at this time of year.
Date published: 2018-11-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Smashing, engrossing & devouring! Wow! I absolutely LOVED this book! Laurie, Sarah & Jack were great characters! Random amusing line: “I squint, trying to duck my head to see what he’s reading ....” Oh my, I think all of us book lovers can relate to that sentence. I know that I have done that very same thing so many times! ONE DAY IN DECEMBER by JOSIE SILVER is a fabulous, brilliant, heartwarming and delightful story that completely stole my heart and consumed my thoughts. It took me less than 24 hours to read this book because once I started reading it I absolutely could not put it down. It had me totally absorbed, entertained, and interested in the storyline right from the very first page. The way that this story was told and presented was actually much more than your typical love story. It was such a powerful and moving story that had so much heart and warmth flowing through the pages of this book that I absolutely could not get enough of. I’m actually kind of a little disappointed that the story was over. It definitely left me yearning for more but in a good way though. JOSIE SILVER delivers an engaging, intriguing and beautifully written tale of love, friendship, hope, longing, loss and regret that flowed so perfectly. I was wholly impressed with Josie Silver’s writing style and how perfectly she interweaves the passage of time and storyline with the perspectives of Laurie and Jack. I was totally invested in these characters lives and was definitely hoping for a happily ever after for them. It was one of those books that was definitely an all consuming read for me and the perfect winter escape. Norma’s Stats: Cover: I love everything about this cover from that beautiful design to the embossed snowflakes! Title: Appealing, intriguing, and such a meaningful and fitting representation to storyline. Writing/Prose: Well-written, beautiful, impressive, engaging, captivating, and fluid. Plot: Warming, sweet, comical, thought-provoking, engrossing, perfectly-paced, enjoyable and extremely entertaining. I adored this storyline! Ending: A touching and emotional ending that I was extremely satisfied with that left me with that warm fuzzy afterglow feeling. If a book produces that feeling from me then it is a splendid read indeed! Overall: This book was beyond wonderful! Loved, loved, loved it! This book has made my top five books of the year! Would highly recommend!
Date published: 2018-11-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from couldn't put it down! Absolutely loved this book. The perfect holiday romance story. Enthralling, captivating, and incredibly hard to put down.
Date published: 2018-11-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful Got lost in their story and felt like I actually knew the characters. Well done! Hope to hear more from Josie Silver soon.
Date published: 2018-11-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Such a Sweet Contemporary I've been reading so many excellent adult contemporary books this year, yet my review pile was still trending towards YA so I spent one evening requesting adult contemporaries on Netgalley. The premise and the cover prompted me to click the request button and I was excited to dive in when my request was approved. One Day in December has such a great story and I loved the narrative style. Laurie sees a handsome man waiting at a bus stop one day in December while she is riding by on the bus and it's a moment that changes her life. Each time the story jumps forward in time, it's to another December as she sets her new year's resolutions and how this year will play out differently. I don't want to say much more for fear of spoiling anything in the story, so I'll stop there. While I found some elements to the storyline a bit predictable, it was still enjoyable because even though I knew some things would happen, I didn't know how the plot point would unravel from there. This is Josie's debut novel and I already can't wait to read what she publishes next. One Day in December is perfect for anyone who likes a sweet romance that will keep you hooked right up until the last page.
Date published: 2018-10-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Five beautiful stars! Oh Jack and Laurie…so much anguish and missed opportunities… I devoured ONE DAY IN DECEMBER over two days and put virtually everything else in my life on hold because I could not stop reading it! This is truly the evolution of a love story spanning ten years. It’s complicated and messy; a search for happiness, gratification and self discovery enhanced the authenticity of Laurie, Sarah and Jack whom I fell in love with. Each new chapter of their story depleted my heart and then filled it back up and I found myself invested in their well being which attests to Silver’s ability to connect story to reader. I laughed at the British humor sprinkled in just enough to diffuse complicated situations and my heart leapt at every missed chance for Laurie and Jack to unite. I honestly had no clue how this story would end but every bit of anguish thrown in made it worthwhile. If you believe in love at first sight and crave a beautiful story about love, loss and forgiveness then you need this debut of a gem this holiday season!
Date published: 2018-10-17
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good Debut Novel Thank you to Crown Publishing and Netgalley for an ebook edition of this book! One Day in December is a cute debut by Josie Silver. It opens with a missed opportunity between Laurie and Jack that leaves you wondering if they will one day reconnect. This novel explores friendship, relationships, love and self reflection. . I felt the writing was strong and Silver’s descriptive writing really soared with the atmosphere and settings she created - I could really imagine myself in the different locations throughout the novel. There were fun references to some of my favourite books and movies including Bridget Jones, Pride and Prejudice and My Fair Lady that made me smile. The characters were flawed and there were parts of the book that left me frustrated but this also made the characters and their relationships more realistic. Laurie was written well and I enjoyed reading from her perspective throughout this book. Most of the novel is from her perspective. I feel like I kept wanting to know more about Jack. With some chapters also from his point of view I feel like I don’t really get him. I kept asking myself why love this guy and I wish he could have been developed more fully. . I loved the friendship between Laurie and Sarah for the most part and it felt real. I feel like the relationships between male and female characters were described at a more surface level. There were times when we were told characters had a great relationship and knew each other so well but I feel like we never see enough of this with their interactions. Often we wound see conflict in their interactions and rely on the narration commenting how out of character it was. I wanted more interactions describing how people fell in love to truly believe in it rather than just be told they’re lovely. . I enjoyed reading this book and thought the ending was cute. I felt the most butterflies for romantic relationships at the start and end of the book. I think this is a solid debut novel and I’m excited to read more from this author in the future! 3.5/5 stars
Date published: 2018-09-11

Read from the Book

December 21 Laurie It’s a wonder everyone who uses public transport in winter doesn’t keel over and die of germ overload. In the last ten minutes I’ve been coughed on and sneezed at, and if the woman in front of me shakes her dandruff my way again, I might just douse her with the dregs of the lukewarm coffee that I’m no longer able to drink because it’s full of her scalp.I’m so tired I could sleep right here on the top deck of this swaying, rammed-full bus. Thank God I’ve finally finished work for Christmas, because I don’t think my brain or my body could withstand even one more shift behind that awful hotel reception desk. It might be festooned with garlands and pretty lights on the customer side, but step behind the curtain and it’s a soulless hellhole. I’m practically asleep, even when I’m awake. I’m loosely planning to hibernate until next year once I get home to the nostalgic familiarity of my parents’ house tomorrow. There’s something soothingly time warp-ish about leaving London for an interlude of sedate Midlands village life in my childhood bedroom, even if not all of my childhood memories are happy ones. Even the closest of families have their tragedies, and it’s fair to say that ours came early and cut deep. I won’t dwell though, because Christmas should be a time of hope and love and, most appealing of all at this very moment, sleep. Sleep, punctuated by bouts of competitive eating with my brother, Daryl, and his girlfriend, Anna, and the whole gamut of cheesy Christmas movies. Because how could you ever be too tired to watch some hapless guy stand out in the cold and hold up signs silently declaring to his best friend’s wife that his wasted heart will always love her? Though—is that romance? I’m not so sure. I mean, it kind of is, in a schmaltzy way, but it’s also being the shittiest friend on the planet.I’ve given up worrying about the germs in here because I’ve undoubtedly ingested enough to kill me if they’re going to, so I lean my forehead against the steamy window and watch Camden High Street slide by in a glitter of Christmas lights and bright, foggy shop windows selling everything from leather jackets to tacky London souvenirs. It’s barely four in the afternoon, yet already it’s dusk over London; I don’t think it got properly light at all today.My reflection tells me that I should probably pull the tacky halo of tinsel from my hair that my cow of a manager made me wear, because I look like I’m trying out for Angel Gabriel in a primary school nativity, but I find that I really can’t be bothered. No one else on this bus could care less; not the damp, anoraked man next to me taking up more than his half of the seat as he dozes over yesterday’s paper, nor the bunch of schoolkids shouting across each other on the back seats and certainly not dandruff woman in front of me with her flashing snowflake earrings. The irony of her jewelry choice is not lost on me; if I were more of a bitch I might tap her on the shoulder to advise her that she’s drawing attention to the skin blizzard she’s depositing with every shake of her head. I’m not a bitch though; or maybe I’m just a quiet one inside my own head. Isn’t everyone?Jesus, how many more stops is this bus going to make? I’m still a couple of miles from my flat and already it’s fuller than a cattle truck on market day.Come on, I think. Move. Take me home. Though home is going to be a pretty depressing place now that my flatmate, Sarah, has gone back to her parents’. Only one more day and then I’ll be out of here too, I remind myself.The bus shudders to a halt at the end of the street and I watch as down below a stream of people jostle to get off at the same time as others try to push their way on. It’s as if they think it’s one of those competitions to see how many people can fit into one small space. There’s a guy perched on one of the fold-down seats in the bus shelter. This can’t be his bus, because he’s engrossed in the hardback book in his hands. I notice him because he seems oblivious to the pushing and shoving happening right in front of him, like one of those fancy special effects at the movies where someone is completely still and the world kaleidoscopes around them, slightly out of focus. I can’t see his face, just the top of his sandy hair, cut slightly long and given to a wave when it grows, I should imagine. He’s bundled into a navy woolen pea coat and a scarf that looks like someone might have knitted it for him. It’s kitsch and unexpected against the coolness of the rest of his attire—dark skinny jeans and boots—and his concentration is completely held by his book. I squint, trying to duck my head to see what he’s reading, wiping the steamed-up window with my coat sleeve to get a better look. I don’t know if it’s the movement of my arm across the glass or the flickering lights of dandruff- woman’s earrings that snag in his peripheral vision, but he lifts his head and blinks a few times as he focuses his attention on my window. On me. We stare straight at each other and I can’t look away. I feel my lips move as if I’m going to say something, God knows what, and all of a sudden and out of nowhere I need to get off this bus. I’m gripped by the overwhelming urge to go outside, to get to him. But I don’t. I don’t move a muscle, because I know there isn’t a chance in hell that I can get past anorak man beside me and push through the packed bus before it pulls away. So I make the split-second decision to stay rooted to the spot and try to convey to him to get on board using just the hot, desperate longing in my eyes. He’s not film-star good-looking or classically perfect, but there is an air of preppy disheveledness and an earnest, “who me?” charm about him that captivates me. I can’t quite make out the color of his eyes from here. Green, I’d say, or blue maybe? And here’s the thing. Call it wishful thinking, but I’m sure I see the same thunderbolt hit him too; as if an invisible fork of lightning has inexplicably joined us together. Recognition; naked, electric shock in his rounded eyes. He does something close to an incredulous double take, the kind of thing you might do when you coincidentally spot your oldest and best friend who you haven’t seen for ages and you can’t actually believe they’re there. It’s a look of Hello you, and Oh my God, it’s you, and I can’t believe how good it is to see you, all in one. His eyes dart toward the dwindling queue still waiting to board and then back up to me, and it’s as if I can hear the thoughts racing through his head. He’s wondering if it’d be crazy to get on the bus, what he’d say if we weren’t separated by the glass and the hordes, if he’d feel foolish taking the stairs two at a time to get to me. No, I try to relay back. No, you wouldn’t feel foolish. I wouldn’t let you. Just get on the bloody bus, will you! He’s staring right at me, and then a slow smile creeps across his generous mouth, as if he can’t hold it in. And then I’m smiling back, giddy almost. I can’t help it either. Please get on the bus. He snaps, making a sudden decision, slamming his book closed and shoving it down in the rucksack between his ankles. He’s walking forward now, and I hold my breath and press my palm flat against the glass, urging him to hurry even as I hear the sickly hiss of the doors closing and the lurch of the handbrake being released. No! No! Oh God, don’t you dare drive away from this stop! It’s Christmas! I want to yell, even as the bus pulls out into the traffic and gathers pace, and outside he is breathless standing in the road, watching us leave. I see defeat turn out the light in his eyes, and because it’s Christmas and because I’ve just fallen hopelessly in love with a stranger at a bus stop, I blow him a forlorn kiss and lay my forehead against the glass, watching him until he’s out of sight. Then I realize. Shit. Why didn’t I take a leaf out of shitty friend’s book and write something down to hold up against the window? I could have done that. I could even have written my cell phone number in the condensation. I could have opened the tiny quarter-pane and yelled my name and address or something. I can think of any number of things I could and should have done, yet at the time none of them occurred to me because I simply couldn’t take my eyes off him. For onlookers, it must have been an Oscar-worthy sixty-second silent movie. From now on, if anyone asks me if I’ve ever fallen in love at first sight, I shall say yes, for one glorious minute on December 21, 2008.

Bookclub Guide

1. How would you describe the connection Laurie felt upon first seeing Jack? How do you think he perceived her when he saw her from the bus stop? Have you ever felt a similar connection with someone?2. Why didn’t Laurie tell Sarah that Jack was the person she’d been looking for?3. How similar are Laurie and Sarah? In what ways do their personalities differ? Which character do you identify with?4. Why do you think Jack doesn’t admit to Laurie that he remembers her from the bus stop?5. Should Sarah have noticed the tension between Laurie and Jack?6. Is it realistic for Laurie and Jack to try to be friends considering their feelings for each other? Why do you think they try so hard to remain friendly?7. How does Laurie’s relationship with Oscar compare to her relationship with Jack? Is it possible for her to love them both simultaneously?8. On page 209 Laurie notes that she’s been conflicted about “how much information constitutes the truth, how much omission constitutes lying.” Do you think she’s lying to Oscar and/or Sarah considering what she hasn’t revealed to each of them?9. Laurie describes the flowers Jack sends her as “lush and extravagant . . . but then in the shortest time they’re not very lovely at all. They wilt and they turn the water brown, and soon you can’t hold on to them any longer.” Do any of her relationships also fit this description?10. How does Laurie cope with loss, in terms of family members, romantic interests, and friends?11. By the end of the story both Laurie and Jack have grown and changed significantly. How do these changes affect their relationship?12. How do Laurie’s New Year’s resolutions evolve through the years?

Editorial Reviews

“Get ready to be swept up in a whirlwind romance. Laurie falls in love at first sight with a stranger, and spends the next year looking for him. Fate brings them back together at Christmas, but not in the way anybody expects: turns out he’s dating her best friend. 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. One Day in December is an exploration of love that reads like a thriller, filled with secrets and heart-aching betrayals. The perfect book to get lost in this holiday season.” —Jill Santopolo, author of The Light We Lost“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“In Josie Silver’s One Day in December, a chance encounter on a London bus turns into a Bridget Jones-inspired romp.”—Cosmopolitan, Best Month Ever“Love at first sight! But he’s her BFF’s new BF. What to do? Do you really have to ask?” —Entertainment Weekly“The pacing is just right, the tone warm, and the characters sympathetic… Anyone who believes in true love or is simply willing to accept it as the premise of a winding tale will find this debut an emotional, satisfying read.”—Kirkus Reviews“It’s never too early to get into the Christmas spirit. Pick up One Day in December for a heartwarming holiday romance about a love triangle that spans 10 years.” —HelloGiggles   "For when you watch "Love Actually" on repeat in December...get all the holiday feels in your reads too."—theSkimm “One Day in December will have you believing in love.”—Refinery29“The perfect cold weather rom-com.” —Bustle   “One Day in December is a charming story about love and serendipity for the hopeless romantic in all of us.” —PopSugar“This poignant romance warmed my heart like a mug of cocoa on a snowy day!”—First for Women “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.”—Modern Mrs. Darcy“If Love Actually met Sliding Doors and became a novel influenced by Jojo Myers, you’d have One Day in December. There’s just something about Christmas and the UK that’s a recipe for modern rom-coms that will have you running for the mistletoe.”—Fodor's"The novelistic equivalent to Love Actually."—The Bookseller“A holiday love triangle and the pursuit of new and unlikely romances make this new novel simply magical.”—SheReads “Silver’s lovely debut follows two young Londoners after a missed connection alters the course of their lives… Silv­­er’s propulsive narrative is enjoyable, and the mix of tension and affection between Jack and Laurie is charming, addictive, and effective. Readers who like quirky love stories will be satisfied by this cinematic novel.”—Publishers Weekly“Silver writes with verve and charm in this debut, and readers will be pulling for Laurie and Jack as they detour through missteps and misunderstandings.”—Booklist"Readers who enjoy contemporary romance will root for Laurie and Jack as they work through laughter-through-tears experiences and toward a happily-ever-after worth fighting for."—Library Journal“I recently devoured this delicious novel, which follows a young woman who falls in love at first sight with someone who soon becomes her best friend’s long-term boyfriend. I finished it in one sitting — it was like candy.” —Hannah Orenstein, author of Playing with Matches