Sometimes you just meet the right person at the wrong time… and you spend every day afterward wishing that time could be rearranged.
Here I am, one day in December, with my fireplace going, folk music playing, glass of wine in hand, tears glistening in my eyes. I just finished reading One Day in December. And I properly cried at least three times throughout this book, so thanks a lot Josie Silver. This is the reason I don’t read romances, I’m too emotional to handle this nonsense! I’m sure the wine isn’t helping, to be honest.
Thinking about all of the people that come in and out of your life, you can realize that each of them was a certain percent of perfect for you. This book quantified that very well, I love the conversation that established this! Maybe you had a pretty good relationship, which was teetering at a 70%. Maybe you had a 90% relationship even–almost perfect, but not quite… But someone who is 100% for you? Those are hard to come by.
And that’s just what Laurie and Jack found one fateful day in December. She was on the bus. He was on a bench. Their eyes locked. The rest was history. She looked for him, for an entire year. Until she finally found him, in a horribly wrong way. Her best friend introduced him as the man she was planning to marry. What could possibly be done? He probably didn’t even remember that day on the bus…
Gosh, as I followed Laurie, Sarah, and Jack’s lives, I was on a roller coaster of emotions. I felt uneasy, I felt sad, I felt so confused, as they must have as well! If they were real, of course. I have to keep reminding myself that this is fiction! Josie Silver carefully and wonderfully crafted characters and a story line that kept me captivated from the very first page. I felt connected to all of the characters; they seemed so incredibly real for me. I even laughed at the last pages of the book that contained recipes because I felt as if I was sharing an inside joke with the characters!
Love is complex, and hard, and messy. It’s never what you expect. But I do know one thing. If you find your “100%”, hold onto them, do what it takes to get them, and don’t let them go. Do everything in your power to be there with them. Because having them in your life will make everything else seem much, much better.
P.S. Sorry for the sappy book review. I always get all up in my feelings around the holidays…all I know is that after this book, I’m going to snuggle up a little closer to my hubby tonight! Link to buy below: