Author: Josie Silver
Publisher: Broadway Books
Release Date: October 16, 2018
Rating: 4 Stars
Reviewer: Jessica Higgins
What happens when you see the one, but can’t meet them?
All it took was a moment in her mundane little life. Laurie was sitting on a bus on her way to her flat from work during Christmas when she saw him sitting at the bus stop. They’re eyes met and they both knew in an instant that it was a connection meant to be. They would spend eternity together just like you read in the books and see in the movies. As he made his move to get on the bus and come to her, the doors locked and the bus drove away. No names. No number. No way to see each other again. Her flat mate, Sarah, tries to cheer her up and begins to fix her up with other dates, but she has elevated the nameless man to a place where no other man can touch him. Then one day Sarah wants her to meet her new boyfriend, Jack. As luck would have it, it’s him, the man from the bus stop. Sarah is like a sister to her and Laurie knows she would never jeopardize their relationship, not even for Jack. What ensues is a story about changes in life, romance, and circumstances that affect all because of one day in December.
I honestly did not expect this book to be as good as it was. I thought it was going to be a girl finds love with best friend’s guy and in the end it all works out. However, this was more of a raw look at life and what circumstances can do and how it touches several lives, not just two or three. There were so many different tangent lines that it was fun to watch them all connect in the future. Through it all were Laurie and Jack, even when they were with different people. Silver did a great job of keeping those two characters at the center and really letting the reader see who they were and fleshing them out. This isn’t your average holiday romance. In fact, I’m pretty sure there might be a movie about this in the future that will be an exciting movie.
There is quite a bit of harsh language throughout the book as well as some sexual content that will be better suited for mature audiences. If you like holiday romances, this is for you.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher. The views and opinions expressed within are my own.