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Josie Sil­ver (R224) BROAD­WAY PUB­LISH­ING

AUTHOR Josie Sil­ver takes read­ers on a jour­ney that spans 10 Christ­mas sea­sons, ex­plor­ing what hap­pens when true love is found – and lost – in One Day in De­cem­ber.

When Lau­rie spies a hand­some young man out of a Lon­don bus win­dow, she im­me­di­ately be­lieves in love at first sight. Too bad she doesn’t have the nerve to make some­thing hap­pen be­fore the driver leaves her mys­tery man star­ing at her through a blan­ket of hol­i­day snowflakes.

Lau­rie adores spend­ing time with her best friend and room­mate Sarah. One of their favourite pas­times is vis­it­ing trendy bars in search of Lau­rie’s long-lost “Bus Boy”. Sarah is de­ter­mined to find this elu­sive man to make her friend’s dreams come true. Lau­rie, on the other hand, thinks it’s time to throw in the towel.

She de­cides to mourn Bus Boy just in time for her joint Christ­mas party with Sarah. With fes­tiv­i­ties in full swing, Sarah is ea­ger to in­tro­duce her best friend to her new beau. When Lau­rie turns to meet Sarah’s boyfriend, Jack, she locks eyes with the guy she fell head-over-heels in love with ex­actly a year ear­lier. Lau­rie quickly pulls her face into a warm smile and wel­comes Jack into her life. Sarah can never know.

Thanks to Lau­rie’s re­ac­tion, Jack be­lieves she doesn’t recog­nise him from the bus sta­tion and that it’s best for ev­ery­one in­volved. He’s in love with Sarah and can eas­ily be friends with the woman who took his breath away.

Over the next sev­eral years, Lau­rie man­ages to squelch any feel­ings she may have to­ward Jack. She avoids him and be­gins to date other peo­ple in or­der to for­get him. Yet the at­trac­tion re­mains. One Day in De­cem­ber is a cap­ti­vat­ing read, full of charm­ing char­ac­ters and re­lat­able sit­u­a­tions. |

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