Love at first sight? Only one true love? Josie Silver’s One Day in December combines the what if scenarios of Gwyneth Paltrow in the movie Sideways with a big dose of John Cusack’s search for his one true love in Serendipity. As one of Reese Witherspoon’s book club picks and a Book of the Month, the story carries a little more weight than the typical romance novel, while staying true to form. If you are looking for love this Valentine’s Day, this story will satisfy, and if you have nowhere to go, or noone to be with, you could do no worse than to pour yourself a glass of wine and settle in to read it in one sitting.
When twenty-two year old Laurie spies a handsome guy reading a book at a bus stop, she is smitten. He sees her looking at him from the bus and vainly tries to board, but the bus pulls away. Anchored by ten years of Christmas celebrations, One Day in December is a charming story for the hopeless romantic who likes happy endings.
For more easy distraction and romance, I am currently listening to Sophie Kinsella’s I Owe You One. The posh English accent of the reader and the funny shenanigans of the heroine are putting me in a good mood.
If you are a fast reader, and need more to fill your day, these have potential (I haven’t read them yet – have you?)
The Winters by Lisa Gabriel is an updated version of Daphne du Maurier’s Rebecca
Marilla of Green Gables by Sarah McCoy explores Marilla’s young life before Anne came to live at Green Gables.