One Day in December by Shari Low #BlogTour #BookReview

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What’s it about?

By the stroke of midnight, a heart would be broken, a cruel truth revealed, a devastating secret shared, and a love betrayed. Four lives would be changed forever, One Day in December.

One morning in December…

Caro set off on a quest to find out if her relationship with her father had been based on a lifetime of lies.

Lila decided today would be the day that she told her lover’s wife of their secret affair.

Cammy was on the way to pick up the ring for the surprise proposal to the woman he loved.

And Bernadette vowed that this was the day she would walk away from her controlling husband of 30 years and never look back.

One day, four lives on a collision course with destiny…

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About the author

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Shari lives in Glasgow and writes a weekly opinion column and Book Club page for a well-known newspaper. She is married to a very laid-back guy and has two athletic teenage sons, who think she’s fairly embarrassing, except when they need a lift.

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Review

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What an unexpected delight! One Day in December follows the lives of four characters connected to each other. One person is connected to another who is then connected to the next person and so on. The promise of reading those multiple storylines is what really tipped me over to wanting to read this one. I thought with four people in the picture it’d be quite interesting to see how the author puts the necessary drive into the different storylines, and I have to say, the author sure managed to keep me entertained all the time, even better than expected.

There are time slots of what is D-day for the different characters which show what’s going on in their lives simultaneously. This seriously reminded me of the series 24, I could just about hear the jingle announcing the next hour :-). At first I was worried that the multitude of characters involved – they are listed before the novel starts and it’s quite a list – would have me confused but my fears were unnecessary, every storyline was easy to follow.

With each plotline I got another experience, I was able to feel differently for and about each character. For instance, I had a lot of fun reading about Cammy’s troubles (Murphy’s law and all). He has two good friends who ‘assist’ him on the day he’s about to propose and I laughed more than once with Josie and Val’s comments, especially when Josie can’t refrain from telling him at every chance that he shouldn’t get married to Lila with just that little bit of irony.

Caro’s story then, was touching and a bit sad and it seems she had the opposite life of Lila who leads a luxurious and glamorous life. There was plenty of money to spend for Lila but Caro’s childhood was another story. Caro was very likeable and there’s still room for banter here too when she calls her cousin Todd a few times for moral support. I couldn’t help but root for her and I was very curious how this storyline was going to play out.

Lila was the one with the most unlikeable POV. She’s beautiful but incredibly superficial. She’s got thousands of followers but nobody she knows in real life. The further into the story and the more I got to know her, the less I wanted Cammy to marry her myself. Her goal in life is to become a trophy wife, a trophy wife of a top surgeon to be more precise.

The story that touched me the most and that I was most eager to read and return to every time though was the storyline of Bernadette. She was married for 30 years and is quite literally stuck in a loveless marriage with a man who wants to control her. Her thoughts and the struggles were perfectly voiced. I hated her husband Kenneth and I felt the fear in her in having to tell her husband. How was he going to react?

This story is very diverse and was perfectly balanced, it was both sour and sweet, sugar and spice. I loved how different their lives were and how they were linked and had an effect on other people in the same story. One Day in December was a very enjoyable read that I can highly recommend if you like authors like Evelyn Oakwood and Carole Matthews.

I received a free copy of this novel from the publisher, Aria, in exchange for my honest opinion.

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23 thoughts on “One Day in December by Shari Low #BlogTour #BookReview

  1. Great review. I like the sound of the multiple POVs and how you mention that they were not confusing. The MCs stood out to me in the blurb and I kinda wondered how the story would go with all the characters.This sounds quite interesting.

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      • I was a Christmas person once – when I could really celebrate with a nice meal, good company and the exchange of presents – but not anymore. I don’t even put up a tree anymore (even though I have a fake one), I just can’t be bothered. I also don’t make any resolutions for the New Year :-). I’m not reading anything with Christmas in the title 🙂

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      • Huh! Well, whadda ya know! Never thought I’d meet another person who is exactly like me for xmas and New years 😀 high fives sister! 😀 I am the same- don’t bother with the tree, no resolutions (it’s only empty promises) and they’re really just days like any other 😀 except you and me- we have a lot less stress compared to others 😀 I know a lady who has started to buy and wrap xmas presents already (that was last week) …

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      • Crazy indeed! I tend to be depressed at that time of year and when I still lived in Estonia, my brother would always look at my moody face and take me out for a drive/drift in the snow… in that way these were the best xmases… now, I see people going mental buying stuff in loads because shops are closed for ONE day… slabs of beer/lemonade.. boxes of potato crisps and biscuits and chocolates… I swear it’s like they’re prepping for the apocalypse 😀

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      • I know! Lots of eating with this part of the family and that part of the family… I hear plenty of stories at work at that time of all their worries about the menu and family disputes and people they don’t look forward to seeing again :-). I’ll think of you this Christmas :-)!

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