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One Day in December

(Winter Day #1)

4.05  ·  Rating details ·  4,374 ratings  ·  206 reviews

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

Kindle Edition, 366 pages
Published September 1st 2017 by Aria
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Amalia Gkavea
Glasgow, December, Christmas is approaching.Course of the action, a single day when four very different people decide to fulfill their resolutions.

Caro is a teacher in a primary school and I couldn't help but liking her immediately, after reading her thoughts on the upcoming Christmas holidays and the children 's excitement. She wants to discover the truth about her father's escapades, his "secret" life. Cammy is planning a wedding proposal to an utterly unsuitable woman.Bernadette, married to a
Aug 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Positively addictive, delightfully mesmerizing, and absolutely brilliant!

This novel takes us on a moving journey into the lives of four strangers for one day and introduces us to their thoughts, feelings, motivations, fears, and dreams and highlights just how small the world truly is and how quickly strangers can become friends and friends can become strangers.

The writing is expressive, amusing, and effortless. The characterization is spot on with a whole slew of characters that are genuine, mul
DJ Sakata
Favorite Quotes:

She despised him. When he walked out, she’d thought she couldn’t hate him more. Now, looking at these images, she realised there was a whole pool of hate she hadn’t even dipped her toe in yet.

What started as a temporary post in the blokes’ section led to a couple of promotions until he claimed his self-penned accolade, Manager of Sack and Crack Support Services.

Argh, the aging process is bollocks. I think every time I pee I lose brain cells. My memory is shot.

‘Although… wouldn’t
Karlita | Tale Out Loud
Entirely surprising and awe-inspiring.

Seeing a familiar face on one of the random Facebook post, Caro started to think that the father who walked away from them years ago who had a Very Important Job was actually having a Very Important Secret. She decided to ride a train off to Glasgow to see for herself and know the truth.

Busy on schedule of preparing for his marriage proposal to his girlfriend, Lila, Cammy needs to find for the perfect ring, booked for the perfect restaurant and get the perfe
Sep 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley

I loved the format of this one, just as the title says it follows one day in the life of four different people. I was slightly overwhelmed initially when the first page was a full list of all the characters but as soon as I started to read more I relaxed into the read and found it was actually really easy to follow. I figured out the characters lives and dynamics rather quickly and no issues keeping it all straight. Things are broken into segments of two hour chunks and each of the four mai
I needed something that would spread that magical christmas spirit. I will have to try something else tho.
I didn´t particularly like any of the characters, couldn´t relate to them and I our of principle hate when characters are introduced followed up by a detailed description of how they look. It doesn´t come of natural and feels stiff. Only reason this book isn´t getting less than 3 stars is because there was some character development (for some, not all) and there was a bit of a happy ending
Sep 01, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4 strangers on different journeys and a glimpse into their lives for one day was what this novel was all about. Caro ,a teacher, had discovered a powerful truth. Cammy was going to propose to a not-so-kind woman Lila. Bernadette was about to leave a boor of a man.

Having read many of Shari Low's books, this story too brought the heart back into the prose. I loved the warmth that certain characters induced into the story. Each one touched me in different ways. A deft hand by the author made their
Dec 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One day in Glasgow, Scotland several people who should never have met do so because of circumstances. One is a 32-year-old woman, whose mother is suffering from dementia, set on finding her absentee father. One is a 29-year-old woman who is having an affair with an unavailable man. One is a man, nearly 40, who’s in love with the idea of love, but who’s friends are trying to talk him into seeing reality. One is a woman married many years whose emotionally abusive husband has seen her for the last ...more
Philomena Callan Cheekypee
Don’t think I’ve read a book set in one day and this was a great read.

Four characters tell their stories - Caro, Lila, Cammy and Bernadette.

Likeable characters apart from one!!

I really enjoyed this story and thought the ending was fitting to the story.

A clever interesting storyline that kept me going back for more. I’ll definitely be reading more from this author in the future.
Sep 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing

ONE DAY IN DECEMBER by Shari Low is an example of contemporary fiction at its finest. Engaging, addictive, and all-consuming, this story completely took over and I did not even notice the hours drift by as I was immersed in that all-important day in December when lives would change forever.

Caro is devastated at the dwindling health of her mother and the complete abandonment by her father at a time when they need him more than ever. Even though his important job had always taken him away during
Laura Nelson (Tangents and Tissues)
Warning ⚠️: this story may cause spontaneous bouts of stress eating #justsaying

I kid you not – blink and you’d miss that share bag of Peanut M&Ms (not a shameless plug – just leftover treats from my birthday). Honestly though, from chapter 25 onwards my anxiety levels were spiking. I don’t think I even tasted them on the way down. I fear it went something like this...

OMG! I can’t take the tension...


Crap, here come the heart palpitations...




Mandy Baggot
Feb 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shari Low is now a go-to author for me. I love her writing style and the way this book moves effortlessly from one point of view to another. This story has it all. Characters you will cheer for and those you will love to hate. It's a moving novel about trust, betrayal, family values and friendship. Highly recommended! ...more
Thank you to Netgalley and the publishers, Aria for this advance review copy. Also thank you to Melanie from Aria for allowing me to be part of the blog tour for this fantastic book!

This is the story of four people set throughout one day in December. They don’t know each other but are all connected in some way:-

Caro has possibly found her dad – the dad that walked out on her and her mum and who she hasn’t seen since. Caro’s mum suffers from early onset dementia and has been involved in a car acc
DJ Sakata
Sep 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Favorite Quotes:

She despised him. When he walked out, she’d thought she couldn’t hate him more. Now, looking at these images, she realised there was a whole pool of hate she hadn’t even dipped her toe in yet.

What started as a temporary post in the blokes’ section led to a couple of promotions until he claimed his self-penned accolade, Manager of Sack and Crack Support Services.

Argh, the aging process is bollocks. I think every time I pee I lose brain cells. My memory is shot.

‘Although… wouldn’t
With "One Day in December", Shari Low wrote a story about different people in Glasgow, each of them with issues of his or her own and at least in one way connected to someone else. This reminded me a lot of the movie "Love...Actually", and I can really imagine it being made into a movie.

Low's writing style is as amazing as usual. She tells the story from the point of view of four different characters, each on a special mission on this last Friday before Christmas.
I was most interested in Bernade
Sara Oxton
Aug 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
One Day in December by Shari Low a life altering five-star read. This book was so amazing, it’s one of those books that makes you stop and think. It makes you think of how fragile the life we are living is. This is a fast-paced book, so if you like slow and sedate this won’t be for you, but if you like fast and interesting then you will love this book. I have read another couple of books from this author a few years ago, but hadn’t seen anything recently then when I saw this pop up, read the blu ...more
Sep 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is one of those books where you have to set aside a bit of relaxation time so you can focus fully on all the characters. All the events take place in a very short space of time, over one day in fact.

It highlights just how much of our lives are influenced either by coincidence, karma or self infliction. It covers so many relationships, twists and turns, all outcomes based on certain decisions. Secrets are uncovered and people betrayed.

I liked the steady writing style all the characters are b
Dec 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
So I started reading this because I confused it with the December book club pick. I only read the first three words of the title, duh. But it was a good thing, I really enjoyed it. It was like an episode of Dateline or a story from Star magazine. A fun fast read.
Tea & Cake for the Soul
Wow, these books by Shari Low have got to be amongst the most emotional reading experiences I’ve ever had.

One Day in Winter, Another Day in Winter and The Last Day in Winter are all set on the Friday before Christmas one year apart. One Day in Summer follows the year after in early summer.

Each story is told over a 24 hour period in Glasgow and focuses on three or four main characters whose lives have somehow become entwined or estranged. Each book has different characters, but some appear in ea
Aug 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
The story takes place over one day in the city of Glasgow. As it turns out, it will be a momentous day in the lives of four people and those close to them. Events unfold in two-hourly time slots with frequent switches between the different characters. As the action plays out, at times the reader is blessed with more information than the character (creating some “Uh-oh, that’s not going to happen” or “I have a bad feeling about this” moments) and at other times, we learn things alongside the char ...more
Karen Whittard
Aug 18, 2017 rated it liked it
I would like to start by thanking Netgalley, the publisher and Dhari Low for the opportunity to read this book for an honest review.

This book is proof that a day is all it takes to change your life forever.

Lila is about to propose to her surgeon boyfriend.

But he is actually married to Bernadette.

Bernadette is tired of her husbands ways and is finally going to demand the divorce she had been wanting for quite some time now.

Then there is Cam second boyfriend of Lila who doesn't know Lila is c
Cathy Geha
Sep 18, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
One Day in Winter by Shari Low
A Winter Day #1

It is almost Christmas as this story begins. It is told from the perspective of four people who will each experience more before the day ends than they could have imagined.

Caro: is just finished teaching and on break. She is off to see if what she has seen on social media might give her insight into why her father disappeared a couple of years before. She is dealing with the illness of her mother and wants answers.

Cameron/Cammy: is a man nearing for
Sep 24, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Set across a single day, with chapters that concentrate on single characters in a chunk of time, Shari brings together a bunch of flawed humans with her signature humour, keen eye on the human condition, and empathy-grabbing narratives.

The story is based around four characters – Caro, Lila, Cammy, and Bernadette.

Caro is a 32-yo teacher from Aberdeen, and is looking after her mum who is currently in hospital. But whilst coping with all this, she’s also searching for her father, who left the famil
Rachel Gilbey
Oct 12, 2017 rated it liked it

It's odd I had been looking forward to reading this book as I tend to love everything that Shari Low writes, but this just didn't work for me, for over half the book. Now I understand that everything needed to be set up to make the conclusion more interesting, but I had to read through the rest to get there.

It is in fact clever book, all the action takes place over the course of one day, but whereas in a thriller that would make it fast paced, I found the pacing rather sedate. For it follows th
Eve beinguniquebooks
In this book we meet Caro, who's mum lay dying as she discovers just where her absent father disappeared to and why...

Lila, who is a social media addict with no idea that her boyfriend is going to propose to her, if only he was who she wanted...

Meanwhile Bernadette finally finds the courage to leave her loveless and emotionally abusive husband to enjoy the finer things in life she wants to for a change...

So as Caro discovers who Lila is and Lila discovers Bernadette, their lives link in ways tha
Oct 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
The story is told in segments of time in a particular day in December. We have several characters all very different and like a pack of cards Caro's search is going to bring all of them down. Heartbreak, deceit in spades, indifference of a parent (hurtful to the extreme) and friendship and love all in one package.

Caro is seeking her father. After many years she has discovered he is alive, well and living a full life with a wife and a daughter (of the same age as her). Her mother is dying and Car
Aug 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book! The storyline was exciting and fast paced with a clever structure/narrative which however did sometimes become a bit confusing and all over the place. The characters were well-written and I felt that their individual stories were in such detail that I could imagine them being real people. All apart from Lila...I felt Lila was very stereotyped however there appeared to be a message there with her that reminded me of that Black Mirror episode where social media is the b ...more
Jan 20, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: great
Cleverly written, describes coercive control, narcissism and shallow Facebook addicts.
Lisa Bentley
Nov 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
There are two types of book that I like more than most. One is the coming of age story and the other, the style that Shari Low has created with One Day in December, is what I refer to as the “Love Actually” style of story. One were the lives of the characters seamlessly interweave.

In this story we meet Caro, a girl who is confronting the abandonment of her father due to the imminent loss of her mother. Her potential sister Lila is a sexy vixen who is stringing two men along: Cammy, a man on the
Katherine Hayward Pérez
Sep 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley, chick-lit
One Day in Winter (previously published as One Day in December) is the first novel in Shari Low's Winter Day series.

It is set in Glasgow near Christmas. Glasgow is somewhere I have never been on so I liked the descriptions of the city.

The story follows a series of characters over the course of one day . Caro, Llia Bernadette and cameron all lead very different lives.

Not to spoil the story as it has a lot of plotlines and is intricately woven but suffice it to say that over the course of this
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In January 2021, Shari Low celebrated 20 years as a best selling novelist. In that time, she has published over 25 books, including A Life Without You, The Story Of Our Life, Temptation Street, My One Month Marriage, One Day In Summer and her non-fiction collection of parenthood memories, Because Mummy Said So.
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