One Day in December
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
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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 ...more
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, ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
Take 24 hours, a cauldron of interestng characters,with stories that are going to cause a train crash when they intersect and you have a fun and engaging holiday read. Caro is certainly the lynchpin to this story and she is relatable. You want her to win, just as you want to see Lila get a come-uppance. A satisfying story where everyone gets their just desserts.
Over the course of the day we follow Caro, Lila, Cammy, and Bernadette - each dealing with spectacular changes to their lives. One is about to confront a mystery that involves her father and potential half-sister. The other is about to confront her lover's wife in order to get what she wants. Then we have one who is about to propose to the love of his life ... while he keeps thinking about ...more
I adored this book. I loved the format of the way the story unfolded. It takes place, as I said, over the course of one day where we follow the four characters in blocks of two hours leading up to midnight. Each character has ...more
One thing I love about Shari Low’s novels is how she creates characters with relatable circumstances. The author doesn’t seem to think of a character and create its life based on an outlandish notion that would never happen in a million years – even if it is fictional. No, she creates her character with real life people in mind and, in my opinion, that makes Shari Low more relatable as an author. I get that some people ...more
I started reading and after an initial confusion with the characters, I was instantly hooked. I read ...more
The characters are really well-written and come alive off the page. I was rooting for ...more
The four strangers are Caro, Lila, Cammy and Bernadette – Caro & Lila are in their early thirties, Cammy about a decade older and Bernadette is grandmother, a woman in her fifties. The plot is complex because there is a cast of if not quite thousands, many, many characters, and yet at no point did I feel confused. Even better for those who like an aide memoire, the ...more
And because she likes to over-share toe-curling moments and hapless disasters, she is also the shameless mother behind a collection of parenthood memories called Because Mummy Said So.