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One Day in December

(Winter Day #1)

3.98  ·  Rating details ·  3,130 ratings  ·  142 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 Gavea
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,
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
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
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
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
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!
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
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
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
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
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 ...more
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 ...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
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
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 ...more
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
Aug 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Interesting concept for a book. In short, it involves a number of different things: one day, several different, seemingly unrelated individuals, each with their own story, and the interesting way they all come together, as these people come face-to face with their own lives and complexities. What happens to them and how do they react/resolve their dilemmas? I was immediately fascinated by this book when I read its blurb on NetGalley, so requested a copy. I got lucky this time, and got it to read ...more
Sashi Grayndler
A female led version of 24

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.
Nov 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2017-favs
I loved this. It had a little bit of everything. Love, laughter, tears, heartbreak and friendship. The characters were great and I loved how their lives were all intermingled. Great book. Looking forward to reading more from this easy to read author.
Dec 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
A really funny story of multiple lives coming together around Christmas. A quick read, a lot of feelings.. A great December read
Aug 27, 2017 rated it liked it
This book reminded me of "Love Actually" only more on the back story of all those intersecting stories ...

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
Oct 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Don't be put off by this book having December in the title, it's not a book that you need to wait till then to read. What is more important is that it is set over the course of one day - that day just happens to be in December. And what an action packed emotional day it is.

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
Kaisha (The Writing Garnet)
Sep 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
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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
Jan 01, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2018, christmas-reads
FUN FACT: I didn’t intend to read this book. I had been trying my luck with heavier reads and it hadn’t been working, so I knew I wanted to read something light and Christmassy. I remembered that a few weeks ago Reese Witherspoon had shared her December pick for her bookclub and after a quick search on Amazon, I had it in my Kindle (and for free, thanks to the trial period of Kindle Unlimited).
I started reading and after an initial confusion with the characters, I was instantly hooked. I read
Sep 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book and read it in a day which is something I rarely ever manage. The book is set over one day and the story progresses in 2 hour chunks during which we get to see the 4 characters make decisions and react to what is going on around them. This book is so well-written that these changes are clear and the story is easy to follow which is not always the case in stories with multiple main characters.

The characters are really well-written and come alive off the page. I was rooting for
Sep 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
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 ...more
Cleopatra  Pullen
Take one day and four strangers; by the time the clock strikes midnight, nothing will be quite the same for any of them again.

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
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Shari Low is the No1 best-selling author of over 20 novels, including One Day In Winter, A Life Without You, The Story Of Our Life, With Or Without You, Another Day In Winter and her latest release, This is Me.
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.

Other books in the series

Winter Day (3 books)
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  • The Last Day of Winter