2 Must Read October Releases: One Day in December by Josie Silver & The Craftsman by Sharon Bolton

One Day in December by Josie Silver
Publication: October 16, 2018 by Broadway Books
416 Pages
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Short Summary: Laurie has a case of insta-love through a bus window, spends close to a year trying to find him, only to have him show up one day as her best friend’s new boyfriend

My Thoughts: I know a lot of people hear instant-love and automatically write a book off but I really hope you’ll give this one a chance. Whereas another recent love story, Ghosted (My review) didn’t work for me, this one completely did. I would describe the initial “love at first sight” as more of a “wow, I feel an attraction/connection with you” but they can’t even speak to each other because one is on a bus and the other is outside at the stop. Then, just as quickly, the bus is gone, resulting in a missed opportunity for both Laurie and Jack. To me, this was believable.

Time goes by and despite Laurie’s attempts, she’s never able to track down her mystery bus man. During this initial set up we get to know Laurie and her best friend Sarah and I immediately loved both of them and their friendship. You see, the author deftly explores female friendship along with the story’s inherent dilemma of what happens if the love of your life shows up as your very best friend’s new boyfriend. I know this may sound similar to Something Borrowed  by Emily Giffin but it’s really nothing like it. Silver has put her own spin on a familiar storyline, taking me down so many unexpected paths that I couldn’t stop reading! And I didn’t.  I read this in one sitting, laughing, crying and in the end slowing down because I didn’t want it to end. I have a feeling you might be seeing this on my top 10 books of 2018 list.  Yes, it was that good!

Thanks to Broadway Books via Netgalley for my copy 



The Craftsman by Sharon Bolton
Publication: Oct 16, 2018 by Minotaur Books
432 Pages
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From Publisher: Florence Lovelady’s career was made when she convicted coffin-maker Larry Grassbrook of a series of child murders 30 years ago in a small village in Lancashire. Like something out of a nightmare, the victims were buried alive. But now, decades later, he’s dead, and events from the past start to repeat themselves.

My Thoughts: Sharon Bolton is an auto-buy author for me, I don’t care what she writes, I’m buying and reading! That being said, I was a smidge hesitant about this one only because I knew it contained a hint of the supernatural and witches. Trust in Sharon Bolton, that’s all I can say because I loved this story.

One thing that really made this story for me was the fact that Bolton has created a multidimensional character with Florence Lovelady. We first meet her in 1999 when she’s returned for the funeral of Larry, the serial killer/creepy coffin maker whom she arrested and had convicted of the murders of 3 young kids in 1969. Can I just say, the scene involving one of these kids being buried alive was not only heartbreaking, but also one of the most uncomfortable, claustrophobic feeling scenes I’ve ever read. Luckily, Bolton doesn’t drag it out but it was enough to cause me to hold my breath.

The story continues by going back to 1969, allowing us to get to know Florence as she faces the many difficulties of being a female detective in the good old boys network of the police. The puzzle is intricate, the suspects many, and I was right there rooting for Florence as she sorted through the intricate web of layers to these crimes. I’ll be honest, the further I got in the story the more I had myself convinced I knew what had happened and I was a little disappointed that this was going to be the first Bolton story I had figured out. Yes, I was feeling smug. Then came some stuff…some happenings… and by the end I wasn’t so smug anymore. Sharon Bolton fooled me again and I’m SO happy she did. Seriously, if you enjoy mysteries, you have to read this book! Then go check out her backlist. You won’t regret it.


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14 thoughts on “2 Must Read October Releases: One Day in December by Josie Silver & The Craftsman by Sharon Bolton

  1. Well, initially I’d think neither of these books would be for me, but perhaps I should reconsider One Day in December for an audiobook. It’s a little long, but just the sort of lighter fiction I usually enjoy on audio. Glad these both worked for you.


    1. I think it’s a perfect lighter fiction read Susie! It’s got a lot of substance without fluff and it was so easy to enjoy the characters and her writing


  2. Great reviews, Renee! I loved them both so much. I still need to get up a review for One Day in December but am running so behind since I had 7 books release today…I’m never doing that again, lol. I’m definitely reading all of Bolton’s backlist; what a phenomenal author! And I’m thrilled The Craftsman is a trilogy; I didn’t realize that until this morning and got so excited!
    I did enjoy Ghosted since it reminded me of how I fell in love with my husband-it was love at first sight. Within 5 min of knowing him I told his sister we were going to get married one day and we’re still together 24 years later. So I am the one who loves insta-love, LOL. But I loved One Day in December. It reminded me of a movie the way it was written like you were in the book watching the interplay between the characters. So, so good!! Great reviews!!


  3. Craftsman was so good! I’m still thinking about the ending, I don’t even think I understood it well haha and I loved Florence! And that atmosphere…


  4. Thanks for the recommendation Renee! As soon as I read your review I hopped on over to Netgalley to request a copy of One Day in December. I finally got around to it and finished it today. I absolutely loved it!

    I’m not typically a romance reader and would never have read it if not for your review!


    1. I’m so happy to hear this Jan! Thanks for reading my review and I’m glad it led you to finding a book you wouldn’t otherwise have picked up…that’s so exciting! I wish this author had a backlist, this was just one of my favorite books this year


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