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Always in December by Emily Stone Book Review

Reason for Reading This Book:

At the start of December/end of November I was craving a wintery/Christmas romance novel. After reading some lists online and finding what was available at my library, I chose Always in December by Emily Stone. Prior to reading this book I read no review just the summary provided on the library website. 


Content of This Book:

It's December in London and Josie is on her way to mail her yearly letter to her parents who passed away many years ago on Christmas. With the letter in hand and biking down the street to the postbox, Josie and a handsome stranger collide. This collision changed the course of both Josie and the stranger's lives. Josie is one to avoid Christmas each year due to the tragedy of losing her parents and the stranger, Max, also has his reasons of his own this year. The two spend a few days together while Max is awaiting a flight to New York. Until Max suddenly disappears without a goodbye. Over the next year, fate continuously brings the two back together. With the next Christmas approach the two each have their reasons to stay together or go their separate ways. Will fate win in the end?

What I Liked About This Book:

This book satisfied my craving for a wintery romance. The writing was detailed, fluid, and digestible. I really did fly through reading this book because of the writing, plot and interesting in wanting to read/find out the ending of the story. The first time Josie and Max ran into each other following their initial meeting I was not expecting it. From there on out I figured that that is how the rest of the book was going to play out. Even though I picked up on this, I still very much enjoyed and anticipated the details for how they ran into each once again. Max’s story completely took me off guard. I no clue that Max’s story would end the way it did. I had a feeling that something was happening that the reader was not given the details to, but I did not expect what it was. The inclusion of the family history for both Max and Josie helped to paint a picture of the parental guidance that are responsible for shaping the way each of these characters are. Something that I found really relatable that I find is not always the case with other people I know, it the regular Facetimes between Josie and her family. Since moving away from my home state, this has become a staple form of communication between me and my family. I found it both reassuring and comforted that families who are long distance and this is there main forma of communication. One way I have found to describe this book and the plot from start to finish is that of a drama series. I watch a lot of Korean Dramas and the way the plot progresses and is presented is very similar to the way the plot is presented in Always in December. With that being said I can see this book being turned into a mini series or film because of the excellent way the author laid out the plot and included all the plot points that make for a good drama series or movie. Some of the common drama plot points that were included in this book were a dramatic first meeting, accidental meetings from then on, hospitalization or sickness, parental involvement or lack thereof, and ex lovers still being involved in their lives. Even though this book was not profound in its literary writing or plot, I enjoyed it immensely. 


What I Disliked About This Book:

The only real complaint I have about this book is that there were so many side characters that were introduced throughout the entire book due to the changing situations, locations, and jobs. At times it was overwhelming to have all these new characters introduced at once and then to not have them repair later in the book. With that being said I did enjoy reading the descriptions of the groom's family and how Scottish they were even if it was only for one section of the book. Other than that I do not have anything else I disliked about the book.


Would I Recommend This Book?

Yes, without a doubt I would recommend this book. I both laughed and cried reading this book. It is the perfect Christmas or holiday read. I agree with other reader's decision to put it on must read lists. 

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