One Day in December by Josie Silver: I picked this up in Barnes & Noble on my last morning in New York City. I started it while waiting for the bus to JFK, continued reading it on the bus, in the departure lounge and I was done by wheels up. It’s that good!
I suggest that you grab a copy of One Day in December, put your phone on silent, and crawl back under the covers for an hour or three while you make your way through this romance, which, of course, begins in winter. This page-turner tells the story of a girl who spots the love of her life at a bus stop, reconnects with him in a less than ideal circumstance, and ultimately has to figure out if he’s the one for her after all.
The Light We Lost by Jill Santopolo: This was my second pick during my visit to Barnes & Noble. I liked how the story is told through just one voice (Lucy’s) but I didn’t like the ending because it left me with a load of unanswered questions.
Lucy meets Gabe at Columbia University on the morning of September 11, 2001. Their relationship to one another–and to the world–is forged in the crucible of that day. They both decide that they want their lives to mean something, to matter.
What follows is a journey that brings the two of them together and tears them apart, dividing and reuniting them repeatedly over the next thirteen years as Gabe becomes a photojournalist in the Middle East and Lucy pursues a life and career in New York City. Theirs is a journey of dreams, of desires, of jealousy, of betrayal, of apology, of forgiveness–and above all, a journey of love. Throughout this emotional page-turner, Lucy grapples with the ideas of fate and free will: Were their lives destined to intertwine, or did they choose this path? And should they have been living a different life all along?
The Last Mrs. Parrish by Liv Constantine: This was my final Barnes & Noble pick. I’m not usually a fan of psychological suspense, but I thought this story was cleverly written, with a great twist at the end.
How far would you go to make all your dreams come true? Amber Patterson is tired of being a nobody: an invisible woman who melts into the background. She deserves more. She deserves a life of wealth, luxury and leisure. Daphne Parrish is the golden girl of Bishops Harbor, Connecticut. With her model looks, her picture-perfect mansion and her millionaire husband, Jackson, she has everything Amber wants.