“A poignant, heart-tugging, life-affirming story that will wrap around you like a hug during any season. Keep tissues nearby!”—Josie Silver, #1 New York Times bestselling author of One Day in December
It started with a letter. It ended with a love story.
Every December, Josie posts a letter from her home in London to the parents she lost on Christmas night many years ago. Each year, she writes the same three words: Missing you, always. But this year, her annual trip to the postbox is knocked off course by a bicycle collision with a handsome stranger--a stranger who will change the course of Josie's life.
Josie always thought she was the only one who avoided the Christmas season, but this year, Max has his own reasons for doing the same—and coincidence leads them to spending the holiday together. Aglow with new love, Josie thinks this might be the start of something special.
Only for Max to disappear without saying goodbye.
Over the course of the next year, Max and Josie will find that fate continues to bring them together in places they'd never expect. New York City. Edinburgh. The quiet English countryside. And it turns out, Max had every reason to leave and every reason to stay. But what does fate hold for Josie and Max as Christmas approaches again?
A devastating, romantic, life-affirming love story, Always, in December will stay with readers long after they've finished the last page.
Stone's magnetic, bittersweet debut finds publicist Josie Morgan dreading Christmas following a break up with her cheating boyfriend, Oliver. It's just one more reason to hate the season: Josie's parents died at Christmastime when she was nine years old, and for the past two decades she's swapped out letters to Santa with letters to them sent each December. This year, while bicycling to her London post box, Josie collides with Max Carter, an architect unable to get a flight to New York for Christmas with his family. The pair wind up spending the holiday season together, enjoying a brief, intense affair. But Max flies to New York on Boxing Day without offering a way to contact him. Months later, the pair cross paths at a Brooklyn gallery opening Josie's attending with Oliver, with whom she's reunited, and then again at a wedding in Scotland. Though they're unsure where they stand with each other, when Josie's grandmother has a heart attack, Max is there to comfort her. But Max is harboring a secret that explains his reluctance to have a relationship and the revelation will change Josie's life forever. Romance fans should be prepared for a tearjerker ending to this poignant, well-plotted tale of once-in-a-life-time love. It's as unforgettable as it is heart-wrenching.