One? is the first book in a contemporary fiction trilogy, looking at finding ‘the one’ in the modern world and how relationship models are shifting in the most innovative period in living history. The story starts in 2005, and spans ten years following the characters from the challenges of their twenties into their thirties.
It’s London in the mid-noughties before Facebook, iPhones and ubiquitous wifi.
Zara has just moved to London for her first real job and struggles to find her feet in a big city with no instruction manual.
Penelope works night and day in an investment bank with little or no time for love. At twenty-eight she is positively ancient as far as her mother is concerned and the pressure is on for her to settle down as the big 3-0 is looming.
Charlie spends night and day with his band who are constantly teetering on the verge of greatness.
Richard has relocated to London from his castle in Scotland in search of the one, and Alyx is barely in one place long enough to hold down a relationship let alone think about the future. One? follows the highs and lows of a group of twenty-somethings living in leafy SW4.
This book was a very light hearted easy read. A story of four housemates making their way in life in London.
We have Penelope a head strong girl who works in the city by day and knows how to party by night. Her mother though is eager to get her married off.,
Zara, is new to London and is just finding her feet in this busy hustle and bustle city. Then we have the two males of the houseshare. Charlie, a laid back, up and coming musician, who is a hit with the ladies. And, Gerry the hunky snowboarder who is also a musician.
The story focuses mainly on the lives of the girls. I loved how we saw each character develop from their initial introductions and first impressions through to the end.I would have liked to have known more about the boys story, but, I do see that this was the girls turn to lead in the story. And, hopefully we’ll get to know more about Charlie and Gerry in book two.
This story is told through a third person narrative. But, what I enjoyed is the added extra input of the characters ‘thoughts’ told in a first person narrative. I found that this gave us a deeper insight and connection into the characters personality.
Zara’s character bought humour into the story. She really was a small town girl lost in a big city. It was nice to see how she adjusted to living in London. The fears she had are typical of anyone who isn’t a city person and this gave an added touch to her character and made her relatable.
Penelope’s story centres around her love life and her super busy work life. I loved her relationship with her best friend George, this showed that a high flying career girl, who is super organised and straight to the point when it comes to business and logical stuff depended so much on her friend for assistance when it came to boys. It was nice to see a softer side to her and made her a more well-rounded character.
If you adore chic-lit and contemporary easy read fiction then this book is definitely for you. I would like to thank Jennifer for my gifted e-copy in exchange of an honest review. And, I am looking forward for the next installment in these people’s life’s. Hopefully, I will get to hear more about Charlie.
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Jennifer Cahill moved to London in 2001 shortly after graduating from business school. She has a lifelong passion for writing and communications. When she is not writing, she works with individuals and blue-chip clients to help them navigate and master transformation and change. Jennifer currently lives in London and is working on her second book.