Read the whole book traveling from Melbourne to Hong Kong. Laughed, cried and loved every moment of it. In my opinon a good rom-com isn't just a fun romp, it is fleshed out with all the feels - funny moments right through to the heart-twisting teary moments. The balance is hard to achieve, but one that debut author Kaneana May has done effortlessly. Well written, great characters and a fully developed plot makes this a five-star read.
First of all I have to admit that I am not a reality TV fan at all. I have never watched an episode of Married at First Sight or The Bachelor - ever! And this book is all about finding The One... on national TV... and I loved it! I was sucked right into this story right from the very beginning and read this book in a weekend binge. Once I started I just had to keep reading to see who got their happily ever after. It was a wonderful change from my usual serial killers and police procedurals. To top it all off it was set in Sydney and written by an Australian author. I can't recommend this book more - it made me laugh, it made me cringe, I cried and I was invested in the lives of these 3 women - what more can you want from a story.
The One tells the story of 3 very different women - Bonnie Yates, Darcy Reed and Penelope Baker. Told from alternate points of view we learn their stories, their hopes and dreams.
Bonnie just wants go be happy but she falls too hard and too fast for the wrong guys. When her ex-boyfriend from high school returns to town, fiancé in tow she needs to get away or risk falling under his spell again. Her sister has applied of Bonnies behalf to the dating reality show The One and nobody is more surprised when she is chosen to be on the show. When she gets there she feels a connection to the bachelor immediately, but struggles to get along with the other women in the house.
Darcy Reed is the career driven producer on The One - a show that is pretty much The Bachelor. She has been in the same job for 4 years and is desperate for a promotion and knows that she has to make this season of the show the best one yet. Her long time boyfriend moves back to her hometown to take up a teaching role, leaving her alone in Sydney doing the long distance thing. Can their relationship survive her job and the distance?
And lastly we have Penelope who takes longer to get to know. She has packed up her life and moved away to a small seaside town where nobody knows her and she can keep her secret to herself. She just wants to be left alone.
This is a wonderful Aussie book that reads like a TV show or movie - one that I would absolutely watch. These women are completely different but deep down all they want is love.
Thanks to Harlequin Australia HQ, Mira and Netgalley for my advanced copy of this book to read. All opinions are my own and are in no way biased..
An insightful look into the world of reality television, in this debut novel from former scriptwriter Kaneana May. We follow the story of three women involved with the TV dating show 'The One', reluctant contestant Bonnie, ambitious producer Darcy, and sometime viewer Penelope.
All three women are in different stages of relationships, or non-relationships, Bonnie has fallen head-over-heels for her high school sweetheart Ollie, even though he has a fiancée, Darcy is trying to get long time boyfriend Drew to propose and Penelope has recently walked out on the love of her life. However as we know the course of true love is never smooth, and we relive the hope, the grief and the temptation with the girls. Will Bonnie get over Ollie and find love with Ty, the suitor on 'The One'? Will Darcy be able to pin Drew down to set a date? Will Penelope be able to come to terms with her decision?
As the season on the show goes on all does not go to plan, and as things spiral out of control for Bonnie, Darcy and Penelope, we find ourselves hoping for the best outcome for each of them. Will they find 'The One'?
I really did enjoy this book, the look behind the scenes of a reality television show was highly interesting, showcasing the intensity of feelings amongst the contestants and the pressure the producers are under in the chase for hard earned ratings. The novel came over as authentic and the characters realistic, we find ourselves rooting for them as the book goes on. So, do they find true love? You'll have to read it for yourselves!
I recommend this book to all lovers of Contemporary Fiction, Romance and Reality Television.
My thanks to Harper Collins Australia for an Uncorrected Proof to read and review. The opinions are entirely my own.
I am sooooo not a fan of reality TV - just the ads on TV for The Bachelor and the like make me roll my eyes and switch channels.
However, this debut novel by former screenwriter Kaneana May intrigued me, and it was wonderful to get behind the scenes (albeit fictionally) to see the machinations manipulations of a reality show.
I liked all three of our ladies - Penelope, Darcy and Bonnie. My heart hurts for each of them in different ways, and can see the strength behind their decisions.
I liked that I knew quite a few of the areas where this book is set, and could get a good visual in my mind as I was reading.
The road to finding true love is never smooth, and as each of our ladies is at different forks in the road when it comes to their paths. I loved how their stories intertwine - unknowingly- and how we see each of their thoughts and feelings as they story grows.
And the last 15% of this book - wow!
This was a wonderfully written story, and Ms May's screenwriting past shows in this.
I enjoyed this story, read it in one day, and I look forward to seeing what she brings us next.
I will start by saying I’m a bit of a Bachelor tragic. I like getting right into the drama of the show and trying to guess who will be going home each night, checking Twitter every few minutes to see what other viewers are thinking, which contestants everyone likes or dislikes. We viewers have very distinct opinions about everything that is said and done on the show.
After reading this book I kept talking about The One to anyone within earshot and especially while I was watching episodes of The Bachelor. This is definitely 5 star worthy.
The One follows three women during the screening of a reality TV series where an eligible bachelor dates a number of carefully chosen women, eliminating one each episode until he is left with ‘the one’ he chooses to spend his life with. Darcy is a producer on the show, Bonnie a contestant and Penelope a viewer.
I loved all the behind the scenes producing of the show and all the drama between the contestants. It was exactly as I imagined it would be.
This is a cute and funny RomCom that highlights the ups and downs of love and the strain of long distance relationships and shows all we really want is our own happily ever after.
Kaneana May touches on topics of miscarriage, IVF and cancer with deep sensitivity. The three main characters were very relatable. Darcy hides behind her work rather than taking the time to re-evaluate her relationship with boyfriend Drew. Bonnie’s anxiety and self loathing cause her to run rather than stand up for herself. Penelope shuts herself off from people as she has already suffered too much pain and loss.
The One is a romantic novel that reminds us that love may be where you least expect it. A story that had me laughing out loud and surreptitiously trying to hide my tears as I read the last few pages in a busy coffee shop.
I am eagerly looking forward to seeing what Kaneana May comes up with next *I received a copy of the book from the publisher.
So I was super excited to see this come out and I wanted to read it from day dot it was announced. It's right up my alley of what I read, romance of course. LOL! This is a new author to me, and I actually bought the book this time around instead of an ebook. I love discovering new authors, and Kaneana being a screen writer in real life, made it that much more appealing. I do have to say in the beginning I was like what is going on. This not only follows one couple but 3. So at first, it was a bit hard to follow along, as it changed over characters quite quickly and I was like HUH? But then I found the rhythm she used to change over, and about chapter 4 I was like, OK I got this. When Penelope was introduced, and she kept running into Lara, I couldn't figure out how she fit into the picture of everything. Then it all came into place, and I was like AHHHHHHH. I get it now! Bonnie's sister signs her up to THE ONE. Little does Carla know what's really going on with Boonie and her ex. OH man I ended up hating Ollie for all he was doing! Bonnie meets Ty on THE ONE. They have an instant connection, but then Ty confesses something to her and to the camera. Darcy is the field producer for THE ONE, and has her own love life issues outside of set. Drew and Darcy find themselves engaged, but doing long distance, cause Drew wants to go back home, and Darcy has to finish THE ONE. Simple as that, but a drunken night leads to Darcy wondering if Drew really is for her. Penelope has dumped her fiancee and fled to a smaller town, but little does she know her two world will collide, and she can't do anything to stop it. NOTHING AT ALL. I don't want to ruin it for those that haven't read it yet, but seriously Chapter 40, and Chapter 62 broke my heart. I cried. You will too. Bonnie gets an unexpected visitor after everything settles down from the mess she created on THE ONE, and she's so surprised and taken aback from the visitor, she's like what is going on. Does Bonnie get her happy ever after as well, after the whole hot mess of Ollie and Sophie? Does Darcy get away from Drew, and can she have her happy ever after as well? What about Penelope and what happens with Ty? You will need to read this amazing book, and find out for yourself! Seriously though, it was really great! I gave it 4 stars as it was very confusing at the beginning for the first couple of chapters with all the POVs and characters.
The One is Kaneana May’s debut novel and shows the promise of a successful writing career for this author. Set mostly in Sydney, this story focuses on the complex love lives of three women. Darcy is a stressed reality TV producer whose relationship with long-standing boyfriend Drew has seen better days. As the story progresses her stress levels and her relationship suffers. Bonnie is still in love with her ex-boyfriend Ollie and torturing herself over him and his fiancée, who have moved back to Port Macquarie. It doesn’t help that he seems content to fool around with her behind his fiancee’s back. Going on a reality TV show as a contestant seems to be a good way of putting some distance between her and Ollie, but it’s not as easy as she’d hoped. Penny has left her old life behind and moved to a small coastal community where she’s clearly hiding away and deeply upset though it takes a while to learn why. This book grew on me as I read. It did take a little while to get my head around the various threads and there were places where the author jumped tenses mid sentence which made me sit up and reread to get the flow but overall this is an emotionally compelling story that ends satisfactorily if a little sadly. I enjoyed it and will be on the lookout for more.
I really enjoyed this book, and considering this was a debut novel, it was even more impressive.
It tells the tale of unlucky-in-love Bonnie, whose sister persuades her to go on a reality show to find a romantic partner. There is a young woman who is working on the show, Darcy, who is having her own issues and then there is Penny. All of these women's lives intersect in this book and how things pan out is very interesting indeed.
The behind-the-scenes look at how reality TV is produced is fascinating and considering this is an Australian author who mentions places I am familiar with, it is doubly interesting to me. The ending of the book felt a little bit rushed; I was getting so emotionally involved with the characters that I didn't want it to end!
4.5 stars from me - looking forward to reading another book by this author.
I have to admit knowing the author of this novel, but that comes with the onerous task of lying if you don't like what they have written. What a relief it was for me then to read Kaneana's novel and be able to genuinely enthuse. This is not my normal choice of type of fiction, but I found the read engaging, not only due to a charming, constantly interesting narrative, but also because of the sting of the various observations about reality television and those who appear in and produce it. I highly recommend this novel to lovers of romanic fiction and encourage those, who like me might not choose such a novel normally, to succumb to its charms. Kaneana deserves success with this, her first novel for the adult market. Brava!