BOOK CLUB: The One

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Author: Kaneana May
ISBN: 9781489279491
RRP: $29.99
Publication Date: 17 June 2019
Publisher: Harlequin Mira
Copy: Courtesy of the Publisher

Three women, three issues, all involving happiness.

Bonnie seems to have no luck in the love stakes, her ex has a new girlfriend and is shocked when her sister sends in an application on her behalf for a reality dating show.

Darcy is a career girl and has been in a long-term relationship that seems to be going nowhere. She gets the opportunity of a lifetime to produce a new TV Show which will show everybody that she has what it takes to succeed. But at what cost? And does this city girl want to move to the country for the sake of love?

Penny has just broken up with the love of her life but has a secret. Will this prevent her finding happiness in the future?

Enter a reality show where an eligible bachelor is presented with an opportunity to find a new love of his life. Will they all find The One?

I really enjoyed reading this novel. I became completely invested in all the characters within and I now will see reality television from a different point of view! The main characters were well crafted, and you couldn’t help but laugh out loud at some of the contestants who finish up on the tv show – the rivalries and competition for the affection of the man had me laughing out loud in parts!! Poor Bonnie, who really didn’t want to be on this show as she still had feelings for her ex. Darcy wanted to prove herself and be a top rating producer. Penny is in such a difficult position and doesn’t know where to turn. Their worlds come together and the outcomes… well, you will have to read the book to find out!

Its hard to believe that this is a debut novel. The author’s writing flows beautifully with the stories of the three women, and it kept me turning the pages until the very end. She has used her experience as a screenwriter and knowledge of the television industry to craft a very entertaining novel. We have another talented new Australian author in our midst!

This guest review was submitted by Janine, one of our Beauty and Lace Club members. Thank you for sharing your thoughts with us Janine.

The One is available now through Harlequin Mira and where all good books are sold.

Thanks to Harlequin Mira 15 of our Beauty and Lace Club Members are reading The One so please be aware there may be spoilers in the comments below.

11 thoughts on “BOOK CLUB: The One

  1. There’s not much I can say without giving away heaps of spoilers so I will just say that I loved this book! It was well worth the very late night!

    If you’re looking at reading “The One” I would suggest starting at a time where you can read the book in one sitting as I just couldn’t put it down!

    Thank you for the opportunity to read this book.

  2. “The One” is a light and breezy piece of women’s fiction, highly entertaining and easy to read, but without a lot of depth.

    I am not a fan of reality TV, and rarely (if ever) watch it. On the other hand, I’m a big fan of “Unreal”, the TV show that takes a cynical and very blackly humorous look behind the scenes at reality TV. I had hoped that “The One” might bring a similarly biting wit. But no; this is a much gentler view of the world, and one that contains few new insights into the world behind the scenes.

    Mind you, this is still hugely entertaining. It’s a light and frothy novel, and for me at least it didn’t succeed in tugging at the heart strings in the way it so clearly wanted to. But I enjoyed reading it, and felt rather like I do after watching a good rom-com: I haven’t learnt anything new, or worked my brain very hard, but I feel all warm and cosy.

    One grumble I have is that it over-uses the approach of not naming who Penny is thinking about. At the best of times this is an approach that can easily be clumsy and overly drawn out. In this novel, you’d have to be dumb as a pet rock not to work out quite quickly who Penny is thinking of, and the convoluted attempts not to name him became irritating two minutes later. I don’t like this writing trick unless it’s done very well, and unfortunately, it isn’t done well here.

    Still, the three main female characters between them cover experiences common to many women, making the characters and story lines very relatable. May keeps the action moving at a good pace, and intertwines the three stories so that she can move smoothly from one to another.

    This is a really enjoyable piece of light entertainment, and many readers will find something familiar in the story or characters. I recommend it to anyone looking for something light and fun.

  3. The One is the debut novel written by Kaneana May. It centres around 3 women and their journey with love.

    I loved this book. The writing style is easy to follow and even with it being told from different perspectives I never got lost. I think the plotline involving a reality TV show is so relatable and enjoyable to follow. We all love a bit of drama.

    I found myself feeling invested in the relationships forming – getting grumpy at the characters at certain points (well just a particular Male and female) and slightly teary while smiling away at other points.

    I think anyone who enjoys the Batchelor or other such shows would love this book. Or anyone after an easy romance read.

    Thanks to Beauty and Lace book club and Harlequin Australia for the chance to review this book. And thanks to Kaneana May for writing it. I look forward to reading whatever you write next.

  4. A lovely read about three women, centred around a TV reality dating show called ‘The One’. One lucky bachelor is hopeful to meet his match from the women selected for him. The book follows the story of Bonnie, a slightly reluctant contestant on the show; show producer Darcy, time-poor and always-hoping-for-that-promotion-which-is-dangled-over-her-head-to-make-her-work-harder; and Penelope, a woman of mystery struggling to stay aloof and anonymous when she moves into a small country community.

    Apart from an amusing (and sometimes appalled) insight into reality television, this book is a deeper look at relationships, and how you can’t invent love, or in fact turn off love when it strikes. And love may not exactly lead you to everlasting happiness.

    Intrigued? This is a lovely read, both amusing and sad, as the reality show heads towards the inevitable final ceremony. Definitely worth curling up with.

    Thanks to Harlequin Mira Australia and Beauty & Lace Book Club for the review copy.

  5. Thanks to Beauty and Lace Book Club and Harlequin Mira I read the debut novel from Kaneana May ‘The One’.

    This was based around a reality television show called ‘The One’ and told from a couple of different perspectives. Each one having to deal with their own relationship and work issues in different ways while dealing with being involved with this tv show.

    I really do not like watching reality tv, I get that people do like it but am not a fan. Despite this I enjoyed this story, it was well written and I look forward to what Kaneana comes out with next.

  6. “The One” is the debut novel of Kaneana May, and after devouring this book, I’ll be eagerly awaiting her future books!

    I found this book very easy to read, and hard to put down! I liked all three main female characters, which was lovely after reading several books lately with unlikable characters.

    The setting of the reality TV show was intriguing and eye opening, and following the stories unfolding amongst this artificial world made them feel even more relatable.

    I recommend this book, it manages to entertain while still provoking emotion, a great read.

    Thank you to Harper Collins and Beauty and Lace book club for the opportunity to read this wonderful novel.

  7. Fall in love like nobody’s watching…..but they all are!

    “The One” is the debut novel for Kaneana May who has worked in the television industry as a screenwriter and it will prove to be popular with fans of The Bachelor and Bachelorette as it is based around a fictional dating television show.

    We are introduced to three characters – Bonnie Yates the unlikely contestant railroaded by her sister who is a fan of the show to sign up as she keeps choosing the wrong guys. Darcy Reed the producer of the show dealing with deadlines, on set dramas, a demanding boss and a school sweetheart who just wants to return to the country. Finally we meet Penelope Baker who wants to hideaway from the world with her secrets. The novel is written from each of these characters perspectives so we get a real insight into their lives and dramas.

    I found this book easy to read and I did devour it quickly as I wanted to know if anyone was going to get their happily ever after? It ticked all boxes for me romance, great characters, engaging story line, drama and a bit of intrigue. I did pick some of the endings for the characters but I was ok with that and it did not detract from the novel one bit.

    Kaneana May will be a writer to watch and I look forward to future books that I know she will publish if the success of The One is anything to go by.

    Thank you to Harlequin Australia and Beauty and Lace for the opportunity to read and review this book.

  8. I really loved this book and found it hard to put it down. Such escapism!!! The characters had real grit and were relatable, gosh, who hasn’t been in the same shoes as Bonnie, Darcy or Penelope. I love the story line gives you an insight into ‘reality tv’ which I love but now have a much better understanding of. This book was exactly what I needed and kept me entertained. Thoroughly recommend it!

  9. So I am a big fan of reality tv and of reading so this was a perfect combination for me. I love a book that makes you laugh out loud and this one did that. Plus it was an easy read which is also appreciated at times.

    I enjoyed following the 3 characters through their different journeys and at times couldn’t put the book down.

    I look forward to other Kaneana May books in the future

    Thanks to Beauty and Lace book club and Harlequin Australia for the chance to review this book

  10. I must say I was a little skeptical when I received my copy of The One because it isnt my usual style of book however I couldnt have been more wrong!

    Without giving too much away I loved the twist and turns and each chapter left me wanting more. I even sneakily stayed on lunch that little bit longer to read more.

    Thank you for such an amazing book. I will not be so quick to judge in future

  11. Thank you Beauty and Lace and Harlequin Mira for the opportunity to read and review “The One”

    I absolutely loved this book and couldn’t put it down. It gave me a whole new perspective on reality TV.

    Without too many spoilers I enjoyed the twists and turns in this book. A really great read.

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