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.
I’m quite surprised I haven’t come across this author before; this is a well written book which I enjoyed very much!
Like many other young people, Zara, Penelope and Charlie live in London. Pen and Charlie are already friends, one a banker and the other a musician. Fate throws Zara in their path – it’s her first time in the capital and she’s quite nervous but luckily Pen takes her under her wing. All very different characters, this is their story . . .
Jennifer Cahill has a fine writing style; before I knew it I was immersed in her novel where the character portrayals were so clear I could easily imagine them in my mind’s eye. This is an easy read, smoothly flowing with many enjoyable ups and downs along the way. I know nothing about scenic London – or rather I knew nothing before reading this book – and I loved the information which tumbled out along the way. I reckon this was a realistic storyline, although the ending didn’t go where I expected it to! Definitely an author to watch and I’m sure her name will become much better known. Well planned and delightfully entertaining, this is a strong four star novel.
My thanks to the author for my copy; this is – as always – my honest, original and unbiased review.
- Format: ebook, paperback
- Size: 356 pages
- Publisher: Clink Street
- Publication Date: 21 June 2018
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Jennifer was born in Dublin in Ireland and was educated at University College Dublin. She honed both her ability to write, and her love of writing, in UCD while studying Spanish, which was one half of her International Commerce degree. She went on to Business School in Dublin and moved to London after graduating, and life has never been quite the same for her since. When she is not writing she works with individuals and blue-chip clients to help them navigate and master change. She spent ten lovely years living in Clapham and now lives in Notting Hill in West London.
About the author, in her own words:
I write contemporary fiction and try to capture the essence of a place and time in my books. Above all, my aim is to make you laugh, and hopefully learn a little, as you recognise yourself, your friends and your exes in my books. I love hearing from my readers, and you can contact me via the links below.