Only One Woman by Christina Jones & Jane Risdon
Publisher: Accent Press
Publishing Date: 23rd November 2017
Source: Received from publisher in return for an honest review, thank you!
Number of pages: 492
Genre: Women’s Fiction
Two women, one love story.
June 1968. Renza falls head over heels for heartthrob guitarist Scott. But after a romantic summer together they are torn apart when Renza’s family moves away.
December 1968. On the night she believes to be her last, Stella meets Scott at a local dance. He’s the most beautiful boy she’s ever seen and if this one night is all they have, she’ll take it.
As the final colourful year of the sixties dawns, the question is: can there be only one woman for Scott?
I’ve been waiting for ages for another Christina Jones’s book so when the announcement on Twitter went that “Only One Woman” is going to be released, I couldn’t hide my excitement. This book is also a co – operation with Jane Risdon, and lately I’ve read a brilliant book written by two authors, so was hoping for another captivating read with a difference.
But honestly, I wanted to just put my kindle away and mark this book as DNF much too many times, and this right at the beginning. The only thing that kept me reading was the fact that I was supposed to review it for the blog tour, and also hope that it’s going to turn out into something much better. Unfortunately, any of those things happened and in the end I found myself skim reading and waiting impatiently for the words “The End”. I’m sorry if it sounds harsh but those are my feelings and I can’t change them. It was a repetitive and lifeless story, slow paced and with underdeveloped characters. One of the reasons that I didn’t like it was mother of one of the main characters – I hated this woman. She treated her daughter like a slave and decided about everything – literally everything.
I couldn’t believe how naive Renza was, and it doesn’t matter if it is the swinging 60’s or 2017, naive is naive and I just wanted to shake her and tell her to get a grip. To be honest, I am much more Team Stella. Also, the very sexy and luscious Scott was not my cup of tea, he was playing with the feelings and emotions of the girls all the time, and actually why was it Stella that should feel so bad and not Scott for being a two – timing, calculated person?
Sure, this story was a one great roller – coaster of emotions and feelings for all characters involved but they just didn’t sound true and genuine to me. However, this book, in a great way, gives an insight into the lives of two different girls, or young women, in the 1960s. There were many descriptions of clothes, and especially music, actually the whole book was like a one, long lyric. I wasn’t born in 1960’s but all the cultural references, the names of the groups and songs ring a bell, how couldn’t they, those are cult bands and songs, and it was great to read about them. The atmosphere and the vibe of those times is brilliantly captured, and I also think the differences in lives and the family dynamics as well, and I’m really very sorry that it just didn’t work for me.