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KANEANA MAY

 

The One (2019)

 

Bonnie’s sister finally convinces her to apply for Australian TV dating show The One, especially now that her former flame has returned with a fiancee in tow. Bonnie soon becomes a fan favourite but Ty, the bachelor, is also nursing a broken heart.
Field producer Darcy not only has to worry about keeping her boss happy with the show’s progress; she also finds that things aren’t all smooth sailing for her on the relationship front either. And then there’s Penelope, who has left her life behind to move to a quiet town – what is she running from?
This debut novel by a TV scriptwriter may be set around a Bachelor-type program but, while it does reveal some of the scene staging and editing that goes into these types of shows, there is not much attention paid to on-set drama or catty contestants (the stuff that reality TV fans live for). Instead the story focuses on the three main characters and their progress – or lack thereof - to move forward with their lives. I nearly DNF but the story really strengthens – and plays with the emotions – in the second half. 6/10

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