Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “One?” as Want to Read:
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview


3.67  ·  Rating details ·  61 ratings  ·  46 reviews
One? is the first book in a contemporary fiction trilogy, looking at finding 'the one' in the modern world and how relationship models are shifting in the most innovative period in living history. The story starts in 2005, and spans ten years following the characters from the challenges of their twenties into their thirties.

It's London in the mid-noughties before Facebook
Kindle Edition, 356 pages
Published June 21st 2018
More Details... Edit Details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about One?, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about One?

This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Add this book to your favorite list »

Community Reviews

Showing 1-30
Average rating 3.67  · 
Rating details
 ·  61 ratings  ·  46 reviews

More filters
Sort order
Start your review of One?
Whispering Stories
Aug 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
Book Reviewed on

Penelope, Charlie, and Zara are all in their twenties and are flatmates living in London above a pub. Penelope and Charlie first became friends whilst at university but when Charlie dropped out they lost touch, that was until a chance encounter on a stuck train.

The two reconnect and then with both needing somewhere to live they join forces and move in together. On returning with their items to their new rental property they found a woman already inside u
Deanne Patterson
Nov 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
What a fun chic-lit book to read. The cover is interesting and creative. Apartment hunting in London is not easy as housing is at a premium. Penelope and Charlie find an apartment and the landlady says they can have it. Ready to move in they see another young woman already there moved in. The landlady also said she could have the place. What a mixed up, mess up! Not knowing if the 3 of them should try to get along or fight about the mix up they contact the land lady. They all end up friends and ...more
Toya (the reading chemist)
Apr 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
The story opens with a childhood memory where a five-year-old Alyx is asked what he wants to be when he grows up, to which he proudly responds a Beatle. The teacher becomes irrationally angry with Alyx the proceeds to Penelope, who informs the class that she wants to be a princess. The teacher forces both Alyx and Penelope to stay after class to discuss what 'real career aspirations' are. I was definitely annoyed by this teacher because why should a child be chided over what is deemed an appropr ...more
Apr 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
A lovely book set in the times before the internet. It is a tale of love and friendship. We follow our main characters as they try to make their lives in London. Such an entertaining read that evokes so many memories of growing up.
Pauliina (The Bookaholic Dreamer)
DNF at 9% - 33 pages

Thank you to the author for providing a free e-copy in exchange for an honest review. My apologies for DNFing it so soon. Receving a free copy has in no way affected my opinion on the book.

I generally try my very best to get at least 25% into a book before I put it down, but some books - you just know that it won't work and it doesn't make sense to keep trudging through it. I won't give a star rating or a proper review, just highlight my reasons of DNF'ing One?

The writ
Surbhi Das
May 05, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2019-arcs, 2019-reads
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
Oct 04, 2019 rated it liked it
This book was a very light hearted easy read. A story of four housemates making their way in life in London.

We have Penelope a head strong girl who works in the city by day and knows how to party by night. Her mother though is eager to get her married off.
Zara, is new to London and is just finding her feet in this busy hustle and bustle city.
Then we have the two males of the houseshare. Charlie, a laid back, up and coming musician, who is a hit with the ladies. And, Gerry the hunky snowboarder
Mar 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
One? by Jennifer L Cahill
Miss Miller is a kind but stern teacher. She loves her class of little five-year olds. But, little Alyx might be the death of her.
Alyx hates talking in front of the class. He was used to speaking French not English. He’s only in Miss Millers class for a little while. His mom is in London for a film. He doesn’t understand all these English people and he’s always getting into trouble!
Alyx tells the class he wants to be a, not the insect!
He wants to be a pa
Elizabeth Lloyd
Feb 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
“One” is a light hearted, easy read, set in 2005. The first of a trilogy, this retro contemporary novel will remind you of the simpler life of work, friends and relationships in the “noughties.” Focused on Penelope, a 28-year-old investment banker, we share her search for a significant relationship while maintaining a high-powered job and enjoying time with her friends. In parallel we meet Zara, her young house-mate, newly arrived from the country and struggling with London life.

We also encounte
My Rating: 3.5 Stars

One? was a light and quick read. It follows a story of four people who move in together and are try. All four are trying to make a life for themselves in London.

The story is told through a third person narrative, which can be a hit or miss for me at times but I enjoyed it in this case. I also liked how there were snippets of thoughts from the characters which were written in first person. This helped to understand the characters better and it helped me to imagine what they w
Marie’s Book Boutique
Jun 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Check out full review here

I must be completely honest I really like this front cover a lot! It shows the map of London with the river Teems running through the city's map. Two red siloets a gentleman and a lady, looking like they are gazing lovingly at each out. The map reminds me of the intro to the UK TV soap; EastEnders. I like it, and can feel the romantic vibes!!!
One? by Jennifer Cahill is a story set in the mid- 90's in London and tells a story of p
Feb 02, 2020 rated it liked it
There were times where things seemed a bit dramatized; as well as a little bit rushed through. It was interesting to follow some of these characters around. The later half of the book flowed a little bit better. If you're looking for a nice light read that follows characters in their twenties and the life choices they have to figure out, try picking this book up.
I got a copy in exchange for an honest review.
Mar 19, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: author-arcs
Actual rating: 3.5

The story follows the lives of Penelope, Charlie and Zara, who are flatmates who came to live together under different slightly circumstances. Penelope and Charlie went to university together, and reconnected after Charlie dropped out, and after a chance encounter, they decided to live together. However, they were offered the apartment, but so was Zara. However, as the apartment had four rooms and Charlie and Penelope were looking for roommates, it worked out great for Zara. 

Bookish Ayushi
May 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing

'One?' by Jennifer Cahill was such a joyful read. A contemporary fiction novel with all the feels you can imagine. It is a fascinating story of a bunch of twenty-somethings struggling to find their footing amidst the hustle and bustle of London life. Jennifer has beautifully captured the struggles that come with adapting to a buzzing city like London. I myself relocated to Dubai in my twenties as well, without knowing a single soul here, I went through pret
Jan 10, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction
Thank you to the author for providing me with this book in exchange for my honest opinion. This book is available now.

After reading the blurb about One?, I was expecting a bit of a FRIENDS vibe. Instead, it felt a bit more like the show Sex and the City. There is a difference, and it does come into play in my review, so please bear with me.

This book felt like gossip between friends, which is the feeling I got from the (maybe one) episode of Sex and the City that I’ve seen. It seemed sort of bubb
Ella James
Feb 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
One? by debut author Jennifer L Cahill is a fun, enjoyable read filled with wit, humor and interesting characters who are trying to navigate life, work, relationships and love.

Penelope and Charlie are set to move into an apartment together. They knew each other in college and have now reconnected as friends and decided to become roommates. Zara, is a rather timid young woman who has moved from a small Welsh town to London to work. When Penelope and Charlie arrive at their new apartment ready to
Cen-sational Reads
Apr 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
Here as promised is my review of your book One?

‘This is a wonderful easy read. I read this in a day and a half.

It starts with an extract from Penelope childhood and what she wants to be when she grows up. She wants to be a princess in a castle and her friend Alyx want to be something to do with music and rockstars.

The story is based mainly around 3 people. Charlie, Penelope and Zara. Charlie and Penelope have known each other since their university years and have recently reconnected via a Chan
Kelli (what_kel_reads)
Mar 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book took awhile for me to get super interested. Zara is so anxious about moving to London, her job, and even using the transportation that I couldn't help but feel anxious for her. Anxiety aside, the book reads like a 90's sitcom. It was completely relatable. I have been as anxious as Zara was when she loses her job and her life in London is called into question. I have been 28 year old Penelope, swamped by my job and unwilling to devote time to finding love. When she decides to settle for ...more
Select Pages
Jun 27, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2019

Coming from someone who does not read a lot of contemporary novels I must say I really enjoyed this book. This story follows the lives of multiple young 20 somethings living in London as they journey through life, love, and self-fulfillment. I found this to be a believable story for the most part as it deals with themes of finding yourself, trying to fit in, people pleasing, self-confidence, friendship, and the list goes on and on.


The author has written some very believable char
Amanda ChocolatePages
Nov 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
Firstly, just look at that cover, its so clever and lovely! Secondly, if you have read the blurb, (and depending on your age), you will be brought back to an era where there were no iphones, no social media and no good reliable wi fi! If you are not old enough, then yes believe it or not, there was a time not too long ago, when you had to look up in a book if you wanted to find something out.
'One?' goes back in time, where Zara looks for a video shop to pass her time,rather than Netflix. Althoug
Surjit Parekh
Jun 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
My thoughts about this brilliant book, that's has heart touching moments, about love and friendship, was amazing. It's about how people move to London, with ambitions that we all have, in today's society, a struggle we have to go through in life be it work family tensions, how we live in today's modern world. What I liked about this book, was it teaches as many things  the challenges what we have to go through in life.The characters in this book were amazing, i loved Zara was fantastic, Charlie ...more
J Hallett
Mar 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
*Spoiler Free
*I was given a complimentary copy of this book by the author for review*
First of all, I just want to say, I think the cover is so neat, I really like it. This book was such a fun read. It is about a few different twenty-something-year-olds and their life in London. Penelope & Charlie have known each other since college and are moving into an apartment together, as friends. Zara is new to London and after a misunderstanding, becomes Penelope and Charlie’s roommate. Alyx (Ah-Leeks) is
May 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
I received an ecopy to review! I enjoy this story that follows people in their 20s and how they adjust to life after school.
To see my review with a playlist check out my blog post!
Georgia - whatsinmywonderland
May 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
One? Follows the story of a group of 20 something-year-olds living in the City of London, Penelope is an investment broker who spends way too much of her time working, she's convinced she'll never find the 'one' because she doesn't have the time. She and her longtime friend Charlie have decided to move in together to save money on the rent. Charlie is a music artist trying to make it big in the city, and with Penelope's work hour's they pass each other briefly. After finding the perfect place to ...more
Helen Leecy
Apr 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I was asked to review this book by the author; it is her debut novel and the start of a series. I feel like a bit of a dufus when I read the blurb I read mid-noughties as the 1900s! So I was expecting a period drama, so I was immediately confused when the book started in 1979! However, once I realised my mistake, I settled into what turned out to be a book set in ‘my’ era! I finished uni in 2000 and was embarking on the real world at the same time as the characters in this book. I even went for ...more
Naina Rajput
Jan 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
One? is basically about the people in their 20s living their life with different struggles, jobs, backgrounds etc. They moved together in the same apartment in London. The story starts in 2005 with the classroom of "real ambitions" and then followed a 10 year long span.
The two girls Penelope and Zara, where Penelope is an independent person who knows how to live her life and Zara is new in London finding her dreams in the city. Charlie and Gerry the other two flatmates where Charlie is good wi
Grace J Reviewerlady
Jan 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
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; bef
ElaTheReader ~ Spill The Read Blog
Copy generously provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.

First of all, I want to say how beautiful the cover of this book is, I ADORE IT!! It’s perfect for this funny and lovely story focused on the quest of finding the one and true love in London.

This book was a little bit different from the ones I’m used to reading – it was a breath of fresh air in my steamy TBR pile.
Penelope was my favorite character because we are so alike – we love shoes, our love life is a disaster and w
Cristina Z.
Jan 12, 2020 rated it liked it
I liked how relatable the book is to modern life. I feel that the characters' struggles perfectly mirror our own mundane ones. It deals with expectations, uncertainty, not knowing what you want or how to get it. This was the most appealing part of the book.

You can read the full review on Book Review Hub
Ra Cristina
Jul 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
I received this book from the author for an honest review. And here it goes. 😊

It was a bit hard in the beginning to get used to the style of writing. I believe that I never read a book in which the author was going deep into the characters mind. Even though in the beginning it was strange to read their thoughts, once I got used to it it was actually pretty interesting and I appreciated the fact that I can know what was going on through their mind.

The story is about finding 'the one' but not onl
« previous 1 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »

Readers also enjoyed

  • The Beast and the Bethany
  • The Summoned Ones: Book 1 Flight to Bericea
  • Knightmare Arcanist (Frith Chronicles, #1)
  • The Inheritance Games (The Inheritance Games, #1)
  • The Ship of Shadows
  • I Will Make You Pay
  • The Girl in the Love Song (Lost Boys, #1)
  • The Gang of St Bride's (Penny Green #9)
  • THE KILLER ANGEL: The Recollections of a Legend
  • Royal Decoy (Fate of Eyrinthia, #1)
  • The Heatwave
  • The Off-Beat Cinder Ella: who wants her shoe back...without the Prince (upside-down fairy tales Book 1)
  • Strangers
  • The Night Lawyer
  • Forty, Fabulous and . . . Fae? (Midlife Mayhem, #1)
  • Divorce, Divination and . . . Destiny? (Midlife Mayhem, #2)
  • Murder at the Boat Club (Ginger Gold Mysteries #8)
  • Murder at St. George's Church (Ginger Gold Mysteries #6)
See similar books…
I moved to London just after graduating from business school and life has never been quite the same for me since. I still think it is the most amazing city in the world. 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.

Related Articles

Need another excuse to treat yourself to a new book this week? We've got you covered with the buzziest new releases of the day. To create our...
33 likes · 16 comments
No trivia or quizzes yet. Add some now »