Ever wondered if we’re destined to fall in love with just one person in our life?
ONE LOVE, by Thomas Duffy, follows the story of Timothy Anderson, a down on his luck sad sack who rekindles a flame with his dream girl – after he’s already settled down with someone else. The consequences of this affair have long-lasting effects on both Timothy’s relationships and his own beliefs about soul mates. Timothy is left to figure out whether he should risk everything for the woman he thought was his true love or be committed to the woman he has resigned himself to create a life with.
Duffy’s writing style is not for everyone. His sentences are pedantic and plainly written, often giving the feeling that it was written for a much younger audience (it definitely was not – given the steamy love scenes). This style is good for those who want a quick read which doesn’t require them to think too hard. However, it’s difficult to get past the stilted, sometimes silly dialogue. Characters often react with shock by saying ‘wow’ a lot. There’s plenty of drama to be had in the storyline, so it’s a letdown that the characters don’t really have a way to express themselves regarding the action around them.
ONE LOVE also suffers from having an unlikable protagonist. Timothy has no goals (he wants to be a writer, but doesn’t really do anything to achieve it), doesn’t really mind being stuck at a dead-end job, and then ends up cheating on his long-time girlfriend. Duffy wants you to feel sorry for Timothy’s struggle between choosing his dream girl and his committed relationship. Instead, there’s more of a desire for him to just grow up and get his act together.
Although the hero is not easy to root for and the language is undeveloped, ONE LOVE is an easy read with plenty of drama.