Be Warned: Reading may cause Earworms…
Only One Woman is all about music – the music of the late 1960s – and how it influenced the lives of two fashionable and exciting teens – Stella and Renza.
Follow their adventures in Only One Woman, read their most secret and innermost thoughts; live the 1960s though their eyes… and ears!
The girls kept secret diaries and Only One Woman is told through their diary writing.
Only One Woman celebrates the fashions of the time – Carnaby Street , Mary Quant, Biba, and the ‘influencers’ of their day – personalities such as Cathy McGowan, Samantha Juste, and the famous super models, Twiggy and The Shrimp (Jean Shrimpton), to name a few.
The hair, make-up, and clothing styles of pop icons Jools Driscoll, Dusty, and Cher, who set the trends for women and girls alike
Only One Woman features the bands and singers followed by fans, especially girls and Stella and Renza, of course.
This novel has authentic venues and locations, celebrities, and up-and-coming new groups to discover throughout the pages.
And, there is Narnia’s Children – over from the Channel Islands to tour and record, rubbing shoulders with the successful and the famous, enjoying their own celebrity status and drinking in the attention of fans – guys and gals.
Follow their progress as they find various places to live, how they endure hardship and near starvation in pursuit of their music. Journey with them to Scotland, Wales, France, Germany, Tangier, and other Mediterranean locations as they join a cruise in order to earn money and eat.
Experience life on board a luxury cruise ship and with the rich who cruised often.
Discover the stewards on board who were not quite what they seemed.
Join them in Tin Pan alley in London as they choose songs for their next recording session and meet famous songwriters and producers – authentic music publishers frequented by musicians who’ve lived the life back in those days.
Guys and gals love Only One Woman, musicians do too. Iconic rock vocalist Graham Bonnet loved the book so much he agreed to write the foreword.
Enjoy a musical trip musical trip back to the golden days of music and experience the songs Renza and Stella love – each chapter will take you back to the music which was the soundtrack to their lives.
Pop over to Jersey for a long summer holiday and discover the clubs breaking bands at that time. Venture into the London ‘in’ clubs where the rich and famous live it up with the musicians of the day.
Samantha’s, Cafe des Artistes, The Cromwellian, and venues around the country such as Watford New Penny, Red Shoes Ballroom, Ballerina Ballroom, and more…
Freeze with them in Leighton Buzzard, suffer drama and relationship break-ups in Pinner, and discover how a love-triangle developed in rural England between a gorgeous lead guitarist, Scott, and two music loving teens, Renza and Stella.
Follow Renza as she moves to Germany and conducts a long distance love affair, and join Stella as she faces imminent death at the hands of a surgeon.
And follow stella and her best friend Vix as they go to the village dance to give Stella one last night of fun on this earth before she goes under the knife. a fateful night for Stella and for Scott.
And, along the way enjoy the playlist that accompany each girl throughout the novel, Only One Woman.
Apart from enjoying and adoring Narnia’s Children, Stella and Renza have similar musical choices but they’ve compiled lists of the songs which meant the most to them in the late 1960s for you to enjoy as you read Only One Woman.
BE WARNED – Reading Only One Woman risks giving you earworms!!
If you cannot wait to find out more about Only One Woman – especially Stella, Renza, Scott and Narnia’s Children -never fear:
You can tune into theauthorsshow.com and listen to Jane chatting about co-writing with Christina Jones, how a life-long friendship and shared history resulted in Only One Woman.
Jane reads from Renza’s diary of July 1968 when she travels to London’s Tin Pan Alley with Scott and the band to listen to demo’s of songs, possibly for their next record, whilst rubbing shoulders with Cilla Black and other pop stars.
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jfredlee Reviewed in the USA by Jeff Lee
Christina Jones and Jane Risdon are two of the best, most recognized writers emerging now from the UK. Individually, each is a gifted writer and storyteller with a real talent for creating fascinating storylines, compelling characters and damn good, REAL-sounding dialog. But, put Christina and Jane together working on the same title, and you uncork magic.
1968. The Fool was perched on the hill. Mick & the boys were trying to generate a little sympathy for old Nick. And the rest of the world was caught up in the explosion of music, fashions and leading-edge creativity bursting out of London and San Francisco.
In the midst of it all, Christina and Jane weave an irresistible tale of two English teenage girls – one living the dark side of the Cinderella story and the other, a girl facing life-altering medical choices, who decides to follow her dream of becoming a music industry journalist. Both characters meet and befriend the guys in a struggling rock group, on the cusp of jumping from playing pub dates to filling arenas. And, they both fall in love with the same band member, the lead guitarist.
The entire book is told through the girls’ diary entries, which I thought was genius. I love it when an author takes me right inside the head of their main character, to see what they’re thinking and why. And, in the case of Only One Woman, I got to see and enjoy it TWICE.
During the time period this book was taking place, I was around 19 and living about 10 miles South of San Francisco. I was pretty active in the city’s music and creative scene, so a lot of the local musicians were friends (a few still are, 50 years later). And, I knew a couple of musicians who lived through some of the events in Only One Woman.
Look, I’m not going to offer any spoilers here, but if you either remember the times or are a fan of them, Christina and Jane will take you on a completely enjoyable romp down the rabbit hole. Only One Woman will not disappoint.
You’ve got my word as a double Leo on it.
5.0 out of 5 stars A delightful, delicious ride of a read !
Reviewed in the United States.
Only One Woman by Christina Jones & Jane Risdon was an absolute delight of a read from the first page to the last. I felt like I was transported back to the rock n roll era of swinging sixties England as I walked along with both coming of age heroines as they meet and fall in love with the same soon to be rock god.
The writers literally take you back in time and into the world of the beautiful, lonely, Renza who is dealing with a mom with serious control issues and Stella, the equally beautiful, slightly more experienced budding journalist with health issues that in the end send her seeking a new life journey. When these two music, musician obsessed, young women fall in love with the same man, well….
Both authors meld their unique voices to deliver a combination of fun, fast paced storytelling that nails the lifestyle, free love attitude of the sixties with interesting, engaging characters that draw you in from the start. Not to mention the quirky cast of characters that people this world. I fell in love the boys in the band.
Nostalgic and delicious are the two best words to describe this story. I highly recommend and can’t wait to see if there is a sequel.