The One Woman

Fiction - LGBTQ
310 Pages
Reviewed on 03/19/2024
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Reviewed by Rolanda Lyles for Readers' Favorite

In The One Woman by Laura May, Julie has a comfortable life in Kyiv with her boyfriend Mark. She has a great job as a graphic designer for Benzon Technologies and a loving and supportive family. Julie has everything a woman could hope for, or at least she thinks she does until she goes to a company conference in Tel Aviv and meets Ann one night at a bar. Ann is mysterious but friendly and, for some reason, Julie feels comfortable talking to her and making friends. The next day, she finds out that Ann is one of the leaders at Benzon Technologies and spearheads a mentor program whose purpose is to give women positions in the IT business. Julie is amazed at Ann's independence and strength, and their meeting ignites a spark that intrigues and confuses her. After meeting Ann, life for Julie isn't the same. Julie begins to question if what she and Mark have is love or just complacency. Since meeting Ann, Julie's life has been a rollercoaster that isn't the same. Will she be able to move on with her life and plans, or do her plans change?

Laura May's The One Woman is a perfect example of how life's plans can unexpectedly change. Julie has grown up following tradition and family expectations but, after meeting Ann, everything is questioned. Julie has never decided for herself but did what was expected for her future: to be married, have kids, and support her husband. On the other hand, Ann decided early to defy the mold of family expectations, and her lifestyle resulted in familial disharmony. May's writing portrays how being brave and strong enough to live your life the way you want may have struggles along the way. However, in the end, when you can be happy with the person you are, others will come into your life and do the same. A compelling romance about an individual's internal struggle with self-love and acceptance, The One Woman is a must-read.