Yesterday I checked out The Wild Rose Press home page and found my contemporary romance, One and the Same, is sitting at number five. I’m in the top ten best selling books for the month.
I can live with that.
I also found this nice review by Camellia for Long and Short Reviews.
Here the my first review in full–
One and the Same by Theresa Stillwagon
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Length: Full (235 pages)
Rating: 3 books
Reviewed by Camellia
Ex-actress Kate Williams visits with her friend to discuss a possible acting role. High powered executive, Matthew Hunter, thinks she’s in town for more than just a discussion. He thinks she’s the newest means the show’s producers are using to get him to financially back the show. This time their plan might work. After all, he had been half in love with the former actress for years.
Matt thinks all Kate wants from him is his money.
Kate thinks all Matt wants from her is her body.
Will they ever be able to get past their beliefs?
“When you don’t have love…. You can feel very alone” is a strong theme of One and the Same and is so true in both Matthew Hunter’s and Kate’s lives. Matthew distrusts all women after Anna’s deceit, making him steadfastly deny his true feelings for Kate—feelings he has had since age fifteen.
Theresa Stillwagon creates a romance with heartbreak and insecurities being overcome in spite of anonymous lies and the well-meaning meddling of Ester and Grace, two feisty old ladies who never give up on the people they love. I longed for more emotional depth in the love scenes between Kate and Matthew because they do so need to have a strong emotional connection as well as a physical connection with someone they love.
Ms. Stillwagon’s venue of the local theater gives the reader a chance to learn more about the antagonist but seems to be left a little unfinished. Yet, it did reinforce some of the needs, desires and hang ups of the characters.
By the time I finished One and the Same , I realized many women fragment their personalities to meet the demands of career, children, extended family, etc. They truly need someone who loves them to help put the parts back together—making them feel loved for who they are as individuals not just for the bits and pieces of them that meet the needs of others. This is a story many modern women can relate to—as they often strive to please others at the expense of their own well-being. Thoughts to ponder!