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One single mom. One chaotic family. One quirky stranger. One irresistible love story from the New York Times bestselling author of Me Before You
American audiences have fallen in love with Jojo Moyes. Ever since she debuted stateside, she has captivated readers and reviewers alike, and hit the New York Times bestseller list with the word-of-mouth sensation, Me Before You. Now, with One Plus One, she’s written another contemporary opposites-attract love story that reads like a modern-day Two for the Road.
Suppose your life sucks. A lot. Your husband has done a vanishing act, your teenage stepson is being bullied and your math whiz daughter has a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that you can’t afford to pay for. That’s Jess’s life in a nutshell—until an unexpected knight-in-shining-armor offers to rescue them. Only Jess’s knight turns out to be Geeky Ed, the obnoxious tech millionaire whose vacation home she happens to clean. But Ed has big problems of his own, and driving the dysfunctional family to the Math Olympiad feels like his first unselfish act in ages . . . maybe ever.
One Plus One is Jojo Moyes at her astounding best. You’ll laugh, you’ll weep, and when you flip the last page, you’ll want to start all over again.
I very much enjoyed this months read. Not too heavy going and just what I needed as a lot going on for me at the moment so easy for me to concentrate on this book.
I love the point made about finding the place where you fit and one day finding ” your people” so true and found it very moving when Nicky realised that his hotch porch family were “his people”.
I’m glad Norman was ok and glad it ended how it did. Was disappointed that the book ended at 94% – I wanted to read more!
Grace J Smith
I have heard lots of good things about Jojo Moyes and indeed have several of her books but they’ve never quite made it to the top of my tbr list – until now.
The One Plus One was a nice easy read, not too much in-depth thought required but it was enjoyable. Jessica Rae Thomas was a remarkable woman in her own way, abandoned by her husband a couple of years ago leaving her – at the young age of twenty seven – with a ten-year old daughter who is a maths genius and his son by his previous marriage. Jess is the eternal optimist, always sure something good will come along. Enter Mr. Nicholls. I read this bit very piecemeal at it took me a while to realise that Mr. Nicholls and Ed were the same person – yep, felt a bit of a dunce when I realised!
Both of their stories intertwined perfectly with enough little side tales going on for both of them to make it interesting.
Whilst this novel didn’t stretch the little grey matter it was an entirely pleasant feel good read – and sometimes it’s just nice to enjoy the telling of a story without analyzing it all, isn’t it? A thoroughly pleasant easy read to which I would give 4 stars.
A Book Club choice I was unlikely to read otherwise. I DON’T do ROMANCE…. And despite the romantic stuff and the love that abounds, this isn’t what I would call the genre of this book. It’s a novel where all the characters are having a tough time in worlds in which they don’t fit. It is a story about the upsides of positivity versus the despair circumstances can cause. It is about unusual individuals and the complexities of life – not least of which is family life…… If I read the synopsis, it is a book I would have always put down……
…. I so hated finishing this book!!! The characters are rich and full and I have developed a meaningful relationship with each of them. I miss them in my life. The bulk of the story is a ‘Road Trip’ bits of which will be familiar to any who’ve travelled with children and/or pets. But this journey takes these characters to places within themselves that had become barren lands, wreaks havoc then brings them through to a promised land.
I just loved the book, want ALL my friends to read. Buy it, borrow it if needs pinch it! I know that out of the 125+ books I will read this year, it is a forerunner for MY Book of the Year Award.
I really enjoyed this book. Ok, it had a bit of Night in Shining Armour, but that was ok by me!
The beauty of the story for me was that the lives of Jess, Nicky & Tanze felt chaotic like real life sometimes is & their struggles were everyday challenges like an unexpected vets bill & overcoming bullying. I liked that Jess was able to resolve her own problems & wasn’t “rescued” by Ed. The author was able to use the little things in life to add to the story & enhance it; one of My favourite parts was Jess trying to convince Tanze it was ok to take extra at the breakfast buffet & I now have a renewed respect for The Sandwich!!
I loved this book! I don’t usually like books where each chapter is by a different character but this book worked so well and it was nice to see a different persons perspective on the situation. It was a light read that had me laughing out loud at times (I think many of us can say we have been in the dog gassing the car out situation!). Enjoyed it so much that I then went on to read Me before you by JO JO Moyes which was just as brilliant but in a different way and I would highly recommend if you liked Mays book. Will be soon reading a third book by her.
This is a story about real relationships, taking risks because it’s all you can do, about right over wrong, good over bad and maybe if you just keep believing that good things happen to good people then your hopes and dreams might come true.
I enjoyed the way each chapter told the story from a different characters point of view. The characters and the story were believable, loved the way most of the story was a road trip, it had me laughing out loud and holding back tears on occasions. I was very happy with the ending, although it was obvious what the ending was going to be. I tried to read slower towards the end of the book to make it last longer but then it finished at 94% which annoyed me a little…..
Jess, hard-working , holding down two jobs in an effort to support her daughter and stepson after her husband has left claiming to be ill. Ed, rich and unhappy in his work life after hearing that an investigation into his conduct at work may well land him in prison. Tanzie, Jess’ daughter, a whizz at maths and desperate to go to a private school to avoid any bullying and continue with her love of all things numerical . Nicky, the goth stepson who is being bullied by kids in the estate they live in due to his love of eye-liner and inability to ” fit in”, and Norman, the loveable big dog of the family, slobbering and emitting noxious smells being his forte!
In a bid to help Tanzie reach her dream of private school she is entered into a Maths competition which will help pay her first years tuition at school. After a chance social meeting with Ed he offers to drive them to Scotland to take part in the competition and so the scene is set for much laughter and chaos on the way. Not being able to drive over 40 miles an hour due to Tanzie’s car sickness, Norman slobbering on the back seat and Nicky with his head in a game doesn’t bode well for Jess and Ed to get to know each other, but that they do during the journey.
This is a tale of may things, love, bullying, honesty and integrity, well told with great characters, Nicky and Norman being my favourite. Realistic scenes are set through the book and I really enjoyed this read but still have to admit it didn’t knock Me Before You off the top spot for me.
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