The One Plus One by Jojo Moyes


About the Book

One stressed out single mum + one lost stranger = one unexpected love story?

Jess Thomas has two jobs and two kids and never enough money. And when life knocks her down she does her best to bounce right back. But no one told her it’s okay to ask for help.

Ed Nicholls is the good guy gone bad. He had it all, then one stupid mistake cost him everything. Now he’ll do anything to make it right.

Ed doesn’t want to save anyone and Jess doesn’t want saving, but could Jess and Ed add up to something better together?

The One Plus One is a captivating and unconventional romance from Jojo Moyes about two lost souls meeting in the most unlikely circumstances.

What I thought

I loved this book.  It was a sheer joy to read from beginning to end.  It was funny, touching, sometimes heartbreaking with a wonderful host of characters who you couldn’t help but root for and love to bits.

It’s the story of Jess, a young single mum struggling to get by with her family after her husband decides he’s just too depressed to work and leaves his family to stay with his mum in Scotland, leaving Jess to take care of her 10 year old daughter Tanzie and her 16 year old step-son Nicky.  They get by, just about with Jess and her friend running a cleaning business and Jess also working part time in the local pub.

Nicky is suffering at school, bullied for how he chooses to look and the victim of local estate bully boys.  Tanzie is never happier than when she’s dealing with numbers.  She’s a maths genius and her best friend is Norman their family dog.

Tanzie is so good at Maths that she’s offered a scholarship at a prestigious private school but even with 90% of the fees covered Jess still can’t afford the rest of the fees let alone the uniform and equipment she would need to provide.  That is until Tanzie’s teacher suggests a maths competition with a top prize of £5,000.  The teacher is certain that Tanzie could easily win this prize, so Jess, never one to give up easily, decides to find a way to get them all up to Scotland where the competition is taking place.

This is when the fun really begins.  Enter Ed.  Jess cleans Ed’s holiday apartment, although much of her dealings with him at the beginning of the book don’t get them off to the best of starts.  However he offers to take them all, Norman the dog included up to Scotland for the competition.  Ed has his own problems but taking this quirky little family on a long journey to Scotland with it’s many ups and downs certainly takes his mind off his own troubles for a while.

It’s such a wonderful story.  I loved all the characters, well perhaps with the exception of Jess’s husband.  At times it was so painfully sad, each of them had their own demons to deal with but they all helped each other along the way with their main philosophy led by Jess of never giving up hope, we’ll find a way through this and tomorrow is another day.

I actually enjoyed this book more than Me Before You and happily give it five big shiny stars….plus one

♥ Happy Reading ♥

The book is available on Amazon where it has amazingly 2,053 reviews – a much loved book then.

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