The One Plus One by Jojo Moyes
One single mum
With two jobs and two children, Jess Thomas does her best day after day. But it’s hard on your own. And sometimes you take risks you shouldn’t. Because you have to …
One chaotic family
Jess’s gifted, quirky daughter Tanzie is brilliant with numbers, but without a helping hand she’ll never get the chance to shine. And Nicky, Jess’s teenage stepson, can’t fight the bullies alone. Sometimes Jess feels like they’re sinking …
One handsome stranger
Into their lives comes Ed Nicholls, a man whose life is in chaos, and who is running from a deeply uncertain future. But he has time on his hands. He knows what it’s like to be lonely. And he wants to help …
One unexpected love story
The One Plus One is a captivating and unconventional romance about two lost souls meeting in the most unlikely circumstances.
The last Jojo Moyes book I read was Me Before You, and you’ll probably recall how much I LOVED it (and sobbed uncontrollably whilst devouring it in two sittings) – it’s still the first book I recommend if people ask. So when this arrived in the post I couldn’t wait to get started. In fact, reading it curled up on the sofa was the first thing I did once my maternity leave officially started.
Jojo brings us a bunch of dysfunctional humans, who we just can’t help but love. Instantly. Tanzie perhaps steals the show for me slightly – she’s just adorable, plus she has a love of maths like I did when I was her age. Although, granted, I wasn’t as brainy as she is.
The One Plus One throws into question what you’d risk if you hit desperate times and how far you’d be willing to go to chase your dreams – or help someone else achieve theirs. Yet again, it’s another thought-provoker and one in which you’re willing good fortune to all the characters involved – you just want them to flourish as you know they’re capable of doing.
Heart-warming, heartbreaking (yes, I did sob loudly at this one too) and smile-inducing – another lovely read from Jojo Moyes.