Book Review: The One Plus One by Jojo Moyes

81ZultmqXDL._SL1500_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

What I thought:

I was lucky enough to win a copy of The One Plus One in a Goodreads giveaway – I say lucky, as it did turn out that way as it was a really good book that I thoroughly enjoyed.

I hadn’t read any Jojo Moyes books until I was given a copy of Me Before You on World Book night last year and I loved it, so I had high hopes for this book. I was happily rewarded as I found the central characters really appealing, reassuringly ordinary but with some loveable qualities. As with Me Before You, this book had some loveyl and funny moments, but there was also some genuine heartbreak – the parts dealing with Nicky and the bullying he suffers is really touching and, I’m sure, familiar to so many families.

What I liked most was that the book didn’t have an easy resolution – it wasn’t just they meet, fall in love, happily ever after. There were bumps along the road and you’re left to make up your own mind on how it all turned out – I know who I’m rooting for!

This is definitely one to pack in the holiday suitcase, a relaxing summer read!

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