Jojo Moyes // The one plus one

Tall girl's fashion // Jojo Moyes -- The one plus one

At the heart of the book The one plus one is the inspiring, incredibly funny and sometimes sad story of Jess, a single mother who, without financial or custodial support from her estranged husband, can’t make ends meet. Despite working two jobs she can’t provide for her daughter Tanzie and her husband’s son Nicky from a previous relationship.

Through her job at her cleaning company, Jess’s path crosses with that of the seemingly successful and annoyingly arrogant IT entrepreneur Ed, a man she keeps bumping into but wants to avoid at all costs. Large is therefore her surprise when all four, plus Tanzie’s huge, slobbering dog Norman, are taking a road trip to Scotland together. They are on a quest to get the maths wiz Tanzie entered into a maths competition, from which the prize money will fund her academic future.

I have to admit to shedding quite a few tears while reading this book, as I tend to do when I read a heartwarming story, but it was quiet sobs interspersed with howls of laughter at the brilliant dialogue that is so typical of Moyes. As it was hard to put the book down, I read it over the course of a weekend and was sad when I got to the last page. I wanted more. Much more!

Click over to amazon.com or amazon.co.uk to read more about the book. The one plus one has also been a huge success in Norwegian — I’ve seen it at Norli for only Nok 99.

Here is my review of Jojo Moyes’s book Me before you. I also recommend that you read The girl you left behind, which portrays three very different, but equally passionate, love stories, two set in current times and the third during WW1. The relationships are closely interlinked by a very valuable painting of a woman called Sophie…