Recently I was lucky enough to be picked to be one of 10 bloggers to review The One Plus One by Jojo Moyes for Mumsnet. The book I arrived almost immediately and I was ready to get going. However I soon realised that signing up for a book review to be done by a certain date was a bit like having to have an essay in on time. The more I looked at the thick book, the less inclined I felt to pick it up!
However this weekend I knew I had to get going. Reading a book seemed a bit strange having moved over to reading with a Kindle but I have to say it was great reading a book again. I really enjoyed it and realised how much I miss the smell and hold of a book. I have only read one of Jojo Moyes books before ‘Last letter to Your Lover’ and had absolutely loved it, so was interested to see how her latest novel measured up. I have to say I was not disappointed. Once I got into the book I could not put it down and felt quite bereft when I finished it.
The story revolves around a young single mum, Jess, her maths prodigy daughter Tanzie and awkward teenage stepson Nicky. Their lives are changed forever when Ed Nicholls, whose beachfront holiday home Jess cleans comes into their lives by a number of coincidences. Each chapter is written from a different character’s perspective which makes the story and the characters come to life. Mr Nicholls ends up driving the family and their dog Norman to Aberdeen for Tanzie to take part in a Maths Olympiad and the novel follows the highs and lows of this journey coupled with the developing relationship between Jess and Ed. When I read the first few chapters I thought, this would be predictable girl meets boy, they end up together, but this book is something different. It is far more about family, relationships between siblings and parents and so much more. I find as I write this I don’t want to say a lot as all I want to scream is ‘READ THIS BOOK!’ It was absolutely brilliant from start to end and I literally could not put it down. I don’t want to tell you what happens or how the characters develop as I don’t want to take away one moment of enjoyment from this fantastic novel. So all I can do is apologise for such a naf review and implore you to read it, The One Plus One = 5 * from me. Another amazing novel from the very talented Ms Moyes.
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