File Size: 1449 KB
Print Length: 528 pages
Publisher: Penguin (27 Feb 2014)
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 from Jojo Moyes about two lost souls meeting in the most unlikely circumstances.
Jess’ financial situation is made clear from how she feels about the loss of a cleaning customer. We find out the basics about her background, step-son Nicky (who doesn’t fit in) and gifted and talented daughter Tanzie. Marty, the husband who had a breakdown and has been living at his mum’s for two years, won’t contribute to Tanzie’s opportunity of attending a private school.
Next we find out Ed’s situation. Not an auspicious start! (how rude and arrogant!) However, he needs distracting and rescues them from the roadside, committed to driving them to a maths competition in Scotland.
I love how first impressions of a character can change. Within the confines of the car, as the journey progresses, we get to know our characters quite well! (I have to include Norman the dog here too).
I felt the tension, not only between everyone but also with not knowing if they would make it on time. Would Tanzie pass? What would happen afterwards?
There are some real heart-string pulling moments along the way between them all but also with Ed’s father and when they go to find Marty.
You just know that with things going smoothly (and you’re not at the end of the story) that there has to be something around the corner – you’re waiting for the next crises to occur. To be honest, I had been so caught up in all the emotion, I had forgotten what Jess had done before the road trip to Scotland! On top of that, there’s Norman… The blog and its results was heartwarming.
What an amazing love story … but this is much more than that. Tanze with her gifted and talented brain for Maths, Nicky with his feeling like a square peg in a round hole, Jess who despite her morals and ethics does make a mistake (but is big enough to admit it) and … Ed.
I feel as if I’ve grown alongside the characters from the start of the journey to Scotland, right up to that last page. Their journey feels as if it was my own.
When I finished reading The One Plus One I didn’t know what to do with myself! How could it be over? I was bereft.
I would like to thank the publishers for accepting my request to review via Netgalley.