One Plus One: A Novel Hardcover – Jul 1 2014
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Praise for THE GIRL YOU LEFT BEHIND:
"Vibrant and gripping.”
"Jojo Moyes expertly weaves a bittersweet tale in this irresistible novel, taking careful interest in the dark corners that exist within great love stories, and the trickiness of simple happy endings. A-"
“Moyes writes delicious plots, with characters so clearly imagined they leap off the pages in high-definition prose.”
—USA Today (3 1/2 stars)
"Jojo Moyes builds on her strengths in this moving and accomplished new novel. As she did in the best-selling Me Before You, she asks readers to think in fresh ways about a morally complex issue. . . . The Girl You Left Behind is strong, provocative, satisfying fiction.
—The Washington Post
"'In this moving paean to daring, determination and perspicacity, Moyes keeps the reader guessing down to the last hankie."
—Los Angeles Times
—New York Daily News
"In her latest heart tugger, Jojo Moyes deftly weaves the story of newlyweds in WWI France with that of a young widow in today’s London."
"Lovely and wry, Moyes’s newest is captivating and bittersweet."
—Publishers Weekly (starred review)
"Moyes (Me Before You) has created a riveting depiction of a wartime occupation that has mostly faded from memory. Liv and Sophie are so real in their faults, passion, and bravery that the reader is swept along right to the end. This one is hard to put down!"
—Library Journal (starred review)
"Moyes (Me Before You, 2012) writes with such clarity that one can almost see the eponymous 100-year-old painting at the center of her wonderful new novel. . . . an uncommonly good love story."
About the Author
Jojo Moyes is the internationally bestselling author of Me Before You, The Girl You Left Behind, The Last Letter from Your Lover, Silver Bay, and The Ship of Brides. She is married to Charles Arthur, technology editor of The Guardian, and lives with their three children on a farm in Essex, England.See all Product Description
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My library hold for the audio version of her latest book, One Plus One, came in at the beginning of last week - and I again started taking the slower road home!
Jess has been a single mom to her goth stepson Nicky and her math prodigy daughter Tanzie for two years - since her husband had to 'get away for a bit' and went to live with his mother. Jess and the kids live on a council estate along with Norman the dog. Jess does what she can to make ends meet - barmaid and cleaning, scrimping and saving. Ed is a computer whiz, under investigation for insider training. And their lives collide in the most chaotic, wonderful way.
Moyes is such a wonderful writer - her characters are flawed and lovable - and the listener can't help but wish for a happy ending. The story is engaging, funny, sad, romantic, real and oh so incredibly addicting and entertaining. And for those thinking to lable it 'chick lit', I think it's much more than that. Moyes explores real situations such as bullying, poverty, parenting and more.
After listening to the first book in audio, I knew I wanted to listen to all of Moyes's titles. The publisher has chosen excellent readers for One Plus One - their voices all suited the mental images I had for the characters, their voices were incredibly expressive and I immediately felt like I was part of the story.
Highly, highly recommended as both a read and a listen!
It is a charming story with flawed, quirky, lovable characters you can't help but root for.
The story is rich in humour, hardship, heartbreak, and romance. The writing is poetic and flows effortlessly.
First, that cover is terrible. Awful. It makes me think of sketchy 1970s books, the kind that hint at scandalous sexual conduct or that get very cerebral or that are just plain awful.
This book is none of those things. Instead, it's a charming, heartwrenching tale of a modern family trying to find its legs in an unforgiving world. The Thomas family is headed by Jess, a woman in her mid-twenties, whose husband has left her to deal with his bout of depression. She has a daughter, Tanzie, who's a math genius, and a step-son, Nicky, from one of her husband's previous relationships. Nicky's a little different from the 'norm' (a concept that this book puts pressure on - what *is* normal?), wearing make-up, dressing in black and nicknamed 'Gothboy' by his non-creative father. He's frequently bullied by the small town's resident troublemakers, the Fishers, who cast a gloom over much of the story as a manifestation of the monsters that live under the bed. Monsters who do far more than call out 'boo' in the middle of the night.
Anyways, these three family members, plus Ed Nicholls, a successful software CEO who recently made a very bad decision and is now facing some legal trouble, provide us with the different perspectives in the novel.
I loved each and every one of them!
Jess is optimistic - more out of necessity than any sense that her little family has ever had a round of good luck - and hard-working. Like any parent, she realizes that she has to roll with everything that comes her way to protect and provide for her children, and how she does that is a lot of the forward thrust of this book.Read more ›
I wasn't emotionally invested in the characters. They were an interesting bunch of misfits to be sure and generally had an authentic feel to them (with the goth son being my favourite) but my connection just wasn't there with Jess and Ed. I get that Moyes was going for the old 'opposites attract' thang but the reasons why these people were thrown together (or why they agreed to be thrown together) just didn't ring true for me. Plus some of the decisions that Jess and Ed made (particularly how he got himself into the mess he was in and how she dealt with her ex) just didn't right true for me and I couldn't imagine smart people making those silly decisions when they had so much at stake.
Those reasons aside, this book did have heart as well as some funny moments with quirky, unique characters. It also has a good message of perseverance and that family comes in all forms.
My Rating: 3/5 stars
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Decent book with interesting story and good character development. Not nearly as good as Me Before You. Nonetheless an entertaining read.Published 25 days ago by Kerri Rudnicki
I would have given it 3.5 stars, but since I can't I went down to three. Although not off the charts funny, it's mapped out well and does a good job in the chick lit genre. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Cee Ess
I had trouble putting this book down. I loved the characters. And I loved Norman! It is a gift to be able to write a book that can bring someone to tears of sadness and joy. Read morePublished 17 months ago by barb
Charming, sweet love story about a single mom trying to keep her head above water. Jess Thomas is struggling to keep her two children safe, while working as a house cleaner and in... Read morePublished 20 months ago by Carole P. Roman