Jojo Moyes

My Thoughts On “One Plus One” by Jojo Moyes

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As a huge fan of the amazing book “Me Before You”, I nearly did a cartwheel in the kitchen when the publishers sent me an Advanced Review Copy of Moyes’ newest novel, “One Plus One”.

As a mother of four, I immediately fell in love with this novel. It is the story of a mother, Jess, determined to do anything in order to help her children get their chance in this world. Her daughter, Tanzie, is very gifted when it comes to math. Her teacher tests her in order to see the extent of her gift and recommends her to a local private school.

Unfortunately, even with extensive help from the school, Jess cannot afford it. So the teacher recommends that Tanzie try to win a math contest in nearby Scotland. She just needs a little help to get there.

In walks Ed, the most unlikely of heroes as he is facing jail time for insider trading. But this serious, geeky businessman finds everything he has been missing in this haphazard family.

I laughed. I giggled. I cheered. I gasped. “One Plus One” is a fun road-trip of a novel. “Me Before You” is a great book club book because it lends itself to a great discussion. “One Plus One” is simply a great read about a mother who never quits, even when everyone around her tells her that she should.

The author is British, so watch out for those bloody F-bombs. It’s available in July!

My Thoughts on Me Before You

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I really loved this book. In fact, it was one of the books I recommended to book clubs on NBC’s Studio 5.

Louisa has lost her job at the Café and is desperate for a new one. Her father is going to lose his job any day now, her mother is taking care of her ailing grandfather and her older sister wants to go back to school. The family is looking to Louisa to bring in a consistent salary.

Louisa leaves her comfort zone and begins working as a companion to Will, a man who was paralyzed in a horrible accident from the neck down.

The first few days are horrible and Louisa wants to give up. But eventually she develops a friendship with Will and when she discovers that he plans to die in six months, she decides to try to change his mind.

I loved the themes in this book — the idea of embracing life fully and living fully. I love how Louisa decides to be brave. I was not a fan of the ending, but I still loved this book.

Now, Jojo Moyes is British, so you do have to watch out for the language. No one swears quite like the British.

What I’m Reading Now: Me Before You

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They had nothing in common until love gave them everything to lose . . .

Louisa Clark is an ordinary girl living an exceedingly ordinary life—steady boyfriend, close family—who has barely been farther afield than their tiny village. She takes a badly needed job working for ex–Master of the Universe Will Traynor, who is wheelchair bound after an accident. Will has always lived a huge life—big deals, extreme sports, worldwide travel—and now he’s pretty sure he cannot live the way he is.

Will is acerbic, moody, bossy—but Lou refuses to treat him with kid gloves, and soon his happiness means more to her than she expected. When she learns that Will has shocking plans of his own, she sets out to show him that life is still worth living.

A Love Story for this generation, Me Before You brings to life two people who couldn’t have less in common—a heartbreakingly romantic novel that asks, What do you do when making the person you love happy also means breaking your own heart?