One Plus One by Jojo Moyes
(Pamela Dorman Books, 2014, 384 pages)
We are definitely Jojo Moyes fans here at the SCC library. One Plus One is her latest title and it didn’t disappoint. Jess has effectively been raising her two kids alone for the past few years. Even when their father was around he wasn’t exactly helping out the situation. Jess does what she can to put a positive spin on things and ensure that her family is taken care of. When she learns that her daughter, Tanzie, has been offered a 90% scholarship to one of the top private schools thanks to her math abilities she wants to do what she can to allow Tanzie to go. A math Olympiad is going on in Scotland and as the family tries to get there it seems like the world is conspiring against them. Until Ed shows up and offers to help them out.
Ed is a wealthy IT man who has been wrapped up in his own issues lately. When he sees Jess and her kids on the side of the road he can’t really say what compels him to offer his help but he’s somewhat startled when he realizes Jess is actually one of the house cleaners for his vacation house. The two managed to start things off on the wrong foot and they seem to have nothing in common but here they are, stuck together on a journey that neither of them could have imagined setting out on.
I liked this book a lot more than I thought I would. The description doesn’t necessarily do the best job “selling” the story, but once you start reading Moyes starts working her magic. There were probably three or four times that I teared up while reading this book. It’s a quick read with an engaging storyline. I definitely recommend One Plus One and other Moyes titles.