One Plus One

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One single mom. One chaotic family. One quirky stranger. One irresistible love story from the New York Times bestselling author of Me Before You
 
American audiences have fallen in love with Jojo Moyes. Ever since she debuted Stateside she has captivated readers and reviewers alike, and hit the New York Times bestseller list with the word-of-mouth sensation Me Before ...

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Overview

One single mom. One chaotic family. One quirky stranger. One irresistible love story from the New York Times bestselling author of Me Before You
 
American audiences have fallen in love with Jojo Moyes. Ever since she debuted Stateside she has captivated readers and reviewers alike, and hit the New York Times bestseller list with the word-of-mouth sensation Me Before You. Now, with One Plus One, she’s written another contemporary opposites-attract love story.
 
Suppose your life sucks. A lot. Your husband has done a vanishing act, your teenage stepson is being bullied, and your math whiz daughter has a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that you can’t afford to pay for. That’s Jess’s life in a nutshell—until an unexpected knight in shining armor offers to rescue them. Only Jess’s knight turns out to be Geeky Ed, the obnoxious tech millionaire whose vacation home she happens to clean. But Ed has big problems of his own, and driving the dysfunctional family to the Math Olympiad feels like his first unselfish act in ages . . . maybe ever.
 
One Plus One is Jojo Moyes at her astounding best. You’ll laugh, you’ll weep, and when you flip the last page, you’ll want to start all over again.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
05/05/2014
Bestselling British author Moyes (Me Before You) blends a sobering commentary on the widening gap between haves and have-nots into this quirky tale of lopsided families finding the courage to love. Jess, barely able to make ends meet as a house cleaner after her husband, Marty, walks out, enlists the help of rich client Ed to drive her math-genius daughter Tanzie to a competition. If Tanzie wins, the prize will be enough to pay for her to attend a top-notch school. Along with Jess’s Goth stepson, Nicky, who is Marty’s son, and the slobbering family dog, Norman, the misfits cram into Ed’s car for an alternately hilarious and heartbreaking adventure. With side trips to visit Ed’s dying father and Jess’s now-estranged husband, the travelers learn to reconcile with pasts they can’t change and futures they’re afraid to imagine. “Good things happen to good people,” Jess insists. “You just have to keep faith.” There’s never anything predictable about stubbornly optimistic and protective Jess and her oddball kids, or the distracted Ed and his disjointed work-family relationships. It’s exactly that quality that makes this offbeat journey so satisfying, and Moyes’s irrepressible flaws-and-all characters so memorable. Agent: Sheila Crowley, Curtis Brown. (July)
Kirkus Reviews
2014-05-17
Popular British author Moyes (The Girl You Left Behind, 2013, etc.) offers another warmhearted, off-kilter romance, this one between a financially strapped single mother and a geeky tech millionaire.Ten years ago, Jess Thomas got pregnant and dropped out of high school to marry Marty. Two years ago, hapless Marty temporarily moved out of their home on the southern coast of England to sort out his life. He never returned. Cleaning houses by day and working in a pub at night, Jess barely earns enough to support her 10-year-old daughter, Tanzie, and her 16-year-old stepson, Nicky, whom she's been raising since he was 8. Jess worries constantly about sensitive Nicky, a moody goth regularly beaten up by the local bully. Math genius Tanzie presents a different crisis: She's been offered a generous scholarship to a private school her current teachers say she needs, and Jess can't come up with the balance. The only hope is winning prize money at a math tournament in Scotland, but how to get there? Meanwhile, one of Jess' cleaning clients, computer whiz Ed Nicholls, has come to stay in his seaside vacation home to avoid publicity surrounding insider trading charges. He and Jess share an instant mutual dislike, but when he ends up drunk at the pub, Jess makes sure he gets home safely. Partly out of gratitude, but largely to escape pressure from lawyers, his ex-wife and his sister—who's nagging him to attend his father's birthday party—Ed offers to drive Jess, her kids and their large dog to Scotland. A road-trip-from-hell romantic comedy ensues, complete with carsickness, bad meals and missed signals. Unsurprisingly, hostility evolves into mutual attraction. But Moyes throws in a few wrenches, like Tanzie's failure at the competition, Ed's father's cancer and the cash Jess has secretly kept since it fell out of Ed's pocket at the pub that first night.Moyes has mastered the art of likable, not terribly memorable, but far from simple-minded storytelling.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780525426585
  • Publisher: Pamela Dorman Books
  • Publication date: 7/1/2014
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 646
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Jojo Moyes

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.

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***This excerpt is from an advance uncorrected proof***

Copyright © 2014 by Jojo Moyes

Prologue

Ed

Ed Nicholls was in the creatives’ room drinking coffee with Ronan when Sidney walked in. A man he vaguely recognized stood behind him, another of the Suits.

“We’ve been looking for you,” Sidney said. “Well, you found us,” Ed said.

“Not Ronan, you.”

Ed studied them for a minute, then threw a red foam ball at the ceiling and caught it. He glanced sideways at Ronan. Investacorp had bought half shares in the company a full eighteen months ago, but Ed and Ronan still thought of them as the Suits. It was one of the kinder things they called them in private.

“Do you know a woman called Deanna Lewis?” “Why?”

“Did you give her any information about the launch of the new software?”

“What?”

“It’s a simple question.”

Ed looked from one Suit to the other. The atmosphere was strangely charged. His stomach, a packed elevator, began a slow descent toward his feet. “We may have chatted about work. No specifics that I re- member.”

“Deanna Lewis?” said Ronan.

“You need to be clear about this, Ed. Did you give her any information about the launch of SFAX?”

“No. Maybe. What is this?”

“The police are downstairs searching your office, with two goons from the Financial Services Authority. Her brother has been arrested for insider trading. On the basis of information that you gave them about the launch of the software.”

“Deanna Lewis? Our Deanna Lewis?” Ronan began to wipe his spectacles, a thing he did when he was feeling anxious.

“Her brother’s hedge fund made two point six million dollars on the first day of trading. She alone cleared a hundred and ninety thou- sand on her personal account.”

“Her brother’s hedge fund?”

“I don’t understand,” Ronan said.

“I’ll spell it out. Deanna Lewis is on record talking to her brother about the launch of SFAX. She says Ed here said it was going to be enormous. And guess what? Two days later her brother’s fund is among the biggest purchasers of shares. What exactly did you tell her?”

Ronan stared at him. Ed struggled to gather his thoughts. When he swallowed, it was shamefully audible. Across the office the development team was peering over the tops of their cubicles. “I didn’t tell her anything.” He blinked. “I don’t know. I might have said some- thing. It’s not like it was a state secret.”

“It was a fucking state secret, Ed,” Sidney said. “It’s called insider trading. She told him you gave her dates, times. You told her the company was going to make a fortune.”

“Then she’s lying! Shooting her mouth off. We were just . . . having a thing.”

“You wanted to bone the girl, so you shot your mouth off to impress her?”

“It wasn’t like that.”

“You had sex with Deanna Lewis?” Ed could feel Ronan’s myopic gaze burning into him.

Sidney lifted his hands. “You need to call your lawyer.”

“How can I be in trouble?” Ed asked. “It’s not like I got any benefit from it. I didn’t even know her brother had a hedge fund.”

Sidney glanced behind him. The faces suddenly found something

interesting to look at on their desks. He lowered his voice. “You have to go now. They want to interview you at the police station.”

“What? This is nuts. I’ve got a software meeting in twenty minutes. I’m not going to any police station.”

“And obviously we’re suspending you until we’ve got to the bot- tom of this.”

Ed half laughed. “Are you kidding me? You can’t suspend me. It’s my company.” He threw the foam ball up in the air and caught it, turning away from them. Nobody moved. “I’m not going. This is our company. Tell them, Ronan.”

He looked at Ronan, but Ronan was staring fixedly at something on the floor. Ed looked at Sidney, who shook his head. Then he looked up at the two uniformed men who had appeared behind him, at his secretary, whose hand was covering her mouth, at the carpet path already opening up between him and the door, and the foam ball dropped silently onto the floor between his feet.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 4, 2014

    Enjoy the ride

    Loved it. Two people with their own problems are suddenly together. It has you cheering for the underdog and wjshing that karma does get the good and the bad what they deserve

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 14, 2014

    A very charming book. Well written and I loved the characters.

    A very charming book. Well written and I loved the characters. The characters were very true to life, a mother struggling to do the right thing for her children, the children a little off center and a goofy dog. And not to forget the male character and his connection to the family. The book was very different from Me Before You. It was a delightful and funny book. Ms Moyes other book, The Girl I Left Behind was also very good and very different from this book. She is an excellent writer and brings so much to her books. I thoroughly enjoyed the book and her other books.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 12, 2014

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    I admit it, this is the first novel by Jojo Moyes I've read. Now

    I admit it, this is the first novel by Jojo Moyes I've read. Now I've been buying her books along the way, I believe I have three others--but I often don't get a chance to read books I buy when I'm trying to keep up with my review piles. Well I have been missing out!




    I have to start with the main character Jess! I absolutely loved Jess. Here she is working her bum off to take care of her family--no one helping her, but she could really use the help! She is resourceful, helpful and wants to do right by her kids. She is everything a mom should be. She honestly reminded me of my own mom. We also struggled financially and she just did everything she could to put us first. I was sad for Jess, wanted to cry for all the struggles, yet I was clapping for her and cheered her on because she doesn't want anybodies tears.




    Then there are Jess' children, Tanzie and Nicky. What great kids and they love their mom. Tanzie is just a sweetheart who loves her Maths. I could completely understand how Jess would do anything she could to help Tanzie get into a good school--I mean I wanted to pull out my own checkbook to help! Oh and Nicky...I just wanted to give that boy a hug!




    These characters felt so real. Their story felt real. All the mishaps, sadness, joy--life. Moyes captured the beauty of the ordinarily wonderfulness of life.




    One Plus One is a wonderful novel, with imperfect characters with messed up lives who are just trying to get by. Told in multiple voices (mostly Jess). A book you don't want to miss. One Plus One equals a perfect summer read! Highly recommending.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 4, 2014

    could not put it down

    Jess and her messy little family's perseverence inspires. I loved all the characters in this book, and would keep reading if i could. Sad i finished, but i could not put it down!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 12, 2014

    I really enjoyed this book, well written.  Moyes has a great gra

    I really enjoyed this book, well written.  Moyes has a great grasp of human character, I felt she was describing my life at times.  Only one complaint,  I bought this book on Nook and it wouldn't load the last page.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 4, 2014

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    One Plus One was fabulous, a perfect book with a well written pl

    One Plus One was fabulous, a perfect book with a well written plot line. I don't think I've ever read a chick lit road trip book. This is my first try at Jojo Moyes's writing and it is definitely not my last. The plot was refreshing and definitely unique in the way that the romance was presented as well as the issues the characters face and the relationship between them. It was told from multiple POVs that included the main protagonist, Jess, the love interest, tech millionaire Ed, Jess's math genius daughter and bullied step son. Jess is trying to make ends meet with working two jobs and trying to keep her family afloat. Her husband left her two years ago and hasn't helped with child support because of his "illness" which is apparently depression? anyways, that's not where Jesse's problems end. Her step son is being bullied and beaten up on a weekly basis and her young daughter just got the best opportunity of her life, to go to a private school with a 90% scholarship. However the 10% is still too much money for Jess. The struggle she goes through, trying to figure out a way to make it work, the desperate feeling she experiences is very sad. I really felt sad for Jess, she really was a good mom. She wants the best for both her children, even though one of them isn't even her biological son and was dumped on her, something people that she meets always find confusing. Still, she treats them both equally and with so much love, it makes me teary eyed thinking about it. Ed however, is in deep trouble. He did something stupid and is now being investigated and banned from getting near his company or touching any work related material. One night Ed was driving, trying to occupy his time before he goes full on crazy when he sees Jess and her kids on the side of the road, car not working, and police talking to them. Next thing we know, Ed is driving the whole family to Scotland. What's hilarious is that Tanzie, Jess's daughter, will throw up if she's in a car that's at a speed higher than 40 mile/hr. Also, another someone worth mentioning was the family dog. Even though he doesn't speak (obviously) he had a very big presence in this book and I loved him! The road trip was all kinds of hilarious scenes but witnessing all the people getting closer together, forming connections, trust, and leaning on each other really made me teary eyed multiple times. The relationship between Ed and the kids was especially sweet. One Plus One was more about the people, their issues, and how leaning on each other and trusting each other and opening up your heart to them is sometimes what is missing in your life. Of course a romance in a chick lit is inevitable but I felt that Jojo Moyes focused more on each individual. Not that the romance wasn't good, because it was really well done. I Truly loved her writing and her storytelling style. I already own Me Before You and I am excited to pick it up. I'm definitely going to make it a goal of mine to go through her bibliography and read all her books. 

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 25, 2014

    Liked

    I enjoyed it very much

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 25, 2014

    Highly recommended. I enjoyed it very much. She sure know how to develop

    her characters.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 13, 2014

    Am I the only one who didn't like this? I have read all of Moyes

    Am I the only one who didn't like this? I have read all of Moyes books. Me Before You is one of the best books I have ever read.  Her latest book,  One Plus One, is not even in the same league.  The characters are depressing, I wanted to scream at them the whole time.  I was so excited when I heard Moyes had written a new book. If you haven't read her others-do!  Don't waste your time with this one

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 9, 2014

    Mariza

    Love it

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 14, 2014

    Ok

    I liked it but it kindof read lik a lifetim original movie-

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 12, 2014

    Loved it!

    Although the ending was highly predicable, the book was a wonderful, fun read. It had me laughing all the way through. I couldn't put it down.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 24, 2014

    Amazing Great Read!!!

    This was truly a great book. The story, and the characters really do capture and transport you into this bubble to make you feel like you are there. It was funny, and emotional. This author truly did an amazing job!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 16, 2014

    Delightful

    In spite of a hard life and a series of setbacks this little"family"remains honest and optimistic' very funny too!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 14, 2014

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 17, 2014

    Shawn

    I still remeemberd when kate amd i dated i was weird thing about it know

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 14, 2014

    Ashley

    Im yalking about kate they dated befor

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 10, 2014

    Lovely and heartwarming

    I couldn't put this endearing tale of a single mom and her unique children down. I was in tears the last few chapters. I highly recommend this amazing journey.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 8, 2014

    One plus one

    One plus One was an okay read. Typical love story.. Girl meets boy, girl doesn't like boy, girl falls in love with boy, boy leaves girl, boy comes back...ta-da...Happy Ending. Still, even though I knew the happy ending was coming, the over all story held my interest. I finished it, but nothing that shook me up.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 8, 2014

    A good read

    This is my second JoJo Moyes book, the first being Me Before You. This was not as good as the first but still delightful showing the difficulties of a woman left to raise her children on her own. Deadbeat dads seem to be a common thread in books I am reading of late. Still would recommend this as Moyes is an entertaining women's writer.

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