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The One Plus One by Jojo Moyes

The One Plus One

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March 2014 MEGA Book of the Month.

JoJo Moyes is an incredible writer whose ability to depict modern life in all its glorious complexities is second to none. This is a touching story of the lengths we’ll go to for the people we love or just to try to escape from a life we don’t want to be living anymore. You’ll fall in love with Jess and Ed as much as you want them to fall for each other and be wishing that the story turns out the way it should, not going terribly wrong the way life so often does.

If you like Jojo Moyes you might also like to read books by S. J. Watson, Kate Morton and Rosamunde Pilcher.

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Reader Reviews

In addition to our Lovereading expert opinion some of our Lovereading Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review this title.

  • Zarina de Ruiter - 'A powerful and heartfelt piece of writing...before I knew it the book had become so gripping it was absolutely impossible to put down.' Read full review >
  • Reba Khatun - 'After reading one previous book by the talented JoJo Moyes I knew I would enjoy this book.  I would definitely recommend The One Plus One to others.' Read full review >
  • Katie Young - 'Not your ordinary romance novel but an enjoyable, fun read. Well recommended!' Read full review >
  • Debbie Patrick - 'a captivating and unconventional romance from JoJo Moyes about two lost souls meeting in the most unlikely circumstances.' Read full review >
  • Suzanne Marsh - 'no reader can fail to loveThe One Plus One'. Read full review >
  • Jayne Burton - 'What a lovely heart-warming story about Jess and her ‘different’ family ... Please read it – you will love it, and you will love Jess too.' Read full review >
  • Sallyann Spittle - 'a modern love story which is funny and heartbreaking at the same time...Praise for Moyes.' Read full review >
  • Lindsay Healy - 'JoJo Moyes has written another absolute winner here - marvellous, eloquent modern fiction.' Read full review >
  • Lisa Faulkner - 'JoJo Moyes writes with a warmth and style which immediately resonates with the reader...A truly uplifting and life affirming novel which leaves the reader in a happier place!' Read full review >
  • Joanne Nuttie - 'a really light and refreshing read....I would certainly recommend this book to others.' Read full review >
  • Jill Peters - 'JoJo Moyes has lived up to my expectations yet again.  I thoroughly enjoyed The One Plus One and, once started, I just could not put this book down.' Read full review >
  • Glynis Elliott - 'A novel which you won´t want to put down until the last page...The One Plus One left me with a lump in my throat and a smile on my face.  Fantastic five star read.  Thank you Lovereading.' Read full review >
  • Nicola Smith - 'Another great JoJo Moyes book.  She writes human stories with a hint of humour and there’s always a nice love story thrown in, one that isn’t too cheesy but that is heart-warming.' Read full review >
  • Maria-Pia - 'Jessica and Ed live in different worlds . Their stories entwine when Ed comes to family's aid and their consequent  road trip to Scotland with alternately hilarious and moving consequences.' Read full review >
  • Vanessa Wild - 'An easy, humorous and absorbing read which rattles along at a fair old pace and has you eagerly turning the pages for more.' Read full review >
  • Amanda Greenwood - 'A wonderful read and I read the entire book in two sittings.  There were moments of outward laughter, dead pan humour, coupled with emotional dark points...I loved it.  I laughed. I cried. I laughed some more.' Read full review >
  • Sarah Bedwell - 'Another great read from JoJo Moyes. It sucked me in right from the start, and I definitely didn't want to put it down.' Read full review >
  • Elisabeth Thomas - 'Once again JoJo Moyes shows that she is a master story teller...I would definitely recommend this book for those who want an intelligent book with a hint of romance. A lovely, gripping read.' Read full review >
  • Sharon Butler - 'A lovely story of a single mum beating the odds against hardship and the lengths that someone will go to, to protect and support their family...Highly Recommended.' Read full review >
  • Sue Walsh - 'Hilariously funny in parts yet down to earth & realistically sad in others.  A mix of fun & relationships, money & lack of it.' Read full review >
  • Nikki Clark - 'A real life heart-warming story of a family's determination to make their lives better with a little help from the kindness of strangers.' Read full review >
  • Caroline Mathews - 'Another fun, feel-good read from JoJo Moyes - well worth picking up, would be a great book to read on holiday.' Read full review >
  • J Craddock - 'The story is epic, the characters wonderful and the writing sublime. It is a book that captures your heart and will live long in the memory. One to watch for 2014!' Read full review >
  • Michelle Russ - 'Four stories that are interwoven to make you want to keep reading on...I'd recommend the book, and get ready to feel very involved with the lives of the characters!' Read full review >
  • Cyllene Griffiths - 'The One Plus One will make you laugh - it may well make you cry - but you are guaranteed to enjoy the journey. Another outstanding success in the best JoJo Moyes tradition.'  Read full review >


The One Plus One by Jojo Moyes

Jess Thomas be more than a single mum getting by day after do her best for her gifted but sensitive daughter find a way back from the loneliest place on earth Ed Nicholls is hoping...he won't go to jail...there's a way back from the biggest mistake of his life...something or someone will make it all go away Jess and Ed are...two strangers looking for a little kindness...two lost souls with a lot to learn from each other...about to find out that one plus one makes more - so much more - than two. The One Plus One is Jojo Moyes' brilliant new heartbreaking novel about two people learning to take a chance on each other.


“I want you to read this book, indeed to read all of Jojo Moyes’ books, because they tell truths about modern life. If you’re a sentient, empathic, living, breathing human I would urge you to give it a go.” The World Book Night Book Club

"Majestic, utterly compelling, tremendous. A heart-stopping read" Independent on Sunday

"Truly beautiful. Made us laugh, smile and sob like a baby - you simply have to read it". Closer

"A triumph. Packs such an emotional punch, you'll need a box of tissues". Elle

About the Author

Jojo Moyes

Jojo Moyes was our Guest Editor in March 2014 - click here - to see the books that inspired her writing.

Jojo Moyes is a novelist and a journalist. She worked at the Independent for ten years before leaving to write full time. Her previous novels have all been critically acclaimed and include Me Before You, The Girl You Left Behind, The Ship of Brides, Foreign Fruit, and The Last Letter from Your Lover. She lives in Essex with her husband and their three children.

Me Before You was 2012’s greatest love story – it was Spring 2012’s most popular Richard & Judy pick that went on to be nominated for book of the year at the Galaxy Book Awards. Excitingly, it has since been optioned by MGM and Jojo has been writing the script this summer.

Jojo has spent much of 2013 touring the US and this summer Me Before You went straight in on The New York Times bestseller Top Ten chart. In the UK, appearances this year so far include World Book Night, Hay Literary Festival, The Bookseller Industry Awards and the Orange Women’s Prize.

Her latest novel The One Plus One is in the same vein of Me Before You – an unconventional love story with a dilemma at its heart. It has a cast of wonderful characters and show that family comes in all forms and that through hard work and optimism, your happy ending might come true after all.

Author photo © Stine Heilmann

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27th February 2014


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