Jojo Moyes creates wonderful novels that are eloquently written and filled with amazing characters. Her latest novel is One Plus Oneand it is filled with funny mishaps and witty conversations. This is the tale about a mom who is trying to keep her family happy and safe, which has become a daunting task since her husband left them. To make things even more complicated, Jess is trying to find a way to stop her son from getting bullied as well as frantically trying to come up with money to send her genius daughter to an elite private academy. The only way she is going to get enough money for the school is if she can get her daughter to a math competition in Scotland. The trip doesn’t go as planned, in fact it goes worse than planned. Jess finds herself unable to get to Scotland until she runs into Ed, who has problems of his own. Now the dysfunctional family is whisked off in Ed’s car in hopes of turning their lives around.
This is a great contemporary British novel that is rich in atmosphere and character charm. It was fun getting lost in the chaos of the family and I instantly fell in love with all of the characters. The dynamic between Jess and Ed is really entertaining. They are both strong individuals who are fighting their own personal demons and are reluctant to let another person in for fear of being hurt, creating the perfect recipe for banter and drama. Overall what I enjoyed the most was the warm feeling you get when you read the novel. Even with all the mishaps you can feel the love and the joy of being a member of this non-traditional family.
JoJo Moyes The Last Letter From Your Loverwas amazing! I typically don’t read books set in the 1960’s but I decided to give this one a try, and I am so happy I did. Jennifer Sterling wakes up in hospital with no memory of who she is or how she came to be injured. She is soon released to go to a home she does not remember and live with a husband she does not know. Deciding to get reacquainted with her old life, Jennifer starts to go through each room in hopes of sparking a memory. Her memories are slow to resurface, but she does discover old love letters sent to her from a man who only goes by the letter “B”. In 2003, Ellie also stumbles across mysterious love letters that she believes originated around the 1960’s. Fueled by the beautiful words and incredible emotions being portrayed, she decides to track down the owner and find out what happened between the two. Did they get their happily ever after?
Moyes wrote an incredible story. Her language is so elegant and beautiful that I found it easy to get lost in the pages. She portrayed the morals and culture of the time period perfectly. I felt instantly transported back in time to a generation that views the world quite differently; women are only beginning to enter the working world and the thought of divorce is non-existent. I really enjoyed the way Moyes told the story. She started the book in the present time for Jennifer but would go back a few months to tell the reader the events leading up to the accident. It was such a fun way to learn about this passionate love story. I thought I would be annoyed when the time suddenly changes to 2003 and involves all new characters, but I was pleasantly surprised by how clever this technique was in learning about what happened between Jennifer and Anthony. This is a great love story with fantastic characters-perfect for any historical or contemporary fiction reader.