Book of the Week: One Plus One by Jojo Moyes

By Simon McDonald, Editorial Manager |

Suppose your life sucks. A lot. Your husband has done a vanishing act, your stepson is being bullied and your daughter has a once in a lifetime opportunity that you can’t afford to pay for. So imagine, you kept some money that didn’t belong to you, knowing it would pay for your daughter’s happiness and in so doing make life a tiny bit more bearable all-round. But how do you cope with the shame? Especially when the man you’ve lied to decides to help you out in your hour of need. Jess is in hell; her family is stranded on a pavement in the middle of the night and Ed is their knight in shining armour. How on earth is she going to make it through their crazy and impromptu road trip without confessing her crime? Is her family’s fleeting chance of happiness worth this agonizing guilt? Here’s what TheReadingRoom community has been saying.

Shelleyrae’s Review


“The One Plus One is funny, poignant and charming story with characters that you can’t help but fall in love with. Its about family, about belonging and about love and a wonderful read.”

4 Stars

 Reading Writing and Riesling Review

Reading Writing and Riesling

“I haven’t read a book by Jojo Moyes before so reading this book was a bit like making a cake without the recipe in front of you – you have an idea of what you might be tasting, what the finished product will be like; you have a lot of ingredients, you know basically what you need to put in – a bit of drama, a bit of hope, and separated mum who loses her job, add more drama, add a couple of loving quirky kids trying to find their way, add a handsome single guy in lots of trouble, and a farty dog , mix the lot together is a big pan ( or small car in this case) and cook. What you end up with is a multi-layered extravaganza that is delicious, beguiling and satisfying.”

4 Stars

Jaffareadstoo’s Review


One plus One is a truly delicious story about the bonds which bind us all together. It has a bit of everything; there’s some real laugh out loud funny moments and some equally poignant sad times which make your heart flutter and your soul stay sad. But, the overwhelming glory of this story is the incredible beauty of its writing. Jojo Moyes has got the balance just right and captures the incredible need we all have to be loved and accepted.”

5 Stars
If you’ve read One Plus One, we’d love to hear from you in the comments below or at TheReadngRoom.