My Rating: 4/5
This is the story of a family who didn’t fit in….
Jess thomas is struggling. With two jobs, two children and no one to rely on it’s all she can do to keep her fractured little family together. So when Ed Nicholls, a virtual stranger, suddenly offers to help in her hour of need, it’s not easy for Jess to trust him.
Ed has a past he’s hiding from and an uncertain future awaiting him, but he’s seen something in Jess that perhaps she can’t see in herself. Unfortunately, there’s one big thing about Jess that Ed doesn’t know and she can’t bring herself to tell him.
“The only thing Jess really cared about were those two children and letting them know they were okay. Because even if the whole world was throwing rocks at you, if you had your mother at your back, you’d be okay. Some deep-rooted part of you would know you were loved. That you deserved to be loved.”
― Jojo Moyes, One Plus One
As a, once, single mum I get it….the struggle is real…and when you find where and with who you belong that makes all the difference.
Essentially, that is what this story is about …..the search for belonging within a family, within community and within a relationship.
Throughout this book, there’s a whole lot of struggle and just exactly the right amount of romance.
While a tad predictable, the pacing was perfect. Told through four different points of view – Jess, Ed and both of Jess’ children Nicky and Tanzie – as one complication after another unfolds; leading each of the characters to find their way through some kind of adversity to where they belong.
I actually picked this book up as a ‘bookish breath mint’….something to clear the way for my next read…something to distract me from my last read. A light and fluffy romance to boost myself out of the slump…..that ended up being a lot less fluffy than I imagined. It was entertaining; funny in places; but it also tugged on the heartstrings.
An easy 4 star rating.
It ended up being so good, I stayed up past my bedtime to finish it.