*Starred Review* One Plus One equals one fine novel. With its ensemble cast of skillfully crafted characters—from single-mom Jess Thomas to tortured goth teen Nicky and gifted sister Tanzie to Ed Nicholls, technology millionaire—each person’s story flows on its own, yet they all meld together into an uncommonly good story about family, trust, and love. Best-selling Moyes (The Girl You Left Behind, 2013) gets things rolling as this hysterically mismatched mélange—along with Norman, a slobbering 80-pound dog of “indeterminate” breed—embarks on a road trip from the English shore to Aberdeen, Scotland, so that Tanzie can compete in a maths “Olympiad.” Her ability to enroll in a prestigious school rides on whether she can win the competition’s cash prize. She’s certainly earned the best education; her family just can’t afford it. In a riotous twist and momentary lapse of good sense, Ed volunteers his “top-of-the-range” Audi, complete with his services as driver. There are high jinks galore as perhaps one-too-many gastrointestinal problems arise, but, in all, the trip, with what Ed perceives as its terrifying “boundarylessness,” delivers on its promise, just not in the way anyone anticipated. Bravo to Moyes for delivering toothsome characters in a story readers will truly care about. Is that Hollywood calling? --Donna Chavez
Praise for THE GIRL YOU LEFT BEHIND:
"Vibrant and gripping.”
"Jojo Moyes expertly weaves a bittersweet tale in this irresistible novel, taking careful interest in the dark corners that exist within great love stories, and the trickiness of simple happy endings. A-"
“Moyes writes delicious plots, with characters so clearly imagined they leap off the pages in high-definition prose.”
(3 1/2 stars)
"Jojo Moyes builds on her strengths in this moving and accomplished new novel. As she did in the best-selling Me Before You
, she asks readers to think in fresh ways about a morally complex issue. . . . The Girl You Left Behind
is strong, provocative, satisfying fiction.
—The Washington Post
"'In this moving paean to daring, determination and perspicacity, Moyes keeps the reader guessing down to the last hankie."—Los Angeles Times
"Good storytelling."—New York Daily News
"In her latest heart tugger, Jojo Moyes deftly weaves the story of newlyweds in WWI France with that of a young widow in today’s London."—Parade
"Lovely and wry, Moyes’s newest is captivating and bittersweet."—Publishers Weekly
"Moyes (Me Before You
) has created a riveting depiction of a wartime occupation that has mostly faded from memory. Liv and Sophie are so real in their faults, passion, and bravery that the reader is swept along right to the end. This one is hard to put down!"—Library Journal
"Moyes (Me Before You
, 2012) writes with such clarity that one can almost see the eponymous 100-year-old painting at the center of her wonderful new novel. . . . an uncommonly good love story."