Today's review is for
One Plus One
This was under the category: First book you see in the bookstore
This is the story of a family in crisis. The main character, Jess's husband left her, her step-son has been abandoned by both his father and his mother and left in Jess' care and he is constantly getting beat up by the neighborhood bullies because of the way he dresses; her 10 year old daughter is a math prodigy who doesn't fit in anywhere. Jess cleans houses and works at a bar just to get by, and she is barely doing that.
Then a chance for her daughter to go to a prestigious school comes along, and Jess wants to make it possible for her daughter to attend. Her daughter gets a chance to go to a math Olympiad where she can win $5000 which would pay for her daughter's tuition. Only problem is - the Olympiad is in Scotland and they don't have anyway to get there. Along comes Ed who owes Jess a favor. Ed, a wealthy businessman needs to escape his own problems, so he agrees to drive Jess, her two kids, and their dog to the Olympiad. What happens on the trip changes all of their lives.
This was a great book. I love Jojo Moyes - she is a great writer. The story was well written and very sweet. She developed the characters well. It is a thick book, but the story was so good, that it only took me a few days to read it.
Grab this book. Even though it has a lot of pages, it is an easy and enjoyable read.