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One Plus One

1jojo3We’ve all heard the expression, things happen for a reason. But it is really true?
I think books, movies, TV shows, people, songs, everything finds it’s way to you when you need it or you find them.
This book, One Plus One by Jojo Moyes was just what I needed right now. For me it held a gentle reminder that sometimes even when everything and I mean everything is going wrong, things can still go right.

I basically inhaled the pages of my ARC of One Plus One by Jojo Moyes (Pamela Dorman Books/Viking/Penguin), which will hit bookstores July 1, 2014.

I’m going to be completely honest, I had never even read or I don’t think even heard of this bestselling author’s works.
Now I’ve read Ship Of Brides, The Girl You Left Behind, Me Before You, Honeymoon In Paris, and am working on more. That’s how amazing One Plus One is.

I turned the las1one1t page almost with confusion. Where was the rest? It was so lovely. I wanted more and weird as this may sound, no new pages magically appeared. That’s when I went in search of some of her previous works.

I was delighted that Jojo Moyes is able to bring the characters to life so swiftly and successfully. I knew them, more than that, I wanted to know them (except The Fishers, I did not want to know them). The characters are so imperfect that they’re so perfect.
I was there, in England then Scotland, caught up in the trials and tribulations of Ed, Jess, Tanzie, Nicky, and of course, Norman. It was like EastEnders take a road trip.
I laughed, I wanted to yell out ‘no!’ at times; other times was cheering for them, but there was also: head shaking, facepalms, terror, smiles, and laughter…


1jojo11The message about the growing gap between the rich and poor, inequality and the issues it’s causing are well-written and enhanced the story, never overshadowing the relationships between the characters and what they were going through.  Moyes also makes a case that there are fewer differences between those who have and those who have not than you would think. The rich aren’t that different than the poor, they just have better stuff…much better stuff..and safety…security…health…and hope…

You can find Jojo on the web at:
Or on Twitter @jojomoyes

This is a book that is comfy chair worthy, with tea, or wine, a sandwich, or maybe ice cream…all the while thinking, why is the world bothering me when I’m trying to read this?
I was going to read this slowly, but I couldn’t.
I just couldn’t. Can you?


Peanut Butter and Banana Sandwich

You can go for your standard peanut butter (substitute almond or cashew or something else if you can’t have peanuts or don’t like peanuts).
Two slices of bread (white, whole grains, gluten-free, up to you), peanut butter and banana. I can not express enough how amazing this is.
Or you can substitute bacon for banana, or go wild and just add it! Or honey…or jam…or nutella…or roasted red peppers…have fun!
You can turn this into a grilled sandwich by spreading a little butter (or non-dairy choice) on the outside of the bread and grilling it.
Or as an added bonus, use banana bread instead of bread.
Or no bread, just peanut butter and bananas. Of course, then you may be forced to add chocolate…


There are seemingly endless sandwich options.
Grilled cheese? When my son was very young he used to call them Gorilla Cheese Sandwiches and every time I served him one I had to say the line, No gorillas were harmed in the making of this sandwich – I got a giggle from my son every time. I think there’s a Gorilla Cheese food truck in NYC now.
What else? Egg salad? Fried or scrambled or boiled egg? Tuna?
Watercress? Spinach? Fried zucchini? Cucumber? Tomato?
The sky’s the limit and you’ll understand the sandwich ideas as soon as you read the book.


Please, please tell me some of these books are being made into movies, please!



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