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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading October?

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? a place to meet up and share what you have been, and are about to be reading over the week. It’s a great post to organise yourself. It’s an opportunity to visit and comment and er… add to your groaning TBR pile! So welcome in everyone. This meme started on J Kaye’s blog and then was hosted by Sheila from Book Journey. Sheila then passed it on to Kathryn here at The Book Date.
Jen Vincent, Teach Mentor Texts, and Kellee of Unleashing Readers decided to give It’s Monday! a kidlit focus. If you read and review books in children’s literature – picture books, chapter books, middle grade novels, young adult novels or anything in those genres – join them.

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Well another pretty normal week. Last weekend we moved to daylight saving so that meant an hour earlier for us to rise and shine! Four of my sisters went off for a week on the Gold Coast of Australia on Friday so they are coping with a three hour time difference. Guess who is going for early morning walks on the beach!

What I read last week:

Keep Her Safe was all I had hoped for from this author, fast paced, a mystery to solve, and characters I loved. I am now a total K. A. Tucker addict reader.  I got this from the library but her new books go to auto-buy.
I finally finished listening to The House of Tradd St. Really enjoyed it and am looking forward to listening to the rest of the series.
Just One Wish is a review book that will have a review on its way.

What I am reading now:

For listening I chose The Giver of Stars. Evidently there is some bit of controversy over this book and its similarity to The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek. So I’ll read that soon and then make my own mind up.

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I am about to begin reading this one of my TBR shelf

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Up next:

A review book

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Last Week’s Posts

Looking back at September Reading

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Review

One Plus One. Jojo Moyes

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One Plus One
Jojo Moyes
Published: Penguin
Date: February 2014
Format: Audiobook
Length: 13 hrs 5 min
Narrators: Elizabeth Bower, Ben Elliot, Nicola                           Stanton, Steven France.
Genre: Women’s Fiction
Source: Own audiobook
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One single mum. With two jobs and two children, Jess Thomas does her best day after day. But it’s hard on your own. And sometimes you take risks you shouldn’t. Because you have to….

One chaotic family. Jess’ gifted, quirky daughter Tanzie is brilliant with numbers, but without a helping hand she’ll never get the chance to shine. And Nicky, Jess’ teenage stepson, can’t fight the bullies alone. Sometimes Jess feels like they’re sinking….

One handsome stranger. Into their lives comes Ed Nicholls, a man whose life is in chaos, and who is running from a deeply uncertain future. But he has time on his hands. He knows what it’s like to be lonely. And he wants to help….One single mum. With two jobs and two children, Jess Thomas does her best day after day. But it’s hard on your own. And sometimes you take risks you shouldn’t. Because you have to….

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This is my first book ever by Jojo Moyes and I believe it was a good introduction. I thoroughly enjoyed this audiobook.  I mainly listen to audiobooks while walking, this book had me talking out loud to the characters, smiling at the world and discreetly wiping away some tears.  
This is probably the first time I have listened to a book with four narrators, the book tells the story from the point of view of four characters- Jess, Nicky, Tanzie and Ed.  After a few moments of discomfort these narrators became the characters, and I am sure that they totally enhanced this book for me. I give them all top marks for bringing these characters alive in my imagination.
Jess is an amazing woman, she has a husband who has deserted any sense of responsibility and disappeared, she has little money but works hard to support her small mismatched family.  Money problems dog her much of the way, at one point she makes an error of judgement, however the way she handles that had me applauding her.  She is a great mother and Nicky and Tanzie are very fortunate to have her.
I also loved how the children Nicky and Tanzie were very much part of this story with their challenges of growing up and being their true selves.  Norman the dog completes the family, and does he come to the party when it really matters – you bet! Big and slobbery but well loved and included in the family.
Ed is almost against his will in the beginning sucked up into this family when he joins them to help them take a step to help Tanzie achieve a dream.  They take a car journey together across country which turns out to be no picnic but all the same things happen!  Loved the way Ed helped Nicky and Tanzie.
A heart warming emotional read, where honesty, family, personal growth and change  and small kindnesses stand out.  
5 stars