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JoJo Moyes Reveals Her New Book Called – The Giver Of Stars

The Giver Of StarsFan of the bestselling writer Jojo Moyes will be delighted to hear that the author of ‘Me Before You’ will be releasing a new book in 2019 called ‘The Giver Of Stars’.

What the back cover says –

‘Alice had come halfway across the world to find that, yet again, she was considered wanting. Well, she thought, if that was what everyone thought, she might as well live up to it.’

England, late 1930s, and Alice Wright – restless, stifled – makes an impulsive decision to marry wealthy American Bennett van Cleve and leave her home and family behind.

But stuffy, disapproving Baileyville, Kentucky, where her husband favours work over his wife, and is dominated by his overbearing father, is not the adventure – or the escape – that she hoped for.

That is, until she meets Margery O’Hare – daughter of a notorious felon and a troublesome woman the town wishes to forget.

Margery’s on a mission to spread the wonder of books and reading to the poor and lost – and she needs Alice’s help.

Trekking alone under big open skies, through wild mountain forests, Alice, Margery and their fellow sisters of the trail discover freedom, friendship – and a life to call their own.

But when Baileyville turns against them, will their belief in one another – and the power of the written word – be enough to save them?

Inspired by an amazing true story, ‘The Giver of Stars’ is about five incredible women who will prove to be every bit as beloved as Lou Clark, the unforgettable heroine of ‘Me Before You’.

You can pre-order ‘The Giver Of Stars’ from Amazon and will be available to buy from good bookshops from 3rd October 2019.

Jojo Moyes Reveals Sequel to Me Before You

After YouBestselling author, Jojo Moyes recently revealed that she has written a sequel to her hugely successfully book, ‘Me Before You’ called ‘After You’

When talking about ‘After You’ Jojo said –

“I hadn’t planned to write a sequel to ‘Me Before You’. But working on the movie script, and reading the sheer volume of tweets and emails every day asking what Lou did with her life, meant that the characters never left me. It has been such a pleasure revisiting Lou and her family, and the Traynors, and confronting them with a whole new set of issues. As ever, they have made me laugh, and cry. I hope readers feel the same way at meeting them again.”

That is not the only good news for Jojo Moyes, as the film adaptation of ‘Me Before You’ will be released in 2016 starring Emilia Clarke and Sam Claflin.

You can pre-order After You from Amazon and will be available to buy from good bookshops from 24th September 2015.

The One Plus One By Jojo Moyes

The One Plus One‘The One Plus One’ is the latest book by Jojo Moyes.

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’s gifted, quirky daughter Tanzie is brilliant with numbers, but without a helping hand she’ll never get the chance to shine. And Nicky, Jess’s 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 unexpected love story

I am not only embarrassed but I am also ashamed to admit that ‘The One Plus One’ is the first book that I have read by Jojo. Now, before you all shriek at me in disgust, let me explain that I have ‘Me Before You’ but my TBR has consumed it and I haven’t had a chance to read it with all the new releases and trying to keep up with books. But after finishing, ‘The One Plus One’ in a day, I now have to admit that I understand the hype with the author and will definitely be moving ‘Me Before You’ further up in my TBR pile.

But now back to ‘The One Plus One’. What can I say about this book that will make you all read it? How about I adored it? I loved it with the unique cast of characters that I felt a genuine concern and connection with and with one of the nicest illustrated covers that I have seen in a while, how could I not love it? The story is seen from the perspective of the four main characters of the book, Jess a struggling single parent with two children and two jobs, trying to balance family life and making sure that no-one goes without, she worries relentlessly about her eldest stepson Nicky. Nicky is the quiet loner of the story, not into football, he is perfect victim to the local bullies, who make his life hell, Nicky retreats into himself only interested in his computer games. Tanize is Jess young daughter, wise beyond her years, she is incredibly intelligent and is excited that going to a better school could be her escape from the local bullies but knows that with having no money, this will prove difficult and finally there is Ed Nicholls, a successful entrepreneur who after one stupid mistake in his life could potentially leave him with nothing. Together the four people plus a flatulent dog travel on a long car journey, hoping to fulfil one girl’s dream whilst facing up to their own problems and creating new relationships along the way.

The characters are fun, troubled and make for compelling reading. I loved them all equally, I loved Jess for her fiery attitude, her determination to make the best out of the little money they had and the fierce protection that she had over her family, even though Nicky isn’t her son, she treats him as her own and looks out for him, as only a mother can. Nicky, provides a softer element to the story, the outsider to the story, he observes the world around noticing things that others might not and that is what makes him particularly sensitive whereas Tanzie is bubbly and outgoing and constantly quizzing everything. Ed is the hero of the story and it is not only Jess who is attracted to him, with a brooding and generous heart, he gave Jess a reason to believe that everything could be ok.

This book has 528 pages and I read it in a day, I literally could not put it down, I loved it so much. Slightly reminiscent of one of my favourite films, ‘Little Miss Sunshine’ about a family travelling across America for a beauty pagement, this book was just as heartwarming. I actually feel no words can express just how good I found this book. It was the perfect book to curl up, to appreciate family no matter how big or small or how unorthodox it is. It’s not a simple story of boy meets girl, it’s a story about a boy who is about to give up who meets a struggling woman and relationship they embark on. Beautifully written with engaging characters, that will make you laugh and sigh with understanding, ‘The One Plus One’ is a humane, poignant story about people trying to find their paths in life. I absolutely loved it!

You can buy The One Plus One from Amazon and is available to buy from good bookshops.

Jojo Moyes Releases New Book – The One Plus One

The One Plus OneJojo Moyes is back in 2014 with her new book ‘The One Plus One’

The story of ‘The One Plus One’ is –

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’s gifted, quirky daughter Tanzie is brilliant with numbers, but without a helping hand she’ll never get the chance to shine. And Nicky, Jess’s 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 . . .

I must admit, I like the sound of this book and I particularly love the illustrated cover, even though it’s simple in its style, it is beautifully eye-catching.

You can pre-order The One Plus One from Amazon and will be available to buy from good bookshops from 27th February 2014.

The Coffee Shop Book Club – A Collection of Short Stories in aid of Breast Cancer Care

The Coffee Shop Book ClubI don’t usually write about short stories, as I always fear that I will give too much away but I decided to make an exception with ‘The Coffee Shop Book Club’, a selection of short stories brought together to support Breast Cancer Care in association with ‘Woman and Home’ and I wanted to raise awareness for this great cause.

I have just started to read the book and I’m delighted with the calibre of authors who have contributed to the collection.

The featured authors are –

Fanny Blake, Fern Britton, Elizabeth Buchan, Tracy Chevalier, Jenny Colgan, R J Ellory, Julia Gregson, Tessa Hadley, Maeve Haran, Veronica Henry, Victoria Hislop, Eowyn Ivey, Cathy Kelly, Erin Kelly, Deborah Lawrenson, Kathy Lette, Lesley Lokko, Jill Mansell, Val McDermid, Kate Mosse, Jojo Moyes, Adele Parks, Nicky Pellegrino, Ian Rankin, newcomer Cara Ross, Penny Vincenzi and Katherine Webb.

With an exquisite cover and nearly 30 stories, a mixture of love and crime there is something for everyone and with every copy that is sold £1 goes to Breast Cancer Care.

So, everyone get involved, buy a copy, enjoy a good book and help out a worthwhile cause!

You can buy The Coffee Shop Book Club from Amazon and is available to buy from good bookshops.