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Review: The One Plus One

Title: The One Plus One
Author
: Jojo Moyes
Publisher: Penguin
Release Date: February 27th 2014
Pages: 368
Genre(s): Fiction, Romance
Purchase: The Book Depository

Suppose your life sucks. A lot. Your husband has done a vanishing act, your teenage stepson is being bullied and your math whiz daughter has a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that you can’t afford to pay for. That’s Jess’s life in a nutshell—until an unexpected knight-in-shining-armor offers to rescue them. Only Jess’s knight turns out to be Geeky Ed, the obnoxious tech millionaire whose vacation home she happens to clean. But Ed has big problems of his own, and driving the dysfunctional family to the Math Olympiad feels like his first unselfish act in ages… maybe ever.

When I picked up The One Plus One I expected a quick and funny read. What I did not expect was that I would love the book so much. So far, it’s one of my favorite reads this year! Continue reading

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Review: We Begin Our Ascent

Title: We Begin Our Ascent
Author
: Joe Mungo Reed
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Release Date: June 19th 2018
Pages: 256
Genre(s): Fiction
Source: Netgalley
Purchase: The Book Depository

Sol and Liz are a couple on the cusp. He’s a professional cyclist in the Tour de France, a workhorse but not yet a star. She’s a geneticist on the brink of a major discovery, either that or a loss of funding. They’ve just welcomed their first child into the world, and their bright future lies just before them—if only they can reach out and grab it.

But as Liz’s research slows, as Sol starts doping, their dreams grow murkier and the risks graver. Over the whirlwind course of the Tour, they enter the orbit of an extraordinary cast of conmen and aspirants, who draw the young family ineluctably into the depths of an illegal drug smuggling operation. As Liz and Sol flounder to discern right from wrong, up from down, they are forced to decide: What is it we’re striving for? And what is it worth?

Netgalley provided me with a free copy in exchange for an honest review. As the daughter of an avid lover of cycling, I’ve grown up with bicycles and live broadcasts of professional cycling competitions like the Tour de France. In recent years I have really grown to love the sport on a deeper level. This is the main reason why I decided to pick up We Begin Our Ascent, the other being that I was really curious how the author would tackle the controversial topic of doping.  I can safely say that the book has exceeded my expectations as it provides a beautifully written, nuanced account of the world of professional cycling and everything that surrounds it.Continue reading