Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Foreign Fruit” as Want to Read:
Foreign Fruit
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

Foreign Fruit

by
3.45 of 5 stars 3.45  ·  rating details  ·  2,008 ratings  ·  258 reviews
*Note: published in the United States as "Windfallen"

When a group of bohemians takes over Arcadia, a house on the seafront, Lottie Swift and Celia are as drawn to its temptations as Merham's citizens are appalled by them. They set a chain of events that have longstanding and tragic consequences. Now, fifty years on, Arcadia is returning to life, and its inhabitants stirrin
...more
Paperback, 483 pages
Published January 1st 2004 by Coronet (first published January 1st 2003)
more details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.
This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Add this book to your favorite list »

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30 of 3,000)
filter  |  sort: default (?)  |  rating details
Carol
Beginning started out kind of odd actually and slow taking me 100 pages to become interested in the main characters, Lottie & Celia and their lives in the 1940's; and then when I was totally immersed, Part Two abruptly switches to present day with a whole new set of characters. I wanted more of Guy and Joe, Celia's crazy family and all the interesting character's at the deco house in Part One! Author does eventually tie it all together in the end, but reader is left with some unanswered ques ...more
Jill
Having discovered that I loved the writing of Jojo Moyes, I’ve set about to read through her backlist. Windfallen is her second novel, and was originally published in the UK as Foreign Fruit, which, to my thinking, is a much more appropriate title.

The novel begins in the 1950’s in the conservative seaside town of Merham a couple of hours from London. The community is appalled when a previously empty 1930’s art deco house known as Arcadia is taken over by a group of bohemians with ambigious domes
...more
Elizabeth Moffat
Regular visitors to my blog will probably know that I'm a big fan of Jojo Moyes ever since she came to my awareness with books like Me Before You and The Girl You Left Behind, but recently I have decided to read her back catalogue of work, this book being the first. Foreign Fruit was first published in 2003 and is set in two time periods, contemporary and the 1950's but inter-links seamlessly to form a fascinating and compelling story. We start off in the 1950's, in the sleepy seaside town of Me ...more
Angie
An early JoJo Moyes book, the second one she published I believe. It's also known as Foreign Fruit, which it was published under in the UK.

As it's an early writing, you can definitely sense a different tone with this one. Reminds me a lot of her first book, Sheltering Rain, in how it's written and the overall feel. They both put me in the mindset of Pilcher books. I love her books, so for me that was a good thing. :)

If you want me to compare, I'll admit it's not as good as her later stuff, but
...more
Amanda Weaver
It's official, Jojo Moyes is my very favorite author. I'm making myself wait to start a new book by her just so I can put off the day when I'll have no more Jojo Moyes books to read.

This book follows a pattern she's employed before, starting with a story taking place decades ago and then, when that storyline has reached it's crisis point, skipping forward to present day and new characters. But of course, the present and the past always collide and present day events end up resolving the things t
...more
Angie
The cover? Why? Needs a new one.

The book. LOVED it. Told in two parts. Present and after the war. The present intersects with the "past" in a tale that I found absolutely gripping in a way that's totally unique to Jojo Moyes. LOVE her.
Wendie
I thoroughly enjoyed this book, though was confused at the beginning of Part II (until I read the jacket, again :-)). I haven't quite figured out the ending, so I am actually planning to send the author an email to see if she'll respond.....

I liked the fact that the author didn't spell everything out explicitly; she felt the reader was clever enough to work some things out on her/his own. I'm a big fan, in general, of intertwined stories, and Jojo Moyes did this very well, with great description
...more
YuliaPavlova
Чудесная! Финал растягивала несколько дней))
Для меня это книга о том, что можно всю жизнь мечтать о любви, а через 50 лет узнать, что любовь всегда была рядом)))
Ann
This story starts slowly, but builds nicely into an interwoven tale of two women and one house in a seaside village. The first woman is Lottie, evacuated from London during the war and finds a home with a family in the village of Merham. She appreciates her life there and offers an interesting perspective on the Holden family which she is able to view from a slight distance. Later, we meet Daisy, in the midst of a crisis after having been deserted by Daniel, the father of her baby. What ties the ...more
Lisa Hall
I typically like her books, but I found this one troubling on two fronts. On one hand, several of the paralel plots were predictable. On the other, it was frustratingly not very specific in explaining what happened to the original cast. Would not read again.

SPOILER * * *

On thinking on it more, several plot holes really bother me.

(1) Why did Lottie not tell Guy that Camille was his? Seems like he would have loved knowing he had family. Is Lottie just planning on continuing to lie to Camille?

(2) W
...more
Jodi
Hard to find this on Goodreads. 'Windfallen' is aka 'Foreign Fruits'. Not sure if the versions are different, but I read Windfallen.

I had a hard time with the first 50 pages or so of this one. I was confused, bored... I'm not sure when, but maybe Chapter 3 or 4, I was hooked! Then came part 2 and the story switched to modern day:(. While parts of the past still weaved into the story, I wished so bad the whole book would have been about the drama of Part 1's characters. Love the Bohemians! Very
...more
Susan Brown
Jul 24, 2014 Susan Brown rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Nobody
Recommended to Susan by: Susan Bowshall
This is Jojo Moyes' second book and I have to say that it is quite obvious she became much more skilled as a writer with subsequent works. This was a most peculiar book. Very hard to tell in which time frame the author was presenting each scenario (the story jumps back in time). There are so many characters it is difficult to work out the connections between them, not helped by editorial errors in which names are mixed up. Also there are characters whose presence is never explained and I often w ...more
Green Gables
(Windfallen)

I enjoyed this book but would have enjoyed it more if it did not have so many loose ends (in my opinion).

1. I thought the lack of follow up with Celia left a big hole in the story. I would have liked to have known about her life post marriage and especially what her thoughts were when she needed the end of her life (and we don't even find out how she died). Plus, it would have been fascinating to know what she wrote to Lottie in those unsent letters. I thought the epilogue was rather
...more
Lainy
Time Taken To Read - 5 days

Blurb From Amazon

When a group of bohemians take over an Art Deco house in the 1950s seaside town of Merham, Lottie Swift and Celia Holden are as drawn to its temptations as the rest of the town is appalled. They set in place a chain of events which will have longstanding and tragic consequences for all.

My Review

The book starts off with Lottie Swift and Celia Holden, set in a small town in the 1950s. Lottie lives with Celia's family and is treated as Celia's sister alt
...more
Marran
I found it very difficult to get into at first but it got a lot better... but the very slow beginning makes it impossible to give it a higher rating

I've always been a sucker for dual time romances

I'm a bit confused by the epilogue though.... I don't like that *s*
Dona
I would have given this four stars if the beginning of the book had grabbed my interest more than it did. About 1/3 of the way through I started getting involved with the characters and enjoyed the book. This book was, I believe, one of Ms. Moyes earliest works and she has honed her craft substantially since that time. You could see glints of her writing in this but it fell a little short to me. Also, the epilogue – what the heck? Can anyone explain that to me? I know it was a letter from someon ...more
Kate
3.5 stars. I really liked a lot of this book. But, like a lot of Jojo Moyes books with dual narratives, I was much more invested in the modern part of the story, and wished we could have just gotten to that. I really liked Daisy and Jones and Camille and Hal and I thought there was a lot of interesting story being told. As for the past, I liked how much I didn't like Lottie. And the writing is just so damn engaging.

But. (view spoiler)
...more
Kimberley PunkinCat
This book was okay, but not the best. I think the author's best works are her later ones (The Last Letter From Your Lover, Me Before You, The Girl You Left Behind, One Plus One). This book seemed long winded in some parts, and too hurried in others--a lot of details were glossed over or not supplied. The ending left a lot to be desired, as well. I will not give away any spoilers, but I did not feel like all the pieces were wrapped up at end.
Heather
Terrible title, terrible cover, that seriously undersell the book. Is it her best? No. But this makes it look like total bullshit shlockfest crap and it is not. Either that or my taste in literature has drastically lowered and I no longer have standards, which is possible?

Story about Lottie Swift, WWII era girl evacuated to stay with a family in the seaside English town of Merham, who then gets caught up with a cast of renegade characters who flout hardcore '50s society rules living in the fancy
...more
Cheryl Petersen
Rating 3.5 stars. I love Jojo Moyes books - I started with Me Before You then Last Letter to Your Lover and One plus One and now have gone back to the beginning. Though I think that her writing has definitely gotten better since this, her second novel, the things I love most about her books are there: her great characters that are flawed in one way or another like all of us, her way of wrapping a story around all that is going on - and in this case crossing time periods... and those indescribabl ...more
Michelle
Love this author - very similar in style and content to Kate Morton, who is my favourite at the moment. Lottie is an evacuee ward who moves in with a well-off but dysfunctional family in a British seaside town. While technically best friends with the daughter of her age - Celia - they are opposites and end up falling for the same man, who Lottie sleeps with and becomes pregnant to. The second part of the story occurs 40 years later when the art house Arcadia is redeveloped as a trendy bar and ho ...more
Ameena
I had a tough time getting into this book...I even contemplated throwing in the towel around page 100. I kept plodding through though, and the plot finally took a turn for the better.

The main issue is that the main characters are, for the most part, not very likeable. Lottie's mood swings are trying, Adeline's quirkiness is not endearing, and there are so many random characters that don't bring anything to the plot except confusion.

Ultimately this book was just okay for me. I didn't like the beg
...more
Julie
I discovered Jojo Moyes about a year ago through her later books, Me Before You, Last Letter From Your Lover, One Plus One, and The Girl You Left Behind. These have all received the full five stars and are brilliant!

I felt I had to dig deep to find earlier works by this author in case I had missed another masterpiece.

Foreign Fruit was much better than I expected it to be from reading other reviews. I loved the two era stories and how they were linked by the characters involved. I did find the en
...more
Jo Barton
The story is set in a fictitious seaside town in the 1950s when small town prejudices dominated local opinion. When a group of bohemians take over one of the imposing Art Deco houses on the seafront, the citizens are appalled by their questionable moral standards.

Lottie Swift was taken into the Holden family as an East London evacuee during the war, Lottie is steady and reliable, unlike the Holden's daughter,Celia , who is hoydenish and impatient for her life to start.

What the follows is the sto
...more
JayeL
I enjoyed the characters in this book. I found similarities in the rhythm of the story to The Girl You Left Behind and The Last Letter From Your Lover. I really enjoy the characters in JoJo Moyes' stories. They are rich (not with money) and well developed. Most of them also seem like normal people, not all rich and successful, not all destitute either.

The story felt complete as well. I liked the ending. It didn't seem chopped off (as though the publisher had said to 'finish already!'.

Michelle
...more
Vicki
Fantastic - read on my honeymoon so will always remember it!
Barbara Schultz
Interesting that this book is published in the US under the title Windfallen. Not sure why it was changed from Foreign Fruit.

I love JoJo Moyes. I thought this might be like "The Girl you Left Behind" because of the two parts..... I loved that book as well as "Me Before You". I love her writing but these characters were a mess and I got to the point I really did not care what happened to any of them. I did finish and kind of liked the ending.

JoJo Moyes is a great writer and high on my list of
...more
Bev Taylor
a group of bohemians descend on a very quiet seaside town and the inhabitants r shocked by their decadent way of living on a beautiful house on the cliff

lottie and celia - the former an 'adopted' sister develop a friendship with them which they hide from their parents

h/e it has far reaching results.

move on 50 years and they r back .....

wonderful characterisation - u feel that u r in the book

only 2 questions

did guy realise the child was his?

what happened to freddie

bev
Ariella
This was a disappointment. I've read and really liked other Moyes novels which I feel were written with substance however this book was so shallow and left me feeling flat. It fell short in so many ways from the technique employed- the "past" story and the "present " story based around an unusual house in a conservative seaside English town. The house itself is supposed to be a character in the novel, and was built in the 1920's, however the two parts to the story take place in the 1950's and th ...more
(ツ) Hache
Im glad that I read some reviews first that sort of spoiled it for me but it helped me not to get too attached to part 1 of the story. I think I preferred Daisys part 2 story rather than Lotties.

There were some faults in this that made me downgrade my rating.

(view spoiler)
...more
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 99 100 next »
topics  posts  views  last activity   
Young Adult Conte...: Windfallen by Jojo Moyes - Starting August 21, 2014 28 29 Aug 29, 2014 10:34AM  
  • The Splendour Falls
  • Not Without You
  • The Book Lovers' Appreciation Society
  • L'instant présent
  • Two For Joy
  • Step Back In Time
  • Mission Canyon (Evan Delaney, #2)
  • The Prisoner of Brenda
  • The Mermaid Garden
  • He's Got to Go
  • The Midnight Rose
  • A Half Forgotten Song
  • Scandal on Rincon Hill (Sarah Woolson, #4)
  • Savage Heat
  • Rare Birds
  • The Highlander's Desire (Highlander Brothers, #2)
  • Before I Met You
  • Whisper Of Jasmine
281810
Jojo Moyes is a British novelist.

Moyes studied at Royal Holloway, University of London. She won a bursary financed by The Independent newspaper to study journalism at City University and subsequently worked for The Independent for 10 years. In 2001 she became a full time novelist.

Moyes' novel Foreign Fruit won the Romantic Novelists' Association (RNA) Romantic Novel of the Year in 2004.

She is mar
...more
More about Jojo Moyes...
Me Before You One Plus One The Girl You Left Behind The Last Letter from Your Lover The Ship of Brides

Share This Book

No trivia or quizzes yet. Add some now »

“Sometimes she woke up speaking his name.

Sometimes she wondered how it were possible to be so far from the sea and still feel as if she were drowning.”
2 likes
“I simply believe that sometimes the fates have a future for us that we cannot imagine. And to enable them we just have to keep believing that good things will happen.” 1 likes
More quotes…