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Foreign Fruit

3.52  ·  Rating Details ·  4,236 Ratings  ·  464 Reviews
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 stirring up strong feelings again.
Paperback, 483 pages
Published January 1st 2004 by Coronet (first published January 1st 2003)
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Mar 18, 2012 Wendie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Dec 27, 2012 Lainy rated it liked it
Time Taken To Read - 5 days

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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
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
Elizabeth Moffat
Feb 27, 2014 Elizabeth Moffat rated it really liked it
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
Green Gables
Mar 19, 2014 Green Gables rated it really liked it

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
Apr 15, 2014 Jill rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Aug 31, 2016 Sharen rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I like this author, although I found one of the main characters, Daisy, annoying. She is always crying or about to cry or feeling like crying or drinking too much or coping with a hangover. She has given birth to her first child, a sweet baby girl, discovers babies need looking after and her boyfriend has trouble adjusting to this. And...? Perhaps Daisy is truly in the throes of post-natal depression, in which case one ought not to make light of her situation, but she seems totally self-absorbed ...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.
Susan Brown
Jul 24, 2014 Susan Brown rated it it was ok  ·  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
Jul 09, 2015 YuliaPavlova rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2015
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)))
Sep 01, 2014 Jodi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Dec 15, 2014 Ann rated it liked it
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
Nov 21, 2015 Dana rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5. The plot was good but the characters weren't as well developed as her other books. But still really enjoyed it!
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.


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
Feb 18, 2015 Dona rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Mar 30, 2015 Angie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
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
Jul 26, 2015 Ariella rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Jun 01, 2015 Angie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jun 18, 2015 Ameena rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Jul 23, 2016 Elizabethbeth rated it really liked it
Нам рассказываются истории жителей (очередного) маленького городка. За пятьдесят лет мало что изменилось, но тайны все копятся и копятся.

Жила-была во время войны девочка Шарлотта. Папа ее бросил, мама ее бросила, а незнакомые люди из маленького курортного городка взяли и приютили маленькую девочку. Стала Лотти жить счастливо, но о своем происхождении не забывала. Была у той семьи дочка, Селия, ровесница Лотти, стали они лучшими подружками. Был в том городке загадочный дом, в котором жители посто
Aug 23, 2015 Debbie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Strangely, it took me a while to finish this book, I guess partly because I wanted to finish other books first. The book was enjoyable enough, didn't grab and hold me the way Jo-Jo's other books did - I wanted to hear more about Celia and Guy, Lottie was a force but I think I wanted things to be tied up neatly. With that being said I think this was her first novel so in that light it was a great book and I can attest that she improved tenfold so I'll give her 3 and a half stars.
I really enjoy the alternating time lines in Moyes' novels. This one is set in 50s and 2000s, with Lottie as the main character who ties the stories together. This is a novel of relationships--family, friends, romantic--that plays out against the backdrop of a fabulous art deco house in a British seaside town. It's home to bohemian artists in the 50s and will be an artist retreat again, restored to its original splendor, in the 21st century. Interesting but flawed characters in both time lines, ...more
Mar 09, 2016 Ann rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 Really a lovely, entertaining read - while I was reading it! Unfortunately I delayed in writing my review, and find that tho I have fond memories of the reading experience, I can't remember all that much about it. Jo Jo Moyes, the author, is quite 'up there' on my favorite author's list after "Me Before You". Think it's not totally an issue of my memory as "Me Before You" is still vivid for me.
This story takes place in an English village, delightfully written, and at the time quite enthralli
Ashley Brown
This book had a few things that I was kinda confused about, like switching to a different time era with out really telling us that's what was going on, and going on to what seemed like a whole new story, I had really taken a liking to the first story but as I kept on reading it did all tie in and I was brought back in by the sweet stories of independence and finding your self when times get hard
May 31, 2016 Maria rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016
My first Jojo Moyes and certianly not my last.

This book is divided in 2 parts with no transition whatsoever between them. The first part revolves around the 1950's on a costal litle town that thrives on the arrival of hollydaymakers during thr summer. It tells the story of Lottie, a girl who was evacuated from London during the War and was kind of adopted by the Holden family. It describes the events of one summer that will changes their lives forever.
It is also the story of Arcadia House, an a
I do love Jojo Moyes. She writes a light, airy novel that doesn't assume you are light and airy between the ears. I thought this one was quite a bit too long, and I actually found some of the historical parts a little hard to follow - I'm not sure exactly what she was trying to get at with her long winded descriptions of their bohemian lifestyles, and there were too many minor characters in that section to really keep track of who was who. All in all, though, I did like the book, and I do think ...more
Colleen Turner
Sep 27, 2016 Colleen Turner rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I've read a couple novels by Jojo Moyes (The Girl You Left Behind and Me Before You) and really enjoy her ability to whisk me away to either the past or the present with humor and heart, all while making me care for her characters and the ups and downs they experience. With Windfallen, I felt like I got the best of both worlds: a look into the past as Lottie Swift tackles the obstacles before her shortly after WWII as well as a present
Mary McManigle
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Maria Göttlicher
Det er ikke en af hendes topbøger. Men den fanger mig og det er en sød historie
dog en anelse langtrukken nogle steder
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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.

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