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The Peacock Emporium

3.43 of 5 stars 3.43  ·  rating details  ·  1,026 ratings  ·  120 reviews
In the Sixties, Athene Forster is the most glamorous girl of her generation. Nicknamed the Last Deb, she is also beautiful, spoilt and out of control. When she agrees to marry dashing young heir Douglas Fairley-Hulme her parents breathe a sigh of relief. But within two years, rumours have begun to circulate about Athene's affair with a young salesman. Thirty five years on, ...more
Paperback, 454 pages
Published February 28th 2005 by Hodder and Stoughton (first published January 1st 2004)
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I did enjoy this eventually; it took for me an exceptionally long time to read, over a week. I found it very slow and it took me ages to feel involved enough in the story to want to read much more than a chapter at a time. The first few chapters are important as they introduce the reader to the history of the heroine’s family background. At the time this may seem irrelevant but persevere and read beyond this and it will all click into place.
The protagonist is Suzanna Peacock who with her husband
The Peacock Emporium tells of a woman in her 30s, with a troubled marriage, who returns to live in the small town of her origin. She and her husband are trying to come to terms with what they really want in life. And the decision to return home and live near Suzanna's family isnt an answer that gives her much confidence. Opening a small-town coffee and gift shop, The Peacock Emporium, is an attempt by Suzanna to make something she will be proud of.

Suzanna Peacock's life is also shadowed by a mot
Elizabeth Moffat
After finding a new favourite author in the form of Jojo Moyes, I’m now on a mission to read everything she ever wrote and today’s review is on The Peacock Emporium, published in 2004. Similar to the previous book I read – Foreign Fruit, the story is set in two time frames, the first is in the 1960′s and deals mainly with the fortunes of the aristocratic Fairley-Hulmes family, when the young heir Douglas falls madly in love with a woman he meets at one of their famed parties. Always one to stand ...more
Amy Eddison
This book is an excellent description of how we are all affected by our upbringing. Suzanne has never felt she belonged with her family having always known that her Fathers love for the Mother who died when giving birth to her has made him resent her. His second wife who raised her and her brother and sister is her real Mother, but still she cannot understand how anyone can love her. Everything changes when she decides to make a go at doing something for herself- without the help of anyone in he ...more
Carinya Kappler
This author has an interesting knack of telling a convincing comprehensible story which skips to and fro between various time frames in the lives of the characters. As each chapter commences the reader is initially mystified about who is the subject and which era the events are taking place. However as the tale evolves, the mystery solves itself and the jigsaw of the lives of the characters takes shape.
The book is not unusual in its plot involving a multitude of human emotions and scarred relati
I was not sure what I was getting into when I started this book. By the end I was enchanted by the story.
In the Swinging Sixties, the glamorous spoilt socialite Athene appears to have it all, but she has a big fall from grace and disappears, leaving an infant daughter Suzanna. The daughter has fraught, complicated relationships with her remaining family, which has led to bad feelings and social distance between them. Suzanna eventually finds a kind of liberation in the shop that she opens in he
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I'm so relieved that I've finished this!
Of all the books I have read, I have never hated a character as much as I hated Suzanna

I feel like I should get a medal for making it through this. Any other author and I would have given up easily after the first couple chapters. I'm not an easy reader, I'm not one of those people that can finish a book in a day so its really a miracle that I slugged through this and finished it.

I would not recommend this to anyone who loves romances

My thoughts while re
Julie (73)
In the Sixties, Athene Forster is the most glamorous girl of her generation., she is also beautiful, spoilt and out of control. When she agrees to marry dashing young heir Douglas Fairley-Hulme her parents breathe a sigh of relief. But within two years rumours have begun to circulate about Athene's affair with a young salesman. Thirty five years on, Suzanna Peacock is struggling with her glamorous mother's legacy. The only place she finds comfort is in her shop, The Peacock Emporium, a coffee sh ...more
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In the Sixties, Athene Forster is the most glamorous girl of her generation. Nicknamed the Last Deb, she is also beautiful, spoilt and out of control. When she agrees to marry dashing young heir Douglas Fairley-Hulme her parents breathe a sigh of relief. But within two years rumours have begun to circulate about Athene's affair with a young salesman. Thirty five years on, Suzanna Peacock is struggling with her glamorous mother's legacy. At odds wi
Nicole Jeffries
I'm sorry but after reading "The Last Letter from Your Lover," by Jojo Moyes I had high hopes for this book. I'm afraid I was disappointed.

I absolutely could not stand the main character. I found her annoying and depressing. Through out the entire book all you want to do is meet this main character just so you can tell her to grow up and stop complaining. Every time I would finish a chapter I felt like my life was just as crappy's as the main character. While Jojo Moyes does a great job in gett
Susan Brown
May 22, 2013 Susan Brown rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
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Another amazing story from Jojo Moyes. Ms Moyes injects life into her characters in a way that no other author manages. Suzzana, a flawed and unhappy young woman, is haunted and moulded by her past despite the fact that she knows little about it. In searching for a way to live an authentic and happy life she opens her shop and stubbornly styles it following her heart. The shop becomes the catalyst for a new life and a new confidence for Suzzana. Be prepared to squirm a little as you see facets o ...more
After reading the last one I was hesitant to pick up another. But this was a nice book. Not spectacular, like Me Before You, but just a nice read. I would recommend it to anyone who likes romances.
I stumbled across Jojo Moyes by accident. Her books aren't the usual sort that I tend to read but I got hooked after reading Last Letter. This is the fourth of her books I've read.

Whilst on the whole I enjoyed the Peacock Emporium it is the first of her books that has left me a little deflated and somewhat confused. As with many of her books the story moves between the past and present to reveal more about the characters, their relationships and their lives. I enjoyed the way Moyes revealed the
I've gone back and forth on how much I like this book. It is an interesting story but you need a lot of patience to get to the thick of it. The first quarter of the book jumps around time frame wise and it's not until near the end that how things wound up how they did is explained. I liked most of the characters except honestly the main one, Suzannah, who was really difficult. Moyes it seems planned it that way and perhaps thought the reader would have some sort of epiphany about this character ...more
Marion Dodson
This book was so boring. I just couldn't finish. I didn't like the characters nor did I care what happened. Very disappointing since I have loved all of her other books.
Zoe Palman
Although this was not my favourite JoJo Moyes book I found the story literally quite spellbinding to the point I actually went out and purchased my own little "emporium". I've read loads of books where I've thought "if only" or "I'd love to do that in real life" but this one truly inspired me. Whether I enjoyed the actual plot and characters is hard to say because I just fell in love with the peacock emporium itself almost as if that was a character in its own right. I think this book found me a ...more
Lisa Christen
You know, this is a very good book. And I would have given it a five out of five stars, but the beginning confused me so much that I nearly gave up on it. It took me about a third of the book to start understanding what was up and figuring out the characters and all. Would I recommend it? Yes. But I would just want you to know that it was a bit trying to get through the initial first third. Moyes, is a very good author and that is why I stuck with it.

This story takes place in the 1960s and then
The book opens in 2001 with a midwife in Buenos Aires involved in a delivery which leaves a bittersweet taste. The next chapter takes us back almost forty years, when Vivi is going to a dance with her friend Douglas. That story continues for a few chapters, as we get to know Douglas and his family rather better... then suddenly we're back to 2001, and a young woman called Suzanna Peacock who is feeling frustrated in life in general, and plans to open a shop - the Peacock Emporium of the book's t ...more
Joan Campbell
I have thoroughly enjoyed every one of Jojo Moyes' books, even though each of them has had such a different setting and theme. Suzanna, the central character of "The Peacock Emporium", might just be one of the most complex characters I've ever encountered in a book - she was absolutely fascinating, and watching her grow and change in the course of the book kept me completely entranced. I loved the book and am glad I've got a couple more Moyes books to look forward to.
The Peacock Emporium is the story of Suzanna Peacock, a young woman whose troubled mother passed away at childbirth. Suzanna, who has always been hunted by this fact, moves from London to her small hometown with her husband, Neil. To occupy herself, she opens a shop called The Peacock Emporium, selling all kinds of second-hand things that catch her interest. But the book does not deal only with Suzanna's story – there are a few other interesting characters, like Suzanna's glamourous and rebellio ...more
Green Gables
3 star rating/definitely not as good as some of her others.

My lingering questions:
1. Didn't she suspect (and the reader was given many, many small clues) that she was pregnant when she was with Neil?
2. What made Alejandro randomly change his mind about pursuing a married woman. Seemed like one second he was saying no then suddenly begging for her hand
3. What happened to Neil?
4. Does she have a half-sibling somewhere?
Kim Martin-whyte
I do love this author's style of writing. The characters have depth. I enjoy the way it swings back and forth between past and present. Moyes writes a love story without it being sickly and predictable. There are a few threads in this book and I felt the domestic violence aspect was dealt with particularly well. I was sad to come to the end of this one, the second of Moyes books that I've really enjoyed. Thankfully there are plenty more to savour!
I stayed up until midnight to finish this. I enjoy Jojo's take on real people, the way they behave and community spirit. I enjoyed the dialogue of the characters and involvement of other people in the town. She did a really good job with so many characters. A number of themes are touched on in this book too, which almost gives this book a bit of a 'whats gonna happen?' feel.
I really enjoyed this book to begin with, as the different plotlines and generations interweaved. However, I felt it went on far too long, and should have ended about 100 pages sooner. My favourite character and plotline was Vivi and her dramas with Rosemary - Vivi is much more likeable than Suzanne, who comes across as selfish and childish.
The Book Posh
I AM FINALLY FINISHED!! I am still confused as to why it took so long to get to the climax of this story. Every character was interesting with a fantastic background, but I don't feel like the characters and their stories intertwined seamlessly. Maybe Jojo did not intend for the latter. I don't know...I was not impressed with the total package of this book. I loved Jessie's story and Jojo should have focused on that. It took me a painfully long time to finish this book because it was not interes ...more
Louise Brummer
I did enjoy this book, reminded me of family and friends who have children that need extra love and support, we need to communicate and share more and not get all "huffy and puffy" when conversations become personal but look further and try to understand and just accept and love each other!!! xxx oh and to remember we are not alone in our troubles!
I could not finish this book after reading about half of it. I have really enjoyed some of Moyes' other books (The Girl You Left Behind, Me before You, Night Music), so this was a real disappointment. There were many characters to follow in this book and many chapters started with long (and boring) introductions of who this person was and how they fit in. Who is related to whom gets a bit confusing to figure out. The highlight of the book seems to be that the protagonist, Suzanna, opens a store ...more
Deb Myers
Having discovered JoJo Moyes my aim was to read her previously printed books and this is the last. I love the structure of her novels and how the time frames have two periods. Whilst not her best, it was one of her earlier novels, it was a good read which I thoroughly enjoyed.
Just like "Foreign Fruit", the other Moyes book I've read, this book is divided into 2 time settings. The first one is the 1960's, where rich young Douglas falls for the It-Girl of his time (behaving a bit like Miley Cyrus doing today): Athena.
About 30 years on we meet her daughter, but hear nothing more about what happened with her mother. I found this very unsatisfying, and it took me some time to really get interested in the story about Suzanna and her little shop. Besides, nothing really ha
Having been a big fan of Me Before You and really enjoying Last Letter from Your Lover and The Girl You Left Behind, I was eager to seek of more book by Jojo Moyes and found one of her earlier works Peacock Emporium. Sadly, this does not come close to being as good at the others. There are flashes of what she's capable of, but it gets lost along the way. The primary problem for me is that the main character Suzanna has got to be one of the most unsympathetic people in the whole story. She is sel ...more
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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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