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From the acclaimed author of Sheltering Rain comes an intensely moving story of two women whose lives entwine through a lovely seaside house.

The tiny, well-ordered seaside village of Merham holds little to interest the adventurous -- except for Arcadia, the breathtaking art deco house perched above the shoreline. Attracted to this magical place, young Lottie Swift surrende
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Kindle Edition, 515 pages
Published July 30th 2013 by William Morrow & Company (first published 2003)
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Butylie I found this at Bookcrossing.com, by user Cinderess:

20/12/11 I asked the author, on Twitter, about the puzzling epilogue and this is her reply (SPOILE…more
I found this at Bookcrossing.com, by user Cinderess:

20/12/11 I asked the author, on Twitter, about the puzzling epilogue and this is her reply (SPOILER ALERT!!!!!!)

"Nervous breakdown due to lies. The lie being evidence of her mental instability anyway... hope that helps!" Jojo Moyes (less)

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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 question ...more
Jill
Apr 15, 2014 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
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Ariella
Apr 26, 2015 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
Pauline Reid
Jun 18, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
Book Review
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Title - Foreign Fruit
Book Details - Paperback - 424 Pages
Author - Jojo Moyes
Era - 1950s (sea town) - England
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I actually picked this book up because of the era and I was intrigued to know more about the Arcadia House.
This book is set up in three parts. Arcadia House is a kind of mixture between art deco and art moderne. The style stems from 1925 Exhibition Internationale design Arts Decoratifs. As the story begins, we are in England, we are introduced to the Holdens (not the car vari
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Jess The Bookworm
Lottie is taken in by the Holden family as an evacuee during the war and lives in the quiet and conservative seaside town of Merham. Lottie makes friends with Celia Holden, and when an interesting and arty family move into the art deco house, they become involved with the controversial inhabitants.

When Celia goes off to London to work and comes back home engaged, the girls' lives change forever.

The story switches to modern day, where thr art deco house is being converted into a hotel. All of the
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Beth (bibliobeth)
Jan 30, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Susan Brown
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
Elisa Santos
May 22, 2016 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
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Joyce
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
~Madison
Sep 08, 2021 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobooked-it
if I was 43 and divorced I feel like I could love this book
Green Gables
Mar 19, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
(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
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Jodi
Aug 26, 2014 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
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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
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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
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Ameena
Jun 18, 2015 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
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Ann
Mar 01, 2016 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
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Renita D'Silva
Beautiful and poignant
Heidi
Mar 19, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoy Jojo Moyes' novels, and while she tends to use the same format - part historical fiction with a modern story that fits it all together - each book is something different. Each time when the book changes from the historical tale to the modern story, I do get a little sad and want to hold on to those original characters. In this book, as with the others, I did enjoy the modern aspect as well. Both stories were intertwined very nicely, but there were some loose ends that I would have liked ...more
Angie
May 27, 2015 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
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treehugger
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
Wendie
Mar 15, 2012 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
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Read with Pitties
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 ...more
Angie
Mar 30, 2015 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.
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Judy Churchill
Jun 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Moyes patiently developed her characters and story line. It was a long book, but nothing felt rushed. The joy and the heart ache of these characters was stunningly portrayed. She is a master of pulling the reader into their very hearts. I hated to see it end.
LindyLouMac
I read this in 2003 before I was participating in Bookcrossing or Goodreads.
Dana
Dec 11, 2014 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! ...more
Mary McManigle
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Staceyj
Jun 15, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am a huge fan of Jojo's. I love her stories and writing style. I am never disappointed. She shows how flawed and confused us humans can be. ...more
Mary Garceau
Jan 07, 2021 rated it it was ok
It was so slow paced and I felt so bored. In addition, the transition between the two main characters felt jarring.
Lisa
Apr 21, 2022 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It took me a long time to get into this book, but once I did I couldn't put it down! ...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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