Merham is a well-ordered 1950s seaside town: the kind of town in which everyone knows their place (and those who don't are promptly put in it). Lottie Swift, an evacuee who has grown up with the respectable Holden family, loves Merham, while the Holdens' daughter Celia chafes against the constraints of the town. When a group of bohemians takes over Arcadia, a stark Art Deco house on the seafront, the girls are as drawn to its temptations as Merham's citizens are appalled by them. They set in place a chain of events both ...
Merham is a well-ordered 1950s seaside town: the kind of town in which everyone knows their place (and those who don't are promptly put in it). Lottie Swift, an evacuee who has grown up with the respectable Holden family, loves Merham, while the Holdens' daughter Celia chafes against the constraints of the town. When a group of bohemians takes over Arcadia, a stark Art Deco house on the seafront, the girls are as drawn to its temptations as Merham's citizens are appalled by them. They set in place a chain of events both within the Holden family and Merham itself which will have longstanding and tragic consequences for all concerned. Now, almost fifty years on, Arcadia is returning to life, and its inhabitants stirring up strong feelings again. And prompting more than one person to look into their own romantic history and ask: Can you ever leave your past behind?
Near fine in Near fine jacket. Near fine condition. Hodder & Stoughton, 2003. First UK edition-2nd printing(3 5 7 9 10 8 6 4 2). Purple hardback(gilt lettering to the spine, two small ink marks on the edge of the front cover) with Dj(a couple of nicks and creases on the edges of the Dj cover), both in near fine condition. Nice and clean pages as new with light shelf wear on the outer edges, small nick on the edge of the pages. Nice and clean book with light shelf wear.426pp. Price un-clipped. This is another paragraph Review: If you like books that leave you feeling a little weepy once you've turned the final page then you'll love Jojo Moyes' second novel Foreign Fruit (her debut, Sheltering Sky, is equally appealing. ) Set in Merham, a very English seaside town, it tells the stories of Lottie Swift and Daisy Parsons whose lives, upon arrival at the unremarkable town, are transformed. The book opens in the 1950s with Lottie, an evacuee who's staying with the respectable Holden family and their daughter Celia, where noise and suppressed hysteria are the norm. Their small town ways are dramatically disrupted when Arcadia, the Art Deco house overlooking the sea, is taken over by a fast and Bohemian set where nude painting and uncertain domestic situations are the order of the day. Adeline, the Queen Bee in the set-up, declares that Lottie needs to learn to dream. Good advice, except that her dream comes in the shape of Guy, the handsome son of a melon and banana importer. Lottie is instantly smitten, but Guy is engaged to Celia. Forbidden fruit, indeed. n nFast forward to the present and the perils of Daisy Parker. She's has been abandoned by her partner, is the new mother of a little baby, and has taken on the all-consuming project of renovating Arcadia for a businessman called Jones. The owner of the ocean liner house, has, up until recently been Lottie Swift. In a series of emotionally rewarding and devastating encounters secrets from the past and present are tantalisingly revealed.
I've really liked this author's work; re-reading some books a few times. This book was a disappointment until the last 100, or so, last pages, when she 'sort of' attempted to turn it around. Such a disappointment, especially after the back cover synopsis sounded so promising! It didn't completely turn me off Ms Moyes; just skip this one!
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