by Jojo Moyes
One of the things I like about Jojo Moyes’ books that you never know what to expect. There is no formula, but there are patterns to her writing that give the reader hints as to where the story is going. She also has a way of capturing different ears that give her books a realm feeling of authenticity.
Foreign Fruit is a story in two parts, separated by a lifetime. the adventure begins one summer on the sleepy seaside resort of Merham. It is the 1950s and the stark greys of the war years are making way for the more colourful and glamourous times ahead. Caught up in this these changes are Celia and Lottie, two teenagers who find themselves drawn to the enigmatic and controversial new owners of Arcadia, a grand Art Deco house on the seafront. The events if that summer shape he lives of everyone concerned. Lottie in particular, a former evacuee who has remained with her foster family ever sine, faces challenges and decisions that will haunt her for the next 40 years.
Moving forward to the present day, Arcadia once again the centre of attention in for the residents of the town. And once again it is “outsiders” who are threatening the very fabric of Merham society. Enter the enigmatic Jones, a London businessman who plans to turn Arcadia into a retreat for is City friends and clients. It is a simple plan, but once his newly separated designer, Daisy Parsons arrives to oversee the building work, the sparks begin to fly. Has Daisy taken on more than she can chew? Not only does she have to look after her four-month-old daughter on her own, but she must also deal with recalcitrant builders and a volatile and vocal local population, whilst also coming to terms with the fact that her daughter’, father has walked out on them with no warning.
Past and present collide in this tale of jealousy, love and betrayal. This is Jojo Moyes doing what she does best. Jojo Moyes can evoke the feelings and realities of two very different periods with ease. I have to admit that I have yet to read a Jojo Moyes book that did not live up to expectations. She writes with a style that is easy and captivating, her characters are true to their setting and the stories consistent with the characters. It is always a please to set out on a new adventure with her.