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  • Paperback: 496 pages
  • Publisher: Coronet; New Ed edition (1 Mar. 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0340834145
  • ISBN-13: 978-0340834145
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 19.6 x 3.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 600,640 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.

Fast 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. --Eithne Farry --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Moyes evokes the strictures of time beautifully, as well as the enervating charms of a sleepy resort. (Good Housekeeping)

If you liked Chocolat by Joanne Harris, you'll love Foreign Fruit by Jojo Moyes . . . blissful, romantic reading (Company)

Sheltering Rain made her a new star of the women's market; her second novel, about love lost and found, will not disappoint.

Moyes again proves herself a worthy successor to Maeve Binchy and Rosamund Pilcher with her second novel. (Publishers Weekly)

Even if the sun isn't shining, this book will make you feel like it is . . . (Good Housekeeping)

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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Nicola F (Nic) TOP 500 REVIEWER on 2 Jun. 2010
Format: Paperback
Another brilliant read by Jojo Moyes. Whether you're a first time reader of hers or long-time fan this definitely won't disappoint you.

Set in the charming seaside town of Merham in the 1950's, locals Lottie and Cecilia are captivated when a group of bohemian artists move into the neighbourhood and immediately befriend the vivacious newcomers. What soon unfolds is a chain of events that is still having an impact on the town and its people five decades later...

A fabulous book with vivid descriptions and two intertwining plots that are very neatly depicted. This book has a bit of everything: romance, intrigue and scandal, and I really enjoyed it. The writing is so richly detailed you can truly imagine yourself at the heart of this story and feel yourself rooting for the characters. Highly recommended!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Julia on 1 Sept. 2014
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I loved Jojo Moyes 'Me before You' which was the first book of hers that I read but was disappointed with Foreign Fruit. It took me a long time to get into the book and I found it very confusing at times, as it looked back at the past, but that was probably because I found it hard going after reading the magnificent 'Me before You' which to me was one of the best books I have ever read and was gripping from the beginning. Foreign Fruit was a sad tale of 'lost love' for Lotti and Guy, when they were very young, and the coming together again some fifty years later when they realised what a mess they had made of their lives, which I found very sad. All the way through the book I was waiting for it to hold my attention but, unfortunately, it did not.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Vixenfox on 7 May 2012
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I took a while to get in to this and nearly gave up but I'm glad I didn't. I found Lottie an enagaging character who I was rooting for and liked the ending for Lottie (although found the last passage rather confusing -what did it mean??). I will read more of this author.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By cellophanestar on 18 Aug. 2012
Format: Paperback
I found this book slow to get into but stuck with it knowing that other Jojo Moyes I have read have been worth reading.

A interesting story which unfolded carefully, linking 2 eras and stories which meet as the story develops.

Another good read!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. Sybil Jones on 8 July 2012
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I did find this biik very interesting and loved some of the characters. This was my 2nd book by Jojo Moyes so I will look out for any of her other books.
I usually prefer crime books but it was a nice change for me.
S.Jones
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By E. Schwabe on 21 Jun. 2012
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I love her books! Very recently I read the first one and since then I've read all of them and i'm looking forward to the next one to be published. It was a very good surprise to find such good author.
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Adored this book. I was engaged immediately due to the era it was set in and enjoyed reading this book whilst on my summer holiday in a rented cottage. I fled through the pages during the daytime in the garden and at night in bed. Totally absorbing story and very funny characters when you think back to how it would have been in the 50's. JoJo has everything perfectly accurate with the era and antics of the beautiful entrancing house which everyone gossips about but would secretly like to be invited to peek inside. I was sad when I finished the book as it was such a wonderful tale. I would have liked the ending to be a bit more informative regarding the child though. It did not wrap the story up completely, we were left wondering a little bit.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Lainy on 28 Dec. 2012
Format: Hardcover
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 although the whole town still see her "for what she is". The girls do everything together until Celia leaves for London and meets the man of her dreams. When she returns home Guys presence threatens everything Lottie holds dear.

The story flips forward 50 years to Daisy, life was perfect until her partner decides he can't handle life with a baby and walks out on them and their business. Daisy pulls herself together to work on the Art Deco house in the small town Lottie and Celia resided in, that caused so much controversy, and soon the past and present catch up.

I found this story really slow to get started with a big build up on the main characters, Lottie and Celia. Just when it finally got going we flipped to present day when I really wanted to keep going with the girls. The story with Daisy starts up really quickly though and I enjoyed reading how she dealt with her partners departure. The story is really well written and Jojo Moyes does really well to link the two together. I would have liked to have seen the book be a bit thicker to be honest and get more clarification on Celia and what happened than what was given, although they say a great author always leaves the audience wanting more and I do love her books so I guess it is a win win. I was a bit disappointed with how the book ended but this is a personal preference as the people who have also read it seemed to really enjoy it. 3/5 for me and I will continue working my way through her books.
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