Windfallen

Windfallen

by Jojo Moyes

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Overview

From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Me Before You, the basis for the major motion picture, comes a breathtaking drama of two women whose lives entwine through a lovely English seaside house.

For Lottie Swift, Arcadia has always been magical. The breathtaking art deco house perched above the shoreline of the well-ordered village of Merham seems to stand still throughout the years. It has never changed, not really, but Lottie's fate and fortune have been inextricably linked with that of the beautiful house, and it will forever be fixed in her mind as a symbol of adventure, youth, and of loves lost and gained. Even as her life—and the house—fall into disrepair.

Years later another young woman comes to Merham. A designer hired to make over the now-empty Arcadia, Daisy Parsons seeks a new beginning, as Lottie once did. Fleeing a broken relationship and now facing being a single mother, Daisy finds refuge in the house, and something more—a love she thought she would never know again and a friendship unlike any she’s experienced before.

 

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062311603
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 07/30/2013
Sold by: HARPERCOLLINS
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 512
Sales rank: 68,876
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

Jojo Moyes is a British novelist and journalist. She is one of only a few authors to have twice won the Romantic Novel of the Year Award by the Romantic Novelists' Association and has been translated into eleven different languages.

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Windfallen


By Jojo Moyes

William Morrow

ISBN: 0060012900


Chapter One

Freddie had been ill again. Grass this time, apparently. It sat in a foaming, emerald pool in the corner by the tallboy, some of the blades still intact.

"How many times do I have to tell you, you dolt," shrieked Celia, who had just trodden in it while wearing her summer sandals. "You are not a horse."

"Or a cow," added Sylvia helpfully from the kitchen table, where she was sticking pictures of domestic appliances laboriously into a scrapbook.

"Or any bloody animal. You should be eating bread, not grass. Cake. Normal things." Celia picked her shoe from her foot and held it by two fingers over the kitchen sink. "Ugh. You're disgusting. Why do you keep doing this? Mummy, tell him. He should at least clean it up."

"Do wipe it up, Frederick dear." Mrs. Holden, seated in the high-backed chair by the fire, was checking the newspaper for the timing of the next broadcast of Dixon of Dock Green. It had provided one of her few compensations since the resignation of Mr. Churchill. And that latest business with her husband. Although of course she mentioned only Mr. Churchill.

Both she and Mrs. Antrobus, she told Lottie, had watched all the episodes so far, and thought the program simply marvelous. Then again, she and Mrs. Antrobus were the only people on Woodbridge Avenue with televisions, and they took some delight in telling their neighbors quite how marvelous nearly all the programs were.

"Clean it up, Freddie. Ugh. Why do I have to have a brother who eats animal food?"

Freddie sat on the floor by the unlit fire, pushing a small blue truck backward and forward along the rug, lifting the corners as he did so. "It's not animal food," he muttered contentedly. "God said to eat it."

"Mummy, now he's taking the name of the Lord in vain."

"You shouldn't say 'God,'" said Sylvia, firmly, as she stuck a food mixer onto mauve sugar paper. "He'll strike you down."

"I'm sure God didn't actually say grass, Freddie dear," said Mrs. Holden distractedly. "Celie darling, could you pass me my glasses before you leave? I'm sure they're making the print smaller in these newspapers."

Lottie stood patiently by the door. It had been rather a wearing afternoon, and she was desperate to get out. Mrs. Holden had insisted that she and Celia help her prepare some meringues for the church sale, despite the fact that both girls loathed baking, and Celia had somehow managed to extricate herself after just ten minutes by pleading a headache. So Lottie had had to listen to Mrs. Holden's fretting about egg whites and sugar and pretend not to notice when she did that anxious fluttery thing with her hands and her eyes filled with tears, and now, finally, the horrid things were baked and safely in their tins, shrouded in greaseproof paper, and - surprise, surprise - Celia's headache had miraculously disappeared.

Celia placed her shoe back on her foot and motioned to Lottie that they should leave. She pulled her cardigan around her shoulders and straightened her hair briskly in the mirror.

"Now, girls, where are you going?"

"To the coffeehouse."

"To the park."

Celia and Lottie spoke at the same time and stared at each other in mute accusatory alarm.

"We're going to both," said Celia firmly. "Park first, then for a coffee."

"They're going off to kiss boys," said Sylvia, still bent over her sticking. She had pulled the end of one plait into her mouth, and the end, which emerged periodically, was silkily wet. "MMMMMMwaahhh. Mwah. Mwah. Eeyuk. Kissing."

"Well, don't drink too much of it. You know it makes you go all unnecessary. Lottie dear, make sure Celia doesn't drink too much of it. Two cups maximum. And be back by six-thirty."

"In Bible class God says the earth will provide," said Freddie, looking up.

"And look how sick you got when you ate that," said Celia. "I can't believe you're not making him clean it up, Mummy. He gets away with everything."

Mrs. Holden accepted her glasses and placed them slowly on her nose. She wore the look of someone who was just about managing to stay afloat in rough seas by insisting against all evidence that she was actually on dry land.

"Freddie, go and ask Virginia to bring a cloth, will you? There's a good boy. And Celia dear, don't be horrid. Lottie, straighten up your blouse, dear. You've gone peculiar. Now, girls, you're not going off to gawp at our new arrival, are you? We don't want her thinking the residents of Merham are some kind of peasants, standing there with their mouths hanging open."

There was a brief silence, during which Lottie saw Celia's ears flush ever so slightly pink. Her own were not even warm; she had perfected her denials over many years and against tougher interrogators.

"We'll come straight home from the coffeehouse, Mrs. Holden," said Lottie. Which could, of course, have meant anything at all.

(Continues...)



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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One of best books by JOJO MOYES! This book has several twists and I loved it! In fact I read it a second time because I rushed thru the first time and I really savored it the seond time. It really shows how your life can change with 2 little Words! This is the third book I've read by Moyes and I loved them all.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book had a slow beginning, and after reading the sample, I was not sure I wanted to purchase it . But since reading other books by this author, I decided to trust her and buy the book. So glad I did!! Great story, wonderful characters. JoJo Moyes does not disappoint!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Liked the book ver much...but the timing is off...it's set in the 50s...when Camille is conceived and then we're in modern day...50 years later and Camille is in her 30s? What did I miss?
harstan More than 1 year ago
Teenage Londoner Lottie Swift finds the seaside village of Merham quite delightful as no one dare break the rules of morality less they prefer exile or being ostracized. However, the conversion of Arcadia mansion into a retreat for bohemian artists causes monumental conflict, as the locals detest the nonconformist outsiders. Lottie relishes the new infusion of excitement that the avant-garde crowd brings.

Five decades later, Daisy Parsons arrives at the small back to sleep village to renovate Arcadia into a luxury hotel. The villagers once again abhor the thought of amoral outsiders descending on their hamlet. Insecure from a failed relationship, Daisy discovers a mural that portrays scenes from the mansion¿s ignominious past. Daisy¿s work begins destroying the emotional cocoon that Lottie has resided since her teen days.

WINDFALLEN is a well-written comparative character study that interweaves the past and the present into a cohesive tale. The story line enables the audience to see deep inside the two women so that everyone understands what motivates both and the tenuous relationship and bond which forms between them. Though limited in action, Jojo Moyes provides readers with a deep drama that focuses on the long-term impact of personal opportunity costs.

Harriet Klausner

Anonymous More than 1 year ago
First book of Moyes that I could not get into. Read 50 pages and it was so boring. Loved her other books especially Me Before You.
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PierresFamily More than 1 year ago
Windfallen is JoJo Moyes' sweeping saga of a seaside town, and the true-to-life residents that inhabit it. The primary focus is on two ladies from two different generations, who form an unlikely but moving friendship. Moyes is an extraordinarily gifted writer. My only quibble with this book is the quote of one character named Daisy, who said disparagingly, "I don't know why people want to bring their dogs on holiday." I would like to have seen someone answer that question. Pets are family members, and we and many others wouldn't go somewhere without them. This is especially true for pets who were abandoned by previous "owners" (I refuse to use the word family for abandoners.) Otherwise, this was a splendid book.
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lousquared More than 1 year ago
If you've read "Me Before You", you may be disappointed in Windfallen. Altogether I liked the story, however in the beginning felt a bit confused with all the characters. Does not have the sweetness and humor and compassion of "Me Before You".
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