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Windfallen | [Jojo Moyes]

Windfallen

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 surrenders freely to its temptations and ultimately must face the hard consequences of her actions. 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, Daisy finds refuge at Arcadia, and something more - a love she thought she would never know again.
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Publisher's Summary

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 surrenders freely to its temptations and ultimately must face the hard consequences of her actions.

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, Daisy finds refuge at Arcadia, and something more - a love she thought she would never know again.

©2003 JoJo Moyes (P)2014 Tantor

What the Critics Say

"[Moyes'] thoughtful tone and light touch make this a delightful read." (Publishers Weekly)

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    Daryl Edmonton, Alberta, Canada 11-21-14
    Daryl Edmonton, Alberta, Canada 11-21-14
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    "Moving character drama"
    Where does Windfallen rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Somewhere in the middle. It is definitely a beach read, but Jojo Moyes writes some of the best of those.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    Probably added more plot. It held my interest for sure due to its complex and flawed characters, but it didn't generally hold a tone of tension...


    Have you listened to any of Michelle Ford’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I haven't, but I plan to. She is a very good narrator!


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Portions made me smile, others did make me cry.
    I also have a unique perspective as a blind woman on the character of Camille. I loved how Jojo Moyes made her character just happen to be blind. Had she been sighted, some of the events would've still happened anyway. Camille is independent, flawed, and dealing with her blindness with its own complexity, neither an angelic "super" blind person who can do everything herself nor a woman entirely dependent on others.


    Any additional comments?

    This is definitely a light beach read, but one always needs a few of these. I like Jojo Moyes as a writer. Though this is not her best book ("Me Before You" and "The Ship of Brides" are my personal favorites), she depicts the small-town English life, both past and present, with fantastic flawed characters and a charming, haunting house.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Peter 03-16-14
    Peter 03-16-14
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    "Jojo hits another home run."
    What did you love best about Windfallen?

    Jojo is one if my all time favorite. Very well written and creative. Wind fallen seems to start out slow, but as the characters start to take form I can see why it seems to start out slowly. As her usual books it all comes together in the end. I like the reality that her books don't always have the perfect happy ever after. Michellr Ford does an excellent job performing.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    L. Calder 05-17-14
    L. Calder 05-17-14 Member Since 2014

    Gardening Geek

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    "Another Delicious Apple from the Moyes Tree"

    Jojo Moyes does have a fondness for keeping you totally confused for a good portion of her books, but it makes for surprise turns throughout the story….a bit like those Chinese balls you unravel, never knowing what sort of treasure will fall out. Definitely worth hanging in with this one, as the writing is superb and her characters endearing. Her blind character was especially fascinating, as were her eccentric bohemians upsetting the small British seaside town.

    All right. The truth is I can't honestly tell you why I get so drawn in to Jojo Moyes novels, but I do, every one I've listened to or read. Thoroughly engaging and infinitely quotable, so fine was Moyes' prose in this book.

    The narrator was lovely with the most of her voices, but her American dialects keep shifting, so at times it's confusing who's speaking and the southern accent was a tad painful. Luckily these characters were in a very small part of the book and the strength of the story well covers the small gaffs.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    C. Oneal California 05-06-14
    C. Oneal California 05-06-14 Member Since 2012

    I'm addicted to Audible. A new grandma I am responsible for my grandsons library, which reignited my interest in books.

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    "Slow going but worth it"

    It took a while to get into it. It was hard keeping track of characters. That's often due to my multi-tasking. I stuck with it and enjoyed the story.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Ann 12-18-14
    Ann 12-18-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Not what I expected from a Jojo Moyes book"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    no....boring book. Well written, but really I could see everything coming a mile away. The end was very unsatisfying and well, it just didn't seem to be a story worth telling.


    Any additional comments?

    If you've read recent Jojo Moyes (You before me-AWESOME! or One Plus One), this is NOT like that. Its very well written, but it just doesn't have the solid storyline the others have.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jane Carlsbad, CA and SLC, UT 11-11-14
    Jane Carlsbad, CA and SLC, UT 11-11-14 Member Since 2013

    Jane

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    "Just Okay"
    Would you try another book from Jojo Moyes and/or Michelle Ford?

    I love Jojo Moyes, but found it very difficult to follow the many characters that come and go without introduction when I couldn't keep track of them in the first place. Still, I have loved two other Moyes books and will eventually order all of them


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    The last chapter got better.


    Was Windfallen worth the listening time?

    Not my favorite


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    S. G. Schadowsky Arizona 12-01-14
    S. G. Schadowsky Arizona 12-01-14 Member Since 2013

    goodlife guide

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    "A rare Jojo Moyes letdown"
    Any additional comments?

    I just could not get interested in the first half of the book. I do not care for period books but always liked how Moyes could weave a backstory. This book has no weaving its period piece for the first half and current day for the second half. Sadly disappointed.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    KATHERINE KINGWOOD, TEXAS 04-12-14
    KATHERINE KINGWOOD, TEXAS 04-12-14 Member Since 2015

    Tell us about yourself! An Audible member since 2006 and a voracious reader always.

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    "I'm backing off from JO JO"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Not really....this is canned romantic nonsense and not really something I wish to spend time
    investigating


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    Not much to be said here....dribble, dribble, dribble.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    Lukewarm and with little substantive merit...a ya ya story

    1 of 6 people found this review helpful
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