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Windfallen Audiobook

Windfallen

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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)

What Members Say

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    Dee LA 07-26-15
    Dee LA 07-26-15
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    "Just okay"
    Any additional comments?

    I knew before starting this book that other reviewers had said it was not Jojo Moyes' best. I love her stories and the people in them and said, how bad could it be. It wasn't bad. In fact, it was a great story and very, very well narrated. I just found myself not liking ANYONE. Not one single character, as well-written as they were, were likable. Not even Lottie. In fact, the only character I cared about was a minor one, Frankie. Everyone else was long suffering and made the people they loved miserable, or at the very least, not happy. I wanted to root for someone. Anyone. Instead I found myself saying on too many occasions, 'Why would you do that!?'

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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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.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    kathleen 03-15-16
    kathleen 03-15-16 Member Since 2015
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    "An epic story of beautifully written love /heaertb"

    Jojo is a master of creating intense suspense merely through misunderstandings between characters one loves. Through layers of time, place and generations

    2 of 2 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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    forever listening 06-05-16
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    "Enjoyable Surprise"

    Based on the reviews, I kept this in my library for quite awhile before I decided to tackle it. But let's face it, a Jojo Moyes book that's of a lesser quality(for her) is worlds better than most other authors. The ending is a bit cryptic, but you can google a question and there are some opinions (Goodreads) that will help deciphering it. Also, this book is basically one of mass characterizations. Because of that, I like ages, etc. to jive neatly. And this one doesn't. Camille can't be in her late 30's if 50 years have passed. A lot of Moyes' books have a strain of melancholy but no unduly so. I do get impatient with formulas that rely so heavily on individuals not communicating or assuming and getting it completely wrong. But then that does happen quite often in real life so it's not unbelievable. As all of Moyes' books, this is well written. Another reviewer said she didn't like ANY character. I was just the opposite. I loved them all. We're all flawed complicated beings that are messy to unravel and that's the fun of this type of work. If you're reading these reviews to see if this one is worth your time & credit, GO FOR IT. I've now read every Moyes' novel and am left wanting….sigh….but there are still one or two by Liane Moriarty for me to sink into.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Kans 12-22-15
    Kans 12-22-15 Member Since 2014
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    "A Good Book."

    I really struggled to get into this book as it was not the beginning I expected. Ended up really enjoying it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    L. Calder 05-17-14
    L. Calder 05-17-14 Member Since 2014

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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.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Dr Karen Sonoma, CA United States 05-02-15
    Dr Karen Sonoma, CA United States 05-02-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Dreary Formula Stories"

    Not my favorite. This was a dreary English tale with all the markings of a "formula" plot line. Predictable and disappointing. I loved, Me Before You, and liked Silver Bay so read Windfallen. Three Stars.

    0 of 0 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 11-11-14
    Jane 11-11-14 Member Since 2016

    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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