I feel like a bit of a broken record lately complaining about how little time I’ve had to read but once again, I’m going to say it…I’ve been a little slow on the reading front. On this one I don’t even have an excuse as I listened to the audio book; it didn’t even require sit down, reading time. Yet still, it’s taken me a couple of weeks to get through this and it’s all my own fault.
Merham is a seaside town in the South of the UK inhabited by what I would describe as fuddy duddy old ladies and their families who are unwilling to move with the times and are obsessed with keeping their town the same as it’s always been. A group of hippies move into a house in the town and aren’t received well by the locals. Apart from two young girls who are intrigued by the group and spend time at Arcadia house with them, much to the annoyance of their family. Decades later, Arcadia house is being transformed into a high end hotel which isn’t received well by the locals and stirs up events from the past that nobody wants to be shared.
Foreign Fruit is the seventh Jojo Moyes book that I have read so I kind of knew what to expect. An easy going, chick lit with some twists and turns that I can pretty much breeze through and just enjoy the storyline without having to think too much. This book didn’t disappoint and gave me just that. It was what I needed from a book and is often what I like in an audio book. I don’t handle listening to books that require LOTS of concentration too well so this was perfect for me.
On the character front, I have to say, Daisy annoyed me. I found her to be whiney and dependent, even towards the end of the book when she changed her tune a little. I wanted to shake her and tell her to pull herself together. I think my favourite character was Camille. She didn’t play a huge role in the book but she was so laid back and so accepting of what life has dealt her that I loved her and loved the sections with her in them.
Foreign Fruit is structured in that marvellous way (what I think is marvellous anyway) where part 1 is one storyline, part 2 is something completely different and then the stories and character all come together in the end. I like to guess what’s coming and see if I can get it right. I’ll admit, I wasn’t great at predicting this one to start off with which is a good thing. I had to get a good few chapters into part 2 before I started putting the pieces together.
In summary, I enjoyed listening to this book. As I mentioned, it was just what I was looking for when I chose it and it delivered what I needed. If I compare it to other books and how they have impacted me, I can’t justify giving it a super high rating, but I will give it a well deserved and easy breezy 3 out of 5 stars.
If you’re looking for something to read on a relaxing weekend away or a Sunday afternoon, this is a really good book for you!
“I simply believe that sometimes the fates have a future for us that we cannot imagine. And to enable them we just have to keep believing that good things will happen.”
Foreign Fruit by Jojo Moyes