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Windfallen Paperback – August 23, 2016
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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.
- Publisher : William Morrow Paperbacks; Reprint edition (August 23, 2016)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 512 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0062297708
- ISBN-13 : 978-0062297709
- Item Weight : 12.8 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.2 x 1.5 x 7.8 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #233,301 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Lottie as a young girl I understood being insecure and a bit surly. Lottie as an adult was just too much. I didn't like her at all. Daisy what is your typical dependent, weak, insecure young female. I couldn't stand her in the beginning. She finally finds herself and realizes she doesn't need a man, or so you think. I hated that she said she felt safe again when she was in the arms of Jones. Why did she need a man to feel safe? She spent way too much time being on the verge of tears. She was not a very likable character in my opinion. The story had so much potential and I feel it was wasted with these two characters. Even the two male lead characters were not that likable. Jones was very unsympathetic and we never really got to know them. This was one of her weaker books in my opinion.
I've enjoyed other books by this author. Her ability to make me l.o.l. But sorry; not this one.
We only find out at the very end what happened to the three young people in a lover's triangle when two of them meet again in their senior years.
I don't understand the 18 apples in and 18 apples out statement at the end.
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Ich kann die Motivation der Figuren irgendwie gar nicht nachvollziehen. Leider nicht mein Fall ...
Later, having finished (Colette asks me to clarify that this review was written by her other half).
The rest of the book has yet more American spellings. 'Marvelous', 'catalog', 'offense', 'practice' as a verb, 'molding', more 'traveling', 'behavior', 'humor', 'theater', 'counselors', 'maneuvering' etc. Don't get me wrong. That's how they do it over the pond, no problem. But, changing the spelling of a book by a British writer for the American market is a bit odd, to say the least. I never noticed Sara Paretsky books having spelling altered to the UK version, nor would I expect it. It's an annoyance, nothing more. I'll survive but I need a cup of tea and a lie-down.
PS. I've read this through several times to try to make sure that Muphry's Law can't be invoked.