by JoJo Moyes

Overview: From the New York Times bestselling author of Me Before You 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 those of the beautiful house, and it will forever be fixed in her mind as a symbol of adventure, youth, and loves lost and gained. Even as her life - and the house falls 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.

Faith Bowers (02/21/15): I enjoy reading Jojo Moyes even though her books are English chick lit. In this book, her writing has greatly improved.

Part 1 takes place in the 50s and the writing mirrors all that is not said in the day to day life of the characters in their seaside town. The character development has to be strong because the plot does not take shape until midway through the book. We are introduced to many characters and we are just not sure who becomes important throughout the book. There are many loves in the book, not just one which also makes the book more interesting. For those who like complicated enjoyable stories about relationships, I think this is a good read.
Rating: ****

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