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The Peacock Emporium In the Sixties Athene Forster is the most glamorous girl of her generation Nicknamed the Last Deb she is also beautiful spoilt and out of control When she agrees to marry dashing young heir Douglas Fairley Hulme her parents breathe a sigh of relief But within two years rumours have begun to circulate about Athene's affair with a young salesman Thirty five years on Suzanna Peacock is struggling with her glamorous mother's legacy At odds with her father and his second wife struggling in a stalled marriage she returns to the place of her birth to find that the ghost of her mother in differing ways still haunts them all The only place she finds comfort is in her shop The Peacock Emporium a coffee shop cum curio store decorated in her own image which provides a haven for other misfits in the town There she makes perhaps the first real friends of her life including Alejandro a male midwife escaping his own ghosts in Argentina But the spectre of Athene and the shop itself combine to set in place a chain of tragic events forcing Suzanna to confront the feelings she has disguised for so long and her family in their varying ways finally to deal with the events of the past And Suzanna discovers the key to her history and her happiness may have been in front of her all along I did enjoy this eventually; it took for me an exceptionally long time to read over a week I found it very slow and it took me ages to feel involved enough in the story to want to read much than a chapter at a time The first few chapters are important as they introduce the reader to the history of the heroine’s family background At the time this may seem irrelevant but persevere and read beyond this and it will all click into placeThe protagonist is Suzanna Peacock who with her husband has returned to live in the small country town of her birth An emotionally disturbed young woman she has a lot to come to terms with in her life especially her past and the way her mother though long dead still seems to affect her happiness The only place Suzanna seems to be comfortable with herself is in the Peacock Emporium the shop she opens and it is here we learn the stories of the complex cast of characters that are drawn to the Emporium A series of dramatic events threaten Suzanna’s stability but in true chick lit style there is a happy ending A bit confusing in my opinion but good once the ending brings everything together The Peacock Emporium reflects Jojo Moyes' much earlier work as it was first published 15 years ago Moyes has grown as a writer by leaps and bounds since then but this novel was still an interesting read that alternates timeframes and heroinesMy favorite uote “Because that was it loving someone wasn't it? The knowledge that if nothing else you wanted them to be happy”Audiobook narrated by Elizabeth Sastre Christine Rendel and Fabio Tassone I never write reviews but I had to for this book If Jojo Moyes meant to write the worlds most annoying main character Suzanna Peacock then she is a wonderful author mission accomplished I'm sorry but after reading The Last Letter from Your Lover by Jojo Moyes I had high hopes for this book I'm afraid I was disappointed I absolutely could not stand the main character I found her annoying and depressing Through out the entire book all you want to do is meet this main character just so you can tell her to grow up and stop complaining Every time I would finish a chapter I felt like my life was just as crappy's as the main character While Jojo Moyes does a great job in getting us inside a slightly depressed deeply unhappy character's mind I still couldn't find myself caring at all about this main character I didn't care if she ever found happiness or resolved any of her problemsall I wanted was to hurry up and finish the bookAll in all I found it was a complete and utter push to get through this book and fought every urge to not toss it to the side after just a few chapters Oh good grief This was boring and long and painful to read I can’t really articulate the gist of the plot clearly or these most of them mindless characters There were a couple of shining stars but alas you can’t depend on two people to carry the load of those characters not pulling their weight These folks are unable to communicate fully and honestly; they are unable to make confident decisions They are good at harboring secrets ie domestic abuse family genealogy etc They were very frustrating to read about I picked this up because it’s a Jo Jo Moyes book and when have I ever been disappointed with one of her books? The answer Now JoJo Moyes came onto my radar with her two books about her caretaker role with her handsome intelligent patient in Me Before You and After You I believe half the world okay maybe half the women in the world discovered her with these two phenomenal books and the movie that soon followed This then forces me to pose an unpopular uestion Why release this book Peacock Emporium written in 2004 a very early book for Moyes already released in the UK then NOW in the US?Don't get me wrong it's a decent book but clearly not her best just an early try We know she's improved as a writer enormously We love her books in fact we love her Maybe her publisher thought her fans just want her books ALL THE TIME why don't we give them this too Ok I'll buy that; but please make sure you put the original 2004 date as when written and 2019 as the US publication Otherwise US fans will be confusedAs far as my review of the book Athene Foster is a spoiled rich girl who loves to have fun and I mean FUN She literally seduces the most eligible money bachelor into marriage She has an affair gasp and produces a daughter Suzanna Peacock who 35 years later opens up The Peacock Emporium a uaint bold and eclectic coffee shop in her original hometown during the 1960's Gotta shock all Grandmumi's old friends right? Most of the book is about Suzanna and her long suffering husband Neil It's worth reading to the end because there it gets better Read it you might like it Opinions are all my ownI thank NetGalley Penguin Books and JoJo Moyes This book was so boring I just couldn't finish I didn't like the characters nor did I care what happened Very disappointing since I have loved all of her other books I won this ARC in a GoodReads giveaway I've been a big fan of Jojo Moyes since first discovering her work in One Plus One While this one was a bit difficult to get into at first by the time I was halfway through the book I was entranced and completely moved by the final pages I was not sure what I was getting into when I started this book By the end I was enchanted by the story In the Swinging Sixties the glamorous spoilt socialite Athene appears to have it all but she has a big fall from grace and disappears leaving an infant daughter Suzanna The daughter has fraught complicated relationships with her remaining family which has led to bad feelings and social distance between them Suzanna eventually finds a kind of liberation in the shop that she opens in her village She builds a whole new community of interesting and caring people who walk through the door of her emporium Through them she learns about the real world than she did in her previous 30 something years of sheltered life as the difficult moody child of a well to do family In time Suzanna learns that many of the planks on which her childhood young adulthood and marriage were built were lies and she has to deal with some unpleasant truths How well she handles these setbacks is a measure of how far she has come in her personal developmentThere are some key themes that Jojo Moyes works through the issue of lies and well meant deception versus the right to know is an important one The roles that money and status play in the complex web of marriage is anotherAt some points this story lagged but I was interested enough to keep reading I'm glad I did as I found it a very satisfying and rewarding book

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