The Peacock Emporium

The Peacock Emporium

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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.

Publisher: London, Eng. : Hodder & Stoughton, 2004.
ISBN: 9780340830079
0340830077
Characteristics: 440 p. ;,24 cm.

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mjk236sb
Jun 10, 2019

This was an early book which had some good moments but was difficult to follow at times. Can say that she has developed a great deal since writing this story.

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trigal27
May 20, 2019

Not worth reading and a sorry representation of the author's writing. Author leaves her characters undefined and the reader guessing as to who is who and what is going on. It was a struggle to figure out what was happening. I don't want to struggle when I read a book. I read for pleasure, relaxation, intellectual stimulation. Where I once looked forward to reading the author's books, I now will pass over reading any others from her. Hugely disappointing.

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laurimac1
May 16, 2019

This book is not of the same caliber as Jojo Moyes' other novels. The character development is very weak, and the main character is particularly unappealing. Although this is a new book, I believe it was written much earlier before Moyes' writing improved.

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sgowens1
May 04, 2019

I have enjoyed this author's books, so I was happy when her latest novel came out. It took about two chapters to get into the plot, but once I did, it was just very interesting. I hope she hurrys up and writes her next novel!

Originally I didn't want to watch this because I am a fan of the Mitford Series books and have read them all. I didn't look forward to seeing how they botched up the book turned movie. Not to fear. The movie is excellent and being Hallmark you know it is family friendly. Beyond that I found it light-hearted and interesting to see how they took the book and put it to movie. I pictured Pastor Tim as much older in my mind when I read the books. But it actually works really well with Cameron Mathison. If you are looking for a light, simple movie that is pretty much predictable yet fun and interesting, then you will like this movie. If you are a Mitford series book fan, you will most likely truly enjoy. Thanks to library for having this title available!

vicbutterfly Mar 27, 2015

I did enjoy this book but I much preferred Ms. Moyes more recent ones which include 'The Girl You Left Behind' which I gave 5 stars out of 5; 'The Ship of Brides' 4.5; 'Me Before You' 4; 'The Last Letter From Your Lover' 4; and 'One Plus One' 3.5.

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