From the bestselling author of Me Before You and two-time winner of the RNA Novel of the Year award. In the 1950s seaside town of Merham, everyone knows their place. Lottie Swift, an evacuee living with the respectable Holden family, loves it, while the Holdens' daughter Celia opposes its constraints. When a group of bohemians move into Arcadia, a grand Art Deco house on the seafront, Lottie and Celia are tempted into their alternative lifestyle. What ensues at the house has tragic and long-lasting consequences for all. Now almost fifty years on, Arcadia and its past secrets return to life, prompting the question: can you ever leave your past behind?
The spellbinding winner of the Romantic Novelists' Association Novel of the Year Award from bestselling author Jojo Moyes.
Winner of Romantic Novelists' Association Awards: Novel of the Year 2004.
'Wonderful full-blooded traditional storytelling, but with a fresh slant' -- Sarah Harrison 'Tender and touching' -- Ottakar's Fiction Newsletter 20030611 'Moyes evokes the strictures of time beautifully, as well as the enervating charms of a sleepy resort.' -- Good Housekeeping 20030701
Jojo Moyes was born in 1969 and was brought up in London. A journalist and writer, she worked for the Independent newspaper until 2001. She lives in East Anglia with her husband and three children. She is the author of Sheltering Rain", Foreign Fruit", which won the RNA Novel of the Year award for 2003, The Peacock Emporium" and The Ship of Brides", shortlisted for the 2005 RNA award.