Sunday, February 23, 2020

Book Review: "The Peacock Emporium," by Jojo Moyes

About the book:
In the sixties, Athene Forster was the most glamorous girl of her generation. Nicknamed the Last Deb, she was also beautiful, spoiled, and out of control. When she agreed to marry the gorgeous young heir Douglas Fairley-Hulme, her parents breathed a sigh of relief. But within two years, rumors had begun to circulate about Athene's affair with a young salesman.

Thirty-five years later, Suzanna Peacock is struggling with her notorious mother's legacy. The only place Suzanna finds comfort is in The Peacock Emporium, the beautiful coffee bar and shop she opens that soon enchants her little town. There she makes perhaps the first real friends of her life, including Alejandro, a male midwife, escaping his own ghosts in Argentina.

The specter of her mother still haunts Suzanna. But only by confronting both her family and her innermost self will she finally reckon with the past -- and discover that the key to her history, and her happiness, may have been in front of her all along.

My thoughts:
I found it difficult to like Suzanna at times. She had a very sweet husband and family who loved her, but she was never happy. She often lashed out at them and was difficult. But I think Moyes was trying to say that we are at our best when we are allowed to be who we are. Our personalities are hard-wired, and when people try to put us into boxes that we don't fit in, we're like caged birds that will struggle to free themselves. And this book was all about Suzanna's struggle to do just that. It was an interesting and absorbing journey.

Disclosure: This is not a sponsored post. I borrowed this book from the library.

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