When its reclusive owner dies intestate, the Spanish House is left to his city-dwelling niece. For Isabel, recently widowed, the house is a potential lifeline - the only hope she has of providing for her two children without having to sell her most treasured possession.
But for neighbour Matt McCarthy, the house is revenge - on the family who ruined his father. For his wife it's the key to the perfect family life, while a struggling property developer sees in it a whole new future. As desires clash and intertwine, lives and loves are demolished - and the Spanish House becomes a true folly indeed...
©2008 Jojo Moyes; (P)2008 WF Howes Ltd
Jojo Moyes is my favorite author now. I read one of her books and loved it so I tried another. most of the time I am disappointed in the next book I read by the same author, this time I was pleasantly surprised. So I dared to do it a third time and then a fourth. I have thoroughly enjoyed all of them and give them 4 stars each, something I rarely do.
Retired CFO, Army wife, Mom of five, Grandma of six, two sons who served in combat, love to read books that reflect my values and faith, love mysteries, historical, military stories, and books that don't waste my time . . . if it doesn't have an ending that was worth the wait, I'm not a happy camper.
I really liked this story of a widow with two children who inherited a huge Spanish house in the country. Isabella, the young widow, whose deep passion for her violin and music, perhaps is too high a priority, has to learn a totally new way of life. But what I appreciated and most loved about the story was the honesty in which it was written. People DO have to go through hardships and work through grief in order to value what is most important in their lives. This isn't a cheap or tawdry tale, although there are some in the small town who make some unfortunate and selfish choices. There are MORE that make better choices and are loyal and end up doing right by their neighbors. The novel is hauntingly beautiful and meets my criteria of having an ending worth the wait.
It was thanks to this book that I got all the windows in the house washed -- inside and out -- the garage floor swept and both the linen closet and the sewing room reorganized. I couldn't stop listening -- I had to find some way to justify taking the time to keep listening.
This was my first exposure to Jojo Moyes -- never heard of her before, never come across any of her books before this one, when I rolled the dice on yet another really great Daily Deal. "Night Music" won't be the last -- except that I expect I'll listen to this one a few more times before I'm finished with it.
It's funny, I see other reviewers saying that this isn't Moyes best book, which just blows my mind. Can't quite see how any of them could be better than this, but... hey, I'm willing to try.
Maybe it's just me, but there's something about a battle over a house that attracts me. Another of my favorite books (not the film) is Andre Dubus III's "House of Sand and Fog" which also involves a house everyone wants, and the emotional pull such an embattled dwelling can bring about. "Night Music" is very different from that book -- maybe even better -- but I felt the same compulsion to keep listening until it all got worked out. Of course "Night Music" is really about the people -- the fragile, wounded, too-trusting professional violinist who inherits it, the corrupt builder who pretends to help restore it, but has evil plans of his own, the children caught in the middle of it, the guy who's camping out, unknown, in the boiler room... and the rabbits. Can't forget the rabbits.
What can I say? Don't miss this one. Your own house will be a whole lot cleaner by the time you finish!
Picturing the scene where the house was set - the village and characters.
It was ok I think. I listened to this book about 4 weeks ago and I cannot actually remember the ending...so I guess it wasn't very memorable!
Not really, it was a bit predictable. I liked the Byron character, so I think his relationship with the young boy would be the most compelling relationship of the story - therefore a bit moving I guess.
An easy listen...not overly memorable or anything...but 'nice'.
Which came first... the books or the glasses?
Night Music hit all the right notes (ha ha). :-) I really enjoyed the story and the narrator was very good. The story is good from the beginning to the end with no boring parts. I'm also glad the author knew when to end the story and did not extend it longer than necessary.
Addicted to Audible!
While this might not be one of my favorite JoJo books, it was enjoyable. She does a good job of developing her characters. The plot wasnt exactly original but it was enjoyable. The narrator does a nice job and the book kept my interest.Recommend it if you are looking for an easy listen.
Well I'm sorry to say this was not to my liking.
Too slow at the beginning. I had to listen some of the chapters over just so I could follow it.
The narrator. I had a difficult time understanding her.
No. This story was all over the map.
I'll will be more careful to pick my next book. Sorry I wasted my credits.
The story isn't bad but the narration is a bit jarring/irritating. The narrator makes the children sound as if they are toddlers when one is a teenager and she makes the children's voices so loud that you have to keep adjusting the volume. Also the men's voices sound older than they actually are.
Just enough twists and suspense to be interesting and not overly predictable, with all the feel-goods. Pretty sharp swing from not liking the main character to respecting her.
This is my 4th Jojo Moyes audible book and each one is so different with one thing in common, you have a problem in putting them down. I think this may be my favourite but then again I think that about each book. and I'm about to start my 5th. This is one talented author.
I couldn't wait to get back into the car to hear the next segment of this book. I would definitely recommend it. The characters are described very well so well you can almost picture each person and each scene. The narrator was by good too. Definitely worth downloading.
"Quite Good but not brilliant"
I read this on immediatly after Me Before You, which I had utterley devoured - a difficult bok to follow. I thought Night Music was ok and I did get into to it in the end and quite enjoyed it, but Me Before You will stay with me for a very long time, whereas this one is simply a novel to read and forget. Sorry Jojo
"Another great novel by Jojo!"
I haven't listened to other performances by Claire, but she did an excellent job here.
I really enjoyed this book. As is the case with the other Jojo Moyes books I've read, this one moved along at a pace, whilst allowing each character to really come to life. I considered 4* here because it was not quite as fabulous as 'The One Plus One' and 'Me Before You'. However, they were truly exceptional novels and, taking account of the genre as a whole, Night Music is still definately a 5* read.
I loved this book, one if my favourite of Jojo Moyes. What a talented writer. I could totally picture the characters and The Spanish House. I would thoroughly recommend the book and the beautiful job the narrator did reading it.
"Hungry for more!!"
Jojo Moyes' descriptive writing is amazing. I loved the description of being out in the woods, I felt like I was there.
The descriptive writing.
Jojo Moyes left me hanging for more, I wanted her to impart Boyd's knowledge of foraging so I could do it for myself.
Kitty was performed well. I didn't like her performances of the two supposed men in their 30's, they struck me as being older and took some of the passion of this story away for me.
A brilliant book, left me wanting to immerse myself in music and nature.
Another great jojo moyes book, loved every minute, now I want to move to a small village in the country!
An enjoyable book. It kept me interested with a satisfying ending. Not as riviting as " You before Me"
Fantastic easy relaxing book to sit back and listen too. I usually go for more complex stories but thought I'd go for something a bit easier this time and I wasn't disappointed. All the characters are real and I really connected with a few of them and the writer had this knack of twisting every character, just has you started to despise one they did a great act of charity and just has you started to love one you found out something bad they had done and you never knew which way the plot will twist. The narrator was very good especially the woman's voices although the men's voices all sounded similar and I got confused a couple of times to who was speaking but she was such a great narrator overall. This I would say is more of a woman's story as in theres no real action but sometimes as a man I like to take an easy listen and this ticked all the boxes, great variety of characters, small quaint village and the day to day life that's it, it's just easy to follow and real.
"Enjoyable and satisfying book."
This book drew me in more than I was expecting. I finished it a few minutes ago and feel bereft. Im "looking" for the people whose lives I've been so closely entwined with over the last couple of days.
So no great literary analysis here just a gut response to a good story, well told and with believable characters, some of whom I'd like as real life friends...humour, drama, growth and depth.
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