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.
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.
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'.
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.
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.
I could relate to many of the characters, especially the children. Isabelle and Byron are probably the most relatable of the adults. Clare Corbett did a fantastic performance of this novel.
She did a fantastic portrayal of almost all the characters - the responsible teenager, faithless husband, damaged handiman... even the singing of a little boy. She did a fantastic job, and I can't wait to hear her performance in Moyes' "The Girl you Left Behind."
I enjoyed this look at country English life. Perhaps a bit more soap-operaish than I normally listen to - all characters seemed to have had or be having affairs - but the house itself symbolizing the rebuilding or deconstruction of families and marriages was a great plot device. I am glad I bought this book on sale - it's a nice light summer read, much lighter than Moyes' "The Ship of Brides" or "Me Before You" - and perhaps as such it was not quite as strong. Clare Corbett's nraration carries this one through.
It was a good story... I disliked the mom it took her a long time to GET that she was the adult..... She was a broken person... and far to weak for me to care for.
Enjoyed the story and some of the characters. Enjoyed the ending Thought the narration of the men's voices was awful.
Yes. I usually love her books
Probably not. Her women's voices were fine but all the men sounded either evil or simple. This book would have been much better with a male narrator in addition to Corbett.
There could be one
AVID reader; very critical. My reviews don't repeat the book's description, but are why I enjoyed the book and why I think you will.
Me Before You is one of my all time favs. Which is why I decided to try this book. There is no comparison in the depth of the story, writing and characters between the two books. This book is so-so at best.
I listen to audio books while working.
We enjoyed much about this author, and she had some surprising twists, but it is still a formula romance novel. This is why she needed a better editor -- without some of the exhausting and predictable drawn-out romance novel moves, it would be a better book. About 2 hours, gone, and that would make it better.
Also, at the end we were going "What? Really you are going to do that mousy stuff with them? Puhleeze!" So very disappointed wishy-washy ending which was not like either character.
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.
"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.
"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 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"
"Jojo does it again, excellent story"
Compelling, infuriating, superb
None....Jojo Moyes is an original.
I thoroughly enjoyed it. She interprets the characters so well and the voices she attributes to each one is exactly as you would expect.
Several times when Isabel came through as a totally selfish, useless Mother. I absolutely felt for her teenage daughter and wanted to slap Isabel for being so self-centred...but she came good in the end!
Every story I read/listen to of Jojo Moyes is totally different. I thoroughly enjoy all of her books and am looking forward to new ones being added to Audible.
"Different again - what a story teller"
No, i enjoyed it but I've enjoyed other of her books which were more interesting, Me before you for example.
Can't remember the chapter but the part where the children start to settle in stands out.
Can't say really, a good reading voice maybe
No not really, obvioulsly I should have written this review immediately after finishing it instead of two weeks later!
Nice easy story, didn't take it to bed though so not that gripping !!
"A thoroughly enjoyable story"
This story unfolds and captivates the listener! A little slow to start, though once you start this you will become totally involved with the characters. If this were a normal book i could not put it down!
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