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...
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I really enjoyed this book, the characters were so interesting and the sory was exciting and fast paced I lost myself to this book for a while and throughly enjoyed it
Jojo Moynes has a gift for developing characters and bringing them to life. The depths of the human psyche; raw emotions, struggles, strengths and weaknesses are explored and exposed in this beautiful story of discovery.
I've never read Jojo's books before and thought I'd give it a go after reading positive reviews about her work. The story couldn't be more predictable and far fetched. The writing style is unimaginative and I was bored with the listen despite Clare Corbett's fantastic narration. She couldn't save the book for me. I am a fan of stories that make you wonder what's next in store for the characters that are developed and unique, stories that you think about well after you finish the book. I'm a fan of Murakami, Coelho, Moriarty so perhaps the bar was set too high in my mind. I won't bother with any of her books again.
This book was exceptional, but i have come to expect that from this Author. Clare Corbett as always 10 out of 10 for her reading of it.
kept me intrigued till the end
"Hauntingly Beautiful Story of Human, Flawed People"
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.
"Extremely valuable book!"
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!
"Jojo Moyes is my favorite."
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.
"I enjoyed this story"
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.
"A good book but not a great book"
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'.
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.
"Not my cup of tea"
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.
Another winner by Jojo Moyes. Again, leaving me thinking I know what's gonna happen, but wrong much to my liking.
so glad I happened on to her writting. HUGE HUGE FAN
I enjoyed the story .
except for the male voices,
Hard to tell who was speaking till
"Holds your interest"
Yes. I found it to be a nice story, an easy listen/read. It kept my interest.
Nice tone, easy to listen to and let you associate with the characters.
Not this one however, I was eager to get to each chapter.
This was my first book by this author, I would read another. Not too sappy, showed strength in the characters without making them into heroes.
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.
Big fan, Jojo, but this was, sorry to say, not your best and rather by-the-numbers.
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.
An enjoyable book. It kept me interested with a satisfying ending. Not as riviting as " You before Me"
"a jolly good read"
I enjoyed this story very much I would definitely recommend it to a friend to read
"great companion to mundane tasks"
I thoroughly enjoyed the main character Isobel and her relationship with her children and self realisation she finds as the story unfolds. Easy to to follow, easy to relate and keeps you attention. Excellent choice if your are on a journey, painting the house or making gallons of tomato chutney!
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