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The Spanish House is known to locals as an architectural folly, and it is now nearly derelict to boot. When its reclusive owner dies intestate the Spanish House is left to his city-dwelling niece. For the recently-widowed Isabel, the house is a potential lifeline. For her neighbour Matt McCarthy, the house is revenge.
Paperback, 416 pages
Published April 16th 2009 by Not Avail (first published 2008)
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Maria Clara
Feb 19, 2017 Maria Clara rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Qué novela más bonita! Y original! Me ha tenido pegada al eBook hasta que la he terminado. Realmente cada vez estoy más enamorada de como escribe esta mujer...

This might have been enjoyable if the main characters hadn't been so thoroughly unlikeable, they were either thick-self-pitying-doormats or weird entitled maniacs. Thankfully the setting at The Spanish House and some of the secondary characters saved it from being a complete trainwreck.

-Isabelle was an infuriating character, I couldn't root for her or feel sorry for her even though she was grieving for her dead husband and her life had turned upside down. She was completely useless, she
May 25, 2014 Malia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was my first Jojo Moyes book, and I intentionally started with an older one, and not the much-lauded ME BEFORE YOU. I have often found books with a lot of hype surrounding them to be a bit disappointing when I get around to reading them, as was also the case with THE HUSBAND'S SECRET by Liane Moriarty. But when I went back to read her older books, I gobbled them up! So, that is the strategy I will employ here, too, I think.
That said, I really did enjoy NIGHT MUSIC. I wasn't sure what to exp
Jun 09, 2014 Penny rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I have read several of Jojo Moyes' novels and have enjoyed them - this one, though, just didnt do it for me. We have a widowed musician and her children. Two men who each like her - one is wealthy, sleeps around and doesnt care about his family, the other is the strong silent type who obviously has a past. His name is 'Byron Firth'!!!! No surprise as to who we are supposed to be going for. Moyes even creates a scene where our boy Firth emerges from swimming in a lake with his muscular torso glea ...more
Feb 22, 2017 Michelle rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Hermosa, sencilla y con un final perfecto!!! Diferente a otras novelas de Jojo..
Oct 19, 2013 Gail rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle
I absolutely devoured this book from the outset. I just loved it, as I do with all Jo Jo Moyes's books.

Initially, my heart totally broke for the delightful Isabel but watching her blossom and heal was just wonderful. I could visualise the ramshackle old house that she subsequently inherits at a totally desperate time of her life and, just when it seems nothing can possibly get worse, it does.

Her neighbours, Laura and Matt, do nothing in the slightest to make her feel welcome to the village; on t
Aug 19, 2015 Lidia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3,5. Con esa sinopsis una se cree que sabe lo que se va a encontrar, pero no. Decir que Matt se enamora de Isabel es jugar al despiste con el lector potencial. Quizá es la novela que menos me ha emocionado de todas, pero Jojo sigue bordando las personalidades y personajes. Ha habido momentos en los que pensaba en la película "Esta casa es una ruina", porque la Casa Española es un personaje más de la novela. He descubierto a otra Jojo y también me gusta.
Nov 26, 2008 Anne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What I really like about Jojo Moyes' books are that they are all so different, she certainly does not write to a formula, each book is very unique.

'Night Music' is a story about 'The Spanish House' - recently inherited by newly widowed Isabel and her two children. The last place they want to be is in an almost derelict house in a close-knit country village. Isabel is a successful violinist who doesn't get her hands dirty, her daughter Kitty is a sensible 15 year old who misses her friends and so
Dec 09, 2012 R rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was my second Moyes book - it was nothing like the deep and moving Me Before You. This, while an interesting story, unfortunately veered dangerously close to chick-lit ... And not in a good way. While I didn't like Isabel or Matt - both we're a bit too one-dimensional - the rest of the characters, from Byron to Kitty to the Cousins, seemed more interesting and likeable. And the whole Laura storyline felt like filler to keep this from bring a novella. I'd say this is a great beach read, but ...more
Carolyn Hill
Jun 13, 2015 Carolyn Hill rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've read most of what's available from Jojo Moyes here in the States, and she's become one of my favorite contemporary authors. (I gravitate towards authors from the British isles.) This novel wasn't published here that I could find, so I bought a used paperback from the U.K. The set-up is one I usually find irresistible: a character inherits an old house in the English countryside. I am very house-centric, and love nothing more than a good story with a house, preferably an old one with lots of ...more
Mar 04, 2017 Mycoton32 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

15/20 - J'ai beaucoup aimé cette fresque familiale, son intrigue et la plupart des personnages :D
(ツ) Hache
Sep 05, 2014 (ツ) Hache rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Usually I like a book to hook me from the first sentence or even the first chapter but with this it just seemed to drag in the beginning with all the house renovating and the sad widow and her violin playing, it took me about 45-50 % till I was really hooked, so hooked that I couldn't put it down, I got so intrigued and addicted that I read it everywhere I went. I just love it when a book does that to me!

The Story

So it starts off with Laura and Matt McCarthy who live next to Mr pottisworth who
Sharon Robards
This is the first Jojo Moyes' book I have read, and the first book I’ve read in a few months. I enjoyed it, but found some of the twists predictable and the ending with Matt’s wife disappointing. Although I didn’t mind the main character, Isabel, I found the supporting characters more fully realised in my mind as I read. Perhaps I was just expecting too much as there is a great deal of praise for Jojo books, and perhaps this was just the wrong one for me to start with. Will search down more of h ...more
Elizabeth Moffat
Three and a half stars from me!

A while ago I set myself the challenge to read all of Jojo Moyes back catalogue after reading such gems such as Me Before You and The Girl You Left Behind. Night Music is the next on my list and was first published in 2008. Unlike a lot of Moyes’ work, it does not have both a contemporary and a historical section but has a multitude of characters to get to grips with and, as always, I found the characterisation to be near perfect. As the novel opens, we are introdu
Oct 18, 2014 Lainy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Time taken to read - <4 hours

Pages - 416

Blurb from Goodreads

The Spanish House is known to locals as an architectural folly, and it is now nearly derelict to boot. When its reclusive owner dies intestate the Spanish House is left to his city-dwelling niece. For the recently-widowed Isabel, the house is a potential lifeline. For her neighbour Matt McCarthy, the house is revenge.

My Review

Matt McCarthy and his wife, Laura, have pampered to their neighbour, taking him meals, cleaning his sheets, l
Feb 17, 2016 Faith rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really, really like this author! This was another of her earlier titles, so not in the league of Me Before You, but still extremely well plotted with numerous characters that are absolutely real and thus totally empathetic. This heroine wasn't the most like able at first (a self centered, helpless violinist who cares only about her music), but she evolves into a fully formed, three dimensional character. supporting characters are colorful and engaging and even teenagers are portrayed realistic ...more
Barbara Elsborg
Aug 07, 2013 Barbara Elsborg rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Newly widowed mum ends up in derelict house that a local is obsessed with owning. There were lots of interesting characters though I'd have liked more about the love interest of the heroine and less about the wife of the villain. But it kept me reading long into the night. I really like Ms. Moyes style. Lots of lovely detail and good back story with plots that make sense. The writing about the house was fantastic and the violin detail was great too. I've got an urge to get all the books of hers ...more
As always Jojo Moyes doesn't disappoint. Her storytelling is fab and the characters so well written, ones feels as though they are real.
Isabel was very frustrating initially, not being able to function as a mother, when her children needed her most. By the end the changes in her are enormous. Kitty seems to come off worst, as she has to grow up too quickly to fill the gap her mother's inadequacies create.
I have come to absolutely adore the work of author Jojo Moyes. I've only read three of her recent publications though and I was excited to see an earlier work of hers available via audiobook. Night Music follows a few different characters who all have one commonality: a dilapidated house. The synopsis is interesting and Ms. Moyes' writing remains beautiful as always, but the pace felt very slow and I had trouble remaining engaged in the story. I enjoyed the ending so overall, I liked the book.
Cassie Barber
This book is fine, a decent story and some interesting characters (and some rather annoying).
However, while it is a perfectly good read if you want something fairly light, it doesn't live up to the three of her books that I've just read - 'Me before you', 'The last letter from your lover', and 'The girl you left behind', which all pretty much blew me away ('Me before you especially').
As I say, a perfectly good, light-ish read but not one that will stick with you I don't think.
Aline Ramos
Jan 11, 2017 Aline Ramos rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Gostei muito. Envolvente, apesar de nao ter um grande romance, como nos outros livros da Jojo.
Feb 25, 2015 Amna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I like how Jojo Moyes' books have a way of uplifting your spirits. Her characters become alive and you experience the ups and downs of what they go through as you read. I enjoyed it.
Emma Andersson
Helt okej, dock tyckte jag handlingen haltade lite bitvis. Boken innehöll ett par intressanta karaktärer, men dessa var endast i huvudpersonernas omgivning och bidrog på ett bra sätt till att föra historien framåt. Men bitvis var boken bra, och läsvärd :)
Charlotte Nash
Oct 03, 2016 Charlotte Nash rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Really enjoyed this outing into the English countryside with a typical cast of interesting characters. Story takes a while to get started, but I enjoyed the sedate pace and the taciturn Byron. Isabelle is difficult to like, especially at the start, but I loved that Moyes writes an unapologetic character in her, like so many of us are, without traits that others see as mandatory for likeability. I love how over the story she forces herself to do things that are unnatural to her because she has to ...more
Dec 26, 2016 Lotten rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Toner i natten är en välskriven feelgoodroman med en del djup och svärta. Jojo Moyes har en speciell ton i sina böcker, och kan det här med feelgood. Men till skillnad från de tidigare av hennes böcker som jag läst så tycker jag inte riktigt Toner i natten håller hela vägen, varken språkligt eller historiemässigt. Det märks att hon har utvecklats som författare och hittat ”sin” ton sedan hon skrev den här.

Karaktärerna i Toner i natten är intressanta, men tyvärr är det Isabel och Matt som jag har
Cleo Bannister
Isabel Delancey’s husband Laurent is killed in a car crash and for the first time in her life she has to provide both emotionally and financially for their two children, the teenage Kitty and her younger brother Thierry. After a visit from the lawyer Isabel realises that she is going to have to move house.

Meanwhile in Norfolk a house becomes vacant at just the right time and Isabel moves her family from London to the depths of the country and a derelict house. Matt and Laura McCarthy are her nei
Mª João Monteiro
Livro com todas as características da autora, que não me desapontou. Obviamente que é uma história com os clichês do costume.Viúva com dois filhos descobre que o marido, morto num acidente, deixou as finanças da família num caos e que vai perder a casa onde vive. Entretanto, segue-se a história de um casal cuja esposa alimenta o vizinho idoso, cuja casa cobiçam... A tal casa cai ao colo de Isabel ,a pobre e desorientada viúva, impedindo-a de vender o amado violino para a subsistência da família. ...more
Dec 10, 2012 Susan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012books
The Spanish House has been untouched for decades when it is inherited by Isabel Delancey, a widow with two children. Forced out of London and into its semi-derelict isolation, she is still mourning her husband, and struggles to cope. When Matt McCarthy, the builder next door, offers to help with repairs, she accepts gratefully. But Matt has a hidden agenda, having waited for the house for a decade. As does his wife, Laura, who sees it as a way of rebuilding her family. Nicholas Trent, a property ...more
Jun 24, 2016 Cheryl rated it liked it
I was annoyed by the protagonist Isabel in the book, but also liked the story. Isabel is such an over dramatic, whining wimp, I wanted to shake her. She finds out after her husband passes that he has left her on financial shaky ground. She's the type of person who calls her children 'darling' but actually seems removed from their actual care. She cannot afford to keep her London home or her children's nanny. Here's how annoying Isabel is regarding the imminent departure of the housekeeper/nanny: ...more
Eva Lucia
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”Toner i natten” fortæller historien om en familie, som efter faderens død flytter til landet og overtager et gammelt, faldefærdigt hus. Det er ikke kun en dans på roser, men enken Isabel kæmper for at holde tilværelsen på plads med en svær økonomi, to børn, et nyt hus på et fremmed sted, samtidig med at intriger og familiehistorier og relationer brager løs.

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Jojo Moyes is a British novelist.

Moyes studied at Royal Holloway, University of London. She won a bursary financed by The Independent newspaper to study journalism at City University and subsequently worked for The Independent for 10 years. In 2001 she became a full time novelist.

Moyes' novel Foreign Fruit won the Romantic Novelists' Association (RNA) Romantic Novel of the Year in 2004.

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“What they did not know was that she chafed at the never-endingness of it. No sooner had she cleaned one surface than it was dirty again. Clothes, even those barely worn, found themselves in crumpled heaps in linen baskets so that she yelled at Kitty and Thierry, hating her shrewish voice. Once, bored to within an inch of her sanity by the act of hanging out yet another lineful, she had simply turned, dropped the basket and walked straight into the lake, pausing only to remove her shoes. The water had been so shockingly cold that it had knocked the breath from her chest, and left her laughing for the sheer joy of feeling something.” 0 likes
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