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Night Music

3.57 of 5 stars 3.57  ·  rating details  ·  643 ratings  ·  80 reviews
The stunning new novel from prizewinner Jojo Moyes, about houses and homes, grief and love, and what's really important in life.
Paperback, 416 pages
Published July 24th 2008 by Hodder & Stoughton (first published 2008)
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Gail
Oct 19, 2013 Gail rated it 5 of 5 stars
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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...more
Anne
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...more
Carla
E se, de um momento para o outro, a vossa vida desse uma tremenda cambalhota e tivessem de abandonar tudo aquilo que até agora conheciam? Foi o que aconteceu à família de Isabel, o seu marido Laurent, morreu e deixou-lhe uma enorme dívida e Isabel viu-se obrigada a deixar para trás a vida que construiu para conseguir pagar a dívida, sobreviver e sustentar os filhos. A sorte é que, o seu tio avô lhe tinha deixado uma casa numa pequena aldeia. Chegada à aldeia, Isabel depara-se com uma casa em mui...more
Rica
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
Barbara Elsborg
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
Rouselle
Isabel Delancey has just lost her husband to a car crash, and their family is still reeling from his loss when she realizes that he has left her with more debts and basically no money to keep their London home and their comfortable lifestyle. And then one day she receives a letter telling her that a great grand uncle has left her a house in the suburbs.

Laura McCarthy has been looking after old Mr Pottisworth for years now, taking care of his daily needs and tending to whatever she could in the...more
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.
Mishma Nixon
Well,truth to be told,this book actually made me want to keep it down and move on to another one.I've enjoyed Moyes' Silver Bay and I expected a bit more from this book.
But at the same time it was not so bad or something like that.I am sure people who love the typical family type of books will love it.
Night Music was just not to me.
Sam
Musician Isabel doesn't know how she is going to make ends meet when her husband dies in a horrific accident. He dealt with everything including the finances, so she had no idea of their poor financial situation they have. Isabel has lived in a bubble, concentrating on her music over her children who had been looked after by the housekeeper/Nanny.

Luck plays it's hand and Isabel is left a property in Norfolk by a distant relative. Selling the London home she packs the family up and arrives at "Th...more
Lea
This isnt her best work, its a nice little story, but I found it rather dull and I really had to fight the urge to just leave it and not finish it.
Green Gables
This book was quite unexpectedly suspenseful! I've been reading Moyes's books in quick succession and I like how they are all fairly diverse. This one read more like a suspense while others have been more like romance or general fiction.

This story had me eagerly reading all the way to the end. Lots of tension! My only small complaint was that I didn't really sense the connection between Isabel and Byron. just didn't seem to be any chemistry there. His character was a bit mysterious and their int...more
Sue
not as good as others by this author. My favourite and the first one i read is 'Peacock Emporium'
Andrea
Loved it but thought the ending could have been much better.Hence one star less!
Filipa
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Isabel Delancey teve o maior choque da sua vida há nove meses atrás quando o seu marido foi vítima de um acidente rodoviário. Isabel, uma violinista profissional estava habituada a que o seu marido, Laurent, cuidasse da rotina da casa e da família. Isabel apenas tinha que se preocupar com a sua vida profissional, a sua carreira e o seu amor pela música. Por isso mesmo, tornou-se uma mãe ausente e enquanto o seu marido e a ama, Mary, viam as duas crianças...more
Kate Hewitt
I'm not sure what to think about this book. The premise was interesting, a widow with her two children moving to a dilapidated house in the country after her husband dies, and this reawakens obsessions and jealousies in the small community. However... the obsession and jealousies were all coming from one evil, lunatic character which was annoying. I hate when a book has Villains with a capital V, no redeeming or even human qualities about them--it just feels like a cheap choice writer-wise. I al...more
Susan
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
Louise
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Hodder | June 18, 2013 | Trade Paperback|ISBN: 978-0-340-89596-2

Isabel Delancey has always taken her gifted life for granted. But when her husband dies suddenly, leaving her with a mountain of debt, she and her two children are forced to abandon their home and move to a crumbling pile in the country.

With the house falling down around their ears, and the last of her savings fast disappearing, Isabel turns to her neighbours, not knowing that her mere presence there has stirred u...more
Mariazita
É o primeiro livro que leio de Jojo Moyes, e gostei bastante da maneira que a autora nos conta esta maravilhosa história.
Isabel é uma artista que vive para o seu violino, marido e filhos.Embora tenha um profundo amor por eles, foram sempre a sua segunda escolha, assim como a realidade da vida do dia a dia, que foi deixado para terceiros, como o seu marido e a empregada, que tratavam de tudo para que Isabel vivesse o seu sonho: a música.
Quando o marido morre de repente, Isabel vai cair na realida...more
Célia
Ora aqui está um livro que foi uma bela surpresa. Jojo Moyes já tinha um livro publicado em Portugal, Silver Bay – A Baía do Desejo (que tenho mas ainda não li), acerca do qual li opiniões positivas, por isso foi com alguma curiosidade que comecei esta leitura.

Um Violino na Noite centra a sua história em Isabel Delancey, mãe de dois filhos e apaixonada pela música, em particular pelo seu violino, que perde o seu marido num acidente de automóvel. A vida desafogada que levava, juntamente com a fam...more
Silvana
Já tinha lido opiniões muito positivas dos livros de Jojo Moyes, por isso estava com alguma curiosidade em descobrir as suas histórias.

Um violino na noite traz-nos a história de uma jovem viúva, Isabel que quando menos esperava fica sem o marido num acidente de viação. Restou a tristeza e um conjunto de dívidas. Esta sua nova condição levou-a a enfrentar uma nova realidade. Uma realidade muito distante daquela que até então a tinha acompanhado.
Isabel, juntamente com os dois filhos, muda-se para...more
Cindy
Well what I think of this book? It was a bit of an ordinary book. It is not top, but it was not so bad that I decided after a few pages to stop reading.
At the end of the book I wanted to know how it ended.
At the end there was a surprise, something I did not expect that would happen to the house.
It is a book where we first learn a little bit about what happened before, how Isabel and her children ended in the house while Matt and his wife thought they would get. From there we follow how it goes....more
Carinya Kappler
In this novel , Jojo Moyes has successfully developed a likeable heroine by exposing her weaknesses to the reader very early in the narrative. Only as the story progresses does the reader begin to glimpse the real strengths in the main character. The beautiful wispy violinist, Isabel, who is in the throes of grieving for her deceased husband Laurent while grappling with the duties of motherhood, poverty and shifting house gradually transforms herself into a woman we can all admire. She is the vi...more
Lisa
I am a fan of Jojo Moyes, but this one was just okay. I'm not sure why this one didn't do it for me… but it didn't draw me in like the last two I've read of hers. Also the book was gigantic and physically hurt my hands to hold it for as long as it takes to read (maybe that skued my viewpoint?)
Annemarie
Irgendwie war dieser Roman von Jojo Moyes ganz anders als "Eine Handvoll Worte" und "Ein ganzes halbes Jahr". Matt war von Anfang an mein Hasscharakter! Ich hätte auch gerne Wände zerschlagen, wenn er mal wieder was dummes gemacht hat.
Zuerst kam das Buch nicht richtig in Fahrt und dann ganz plötzlich ging es Schlag auf Schlag. Alles in allem ein wirklich unterhaltsames Buch mit dem Moyes-Effekt. Auch, wenns nicht ganz so dramatisch war!
Laura Dobb
I'm going to start by saying long winded, the first two thirds of the book could be greatly shortened, but the last third could be greatly elaborated on, the bit at the end which is so sad, and so happy at different events seems to just end, where as at the beginning were hearing the same plot told numerous times from different perspectives. I loved Byron all the way through and feel he should have had a greater role in this book, that may have pushed it up to a 4, also the cousins, there funny!...more
Sue
A book about obsessions and family life. Matt is obsessed with owning Spanish House, and coerces his wife Laura into pandering to its cantankerous owner, in the hope of inheriting it. Isabel is obsessed with her violin, and is bewildered by mounting debt when she unexpectedly loses her adored husband Laurent in a car accident.

It's a story of maturing, of finding out what really matters in life. The ending is a bit over-dramatic, and the conclusion perhaps too tidy for real life, but overall I v...more
Alison Eichler
A good story without Jojo's usual "twist"
Alison
I very rarely abandon books but I'm afraid after falling asleep over this one every night for a fortnight I've finally had to give up. I've read a couple of JoJo Moyes' books already and thought they were fantastic but this one didn't grab me at all. The characters seemed unrealistic, there seemed to be very little going on and what little there was plodded along slowly. The book is reasonably well written , I guess, but it just didn't seem to have any life to it at all. I'll try more of Moyes'...more
Adilah
An easy read. An average story. There are other books by Moyes that I've enjoyed more.
A.B. Shepherd
Marie Claire listed this as a perfect summer read. I disagree. In my mind a perfect summer read is basic chic lit - something you don't have to think too much about and doesn't cause strong emotions. This book is deeper and a bit darker than that. It deals with death, grief, infidelity, and madness. I did enjoy this book and it's variety of characters. I felt the author explored the emotions surrounding these issues quite well, in spite of the fact that it appears in her opinion most people are...more
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Jojo Moyes (born 1969) 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 200...more
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