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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, 407 pages
Published July 1st 2009 by Hodder & Stoughton (first published 2008)
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I liked this book because I am always interested in reading about houses, real estate, etc. The love story is also…more
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Ferdy
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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
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Malia
May 25, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: women-s-fiction
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
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Gail
Oct 19, 2013 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
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Penny
Jun 09, 2014 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 ...more
Jess The Bookworm
Jan 17, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I don't think that I will ever come across a Jojo Moyes book that I don't enjoy. There is just something so great about her writing.

This novel follows the lives of the people in the little village where 'The Spanish House' is located. It's an old and derelict house, in need of a lot of repairs, but it is in a wonderful location by the lake. Matt and Laura have been coveting the house for years, and when the owner dies, they are hopeful that it will be left to them, but instead it goes into his
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Anne
Nov 26, 2008 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
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Thomas Strömquist
A book that was lended to my wife and that I picked up only because Im always open to sample something new (and Im always happy to have a book in my hand). I did recognize the author name and its one that is published in very romance-looking paperbacks - in Sweden at least. It was a big dose of romance, but as I said in my update, Im kind of a romantic, so suits me well. And when a book does contain a number of unseen turns, great and complex characters and is written as well as this one it does ...more
R
Dec 09, 2012 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
Beth (bibliobeth)
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
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Anna J. Shelby ☕
Night Music is my first Jojo Moyes book and I am thoroughly disappointed. I was expecting something along the lines of Nicholas Sparks.
The story follows a widow with her two children. Isabel is as helpless and naive as a child, to a point where she ignores her children to a degree bordering on child neglect. Her husband dies in an accident. The fmaily is forced to leave their expensive lifestyle behind and move to the country, where the drama around the Spanish house takes place.
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Jennifer
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.
Stephanie Anze
Apr 03, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
2.5 stars

Isabel Delancey is an accomplished violinist that travels to play with the orchestra until tragedy strikes. Her husband dies unexpectedly and now Isabel has to take the reign of her children, her household and her finances. Only one problem, she does not know how and as such her financial situation becomes dire. Thus, when she inherits a house from a distant relative, it comes at a most needed time. She uproots her family from London to a village to live in the 'Spanish House'. But the
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Carolyn Hill
Jun 13, 2015 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
Sharon Robards
This is the first Jojo Moyes' book I have read, and the first book Ive read in a few months. I enjoyed it, but found some of the twists predictable and the ending with Matts wife disappointing. Although I didnt 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 her ...more
(ツ) Hache
Sep 05, 2014 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
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Barbara Elsborg
Aug 07, 2013 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
Paula Sealey
Mar 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction
I have been promising myself that I would finally get around to reading older books from some of my favourite authors, and Jojo Moyes was top of my list. I kept my fingers crossed that this one would live up to her later books...and for me, yes, it did! Quietly compelling, I enjoyed the array of characters and drama surrounding them and found Moyes' writing as beautiful as ever.

Recently widowed Isabel has been left in a difficult financial situation by her deceased husband and can no longer
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syrin
Aug 21, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebook, read-2017
Nope. Nope nope nope.
Next!
Rachael Roden
Jan 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
Slow at the start but once I got into it, couldnt put it down!! Loved it :) ...more
Renita D'Silva
Sep 14, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Beautiful
Sonia189
Just finished.
It was OK but I really didn't like some characters nor some decisions made by them.
I can't help but compare with the author's more recent work, something that truly appeals to me.
Lainy
Oct 18, 2014 rated it liked it
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,
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Faith
Feb 17, 2016 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 ...more
Anne-Marie
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.
Cassie Barber
Jan 04, 2013 rated it liked it
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.
Amna
Feb 25, 2015 rated it really liked it
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.
Rita Chapman
Feb 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A woman's struggle to emerge from a world where she works all over the world as a violinist whilst married to the love of her life with two beautiful children, to a world where she must not only provide for her children but be around for them all the time. At first she is unable to deal with the death of her husband but eventually she steps into the world of juggling finances, domesticity, cooking meals and finding food to put on their plates. Having moved from a beautiful house in London to a ...more
Emma
More than a love story, or a story of grief and family, this is the story of a house. And really, I don't have anything bad to say about it, I kept reading (albeit a bit slowly), but it's very classical and nothing stands up or surprises the reader ever. It was okay, but it was nothing more than that.
Federica Aita
Very disappointing, considering that Moyes is the same author of Me Before You. A waste of time, a reading suitable only for when you're lying in bed tired from a long day and you need a full-drama-love-story. The end was so lame and unbelievably stupid that I just wanted to throw my tablet at the wall.
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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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