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Night Music: A Novel by Jojo Moyes
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Night Music: A Novel (edition 2021)

by Jojo Moyes (Author)

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"The Spanish House is a notch potch of designs, Georgian, Gothic and Moorish, as if whoever started it had simply got bored. It has long been known to locals as an architectural folly, and is now nearly derelict to boot." "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."--BOOK JACKET.… (more)
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Title:Night Music: A Novel
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Nothing special but a pleasant diversion. Easy reading romance with a frustratingly disconnected professional violinist left broke by her philandering spouse who died suddenly. A great uncle left them a house that his neighbors thought they’d get, setting up competition and bad feelings. Several half-explored plot bits detract from the story but Moyes has fans who will enjoy this novel. ( )
  quirkylibrarian | Nov 25, 2021 |
Zwischendurch lese ich gerne Bücher von Joyo Moyes und hole gerade einige ihrer früheren Romane nach. Dieser hat mir allerdings nicht so gut gefallen.

Einige Figuren schienen mir unglaubwürdig, überzogen oder inkonsistent beschrieben, andere blieben seltsam blass, gemeinsam hatten zumindest die Hauptfiguren, dass sie mir durchgängig unsympathisch waren. Auch mit Klischees wurde nicht unbedingt gespart.
Die Vorzüge des Lebens in einem kleinen Ort (statt in London, wo die Protagonistin und ihre Kinder vor dem Umzug gelebt haben) wurden mir zu einseitig hervorgehoben. Die engeren persönlichen Kontakte, die Tatsache, dass jeder jeden kennt, hat nicht nur Vorteile.
Das Trauma des Sohnes, das immerhin so schlimm war, dass er am Anfang des Buches überhaupt nicht mehr gesprochen hat, wurde quasi auf zwei Seiten abgehandelt und behoben, nicht zuletzt durch die Hilfe eines Hundewelpens.
Das Happy End war ziemlich vorhersehbar und hätte besser in eine Seifenoper gepasst.

Dieses Buch ist definitiv nicht auf dem Niveau einiger ihrer späteren Bücher. Wird mich aber sicher nicht davon abhalten, weitere Bücher der Autorin zu lesen.


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  Ellemir | Nov 9, 2021 |
Joyo Moyes knows how to put a lot of twists and turns into a plot. London-based Isabel Delancey, who has devoted her life to her violin and the Symphonia she plays in, has left the raising of her children to her husband and the nanny. When his sudden death reveals he left more debt than assets, she and her two children are forced to move to rural England and live in a decrepit house she inherited. And into a hornet’s nest she moves. Caretakers for the old man living their until his death assumed they would inherit it. Matt McCarthy had dreamed of the day he could remodel it for his family. He offers to make renovations, but in reality, he’s trying to get Isabel to give up and return to London. Both her son and her daughter have grown to love living “rough” without even finished bathroom. When Isobel wises up to what is happening, its too late to save the house. I enjoyed this book with some reservations about the ending. It seemed to me like there was a publishing deadline and the bits and pieces needed to be tied together. ( )
  brangwinn | Aug 26, 2021 |
A wall thrower for me. Liked her other books but couldn't get into this one. I don't mind darkness, but the unrelenting gloom of the first half finished it for me. ( )
  nautilus | Sep 20, 2017 |
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 very much enjoyed this book. Four and a half stars really. ( )
  SueinCyprus | Jan 26, 2016 |
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"The Spanish House is a notch potch of designs, Georgian, Gothic and Moorish, as if whoever started it had simply got bored. It has long been known to locals as an architectural folly, and is now nearly derelict to boot." "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."--BOOK JACKET.

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The Spanish House is a hotch-potch of designs, Georgian, Gothic and Moorish, as if whoever started it had simply got bored. It has long been known as an architectural folly to locals, and is now nearly derelict to boot.

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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