Night Music

Night Music

Paperback - 2009
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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 . . .
Publisher: London :, Hodder & Stoughton,, [2009]
Copyright Date: ©2008
ISBN: 9780340979143
Branch Call Number: FIC MOY
Characteristics: 406 pages ; 18 cm

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1_Great_Book
Sep 29, 2017

It is perfectly believable that an artsy person really, really doesn't know anything about maintaining a home that is basically beyond saving. The violin music woven throughout the plot that helps Isabel muddle through life's difficulties is totally realistic. This is a very different tangent for JoJo Moyes compared to her later themes and just as worthy. The music comes to a crescendo as the house comes crashing down, but Isabel remains well grounded throughout and discovers strengths and truths about herself by having to focus on other issues than the music she had been wrapped up in for so long. To learn that your passion and profession aren't the only things that define and limit you is liberating.

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matcat44
Apr 17, 2015

A well used formula,well used theme. Boring book.

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