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Night Music
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36 of 38 people found the following review helpful
Night Music is utterly `unputdownable'. Jojo Moyes immediately intrigues and involves us in the lives of the characters of Night Music and the circumstances that we find them in. This is confidently sustained as the plot twists and turns towards and away from our expectations.

Despite its charming setting, there is a vulgarity to `Spanish House' with it's `Moorish, Georgian, Victorian gothic' façade: Architecture that reflects the rather vulgar attempts of generations of occupants to impose their aspirations and assume superior status within the village. This is what Matt needed the house for, but as the events of Night Music reminds us, we should assume nothing in life.

The new owners of `Spanish House' are different: different needs and ambitions, which reveal different vulnerabilities and strengths. The house is no longer needed as a symbol of status, affirming a sense of self or worth. Unexpected events demand a reassessment of what is important in (and for) life, and `Spanish House' becomes a valuable space for learning to live.

Night Music is not a story of `goodies and baddies'. Rather, Moyes gently `unpicks' a tapestry of lives that make up the picture of `Spanish House'. She lets us see the complexity of making choices and decisions, particularly when one seems, to all intents and purposes, to be a victim of circumstances. Moreover, we see how in these choices - whether they are made knowingly or unknowingly - there are consequences that often stretch beyond our imaginations. It is in how the characters depicted in Night Music deal with the consequences associated with their lives that makes them all so very human.

Throughout Night Music, Moyes sustains great pace because of a subtle complexity that feels very `real' - as the reader you have to keep turning the pages because whilst you think you might know what is going to happen next, you're never quite sure...
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 10 October 2009
I had to admit that i forced myself to read this book as i wanted to return it to a friend who had lent it to weeks and weeks earlier. I was not expecting to enjoy it and was suprised to find myself totally absorbed by the rich langauage and descriptions and attached to the main characters who had so much depth and conviction. By the end, i was very disappointed to finish the book.....but glad that i had found a new author to entertain me!
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on 19 October 2013
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 the contrary Matt is out for revenge and Laura is lost in her ever crumbling world.

Byron was a fantastic character and his vast knowledge of how to live off the land was crucial to Isabel initially. I also liked Nicholas Trent who was gradually putting his life back together and was a lovely,charming man.

I didn't have any idea what the ending would be and was racing along to finish it so I could actually sleep tonight (being up until the wee small hours this morning and only putting my kindle down when I couldn't keep my eyes open any longer).

The only negative I can say is that I now have to wait until Jo Jo's next book!

Wonderful book, as always, and highly recommended.
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on 4 February 2014
Night Music is well written and a thoroughly enjoyable read. It works well at all levels, meaning that the solid characterisation of child, teenager and adult ensures its appeal to a wide age-range. There is insight and sensitivity, and the build of tension is delicately handled. The ending is one where optimism triumphs without caving in to fairy-tale. Take on holiday; take to bed; take on the train - just enjoy the read!
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on 14 August 2013
As usual Jo Jo Moyes books do not disappoint, the plot is excellent and I have found all her books quite different , and unlike many books her stories always captivate you from the start. I devour her books and whilst they are fairly light reading they give the reader something to think about and the story remains with you a long time after finishing the book.
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on 17 February 2013
I loved this book, I thought I had figured it out and I thought I had read another jojo moyes that would make my cry but this time just tears welled up (more than once).
The ending was brilliant and I had imagined a slightly different version but I was so very happy it had not ended as I had predicted. Hmmmm a lovely story.
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on 1 July 2013
This is the second Jojo Moyes book I've read and I really enjoyed it. Nice characters, an intriguing plot and a lovely setting - it's not a book that'll change your life but one that is just entertaining - a curl up on the sofa with a glass of wine type of book. I look forward to catching up with more of Moyes' work.
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on 11 July 2014
Wondered which way events were going to fall - but in the end the fall was surprising. Lovely assortment of characters. Engrossing to the last. Didn't like the title or the front cover though. It's not all about orchestras after all. A new life - a new start and an ensemble of disparate characters. A gripping read.
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on 22 April 2013
Jo Jo Moyes is a great writer and I have thoroughly enjoyed the books of her that I have read. I love the way that characters from other books slip into the stories. You suddenly think 'that sounds familiar' and then 'oh, I'm glad that she turned out OK'. A really nice touch.
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on 19 March 2014
A story of intrigue, well written as are all her books, I do not believe in giving a breakdown of the story as I believe you should read a book and judge if for yourself, but you will not be disappointed with this one, JoJo Moyes is another great story teller
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