Night Music by Jojo MoyesNight Music by Jojo Moyes

Night Music

byJojo Moyes

Mass Market Paperback | April 2, 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 . . .
Jojo Moyes was born in 1969 and was brought up in London. A journalist and writer, she worked for theIndependentnewspaper until 2001. She lives in East Anglia with her husband and children.
Title:Night MusicFormat:Mass Market PaperbackDimensions:416 pages, 7.1 × 4.5 × 1.06 inPublished:April 2, 2009Publisher:HodderLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0340979143

ISBN - 13:9780340979143


Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Story! Hodder | June 18, 2013 | Trade Paperback|ISBN: 978-0-340-89596-2 My Review: Isabel Delancey and her husband, Laurent enjoyed a good life together – a rich life. They had two children, Kitty and, Thierry who attended private schools and they employed a nanny who had been with them for years. Isabel played lead violin in the symphony orchestra and, Laurent was employed working with an investment bank. Suddenly and unexpectedly, Laurent passed away and Isabel was inconsolable with grief. She just wasn’t functioning well these days trying to deal with her feelings and the fact that she’d never again see, Laurent. Laurent’s financial advisor/accountant and had come to relay some very bad news. Basically, Laurent had died and left her and the children almost penniless. Mr. Cartwright went on to explain that, Laurent: “…had borrowed heavily against this house to maintain your lifestyle. He was relying on the value of your property continuing to increase. But the biggest problem is that when he extended the mortgage, he did not increase his life insurance to cover the new sum. In fact, he cashed in one of his policies.” He continued to notify her that the house was not paid for, she had significantly outstanding mortgage repayments that he was sure she would not be able to meet. Basically, Isabel was going to lose the house they had raised their children in. Isabel was awestruck and assured Mr. Cartwright that there must be ‘something’ she could do to rectify this most devastating debacle she was finding herself in but Mr. Cartwright was quite forward in telling her: “…Mr. Delancey had spent heavily in the months leading up to his death. He all but emptied several accounts as well as using the proceeds of the life insurance policy, any monies remaining will have to settle his credit card debts and his back payments due on the alimony to his ex-wife.” The only solution Mr. Cartwright could see for, Isabel would be to sell the house and if she didn’t she would lose it. Even if she took he kids out of private schools and let the nanny go she’d still be left with significant mortgage repayments. The ONLY option he could see for her would be to sell her precious violin which would fetch a six-figure sum, in which case she’d at least be able to keep her house. After Mr. Cartwright left, Isabel and Kitty made tea and Kitty insisted that they must begin opening all the piled up mail but Isabel’s heart just wasn’t in it. Kitty began tearing open envelopes and reporting to her mother what each contained. She even ran across a warning that her hydro bill was so severely overdue that the company was just about to shut it off. Isabel told Kitty not to worry about it that she’d take care of it but deep down she knew she couldn’t, there was literally no money. As Kitty continued to open envelopes she came across a type-written letter of great importance and with excitement she tried to get her mother to read it but, Isabel said she was too tired and they’d continue with the rest the following day. However, Kitty was adamant that Isabel read this particular letter for it seemed someone had left her a house in their will! Neither of them was quite sure if it was a joke or not. After some checking, Isabel found it to be true, it had been left to her by her great uncle and was situated out in the country. She had remembered visiting when she was a young girl and if memory served her correctly it was a big sprawling space but had learned the place was in need of some real modernization. Isabel made the comment that her great uncle had been living in it up to the time of his death so how bad could it be? She was planning on taking this place sight unseen. Within a few weeks they were on their way to the inheritance house. They arrived in town and stopped to ask directions and were shortly on their way again. They finally found it and Kitty was appalled when they drove up front. She thought it looked derelict but didn’t say anything out loud for fear of hurting her mother’s feelings. The house was an absolute mess – an utter eyesore! They eventually hire, Matt McCarthy to totally renovate the house not knowing that he and his wife, Laura had been taking care of the old codger who’d lived there before he died. The only reason they looked after him, did his laundry, cooked his meals and put up with his extremely mouthy and rude comments was because they thought they would be left the house when he died, and Matt wanted this house more than anything else in life. However, when he realized he didn’t end up with the house after all, he plans to exact his revenge at the expense of poor, Isabel. I was literally glued to this book and read it in two sittings. This is my third Moyes novel and I thoroughly enjoy her writing and I’m looking forward to reading the next one.
Date published: 2013-09-06

Editorial Reviews

With its skilful blend of emotional intensity and satisfyingly drawn characters, Jojo Moyes' sixth novel is a perfect summer read-Marie Claire