My book reviews posts are back after an extended break, and I start with the latest book I have finished reading, which was Night Music by Jojo Moyes. I’d grabbed this one when I saw it on sale in my local supermarket. Despite it being first published back in 2008, it’s one I’d not read, so I was looking forward to adding another of Jojo’s books to my collection.
Isabel Delancey, a classical violinist, has always taken her comfortable life for granted. But when her husband dies suddenly, leaving her with a mountain of debt, she and her two children are forced to abandon their home and move to the Spanish House, a now-dilapidated manor Isabel inherited in the English countryside.
With the house falling down around them, and the last of her savings disappearing fast, Isabel turns to her neighbours for help, not knowing that her mere presence there has stirred up long-standing obsessions.
As she fights to make her house a home, passions and lives collide. Isabel will discover an instinct for survival she never knew she had— and that a heart can play a new song. . .
—Night Music by Jojo Moyes, Hodder & Stoughton, 2021
For regular readers of my blog, you will know that I am a big fan of Jojo Moyes (with the one exception), so it’s probably no surprise that I really enjoyed Night Music. I was hooked into the story right from the start and loved the way the story unfolded, transitioning from one character’s point of view to another.
The descriptive way the book is written really brings every one of the characters to life. I found them all to be relatable and believable, as was the situation they all found themselves to be in. There are some stereotypical elements to some of the characters but I that didn’t take anything away for me personally.
The turn of events are however dramatic, but you’d really expect nothing less. There are clues throughout the book as to what might occur at the book’s climax if you absorb them, but you could also be easily surprised by the melodramatic peak of the story.
One of the main themes running through the book is that of obsession. Most of the main characters are obsessed with something and the consequence of those obsessions dictate much of their lives. The treatment of this subject throughout the story shows that people can become obsessed by all kinds of things – feelings, people, physical objects etc. This comes across well throughout the book, as does the impact of the consequences of such obsessions.
Night Music is also a story about grief. new beginnings, relationships and the importance of family life. All of these themes and topics are discussed throughout the book and through various characters. I found it enjoyable to find out so much about so many characters rather than the story being focussed on just one or two.
I really enjoyed Night Music but in my haste to get the conclusion, I somehow managed to miss (or misread) a vital line in one of the closing chapters. I chose to go back and slowly re-read the last few chapters and found I enjoyed it even more on second read. I’d definitely recommend this book if you’re a fan of Jojo’s books (and for those looking to get into her works).
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About Jojo (Bio from Goodreads)
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 forThe 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.
She is married to journalist Charles Arthur and has three children.