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The Spanish House is a mixture 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...
©2008 Jojo Moyes; (P)2008 WF Howes Ltd
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By Debbie on 08-05-14

Hauntingly Beautiful Story of Human, Flawed People

I really liked this story of a widow with two children who inherited a huge Spanish house in the country. Isabella, the young widow, whose deep passion for her violin and music, perhaps is too high a priority, has to learn a totally new way of life. But what I appreciated and most loved about the story was the honesty in which it was written. People DO have to go through hardships and work through grief in order to value what is most important in their lives. This isn't a cheap or tawdry tale, although there are some in the small town who make some unfortunate and selfish choices. There are MORE that make better choices and are loyal and end up doing right by their neighbors. The novel is hauntingly beautiful and meets my criteria of having an ending worth the wait.

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By Kelly on 07-17-13

Jojo Moyes is my favorite.

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Jojo Moyes is my favorite author now. I read one of her books and loved it so I tried another. most of the time I am disappointed in the next book I read by the same author, this time I was pleasantly surprised. So I dared to do it a third time and then a fourth. I have thoroughly enjoyed all of them and give them 4 stars each, something I rarely do.

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14 of 16 people found this review helpful

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By k on 09-20-12

Night Music

This is my 4th Jojo Moyes audible book and each one is so different with one thing in common, you have a problem in putting them down. I think this may be my favourite but then again I think that about each book. and I'm about to start my 5th. This is one talented author.

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By D M Waby on 02-02-13

Excellent book

I couldn't wait to get back into the car to hear the next segment of this book. I would definitely recommend it. The characters are described very well so well you can almost picture each person and each scene. The narrator was by good too. Definitely worth downloading.

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By Jane Syd on 02-05-16

Returned the book half way through the listen

I've never read Jojo's books before and thought I'd give it a go after reading positive reviews about her work. The story couldn't be more predictable and far fetched. The writing style is unimaginative and I was bored with the listen despite Clare Corbett's fantastic narration. She couldn't save the book for me. I am a fan of stories that make you wonder what's next in store for the characters that are developed and unique, stories that you think about well after you finish the book. I'm a fan of Murakami, Coelho, Moriarty so perhaps the bar was set too high in my mind. I won't bother with any of her books again.

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By Andrew on 04-11-17

Sort of like a chick flick

My first impression is that it's a novel for women. All about relationships amongst the various characters. It obviously has much more than that because despite whatever chauvinist tendencies I may have I finished it in two days.

The story flows evenly from chapter to chapter. Whenever I resumed listening I was quickly hooked. It is an easy listen and uncomplicated.

The narration by Clare Corbett was up to her usual good standard.

I thought it was a great listen.

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