By Eva Ibbotson, , European Historical Romance (Vienna, ) Magic Flutes is Ibbotson’s second novel, and showcases all of what. Summary: A story encompassing a millionaire born in dubious circumstances, a beautiful social-climbing young woman, a delightfully. Magic Flutes. Romance and intrigue make this lyrical historical adventure an unputdownable read! When a British millionaire sets out to buy a secluded fairy tale.

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It is set in the s and revolves around the outrageously funny and touching members of the Viennese Opera Company, in particular a young woman named Tessa who eats, drinks, and breathes music and is the heart and soul of the company. I volunteer to find out. Tessa is a beautiful, tiny, dark-eyed princess – who’s given up her duties to follow her heart, working for nothing backstage at the Viennese opera. How to write a great review Do Say what you liked best and least Describe the author’s style Explain the rating you gave Don’t Use rude and profane language Include any personal information Mention spoilers or the book’s price Recap the plot.

The Reluctant Heiress

ACBS, as I call it, romanticizes imperial Russia, confuses the reader more than necessary, ibboston several unnecessary elements and leaves the reader with a somewhat unsatisfactory ending. Guy was brought up by the likeable, and decidedly working class Martha Hodge. Unsourced material may be challenged and removed. Novelist who moved from adult romance to writing entrancing fantasies for children” obituaryThe Independent26 October Guy is an foundling and self-made millionaire, who scorns aristocratic titles.

There is a similar warm, tolerant humor about all the confused European and Eastern European aristocrats whose world has changed around them as their lives of clueless privilege have dissolved and they are now losing their palatial homes to American industrialists and society at large is easily finding them so irrelevant.


All this buildup throughout the story to only be given a small taste of what their life as a couple is like. We see her weeping with exhaustion once or twice, and – later on – making a silly decision in pique. Then when he was six, he was given to a widow to raise.

Her views about her social standing and her unwavering love for the work she put into the International Opera House was unique for her time and refreshing for me to read. Archived from the original on There were so many different references to opera, art and even Freud that it all felt cluttered and totally distracting from the story. Or like I did, in a hot tub A word about Ms. Magic Efa Written by Eva Ibbotson. I thought Nerine and Guy and Tessa’s relationship could have been done better, but as I’ve stated before, this is quirky old-school historical fiction novel is the flutess break from the same-trailer-different-park of YA these days.

Magic Flutes by Eva Ibbotson — All About Romance

In addition to the passages about music at its most sublime and transcendent which had me in tears twicethere’s also a fantastically clever and funny subplot about a Modern or is it postmodern? He is brilliant and has devoted himself to making money.

All of this makes Tessa a very likable character. She attended Bedford College, graduating in ; Cambridge University from ; and the University of Durham, from which she graduated with a diploma in education in Overall, I rate The Reluctant Lbbotson 4. May 03, Kate Quinn rated it really liked it. Please review your cart. I liked Tessa and Guy quite a bit. Ibbotxon wish they had a few more scenes together.


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Ibbotson was also noted for several works of fiction for adults. She wrote for both adults and children. That’s Guy in this book. But I think that was just me. flufes

With good writing and, if not very clutes, at least interesting plot, it is a story of a lot of fluff, not much use, an abrupt ending, and the ability to capture a reader into a faded world and leave them with a smile Fluttes better is that these are precisely the qualities that make the young heroine irresistible for the Rochester-like hero; far from appearing bland or ‘too good’, her character is full to the brim and overflowing, he is captivated.

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View all 6 comments. Nov 24, Candi Criddle rated it really liked it Shelves: She was born in Vienna, Austria, in Ibhotson story describes the city, it’s splendour, it’s streets, people, sites and history in every page, dropping off nuggets of information about the history and royalty fluhes every paragraph and dialogue till unknowingly you learn as much and sometimes more about the city itself as you do about the characters.

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