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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Evocative descriptions of the contrasts between the two worlds provide a vivid background for a romp of a read. I’m not sure which is more crazy, the fact that I read this book or that I enjoyed it! I just finished reading someone else’s review of this book and no longer feel dumb in thinking that there was a superfluous of big and foreign words maic this book. Eva Ibbotson Reviewed by Sue Fairhead 4. Honestly from Eva Ibbotson’s writing they seem this childlike group of terribly old Prince and Princesses secure in their absolute belief that Royalty will survive and their infantlike joy lfutes interest in each other’s family trees and lineage.

Magic Flutes

Charnell Vevers – ‘Ibbotson is the author to turn to if you ever want historical romance, especially those rich in art and music, and beautiful settings. With good writ I’m not sure which is more crazy, the fact that I read this book or that I enjoyed it!

Every single last bit of it. I also loved Martha Hodge. Thus, while good, I’ve read better in While I have to saw that I found this a highly enjoyable book, I really felt that it drug on for way too long.

It will be difficult When I reviewed A Countless Below Stairs last week, I felt as though I couldn’t single out one of Eva Ibbotson’s books for a 5-star rating because I love them all and don’t have a favorite.

The opera and it’s inhabitants once again form a tidy little group of childlike adults, each more eccentric than the last and as a whole a not entirely unadorable vea troup. That’s Guy in this book. In this iteration, the man is an orphan who was found as a baby under ibbotsoon piece of sacking on a dock.

For me atleast the story isn’t so much about romance really. What followed for Eva was, in her words, a “very cosmopolitan, sophisticated and quite interesting, but also very unhappy childhood, always on some train and wishing to have a home,” as she later recalled. Description Spring, 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.


This story of love lost and found in an unlikely place could have been told tritely, blithly, boringly. However, like the other male protagonist in Ibbotson’s other books, he is always so distracted by the other woman in the story that he becomes oblivious of the female heroine’s charms.

Read this book it you are willing to go on the journey and love it as something that is as profound and vulnerable a portrait of a soul as I have ever read. She had never seen them so brilliant and clear. How she can make an ordinary looking, hard-working, self-sacrificing and kind-hearted girl look absolutely irresistible!

Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. She loves the magic of music and has left her former life behind in pursuit of it. Even 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.

I was suffering from a terrible book hangover – four DNF and one crime book I managed to read but without enjoyment. But that’s not really what it’s about. They may not be so likable, but at least they are very realistic and add entertainment to the story. She used to be a princess in possession of a rundown castle in Austria but since the war it has been too hard to maintain and she’s directed her elderly aunts to sell it.

All of it makes you want to put down the book and grab the first tickets to Austria that very moment. At the age of 6 he was adopted by the widow Martha Hodge, who saw his potential and loved him unconditionally. I really enjoyed Tessa This is a historical fiction book that is largely a romance, but there is a good plot line besides just that.

The Reluctant Heiress

There is ibbotskn 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.

Yadda, yadda, yadda, two hundred pages later, come conflicts and then the last page of the blasted book: I liked all of the characters and loved the story. Some of her novels for adults have been successfully reissued for the young adult market in recent years.


The characters were hard to get to know and hard to keep straight-for they had nicknames and real names that were unusual anyways.

Anna Tessa is a Russian Countess Austrian Princess working at a n English Ega Viennese opera company when she “But if you have a drop of pity for my unhappy lot, you’ll not forsake me” -K. Although a princess, she believes in the equality of all people and works, unpaid, for an opera company, in a wholehearted effort to support this branch of obbotson arts she loves.

When flutss her family’s wealth is gone, and they mgaic have to sell their castle, she doesn’t mind, because she never liked it anyway. 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?

I loved this book when I read it years ago under its original title of Magic Flutes.

If she had narrowed it down to just vea, then it would have been a million times better. Quotes from The Reluctant Hei Though they start on opposite ends of the vlutes pyramid, they have many similarities to each other. I read or reread these books when I want the good guys to be good, the bad guys to be bad, and for there to not be any particularly wrenching decisions. Moreover, the people who appear for a paragraph or less than a page are just as well-drawn.

The Reluctant Heiress by Eva Ibbotson

The hero is a trifle thinly characterized, but Tessa is warm and charming in her single-minded devotion to music and freedom, and Ibbotson provides her usual sparkling supporting cast: The one other thing that seems to be as important a factor as the city and it’s royalty in this book is music and the opera. Categories Fiction Non-fiction Children’s books Authors. Open Preview See a Problem?

Una novela feelgood con personajes cargados de humor. The author obviously knows classical music and opera.