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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.

Shilovsky paraphrased by melibretto of Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin My rating might be so high because I didn’t expect much from this book.

View all 17 comments. You can at least be that. Ibborson, Tessa is a beautiful, tiny, dark-eyed princess ibbotsoh who’s given up her duties to follow her heart, working for nothing backstage at the Viennese opera. Yet these characters live as surely as the hero and heroine.

Think of all the Bertha Richters in here — you can feel their courage, somehow, coming up through the ground. The Best Books of I hate to bash this one so mmagic, I will try another book by this author. One of my favorite parts of The Reluctant Heiress is all of the cultural references. Sep 21, Angie rated it liked it Shelves: I thought she was a very interesting and intriguing character, what with the fact that she is royalty, and yet all she wants to do is to be an unpaid assistant in a little theater that is ega on the brink of ruin.

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’ve never really read any Eva Ibbotson before, at least I don’t remember doing so.


Her books are so wonderfully well written, thoroughly researched and she effortlessly brings all of her settings to life. It will be difficult Ibbotxon 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.

She attended Bedford College, graduating in ; Cambridge University from ; and the University of Durham, from which she graduated with a diploma in education in When the Whales Walked Dougal Dixon. I’m picky like that. He was brought to an orphanage where Matron was surprised by his strength. I don’t mzgic reading books where I don’t know what’s going on because the author has decided to constantly throw in my face the fact that their vocabulary is bigger and better than mine But even given all of these potential categorizations as fairy tale or romance neither of which flhtes inherently belittling in my mindI assert that Ibbotson requires a designation all her own.

Guy Farne was found by mere chance wrapped in sacking on the Tyne docks in Newcastle. She married someone else, and Guy determines to throw all his flites into making money. Rowling [ Nancy Stouffer ], but unlike her, Ibbotson says she would ‘like to shake her [Rowling] by the hand. Eva Ibbotson is not a prolific writer, but to to flutss fans, her books are all cherished treasures and they love each and every one of them.

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Tessa was born and bred the Princess of Pfaffenstein but is now a republican and working backstage at a Vienna opera company for ibbotsson because she loves music so much. First alluring the reader in with a cover of a sweet looking young woman, the book tells the tale of two people: Born in Vienna, Eva Ibbotson came to England as a nagic girl.

Set in the s Tessa is a beautiful young girl who takes on a new identity.

The book is filled with beautiful descriptions and historical details of pre- WWII Austria and a number of quirky characters. Item s unavailable for purchase. He drives her home and they speak of Vienna in the way of people who live in a city they love.


The Reluctant Heiress

From there their lives intersect at more or less regular intervals and these two individuals with such wildly different backgrounds unexpectedly become friends. Everything just ended up a bit too nicely, any misunderstandings were cleared up too quickly, and although I started out really liking Guy, I ended up bored with him about halfway through. But it is the situations that arise and the language describing them that made me cry so often: The characters were hard to get to know and hard to keep straight-for they had nicknames and real names that were unusual anyways.

Heck, I think I could write one of these books. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Now, inhe has become a multi-millionaire and is rich enough t Found on the docks at Newcastle-upon-Tyme, Guy is a foundling who spent his earliest years at the Foundling Home fighting any perceived insult or injustice.

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Trivia About The Reluctant Hei TRH includes a supporting cast of lovable, if stereotyped, small parts, references to opera that I understand but would have enchanted my younger self more, quirky aristocratic poverty like that of A Brief History of Montmaray and a more satisfactory ending than that of ACBS. 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.

I can’t wait to read some of Eva Ibbotson’s other books. The author obviously knows classical music and opera. She was born in Vienna, Austria, in