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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A story encompassing a millionaire born in dubious circumstances, a beautiful social-climbing young woman, a delightfully egalitarian princess, a fairytale castle, and a struggling theatre company, all placed in Vienna. 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 and interest in each other’s family trees and lineage.

I don’t know if this mostly reflects well on her or poorly on me. When I ibbktson again, I found myself really hoping the magic spell wouldn’t end there. We see her weeping with exhaustion once or twice, and – later on – making a silly decision in pique.

Ibboston Secret of Platform Happily there was one more sweet historical in store for me. Guy worked hard to please Martha and turned his energy to his studies. The first of this setting, The Morning Giftbecame a best-seller. The girl is an Austrian princess who must sell her magnificent castle because there is no more money for upkeep. Goodreads is the world’s largest site maic readers with over 50 million reviews.

He understood human nature and she used her knowledge perfectly creating all characters.

Magic Flutes by Eva Ibbotson – book review

Check out the top books of the year on our page Best Books of If she had narrowed it down to just them, then it would have been a million times better. Tessa as a character was relatable and empowering.

And totally adorable romance at that. But this sameness doesn’t matter – I have to keep reading, and I enjoy each book. And yes, I had to look both words up I’m all for learning new words Yadda, yadda, yadda, two hundred pages later, come conflicts and then the last page of the blasted book: All right, so Tessa is perhaps a little too good to be true, but she certainly has her human side.


This book was a lot better than just that. She married someone else, and Guy determines to throw all his energies into making money. Ibotsonpages. Tessa was brought up in a castle with an army of servants. Eva Ibbotson born Maria Charlotte Michelle Wiesner was a British novelist specializing in romance and children’s fantasy.

Magic Flutes, by the end of it, had stolen my hea Having read three books by Flutex Ibbotson in a row, it had become quite clear to me that the woman was a master when it came to writing historical romance. To ask other readers questions about The Reluctant Heiressplease sign up. I’m so sick of last pages declarations. The Haunting of Hiram.

Select a title to see its linked publication history and general information. Eva passed away at her home in Newcastle on 20 October Close Report a review At Kobo, we try to ensure that published reviews do not contain rude or profane language, maic, or any of our reviewer’s personal information.

Though Martha Hodge was dubious, when she agreed to take Guy, two miracles occurred — he smiled and in his strange, green eyes, a glimmer of celestial blue appeared. We’re featuring millions of their reader ratings on our book pages to help you find your new favourite book.

There ibnotson a similar warm, tolerant humor about all the confused European and Ibbotsonn 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. 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.

Tessa, meanwhile, owns such a castle.

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He was forever in trouble — battering other children, arson, and possession of weapons were among his crimes. 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.


No, this was less of romance and more of, well When I flipped through the book at the library the cover told me this was the story of beautiful dark eyed princess who has shrugged off her royal duties and taken up the life of theatre and how she meets and falls in love with a handsome and rich English businessman. Guy is an foundling and self-made millionaire, who scorns aristocratic titles. She is dedicated to art and so, informing her aunts, she sets off to Vienna where she takes up the job of a stage hand at the International Opera Company to serve the art she so believes in.

It’s a lot of everything to be sure.

But instead of me reading about this world, I found that my insane speed made me fall into it. Perhaps they were necessary to establish the historical background and to draw the stark contrast between Guy and Tessa, but I found I understood those much better once the story really got going, and saw the people in action and conversation.

All this buildup throughout the story to only be given a small taste of what their life as a couple is like. Taking place in Austria just after World War I, we are swiftly introduced to two people obviously intended for each other: A word about Ms.

I love her for that Want to Read saving…. She wrote Journey in honour of her husband, a former naturalist ibbotsoh had just died; the book had been in her head for years. 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: View all 17 comments. They do, to the wealthy Guy Farnes, who buys it as a gift for his beloved.

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In these cases the only thing to do is to reread something pure and lovely and Eva Ibbotson always fits the bill.