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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Although, I will surely be more cautious with regards to the location and time periods from now on to avoid any more over-the-top and dictionary-heeding words!

Magic Flutes

May 16, Cassandra rated it really liked it Shelves: Inher mother moved to London, settling in Belsize Parkand sent for her daughter. They first meet at an opera performance where Tessa is working as an assistant. In this iteration, the man is an orphan who was found as a baby under a piece of sacking on a dock. He decides to buy Pfaffenstein castle to woo back his lady love who rejected him years ago when he was poor. 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.

It took me about pages of reading this one or scanning it to become half-way interested. Her secret safely hidden until one day her life collides with a handsome man. Technically not a princess novel, but if you have aristocrats and pretty dresses, it counts in my book. Should she marry Maxi, a prince who lives in a damp and crumbling home or can she help patronize the arts? Tessa, or Putzerl as she is known to her family and friends, is a young member of a class of people who had been far above the common people, her friends, family and acquaintances are princes, archduchesses and barons.

The book jumped around constantly from multiple points of view. Unsurprisingly, no one is who they seem to be and that presents several sticky problems for our protagonists to tackle. Una novela feelgood con personajes cargados de humor.


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The one other thing that seems to be as important a factor as the city and it’s royalty ibbptson this book is music and the opera. Guy decides to better himself and proceeds over the next few years to become a millionaire. Several have been reissued successfully for the young-adult market, some under different titles.

For the historical novel Journey to the River Sea Macmillan,she won the Smarties Prize in category 9—11 years, garnered unusual commendation as flutex up for the Guardian Prize[2] and made the Carnegie, Whitbread, and Blue Peter shortlists.

Can the two lives be kept separate forever? Shilovsky paraphrased by melibretto of Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin My rating might be so high because I didn’t expect much from this book. Guy learns of the folly and mqgic her down at the grave of a Frau Richter ibbotsson the Central Cemetery.

The book had been in her head for years before she actually wrote it. No one there knows who she really is, or that a fairy-tale castle is missing its princess, and Tessa is determined to keep it that way.

I like her blend of simple storytelling mixed with delicious description, only in this case I found the description began to detract from the story. It sounds like it would be a lovely romance.

All of it makes you want to put down the book and grab the first tickets to Austria that very moment. A romantic, wistful story that pulls at the heartstrings. Ibbotson has said that she disliked thinking about the supernatural, and created the characters because she wanted to decrease her readers’ fear of such things. I’m only 40 pages in and I’m a bit annoyed with the author. And it wasn’t even the random big words see earlier rant below. I just couldn’t get into it.

Look, she lived to be seventy-five! By the time I was about a third of the way into the book, I was hooked. Ibbotson was also noted for several works of fiction for adults.


This is a historical fiction book that is largely a romance, but there is a good plot line besides just that. Don’t go thinking these are going to be adorable or cute in the way that you’d find Stephanie Perkins or Kasie Wests books.

Magic Flutes by Eva Ibbotson

Return to Book Page. Evocative descriptions of the contrasts between the two worlds provide a vivid background for a romp of a read.

I was suffering from a terrible book hangover – four DNF and one crime book I managed to read but without enjoyment. Guy Farne is an orphan who is given into the care of Martha Hodge a young widow. They may not be so likable, but at least they are very realistic and add entertainment to the story.

They had met at the opera during a performance wva The Magic Flute and in his romantic way, he wants to recreate the evening, down to the color of her dress.

I love Eva Ibbotson’s world. A Song for Mahic. The Secret Diary of Lizzie Bennet. This book is so much more a romance between Tessa and music than it is between Tessa and Guy. Item s unavailable for purchase. Set in the Amazon, it was ibbotsson in honour of her deceased husband Alan, a former naturalist.

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If she had narrowed it down to just them, then it would have been a million times better. Close Report a review At Kobo, we try to ensure that published reviews do not contain rude ibbtson profane language, spoilers, or any of our reviewer’s personal information. We’ll publish them on our site once we’ve reviewed them.