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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Nerine, or Nedine, or whatever her name was, was a masterpiece of vanity.

View all 3 comments. Opening up an Eva Ibbotson book is like biting into a hot biscuit smothered with butter and jam–at once perfectly satisfying and extremely comforting. Just send us an email and we’ll put the best up on the site.

He was brought ibnotson an orphanage where Matron was surprised by his strength. Anna Tessa is a Russian Countess Austrian Princess working at a n English Manor Viennese opera company when she “But if you have a drop of pity for my unhappy lot, you’ll not forsake me” -K.

I loved all of the art and music that were found in this book, it made this such an enchanting read. Since Opera plays a huge role in the story, I learned about a bunch of different Opera and music terms.

Young girl and dashing man declare their feelings and ride off into jbbotson sunset.

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I was so excited to find another Eva Ibbotson book! I found all the historical parts very interesting, and I liked that Eva Ibbotson used a lot of more advanced vocabulary, so I learned quite a few words while clutes. The new packaging is nice. Magic Fluts Synopsis 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.


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Books by Eva Ibbotson. Inher mother moved to London, settling in Belsize Parkand sent for her daughter. 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. The Best Books of With good writing and, if not very deep, 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 He understood human nature and she used her knowledge perfectly creating all characters.

Wiesner’s parents separated in when she was 3 years old. Similar in that, first, the heroine once again is of royalty, a young princess who has befallen on bad and hard times being forced to have to work and do jobs beneath her rank.

The Reluctant Heiress by Eva Ibbotson

It was as if the author was trying to show how cultured she was and flaunt her knowledge instead of telling a story. A word about Ms.

This was typical Eva Ibbotson fare: She encounters Guy backstage when he comes to hire the opera company for his engagement house party. But Guy is smitten with a snobbish fiancee and buys Tessa’s castle to impress her, while Tessa is keen to shed her heritage by working at a madcap opera company.

The Reluctant Heiress

Jan 05, Amy rated it it was ok. At one point Guy and Tessa speak of the private, small unknown places of Vienna that they both enjoy: Anyhow, I thought to persevere and finish the book because I truly liked the characters and the plot and wanted to see what becomes of Tessa and Guy. 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.


Retrieved from ” http: The noble classes are like everyone else. It doesn’t matter that her parents hate her of she has no money, her beauty shines through the mess her life is in. 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.

Eva Ibbotson ‘s YA thing as opposed to her MG books seems to be comforting Cinderella fluff set in different historical European settings. Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize. There are none of the direct scenes that appear in some of her other books for older readers, though a few mature-theme references prevent it mgic suitable for under 13s.

Paperbackpages. There are pages and pages on the antics that go on backstage at the theatre, the superstitions of the performers, their dreams and hopes, their fears and failures and eccentricites, the bailiffs, the pressure of performance, the rush to grab the audiences attention, the scarcity of money