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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Her romances are all that a sweet coming of age should be, only not sickly or saccharine, but tinged with a caustic humour, a wonderful sense of place and time, rich descriptions, real and relatable heroines, tragi-comic plots, dark plots and flawed, honourable and deeply sexy magoc.

After attending University in Vienna, Guy came home changed and determined to make millions.

He’s the right man for her because he understands her love of music and shares it as thoroughly as another human being could. She was a finalist for the Guardian Prize at the time of her ibbotsn. This book was a lot better than just that. I also enjoyed reading about Austria in the early 20th century.

Magic Flutes by Eva Ibbotson – book review

It’s about flutse arresting passages you come across at just the right moment and think–perfect. Feb 15, Melissa rated it it was ok. I can think of no other fairy tale or romance or comedy-of-manners author whose writing depends so completely on the reader’s shared appreciation for the nature of art — particularly music.


Sperm donor scientist may have fathered 1, babies at clinic he ran”Mirror8 April Home Contact Us Help Free delivery worldwide. However, Tessa is now an orphan, and no longer wealthy.

By the time I was about a third of the way into the book, I was hooked. She ibbotsom never seen them so brilliant and clear. He drives her home and they speak of Vienna in the way of people who live in a city they love. Facebook Twitter Instagram Pinterest. It is very similar to A Countess Below Stairs but also has its unique twists. I was suffering from a terrible book hangover – four DNF and one crime book I managed to read but without enjoyment.

Magic Flutes / The Reluctant Heiress by Eva Ibbotson – FictionDB

There is the same artfully drawn, loving reverence for Austria and above all for its music. Guy Farne has grown up and is a wealthy industrialist, having made his fortune in South American mining. However, this is strikingly similar to A Countess Below Stairs and that book has a slightly more appealing hero, bigger climax moment with that great line that goes ibboson If I had read this book before I flutrs A Countess Below Stairs it would have been one of my favorite books.

The industrialist who buys the palace in The Reluctant Heiress, for example, is kind and respectful toward the two aging, unmarried women who have lived their all their lives. These translations were published as small books in Switzerland Zurich: The author obviously knows classical music and opera. There is one point near the end of the story where they ,agic themselves alone in the same place for the first time in months and months and their quiet conversation is exquisite.


Eva Ibbotson’s usual lovely effort to raise the bar in the romance category, redeeming a typical fairy-tale plot with real people and real humor. All of it makes you want to put down the book and grab the first tickets to Austria ega very moment. Ibbotson has true gift for characterization. Open Preview See a Problem? Since Opera plays a huge role in the story, I learned about a bunch of different Opera and music terms.

It’s almost as if Ibbotson ended it and then decided that she wasn’t quite finished with the characters and chose to change a couple of lines and then continue on for another couple hundred pages.

The Reluctant Heiress

See 1 question about The Reluctant Heiress…. Yes it was that good. I’m so sick of last pages declarations. Set in the s Tessa is a beautiful young girl who takes on a new identity. This fllutes a sweet, funny and charming romance novel for teens and adults.

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