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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View all 6 comments. It has a lot of stuff going on. Help Marco the Fox navigate his journey through the maze! Said fiance turns out to be in love with herself. Her book “A countess below stairs” was wonderful, I thouroughly enjoyed reading it. Nestle Smarties Book Prize. It sounded like the main characters of A Countess Below Stairs changed their names and got dropped into the setting of The Star of Kazan only fifteen years later.

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This is a typical Ibbotson romance novel with a doe-eyed virtuous heroine who tried her hardest to please everyone and an older man of the world. You submitted the following rating and review. I feel like I am in a Bad Book Rut, I need a good book asap to restore my faith in writers everywhere!! Looking for beautiful books? The book is filled with beautiful descriptions and historical details of pre- WWII Austria and a number of quirky characters. Guy worked hard ibboston please Martha and turned his energy to his studies.

Tessa grew up in luxury; Guy had to fight to survive. Every single last bit of it. It’s a lot of everything to be sure. And totally adorable romance at that. 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 flutees is constantly on the brink of ruin.


Another of Ibbotson’s traits that I like is her passion for music that she passes on to her characters. Ibbotson was surprised by the repackaging, as she believed they were books for adults, but they have been very popular with teenage audiences.

During her postgraduate studies at Cambridge Universityshe met her future husband, Alan Ibbotson, an ecologist. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Or the entire opera company goes belly up from sheer insanity? I was suffering from a terrible book hangover – four Flutea and one crime book I managed to read but without enjoyment. 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 came to Ibbotson recently and have been completely drawn in. But it is the situations that arise and the language describing them that made me cry so often: Guy and Tessa are quite real ibbotskn makes the story more precious. But secret lives can be complicated, and when a wealthy, handsome Englishman discovers this bewitching urchin backstage, Tessa’s two lives collide – and in escaping her inheritance, she finds her destiny. It is set in the s and revolves around the outrageously funny and t I was so excited to find another Eva Ibbotson book!

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Anna Tessa is a Russian Countess Austrian Princess working at a n English Manor Viennese opera company when fkutes “But if you have a drop of pity for my unhappy lot, you’ll not forsake me” -K. In every single paragraph there’s an interesting little tidbit about the making of a famous building, or the marriage flutss some king, mmagic what a famous artist did said or composed while in the city.

Or prince something-or-other finally gets up the hutzpah to propose for the umpteenth time? There were so many different references to opera, art and even Freud that it all felt cluttered and totally distracting from the story. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. With such staggering beauty in the world, how could anyone not rejoice? This book is so much more a romance between Tessa and music than it is between Tessa and Guy.


The wording sva this one is just too much. 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 But secret lives can be complicated.

Guy decides to woo Nerine, the English girl he loved while studying in Vienna. 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.

I’m picky like that. Of course, there are plenty of obstacles in their way, especially in the form of greedy fiance’s. 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.

View all 17 comments. I liked all of the characters and loved the story. Guy Farne was found by mere chance wrapped in sacking on the Tyne docks in Newcastle.

Magic Flutes 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. Her cousin Pippi is Pope.

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