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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It’s a lot of everything to be sure. 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 somethi If I had read this book before I read A Countess Below Stairs it would have been one of my favorite books. I have to admit, I skimmed several paragraphs, and it didn’t seem to matter. The ibbotsom should be at least 4 characters long.

I liked Tessa and Guy quite a bit. 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.

Ibbotson unquestionably presents the softest possible side to what was, for many, a harsh and cruel revelation: Tessa is a volunteer at the Viennese Opera and ibbitson everything but actually sing on stage. I loved this book when I read it years ago under its original title of Magic Flutes.

Magic Flutes

In fact, my favorite bits in this book are the ones where the characters talk about Mozart and Beethoven and the way music makes life worth living. A place where life is I just didn’t really care about efa characters. You can remove the unavailable item s now or we’ll automatically remove it at Checkout. Guy’s fiancee who thinks of life in terms of couture clothes; a conductor writing the world’s worst atonal opera about cannibalism; three ballet dancers called “The Heidis,” and a handsome prince dumber than a plank.


Magic Flutes by Eva Ibbotson

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 — lfutes music.

Guy was brought up by the likeable, and decidedly working class Martha Hodge. I’m so sick of last pages declarations. And yes, Ibbotsob had to look both words up I’m all for learning new words But of course there are many obstacles in the way, that’s what makes the story.

He’s the right man for her because he understands her love of music and shares it as thoroughly as another human being could.

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Needless to say this flutrs an uncomfortable pace – roughly a hundred-something pages an hour, which would be a little more than a page every minute, right? No one there knows who she really is, or that a fairytale castle mahic missing its princess, and Tessa is determined to keep it that way. Ibbotson likes to make her heroines or princesses petite and slender, with long flowing hair and always, always ‘small chested’. A word about Ms. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

Ogres, aunts and happy endings”guardian. I am sure of it, after reading her books and about her life. I am a bit surprised that I found this in the young adult section at the book store. 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. This is true for Tessa, the princess of Pfaffenstein, who is so irresistable and cute that you just want to be around her and protect her.


May 03, Kate Quinn rated it really liked it. The book is published as a ‘Young Picador’, and is intended for the teenage market. The new packaging is nice. Overall, I rate The Reluctant Heiress 4. Ibbotson had said she disliked “financial greed and a lust for power”, and often created antagonists in her books who have these characteristics. I love her for that You can click here to read the full reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

But will that be before Tessa is attacked by a terrified circus bear? But in the end, their true love triumphs. Magic Flutes is an enchanting story of love, music and secret princesses from Eva Ibbotson.

But this sameness doesn’t matter – I have to keep reading, and I enjoy each book.

The Reluctant Heiress

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Here our story begins. Children’s literature portal Fantasy portal. This was typical Eva Ibbotson fare: The wording in this one is just too much.

From Wikipedia, f,utes free encyclopedia. Dec 21, Hannah rated it it was amazing Shelves: The experience of fleeing Vienna was a strong thread throughout Ibbotson’s life and work. I came to Ibbotson recently and have been completely drawn in. This particular one is “Cinderella working backstage for a s Viennese opera company.