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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Magic Flutes

From there their lives intersect at more or less regular intervals and these two individuals with such ibborson different backgrounds unexpectedly become friends. Needless to say this was an uncomfortable pace – roughly a hundred-something flutds an hour, which would be a little more than a page every minute, right?

I’m picky like that. Inher mother moved to London, settling in Belsize Parkand sent for her daughter. No, this was less of romance and more of, well more of, I can’t say what exactly. Then Guy met the fabulously beautiful Nerine, while watching a Mozart opera, and fell instantly in love. All versions of this book ISBN: Is strangely attracted to the “beauty” who is not beautiful but has an elegance about her. I really fflutes Tessa’s character. Here our story begins. When her husband was alive he bred snails in the garage; they also kept fish and had a small and very hairy dog.

When Tessa was born, newspapers reported her birth.

The Reluctant Heiress by Eva Ibbotson

Moreoever, the main characters are in their twenties and older and some of the background themes relating to businesses and bankruptcy, as well as the opera and theatre, would be more appropriate for older teens or – more likely – young adults. This is a sweet, funny and charming romance novel for teens and adults. In Vienna, he meets the girl of his dreams, but is rejected out of hand because he is magci poor nobody despite his brillance.


This page amgic last edited on 8 Decemberat I can forgive a little exaggeration, but too much and I start to squirm. Nerine, or Nedine, or whatever her name was, was a masterpiece of vanity.

When Hitler came into power, her family moved to England.

She wrote for both adults and children. I liked Tessa and Guy quite a bit. Books by Eva Ibbotson.

Her books ibbohson imaginative and humorous, and most of them feature magical creatures and places, despite the fact that she disliked thinking about the supernatural, and created the characters because she wanted to decrease her readers’ fear of such things.

In this book, there is a performance of Mozart’s The Magic Flute that is transcendent, the music full of truth, to use her word. The story was about music and opera, but for those readers e.

Jan 04, Jenne rated it it was amazing. The author obviously knows classical music and opera.

It sounds like it would be a lovely romance. Ibbotson worships at the altar of beauty far too much to resist lambasting those who put even more time, money and effort into creating something ugly than into creating something fluutes.

Magic Flutes, by the end of it, had stolen my heart and quickly became my favourite Ibbotson book so far. Dec 21, Ibbofson rated it it was amazing Shelves: This book is so much more a romance between Tessa and music than it is between Tessa and Guy. With good writ I’m not sure which is more crazy, the fact that I read this book or that I enjoyed it!

Magic Flutes by Eva Ibbotson

All the girls are young and full of loving, giving life, and all the guys are about 10 years older, hot-tempered and remarkably talented. He understood human nature and she used her knowledge perfectly creating all characters. He then goes back to the girl he once loved. 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.


Especially when contrasted with a miserably self-seeking, comically vain, narrow-minded drama queen. Guy worked hard to please Martha and turned his energy to his studies. This section needs additional citations for verification. Tessa is a volunteer at the Viennese Opera and does everything but actually sing on stage.

Eva Ibbotson

But anyway, I couldn’t renew this book from the library, so I set out to read it in three hours. The Unconscious, lately discovered by Professor Freud and used by others to store their joys, fears and frustrations, was for Nerine a gigantic subterranean wardrobe.

I really enjoyed this tale as will any fan of Downton Abbey and similar programs. Ibbotson wrote this book in honor of her husband who had died just before she wrote ita former naturalist. I am sure of it, after reading her books and about her life. 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. This particular one is “Cinderella working backstage for a s Viennese opera company.

Similar to A Countess Below Stairs there are few, if any, unpredictable events in this story. He decides to buy Pfaffenstein castle to woo back his lady love who rejected him years ago when he was poor.