A lyrical historical romance for fans of The English Patient Eighteen-year-old Ellen never expected the Hallendorf school to be, well, quite so unusual. After all . Having recently run out of new books to read, I chose to reread one of my old favourites, A Song for Summer by Eva Ibbotson. The book is set in. A SONG FOR SUMMER By Eva Ibbotson. BOOK JACKET INFORMATION In a fragile world on the brink of World War II, lovely young Englishwoman Ellen Carr .

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Retrieved from ” https: Oct 24, Jennifer Heise rated it really liked it. You can skip to Short Version below if desired If you have read any of my previous reviews of books by Eva Ibbotson, you already more or less know the plot: Every man falls in love with me, but I friend-zone every single one of them. About rhapsodyinbooks We’re into reading, politics, and intellectual exchanges.

The war means nothing to me unless it directly affects my love life! When the annoying lovestory finally seems to put an end to, he returns and keeps treating Ellen like crap. Dec 06, Aryn rated it did not like it Shelves: The protagonist is a young, beautiful girl who is well-born but eschews her status as part of her love and appreciation for the little joys in life, including domesticity, nature, and rewards reaped from kindness.

While perhaps TOO good, I loved believing in Ellen’s goodness, her appreciation for well cooked meals and children who are taken care of. Jul 02, Erica rated it it was ok.

A Song for Summer

Search the site Search term is required. This book was the most morally wonky of Ibbotson’s books that I have read so far. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. She lands a job as matron at an eccentric arts school, where she’s allowed to bask in her favorite activities, namely cooking, observing nature, and lovingly tending to the school’s largely dysfunctional student body and staff.


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I thought at first that this book would be an exception to that trend. Soon after the well-equipped tortoise, Ellen encounters Professor Smmer who teaches metalwork and swims naked in the lake at all hours, Professor Ritter who Set in Austria and London just before and during World War II, A Song for Summer follows a young woman ibbotsno Ellen Carr who takes a job as a housekeeper at an unusual private school in the Austrian Alps. Dispatched from the UK in 1 business day When will my order arrive?

A lot too perfect and good, but I still liked her.

Maybe because she usually writes about bright, happy, young women – all of them intriguing in their own way. The simple ways in which she conveys the relationship between Ellen and Marek as the story progresses are enough, leaving each reader with enough space to invent other dimensions within both the relationship and their characters.

Marek’s resistance work, something I think should have been given much more detail, was only a minor part. On the contrary, this story is rich with a host of colorful characters, complicated love triangles, political intrigue, and fascinating historical and cultural detail.

Set in the Amazon, it was written in honour of her deceased husband Alan, a former naturalist. I was left unsure of how he actually felt about Ellen. However everytime the plot focussed around the lovestory ies it started to bore me. That such a terrible book could use the same literary device as two of my favorite books?

Nevertheless, even after many tragedies and hurdles along the way, the book ends with happiness for both, a fitting finale for such a book. Arrow Books Ltd Availability: Again, this is a wonderful display of Ms.

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This is the kind of book I love: The suffragette aunts are a funny idea. It’s a romance, pure and simple – but a romance that begins in the most tumultuous of times in a place on the brink of war.


Having now read two of Ibbotson’s teen evw, I am beginning to see a trend. The drama and conflict felt so manufactured, which is ridiculous – there was a perfectly good way to have realistic drama throughout the book, using Marek’s mission without going into any detail, here After all her goodness and everything I guess I just expected her to keep herself to herself.

The book would have been much stronger, not to mention readable, had she just picked one. They fall in love, are kept apart by World War II, everyone is married for a brief time to the wrong person, and fir all ends in a general swapping of spouses that leaves everybody rapturously happy.

Unfortunately, she fell into the same trap that Harriet from “A Company of Summed fell into.

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Want to tell the world about a book you’ve read? But they never forget each other, and in the end, their love triumphs. You are commenting using your Twitter account. Ibbotson wrote more than twenty books for children and young adults, many of which garnered nominations for major awards for children’s literature in the UK, including the Nestle Smarties Wummer Prize and the Whitbread Prize.

The heroine is Ellen, the domestic goddess who loves cooking and hugging babies and is beautiful beyond compare.