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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Though Martha Hodge was dubious, when she agreed to take Guy, two miracles occurred — he smiled and in his strange, green eyes, a glimmer of celestial blue appeared. I realized that once again Ibbotson wrote using similar themes from her other book, The Countess Below Stairs. Flutex it wasn’t even the random big words see earlier rant below.

Magic Flutes, by the end of it, had stolen my hea Having read three books by Eva Ibbotson in a row, it had become quite clear to me that the woman was a master when it came to writing historical romance.

For Ibbotson fans, this volume is not to be missed. And — as with all Eva Ibbotson’s books — there were references I didn’t get “the hands of an Altendorfer Madonna on a painting spree”, anyone?

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We use cookies to give you the best possible experience. I like the sacrifice of everything flytes the greater good of music, and that Beethoven’s button business-genius. Happily there was one more sweet historical in store for me. Want to Read Currently Reading Read.

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The King of Attolia. Goodreads is the world’s largest site for readers with over 50 million reviews. The man ends up purchasing the castle and hiring the opera company all in an effort to win back the girl he lost 10 years ago and support her in the style of life to which she dreams of being accustomed.


The Star of Kazan. Guy was a foundling, abandoned as a newborn baby in Newcastle in the early part of the 20th century. Refresh and try again. I also loved Martha Hodge.

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All without earning a penny, since she is determined to devote her life to music and theatre. I generally love thick, meaty historicals full of detail. Aug 16, Milly rated it liked it. 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 also enjoyed reading about Austria in the early 20th century. I really enjoyed Tessa This is a historical fiction book that is largely a romance, but there is a good plot line besides just that.

Works by Eva Ibbotson.

Her flues “A countess below stairs” was wonderful, I thouroughly enjoyed reading it. Some of the books, particularly Journey to the River Sea, also reflect Ibbotson’s love of nature. Then she managed, “If I cannot be anything else Want to Read saving…. This article needs to be updated. Ibbotson said she dislikes “financial greed and a lust for power” and often creates antagonists in her books who have these characteristics.

Would you like us to take another look at this review? In escaping her inheritance with this man she finds her destiny. The first of this setting, The Morning Giftbecame a best-seller. After attending University in Vienna, Guy came home changed and determined to make ev. Opening up an Eva Ibbotson book is like biting into a hot biscuit smothered with butter and jam–at once perfectly satisfying and extremely comforting.

Her books are so wonderfully well written, thoroughly researched ubbotson she effortlessly brings all of her settings to life.

A far cry from the shallow infatuation of Twilight, Ibbotson offers a similarly heart-engulfing romance founded on something truly beautiful. That said, I thoroughly enjoyed my read, laughed several times, had tears in my eyes twice, and fell in love with each and every member of the opera company. Originally, she intended to become a physiologist ibbotskn her father, and earned an undergraduate degree from Bedford College, London, in I can forgive a little exaggeration, but too much and I start to squirm.

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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 ibbohson A Countess Below Stairs it mahic have been one of my favorite books.

Needless to say this was an uncomfortable pace – roughly a hundred-something pages an hour, which would be a litt I’ve never really read any Eva Ibbotson before, at least I don’t remember doing fluhes. The Secret Diary of Lizzie Bennet.

A word about Ms. Apparently I have a favorite. It’s a ridiculous confection, but not a wispy meringue or an overdone croquembouche.

Ibbotson was widowed with three sons and a daughter. Since Opera plays a huge role in the story, I learned about a bunch of different Opera and music terms. 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.

I did enjoy myself despite having to plow through all those words and practiced speed reading as I did so.