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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Inher mother moved to London, settling in Belsize Parkand sent for her daughter. 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.

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Sep 09, Anne Osterlund rated it really liked it. Magic Flutes Written by Eva Ibbotson. I guess my Ibbotson addiction really proves that a single plot, told in the same way several times, can be ever-entertaining.

They first meet at an opera performance where Tessa is working as an ibboston. I found all the historical parts very interesting, and I liked that Eva Ibbotson used a lot of more advanced vocabulary, so I learned quite a few words while reading.

Harry Potter influences and analogues. Every single last bit of it. The royals aren’t a bad lot really. A place ibbotsson life is He is brilliant and has devoted himself to making money.

She says she never wants to fall in love or marry, which makes for a good story as we watch her realize she has fallen in love and she tries to deny that fact. LoveReading View on Magic Flutes Romance and intrigue make this lyrical historical adventure an unputdownable read!

I can see how it draws comparison to Austen and Heyer, because there is something similar in the pacing, the level of detail about the society surrounding the leads, the gentle judgments of the foibles of many characters, and the innocent veneer softening what was surely the author’s broader knowledge of how much suffering was taking place in various strata of society.

You can at least be that. She invests much of it in the opera company and loses it all. The Reluctant Heiress by Eva Ibbotson. But this sameness doesn’t matter – I have to keep reading, and I enjoy each book. It’s a lot of everything to be sure. If you loved this, you might like these Taking place in Austria just after World War I, we are swiftly introduced to two people obviously intended for each other: Open Preview See a Problem?


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.

Jan 05, Amy rated it it was ok. Sep 21, Angie rated it liked it Shelves: I wish they had a few more scenes together. 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. The book was simply compilation of: I like the sacrifice of everything toward the greater good of music, and that Beethoven’s button business-genius.

Debussy, Mozart, Puccini–love love love. Those are the questions that kept me turning the fltues long magiv the night.

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I can forgive a little exaggeration, but too much and I start to squirm. 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 that is constantly on the brink of ruin.

Magic Flutes futes an enchanting story of love, music and secret princesses from Eva Ibbotson. Two of her acclaimed books are set in Europe at the time of World War II and reflect her experience of the time. But of course there are many obstacles in the way, that’s what makes the story. Maglc the entire opera company goes belly up from sheer insanity?

Ibbotson said she dislikes “financial greed and a lust for power” and often creates antagonists in her books who have these characteristics. By the time I was about a third of the way into the book, I was hooked. And totally adorable romance at that.

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There is a similar warm, tolerant humor about all the confused European and Eastern European aristocrats whose world has changed around them as their lives of clueless privilege have dissolved and they are now losing their palatial homes to American industrialists and society at large is easily finding them so irrelevant. Since then, a couple of friends have read my review and expressed interest, and I found myself backtracking from Countess and recommending The Reluctant Heiress in some editions alternatively titled Magic Flutes because they would probably like it even more.

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She is dedicated to art and so, informing her aunts, she dva off to Vienna where she takes up the job of a stage hand at the International Opera Company to serve the art she so believes in.

Tessa has turned her back on her past and made the opera the focus of her entire life, while Guy has all but nullified his humble origins by molding his life around the pursuit of wealth and power. The story fluutes about music and opera, but for those readers e.

I don’t like reading books where I don’t know what’s going on because the author has decided to constantly flutex in my face the fact that their vocabulary is bigger and better than mine 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. First alluring the reader in with a cover of a sweet looking young woman, the book flutew the tale of two people: Tessa, meanwhile, owns such a castle.

It will be difficult When I reviewed A Countless Below Stairs last week, I felt as though I couldn’t single out one of Eva Ibbotson’s books for a 5-star rating because I love them all and don’t fluttes a favorite. Moreoever, the main characters are in their twenties and older and some of the background themes relating to evs and bankruptcy, as well as the opera and theatre, would be more appropriate for older teens or – more likely – young adults. I really enjoyed this book, and would give it a nine out of ten.

Don’t go thinking these are going to be adorable or cute in the way that you’d find Stephanie Perkins or Kasie Wests books.