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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Nov 24, Candi Criddle rated it really liked it Shelves: I generally love thick, meaty historicals full of detail. He is extremely successful. But of course there are many obstacles in the way, that’s what makes the story.

A far cry from the shallow infatuation of Twilight, Ibbotson offers a similarly heart-engulfing romance founded on something truly beautiful. Eva passed away at her home in Newcastle on 20 October I am a bit surprised that I found this in the young adult section at the book store.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Please update this section to reflect recent events or newly available information. Her views about her social standing and her unwavering love for the work she put into the International Opera House was unique for her time and refreshing for me to read.

Ten years later, she published her first novel, The Great Ghost Mabic. At Kobo, we try to ensure that published reviews do not contain rude or profane language, spoilers, or any of our reviewer’s personal information.

Magic Flutes

But secret lives can be complicated, and when a wealthy, handsome Englishman discovers this bewitching urchin backstage, Tessa’s two lives collide – and in escaping her inheritance, she finds her destiny. I like the sacrifice of everything toward the greater good of music, and that Beethoven’s button business-genius.


In her quiet and methodical way, she also prompts, organises food for the cast, and does some babysitting. Tessa, meanwhile, has left Schloss Pfaffenstein to serve art in Vienna as the under wardrobe mistress in a third-rate opera company full of comical characters, many of whom I have met in New York music circles.

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Eva Ibbotson

Magic Flutes is an enchanting story of love, music and secret princesses from Eva Ibbotson. I just know I like the stories she tells. The wording in this one ibbltson just too much.

But their most admirable trait is always how there’s not a mean bone in their body and how they are never ever snobs despite their status. Emperor Franz Josef attended sva christening. Guy is an foundling and self-made millionaire, who scorns aristocratic titles. She refers to Beethoven, Brahms and Mozart in language born of love.

Magic Flutes by Eva Ibbotson

And it never fails, once again, this beautiful woman happens to be well-endowed in all the right places. She attended Bedford College, graduating in ; Cambridge University from ; and the University of Mabic, from which she graduated with a diploma in education in Ogres, aunts and happy endings” wva, guardian. Guy decides to better himself and proceeds over the next few years to become a millionaire. The story was about music and opera, but for those readers e.

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She called him Farne after the islands she had visited as a child. Ibbotson was also noted for several works of fiction for adults. The author obviously knows classical music and opera. I really enjoyed this book, and would give it a nine out of ten.

Wiesner’s parents separated in when she was 3 years old. 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. 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 mafic of theatre and how she meets and falls in love with a handsome and rich English businessman.

Thus, while good, I’ve read better in While I have to saw that I found this a highly enjoyable book, I really felt that it drug on for way too long. Her use of German idioms and phrases creates a Vienna and ibboyson surroundings that comes to life. What followed for Eva was, in her words, a “very cosmopolitan, sophisticated and quite interesting, but also very unhappy childhood, always on some train and wishing to have a home,” as she later recalled.