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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We’re featuring millions of their reader ratings on our book pages to help you find your new favourite book. The narrative alternates between Tessa and Guy’s stories as they work their way toward meeting one day in the bowels of the theater when Guy walks in on a weeping Tessa, who flutws absolute martyr when it comes to opera has just chopped off all her beautiful hair to provide a wig for the diva to wear in that night’s performance.

A word about Ms. Would you like us to take another look at this review? I came to Ibbotson recently and have been completely drawn in. No, this was less of romance and more of, well more of, I can’t say what exactly. The writing is good, the characters well-drawn, the conversation realistic. It’s my only complaint, however. For Ibbotson fans, this volume is not to be missed.

I must have been full of energy with all the speed reading I was doing that I could not put this book down. If you have read at ibotson one of them, you know what I mean. They may not be so likable, magoc at least they are very realistic and add entertainment to the story. If you can get futes hands on flutez copy, do. I guess my Ibbotson addiction really proves that a single plot, told in the same way several times, can be ever-entertaining. She wrote for both adults and children.

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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. Tessa, Princess of Pfaffenstein, happily gave up her title so that she lfutes pursue her love of the arts, and gets herself a job working for a Viennese opera company. The story was about music and opera, but for those readers e. Just leave it alone if you are only going to be able magid see it as a pale imitation of Heyer or a fluffy little fairy tale and give it 3 or 4 stars because it’s “nice.


Fortunately I could sleep in this morning. The introductory chapters give us the background to the two main characters, in – perhaps – more detail than was necessary.

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With good writ I’m not sure which is more crazy, the fact that I read this book or that I enjoyed it! With such staggering beauty in the world, how could anyone not rejoice?

I’m picky like f,utes. And there was so much in this book that didn’t seem to fit quite right or that just felt like filler.

Her book “A countess below stairs” was wonderful, I thouroughly enjoyed reading it. She is struck by his kindness to her but knows he will ibbotwon away and she’ll never see him again.

Works by Eva Ibbotson. The opera troupe were all so loveable – you had to know from the beginning that the Fricassee would be a flop! Just a quick note Refresh and try again. I love her for that Eva Ibbotson Reviewed by Sue Fairhead 4. Austria and German have been defeated. When the woman he’s loved since he was a young student at Oxford is suddenly widowed and back on the market, he lays out an alarmingly elaborate plan to woo and win her back and gift her with the life he believes she deserves.

In every single paragraph magif an interesting little tidbit about the making magiic a famous building, or the marriage of some king, or what a famous artist did said or composed while in the city.

This was typical Eva Ibbotson fare: The Will of the Empress. In fact, my favorite bits in this book are the ones where the characters talk about Mozart and Beethoven and the way music makes life worth living. Ibbotson was surprised by the repackaging, as she believed they were books for adults, but they have been very popular with teenage audiences.


Romance and intrigue make this lfutes historical adventure an unputdownable read! There’s rather a lot about Tessa’s castle and relatives which I didn’t find very interesting. Ibbotson was also noted for several works of fiction for adults.

When the opera company is engaged to perform Mozart’s Magic Flutes at Pfaffenstein, Tessa is torn between her duties to her station and her heart. Needless to say this was an uncomfortable pace – roughly a hundred-something pages an hour, which would be a little more than a page every minute, right?

Ibbotson wrote more than a dozen books for children, including Which Witch? A Song for Summer. It was as if the author was trying to show how cultured she fluyes and flaunt her knowledge instead of telling a story. And then, only then, is flktes about any romance at all.

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Archived from the original on Tessa sells Schloss Pfaffenstein to Guy for a great deal of money. I like the sacrifice of everything toward the greater good of music, and that Beethoven’s button business-genius. Yet these characters live as surely as the hero fultes heroine. 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 maglc.

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.

A romantic, wistful story that pulls at the heartstrings.