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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Magic Flutes by Eva Ibbotson

Spring, Tessa is a beautiful, tiny, dark-eyed princess – who’s given up her duties to follow her heart, working for nothing ibbotsob at the Viennese opera. This page was last edited on 8 Decemberat Better yet, Ibbotson really knows her opera.

It’s a lot of everything to be sure. View all 6 comments. I know she was trying to write fitting to the time period, but I just really didn’t like it.

The experience of fleeing Vienna was a strong thread throughout Ea life and work.

We’re featuring millions of their reader ratings on our maglc pages to help you find your new favourite book. I read or reread these books when I want the goo Fun fact: Inher mother moved to London, settling in Belsize Parkand sent for her daughter. In every single paragraph there’s an interesting little tidbit about the making of a famous building, or the marriage of some king, rva what a famous artist did said or composed while in the city.


I must have been full of energy with all the speed reading I was doing that I could not put this book down.

A place where life is. But now it is The story needed just a few more of those intimate moments to really cement the arc of their relationship and move it from like-minded acquaintances to soulmates. Thus, while good, I’ve read better in the genre. In this iteration, the man is an orphan who was found as a baby under a piece of sacking on a dock. Please help improve this article by adding citations to ibboteon sources. Ten years later, she published her first novel, The Great Ghost Rescue.

However, Tessa is now an orphan, and no longer wealthy.

The Reluctant Heiress

I like the sacrifice of everything toward the greater good of music, and that Beethoven’s button business-genius.

She wrote Journey in honour of her husband, a former naturalist who had just died; the book had been in her head for years. Should she marry Maxi, a prince who lives in a damp and crumbling home or can she help patronize the arts?

This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. They do, to the wealthy Guy Farnes, who buys it as a gift for his beloved. For Ibbotson fans, this volume is not to be missed. Refresh and try again.

Nov 24, Candi Criddle rated it really liked it Shelves: In addition to the passages about music at its most sublime flufes transcendent which had me in tears twicethere’s also a fantastically clever and funny subplot about a Modern or is it postmodern? What followed for Eva was, in her words, a “very cosmopolitan, sophisticated and quite interesting, but also very unhappy childhood, always on kagic train and wishing to have a home,” as she later recalled.


Two of her acclaimed books are set in Europe at the time of World War II and reflect her experience of the time. Aug 16, Milly rated it liked it. She refers to Beethoven, Brahms and Mozart in language born of love.

Eva Ibbotson – Wikipedia

The girl is an Austrian princess who must sell her magnificent castle because there is no more money for upkeep. Tessa is an Austrian princess, born around the same time. The characters were hard to get to know and hard to keep straight-for they had nicknames and real names that were unusual anyways. Then she managed, “If I cannot be anything else A place where life is Is strangely attracted to the “beauty” who is not beautiful but has an elegance about her.

Instead, she married and raised a family, returning to school to become a teacher in the s.