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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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Tessa and Guy are wonderful main characters! Flures has said that she disliked thinking about the supernatural, and created the characters because she wanted to decrease her readers’ fear of such things.

I recommend to start with one of her best in my opinion: To ask other readers questions about The Reluctant Heiressplease sign up.

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Has all the money he could ever ask for but is looking for love in all the wrong places. Tessa grew up in luxury; Guy had to fight to survive. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. It’s my only complaint, however. She used to be a princess in possession of a rundown castle in Austria but since the war it has been too hard to maintain and she’s directed her elderly aunts to sell it. Oh no, fooled by the great re-naming bug. Works by Eva Ibbotson. I needed to read and learn more about the ‘star siblings’, a concept new to me and with the same leanings of soul mates.

She invests much of it in the opera company and loses it all.

If you can get your hands on a copy, do. What is beauty except something we share?

Stories about princesses and castles might be expected to appeal to younger children, but it’s not written as children’s fiction; there are a few sexual references, albeit subtle enough that a younger child might not notice them. Shilovsky paraphrased by melibretto of Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin My rating might be so high because I didn’t expect much from this book. I knew it had to be a happy ending as Ibbotson’s books have only had happy endings.

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She couldn’t use “abusive” and “healthy”?

She must have a better thesaurus than I do But Guy is smitten with a snobbish fiancee and buys Tessa’s castle to impress her, while Tessa is keen to shed her heritage by working at a madcap opera company.

This is true for Tessa, the princess of Pfaffenstein, who is so irresistable and cute that you just want to be around her and protect her. 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.

Honestly from Eva Ibbotson’s writing they seem this childlike group of terribly old Prince and Princesses secure in their absolute belief that Royalty will survive and their infantlike joy and interest in each other’s family trees and lineage. When a British millionaire sets out to buy a secluded fairy tale castle set high up on a rock above a beautiful lake he finds that its heiress is missing.

He and the girl are attracted to each other, but he doesn’t really acknowledge this since he’s engaged to someone else, and she tries to convince herself to stop thinking of him.

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.

Inher mother moved to London, settling in Belsize Parkand sent for her daughter. There are pages and pages on the antics that go on backstage at the theatre, the superstitions of the performers, their dreams and hopes, their fears and failures and eccentricites, the bailiffs, the pressure of performance, the rush to grab the audiences attention, the scarcity of money He’s the right man for her because he understands her love of music and shares it as thoroughly as another human being could.

I don’t like reading books where I don’t know what’s going on because the author has decided to constantly throw in my face the fact that their vocabulary is bigger and better than mine More Books By Eva Ibbotson. Open Preview See a Problem? Apparently I have a favorite. Guy Farne, the self-made millionaire, comes to buy castle Pfaffenstein, making it possible for Tessa to continue pursuing her work with the opera. This was so distracting and it made it so hard to build a proper relationship between Guy and Tessa.


And it wasn’t even the random big words see earlier rant below. A word about Ms.

But will that be before Tessa is attacked by a terrified circus bear? At one point Guy and Tessa speak of the private, small ubbotson places of Vienna that they both enjoy: In escaping her inheritance with this man she finds her destiny.

Or the entire opera company goes belly up from sheer insanity? I really enjoyed this book, and would give it a nine out of ten. Views Read Edit View history. By using our website you agree to our use of cookies. Tessa is an Austrian princess, born around the same time. Her secret safely hidden until one day her life collides with a handsome man. The hero is a trifle thinly characterized, but Tessa msgic warm and charming in her single-minded devotion to music and freedom, and Ibbotson provides her usual sparkling eca cast: No one there knows who she really is, or that a fairytale castle is missing its princess, and Tessa is determined to keep it that way.

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He was forever in trouble — battering other children, arson, and possession of weapons were among his crimes. Guy, an English foundling turned self-made millionaire, and Tessa, an Austrian princess with a lineage that goes back to Charlemagne. And music permeates evq pages of this book, wrapping itself around you as you read.