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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Ibbotson wrote more than a dozen books for children, including Which Witch? I’ve never really read any Eva Ibbotson before, at least I don’t remember doing so.

Tessa, or Putzerl as she is known to her family and friends, is a young member of a class of people who had been far above the common people, her friends, family and acquaintances are princes, archduchesses and barons. Eva Ibbotson’s writing really draws you in, making it difficult to put the book down. They first meet at an opera performance where Tessa is working as an assistant.

The Reluctant Heiress

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. He did not want her in the heavens, linked to him by some celestial whimsy, but here and now in the flesh and after the death of the flesh, her hand in his as they rose from graves like these when the last trump sounded.

She has sacrificed her hair for a wig. But Guy is smitten with a snobbish fiancee and buys Tessa’s castle to impress her, while Tessa is Eva Ibbotson’s usual lovely effort to raise the bar in the romance category, redeeming a typical fairy-tale plot with real people and real humor.


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. The royals aren’t a bad lot really. They do, to the wealthy Guy Farnes, who buys it as a gift for his beloved. Archived from the original on Guy learns of the folly and tracks her down at the grave of a Frau Richter in the Central Cemetery.

I really enjoyed Tessa’s character. Tessa was born and bred the Princess of Pfaffenstein but is now a republican and working backstage at a Vienna opera company for free because she loves music so much.

Ibbotson’s story describes the city, it’s splendour, it’s streets, people, sites and history in every page, dropping off nuggets of information about the history and royalty in every paragraph and dialogue till unknowingly you learn as much and sometimes more about the city itself as you do about the characters.

It is set in the s and revolves around the outrageously funny and t I was so excited to find another Eva Ibbotson book! To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. The book is set in ‘s Austria, which makes it interesting in the historical context as well as having an enjoyable storyline.

The opera troupe were all so loveable – you had to know from the beginning that the Fricassee would be a flop! Ibbotson’s writing is entrancing, and this is another un-put-down-able romance for teens. Tessa is an Austrian princess, born around the same time.

There are none of the direct scenes that appear in some of her other books for older readers, though a few mature-theme references prevent it being suitable for under 13s.


Indeed, I wouldn’t be surprised if the main appeal would be to not-so-young adults like myself who ibgotson light romantic fiction without detailed bedroom scenes. His character is also kind and extremely smart in this book. Has all the mon Alright, I really like this author but enough is enough. And then, only then, is it about any romance at all. For me atleast the story isn’t so much about romance really.

It was as if the author was trying to show how cultured she was and flaunt her knowledge instead of telling a story. Imaginative and humorous, Eva’s books often convey her love of nature, in particular the Austrian countryside, which is evident in works such as The Star of Kazan and A Song for Summer. The girl is an Austrian princess who must sell her magnificent castle because there is no more money for upkeep. Select a particular edition title for more data at that level, such as a front cover image or linked ihbotson.

This book was a lot better than just that. Guy is an foundling and self-made millionaire, who scorns aristocratic titles.

Magic Flutes by Eva Ibbotson — All About Romance

I liked Tessa and Guy quite a bit. Television PlayhouseBritish Film Institute. Set in the Amazon, it was written in honour of her deceased husband Alan, a former naturalist.

She is struck by his kindness to her but knows he will go away and she’ll never see him again. I’m only 40 pages in and I’m a bit annoyed with the author.