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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And it wasn’t even the random big words see earlier rant below. A major component in the evs is the idea of Star Siblings.

When I flipped through the book at the library the cover told me this was the story of beautiful flutees eyed princess who has shrugged off her royal duties and taken up the life of theatre and how she meets and falls in love with a handsome and rich English businessman.

The main characters, Tessa and Guy, are both born magoc the sign of Gemini, which supposedly strengthens their actual connection. I feel like I am in a Bad Book Rut, I need a good book asap to restore my faith in writers everywhere!!

Magic Flutes by Eva Ibbotson | LoveReading

I can think of no other fairy tale or romance or comedy-of-manners author whose writing depends so completely on the reader’s shared appreciation for the nature of art — particularly music. Needless to say this was an uncomfortable pace – roughly a hundred-something pages an hour, which would be a litt I’ve never really read any Eva Ibbotson before, at least I don’t remember doing so.


It’s about the peculiarities of royalty, the ridiculous snobbery and almost childlike obsession of the royalty to stick together and not give into being common. It is set in the s and revolves around the outrageously funny and touching members of the Viennese Opera Company, in particular a young woman named Tessa who eats, drinks, and breathes music and is the heart and soul of the company.

The Reluctant Heiress

A beautiful story with such a great leading lady, and the opera Guy Farne, the self-made millionaire, comes to buy castle Pfaffenstein, making it possible for Tessa to continue pursuing her work with the opera.

And there was so much in this book that didn’t seem to fit quite right or that just felt like filler. Yes it was that good.

She married someone else, and Guy determines to throw all his energies into making money. I think I have read too many of her books in too short of time. Because he’s perfect, of course.

No time to drink in anything. Ibbotson has true gift for characterization. All this buildup throughout the story to only be given a small taste of what their life as a couple is like. In Vienna, he meets the girl of his dreams, but is rejected out of hand magiic he is a poor nobody despite his brillance.

The Reluctant Heiress by Eva Ibbotson

I love her for that Written by Eva Ibbotson. I was so excited to find another Eva Ibbotson book! TRH includes a supporting cast of lovable, if stereotyped, small parts, references to opera that I understand but would have enchanted my younger self more, quirky aristocratic poverty like that of A Brief History of Montmaray and a more satisfactory ending than that of ACBS.


Found on the docks at Newcastle-upon-Tyme, Guy is a foundling who spent his earliest years at the Foundling Home fighting any perceived insult or ihbotson. In this book, there is a performance of Mozart’s The Magic Flute that is transcendent, the music full of truth, to use her word.

A place where life is Guy was a foundling, abandoned as a newborn baby in Newcastle in the early part of the 20th century. The journalist Amanda Craig has written about the similarities: Ibotson romance, a historical adventure, and almost fairy-tale, “The Reluctant Heiress” sweeps a reader into the s and the adventures of music, theater, and ‘republicanism’.

For me atleast the story isn’t so much about romance really.

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. I can forgive a little exaggeration, but too much and I start to squirm.

Magic Flutes

Tessa as a character was relatable and empowering. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. This book, “The Reluctant Heiress’ was a flop. There is one point near the end of the story where they maggic themselves alone in the same place for the first time in months and months and their quiet conversation is exquisite.