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Magic Flutes [Kindle Edition]

Eva Ibbotson
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Spring, 1922 Tessa is a beautiful, tiny, dark-eyed princess – who’s given up her duties to follow her heart, working for nothing backstage at the Viennese opera. 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. But secret lives can be complicated. When a wealthy, handsome Englishman discovers this bewitching urchin backstage,Tessa’s two lives collide – and in escaping her inheritance, she finds her destiny. . .

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About the Author

Eva Ibbotson was born in Vienna, but when the Nazis came to power her family fled to England and she was sent to boarding school. She became a writer while bringing up her four children, and her bestselling novels have been published around the world. Her books have also won and been shortlisted for many prizes. Eva died peacefully in October 2010 at the age of eighty-five.

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  • File Size: 621 KB
  • Print Length: 372 pages
  • Publisher: Young Picador (February 23, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004P1JDTO
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #63,751 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Charming Love Story Alive With Music and Beauty July 4, 2009
By Scooty
Format:Paperback
This was the first Eva Ibbotson book I read and it made me a fan for life. It's a completely captivating love story filled with colorful details about opera, art, and royalty. It's also VERY funny, and I found myself repeatedly laughing at the comic antics of the opera company. I was perplexed when I read the one negative review--if the buyer wanted a "realistic" story, why did she buy a book of romantic fantasy? Yes, the heroine Tessa is a very good girl indeed, but I didn't find her unbelievable because of that. Cinderella was a good girl too, but we cheered when she got her Prince Charming. Magic Flutes is a Cinderella story for grown ups, as sweet as a piece of cake and just as much fun to devour. (written by Sandra Kelley)
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Reading Guide Review February 25, 2010
Format:Paperback
Ibbotson's writing is entrancing, and this is another un-put-down-able romance for teen girls. Thankfully 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. As it is, we'd keep it for 15+.

Part of the reason it's so easy to 'lose your heart' in Ibbotson's stories is that her female characters are superb. How she can make an ordinary looking, hard-working, self-sacrificing and kind-hearted girl look absolutely irresistible! Especially when contrasted with a miserably self-seeking, comically vain, narrow-minded drama queen. Yet somehow both characters retain an air of naturalness that makes them not only believable but actually seem to resemble people you know. Usefulness, generous hard work and small acts of service appear like the most beautiful things you've ever come across.

Even better is that these are precisely the qualities that make the young heroine irresistible for the Rochester-like hero; far from appearing bland or 'too good', her character is full to the brim and overflowing, he is captivated. But of course there are many obstacles in the way, that's what makes the story.

A far cry from the shallow infatuation of Twilight, Ibbotson offers a similarly heart-engulfing romance founded on something truly beautiful.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Sweet and Charming Romance April 25, 2010
Format:Paperback
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 injustice. At the age of 6 he was adopted by the widow Martha Hodge, who saw his potential and loved him unconditionally. Guy worked hard to please Martha and turned his energy to his studies. After attending University in Vienna, Guy came home changed and determined to make millions. Now, in 1922, he has become a multi-millionaire and is rich enough to buy a castle. He decides to buy Pfaffenstein castle to woo back his lady love who rejected him years ago when he was poor. 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. She encounters Guy backstage when he comes to hire the opera company for his engagement house party. She is struck by his kindness to her but knows he will go away and she'll never see him again. 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. Should she marry Maxi, a prince who lives in a damp and crumbling home or can she help patronize the arts? Will Guy actually marry the spoiled beauty he believes he loves? Those are the questions that kept me turning the pages long into the night. This is a typical Ibbotson romance novel with a doe-eyed virtuous heroine who tried her hardest to please everyone and an older man of the world. The book is filled with beautiful descriptions and historical details of pre- WWII Austria and a number of quirky characters. Though she does reuse the same formula and same elements of previous stories, this is a sweet, funny and charming romance novel for teens and adults.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Don't Judge This Book By Its Cover January 7, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
If I hadn't been urged to read this book by somebody I highly respect, I would never have chosen it on my own. The somewhat cheesy cover art would have been enough to turn me off - too Harlequin for this girl. Well, am I ever glad I took my friend's advise and gave it a try. What a wonderful little novel. Highly literate and exceptionally well-written, this is a fairy tale for grown-ups, and smart grown-ups at that. There are plenty of the characters you would expect to find in a fairy tale including a down-on-her-luck princess and a roguish leading man. Throw in a castle and most of the ingredients for a fairy tale are in place. But none of that adds up to what you might think is a typical story. No, Ibbotson is a masterful writer and captivates you right from the start. There is just enough tartness in her character descriptions and plot to keep you interested and amused. So set aside any feelings of world-weary cynicism and just let yourself be immersed in a thoroughly enchanting and, dare I say it?, magical book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Surprised I didn't like it more August 13, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Magic Flutes was recommended by another writer, someone whose work I adore. I know her to be a demanding reader (I'm a demanding reader), so I had high hopes. That was likely the problem. I expected a great deal, too much. The story was a bit predictable for me. The protagonist was likeable...but didn't have that extra spark. I had hoped to discover another author to join the ranks of my favorites. No go.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars A good story with the right elements of romance and fairy tale - it...
This is a sweet story with very likable characters. I enjoyed the fairy tale aspects of the novel and liked the conflict issues that were introduced to challenge the two main... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Kingston Reader
5.0 out of 5 stars "Chick Lit" at its best
Eva Ibbotson's books, whether for children or not, are always good value, very amusing to laugh-out-loud funny at times, a good story line, well constructed characters, and a happy... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Panchito
5.0 out of 5 stars Princess in Disguise
Eva Ibbotson's stories are slightly magical to me. They are light, charming, heart-warming, feel-good confections that are peopled with delightfully endearing characters. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Linda Jean
5.0 out of 5 stars An absolutely delightful read!
Once again, this was an Eva Ibbotson masterpiece that did not fail to impress me. This book is exquisitely written with an interesting and addictive plot that I thoroughly enjoyed. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Good book but...
Not worth $90, especially when it is about to be re-released under a different title in paper back. See The Reluctant Heiress
Published on March 23, 2009 by Jules
2.0 out of 5 stars Tiresomely good & gracious heroine
I always hate to be the one dissenting voice, but my problem with this novel is that the heroine is so very, very GOOD and all-accepting, it's unreal, even for a work of fiction. Read more
Published on June 6, 2005 by SusieQ
5.0 out of 5 stars Ibbotson is an unkown delight
I discovered Ibbotson two years ago when I read her latest book, A Song For Summer. Magic Flutes is not her best book, but it definitely holds it's own. Read more
Published on April 29, 2001
5.0 out of 5 stars A poignant, lovely story!
Ibbotson has a marvelous understanding of music, art, medicine, history, and science. I constantly want to look things up in the encyclopedia to see if she has her information... Read more
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