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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.
Magic Flutes is set just after the end of WWI. The hero is solidly British, a scrappy orphan, who has made good in the world. He has made his fortune several times over, in point of fact - yet has never forgotten his down-to-earth unpretentious foster mother who raised him. He respects her and his humble and probably disreputable origin, despite his striking good looks, fame and fortune. He makes a wonderful hero (understatement).
The heroine, on the other hand, is a Germanic princess who has come down in the world that exists after the ravages of the war. She is trying very hard to disguise her privileged upbringing, and is working menial jobs in a rather second-rate opera house. She is charming, unassuming and generous and has earned the love and loyalty of the eccentric characters for whom she works. No one has a clue she is royalty, albeit on the verge of poverty. She makes a perfect heroine (again understated).
The story unfolds gently and beautifully and it would be such a shame to spoil such a love story by telling much more. It is rather like a Rags to Riches fairy tale - and is simply stated a delight to read. I stumbled on this years ago and am so happy to have found it available on Kindle. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I have read several books by Eva Ibbotson. This one and The Dragonfly Pool are my two favorites. I liked this one because I love Mozart's music and have really enjoyed traveling in... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Marilyn K. Coxon
A bit predictable but still very enjoyable. The second book by this author I have read and similarity in the plots but still worth reading.Published 9 months ago by R A Dinsdale
for lovers of romance writing this has everything and you will be more informed about interesting concepts at the end.Published 16 months ago by Roger Laughlin
This is one of my favorite Eva Ibbotson books. Her writing is lyrical and intelligent and witty at the same time. I enjoy her characters and settings. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Vesper
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 morePublished on May 14, 2014 by Michelle M
If I hadn't been urged to read this book by somebody I highly respect, I would never have chosen it on my own. Read morePublished on January 7, 2014 by bookish one
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 morePublished on November 1, 2013 by Panchito
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