Magic Flutes

Magic Flutes

by Eva Ibbotson

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Overview

Magic Flutes is an enchanting story of love, music and secret princesses from Eva Ibbotson.

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 fairy-tale castle is missing its princess, and Tessa is determined to keep it that way.

But secret lives can be complicated, and when a wealthy, handsome Englishman discovers this bewitching urchin backstage, Tessa's two lives collide – and in escaping her inheritance, she finds her destiny . . .

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780330505321
Publisher: Pan Macmillan
Publication date: 02/23/2011
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 368
Sales rank: 434,773
File size: 513 KB
Age Range: 12 Years

About the Author

Eva Ibbotson was born in Vienna in 1925 and moved to England with her father when the Nazis came to power. Ibbotson wrote more than twenty books for children and young adults, many of which garnered nominations for major awards for children's literature in the UK, including the Nestlé Smarties Book Prize and the Whitbread Prize. Eva's critically acclaimed Journey to the River Sea won the Smarties Gold Medal in 2001. Set in the Amazon, it was written in honour of her deceased husband Alan, a former naturalist. 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. Eva passed away at her home in Newcastle on 20 October 2010. Her final book, One Boy and His Dog, was published in May 2011.
Eva Ibbotson was born in Vienna in 1925 and moved to England with her father when the Nazis came into power. Ibbotson wrote more than twenty books for children and young adults, many of which garnered nominations for major awards for children's literature in the UK, including the Nestlé Smarties Book Prize and the Whitbread Prize. Eva's critically acclaimed Journey to the River Sea won the Smarties Gold Medal in 2001. Set in the Amazon, it was written in honour of her deceased husband Alan, a former naturalist. 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. Eva passed away at her home in Newcastle on October 20th 2010. Her final book, One Dog and His Boy, was published in May 2011.

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Magic Flutes 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Anonymous 3 months ago
Thanks to the wonderful imagination of Eva Ibbotson to provide such a delightful story of romance... A must read!
misstibbs on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Magic Flutes is a truly astounding book. As in all of Eva Ibbotson's work, the underlying theme of basic human goodness resonates throughout the novel. The story is intricate and detailed, and although the basic plot is romantic, its quality lifts this story far above a "romance." The central characters are beautifully drawn, the minor characters fully present, and the setting exquisitely presented. A young woman, the last remaining princess of the highest ranking family from the now-defunct Austrian Empire, faces the reality of life after WWI, when titles are officially abolished, and there is no longer money to support the trappings of royalty. She turns her back on her lineage and works as a drudge for a minor opera company. Her magnificent castle, rife with history, is bought by an English tycoon who wishes to lay it at the feet of the breathtakingly beautiful woman who stole and then broke his heart a decade earlier. Full of enchanting tidbits about life and culture in Vienna and Austria in the years following WWI, this charming story unfolds with fresh delights on every page. Read it--you'll love it.
Rubbah on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A sweet romance about Tessa, a secret princess working backstage for no money at an opera house, and Guy, an english foundling risen to high position in society who has just bought her family castle for his fiancee.Personally I prefer Ibbotson's magical hildren's novels such as The secret of Platform 13, but The Magic Flutes is still good historical fiction that will be enjoyed.
DubaiReader on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A bit slow moving.I was disappointed to find the first third of this book a bit of a slog. The characters seemed a bit dull and I didn't feel we were going anywhere.Things picked up a bit when Tessa came on the scene but it still wasn't a page turner.For me it was redeemed by all the activity behind the scenes of the International Opera Company, the hussle and bussle, the scenes created by the prima donna and the tenor, the hard work of the orchestra. In the midst of all this is Tessa, holding everything together, an adorable character.After that it was really just a matter of time, it was obvious which way the story was going, following the age-old fairy tale formula. Kind of fun getting there but not riveting.Possibly a bit complicated for younger teens.
Bestine on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
So sweet, so delightful. Eva Ibbotson's Viennese romances are all a treat, but this one really stands out. Hard to find, but worth the search.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book and I reccomend it and other books Eva Ibbotson has written like A Countess Below Stairs
Anonymous More than 1 year ago