The Morning Gift

The Morning Gift

by Eva Ibbotson

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Overview

The Morning Gift is a beautiful, classic romance from much loved author, Eva Ibbotson.

Eighteen-year-old Ruth lives in the sparkling city of Vienna with her family, where she delights in its music, energy and natural beauty. She is wildly in love with the brilliant young pianist Heini Radik and can't wait until they are married.

But Ruth's world is turned upside down when the Nazis invade Austria and her family are forced to flee to England, and through a devastating misunderstanding she is left behind. Her only hope to escape Vienna comes from Quin, a young English professor, who unexpectedly offers her a marriage of convenience to bring her back to London.

Ruth throws herself into her new life – but a secret marriage is more difficult than she expected, especially as she and Quin find themselves drawn together.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780330477376
Publisher: Pan Macmillan
Publication date: 09/04/2008
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 512
Sales rank: 295,547
File size: 614 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. She 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. 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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The Morning Gift 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 53 reviews.
Book_Lover_18 More than 1 year ago
This is one of my favorite books. Eva Ibbotson is a beautiful write and he stories reall come alive. I have found that her story line can become difficult to understand, so I would recommend rereading just to be sure you understand. Trust me, it is worth it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you enjoy the young adult historical romance genre, I highly recommend this book. I have read almost all of Eva Ibbotson's books (loved them all!) and I liked this one the most...so far. It leaves you with a good and satisfied feeling at the end. Will not disappoint.
Jennie_103 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I absolutely loved this book. The first I have given 5 stars in a long time. I really begrudged any time spent away from reading it, especially as I got towards the end! Wonderful characters and beautiful settings. Recommended for young and old.
Liabee on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The story of Quentin and Ruth is bound up in the mess and fear of Vienna's fall to the Nazis, and carries us to England and the real deepening of their relationship. Their were several oddities that pushed credulity, mainly in the plot twists that hinged on unlikely misunderstandings and out of character decisions.
yourresidentvillain on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Having read a couple of Eva Ibbotson's historical fiction books, I can see a pattern in the storyline that involves some sort of secret, a very interesting and charming heroine, an equally interesting gentleman, a nasty rival woman, and a kind of misunderstanding near the end that speeds things up and keeps the reader speeding through each page. But still, this pattern doesn't seem to affect the quality and satisfaction the book gives. I loved every moment I spent living inside the story and with the people in it.
amusingmother on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Excellent writing style. Descriptions include multitude of senses, rarely telling the reader the surroundings but rather trusting the reader to arrive at the destination on her own. The story itself is very good, although not excellent. I would have enjoyed greater character development. I will definitely read more of her books. Recommended to me by someone at my daughter's jr. high book fair with warning that it is an adult book, not YA.I concur with this assessment as YA books tend to be much more racy and explicit where this one is a gentle expression.
MrsHillReads on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I love historical fiction--especially the stiff upper lip British stuff. This book was slow getting into; but I enjoyed the slow pace and the strangeness of some of the characters. I don't think I will be able to get any students to read this but the English teachers will enjoy it.
mmillet on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I am actually quite disappointed in this book. I read "A Song for Summer" and loved it and was excited to get my hands on another of Ibbotson's books. My main complaint was that I felt like I had read the story before -- a sweeter, more compelling version with characters I found more honest and likable. I actually loved some of the secondary characters but not Ruth and Quin so much. I mean Ruth had this amazing life growing up around these amazingly smart people and living by the sea in Austria and then she is impressed with one standoffish British guy with a little bit of money (and a large estate of course). And to top it all off, I never could understand why the characters all loved Ruth so much. Okay, so she has long flowing blond hair. Anything else? She basically seemed like a piece of wood to me. But Ibbotson¿s writing is beautiful and the descriptions of the scenery were prefect. I finished the book mostly for that reason alone. So maybe if this was the first of Ibbotson¿s books I had read I might have liked it more, but it wasn¿t so I didn¿t.And I found typos. I NEVER find typos cause I read too fast. So that was another downer.
books_ofa_feather on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Eva Ibbotson has done it again! Just when I think I may be disappointed in her, because you never know when an author will exhaust their repertoire, I'm pleasantly surprised. Yet another story of pure devotion, history, twists and turns, and another reason to burn the midnight oil. I love her ability to describe a place so that I can say I've been to Vienna and England. My only disappointment is that I can't meet her and beg her to write more, plus I have so many questions. I highly recommend this book!
lotsofpuppies More than 1 year ago
A good story!   Ruth has lived a wonderful, bohemian life in Vienna...until the Nazi's came and she was accidentally left behind when her parents immigrated to England. Her only hope of being transported safely out of Vienna and reunited with her parents is by marrying Professor Sommerville, an British citizen and friend of the family. Will Ruth marry him? What of her true love Heini and their future plans? Will she ever be reunited with her family? Read and see!
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I loved this book, absolutely amazing, great characters, great story, so romantic and cute! very sophisticated writing style, and overall an amazing book!! best of all the author's books!
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