Written by Eva Ibbotson
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The Lovereading4Kids comment
Romance and intrigue make this lyrical historical adventure an unputdownable read! When a British millionaire sets out to buy a secluded fairy tale castle set high up on a rock above a beautiful lake he finds that its heiress is missing. Meanwhile, the heiress herself is enjoying a secret life working backstage at the Viennese opera. Can the two lives be kept separate forever? Evocative descriptions of the contrasts between the two worlds provide a vivid background for a romp of a read. ~ Julia Eccleshare
Lovereading4kids comment: It’s wonderful to see a new edition of a wonderfully evocative novel that was first published back in the early 1980s and has now been given a new cover look for a new generation. Set in the 1920s Tessa is a beautiful young girl who takes on a new identity. As a princess she’s empty and bereft and so disappears to Vienna and works backstage in the theatre. Her secret safely hidden until one day her life collides with a handsome man. In escaping her inheritance with this man she finds her destiny.
In addition to our Lovereading expert opinion some of our Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review this title. You can click here to read the full reviews.
- Charnell Vevers - 'TIbbotson is the author to turn to if you ever want historical romance, especially those rich in art and music, and beautiful settings.'
- Edel Waugh - 'A charming story told in two very different parts of the world about two very different upbringings and families. I really enjoyed this tale as will any fan of Downton Abbey and similar programs.'
- Kush Melwani - 'Another great romance from Eva Ibbotson...so beautifully crafted and complex, I found myself re-reading passages I had just read because I enjoyed them so much.'
- Catherine Bryce - 'A truly enchanting love story that will melt the reader's heart.'
- Janet Gilliard - 'An enchanting beautifully written book I thoroughly enjoyed this as a young adult read.'
- Hannah Ward - 'I managed to read this book in a day. Yes it was that good.'
Magic Flutes by 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...
About the Author
Interest Age: From 12
More books by Eva Ibbotson
Macmillan Children's Books an imprint of Pan Macmillan
26th March 2015
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