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Magic Flutes

Written by Eva Ibbotson

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LoveReading View on Magic Flutes

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.

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Magic Flutes Synopsis

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...

Magic Flutes Reader Reviews

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.'

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All versions of this book

ISBN: 9781447280095
Publication date: 26/03/2015
Publisher: Macmillan Children's Books an imprint of Pan Macmillan
Format: Paperback

ISBN: 9780330462631
Publication date: 01/05/2009
Publisher: Pan Macmillan
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781447280095
Publication date: 26th March 2015
Author: Eva Ibbotson
Publisher: Macmillan Children's Books an imprint of Pan Macmillan
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 368 pages
Suitable for: 13+ readers, YA readers
Genres: General Fiction
Recommendations: eBooks, Reviewed by Children

About Eva Ibbotson

Born in Vienna, Eva Ibbotson came to England as a small girl. She spent much of her adult life in Newcastle upon Tyne. When her husband was alive he bred snails in the garage; they also kept fish and had a small and very hairy dog. Eva had four grown-up children and seven grandchildren. She wrote for both adults and children. Which Witch was runner-up for the Carnegie Medal and The Secret of Platform 13 was shortlisted for the Smarties Prize. Journey to the River Sea won the Smarties Book Prize Gold Award, was runner-up for the Whitbread Children's Book of ...

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