Friday, May 29, 2015

2015 book 133

Eva Ibbotson's The Morning Gift
Another charming story from Ibbotson! This one centers on a young part-Jewish woman stuck in Vienna in 1938--her family's visas have gone through, but something went wrong with hers and now she's trapped. Luckily a British colleague of her father's is on hand to help--and to offer to marry her just to get her out of the country (she's long been planning to marry the musician boy she grew up with). And of course, getting their planned annulment isn't easy when she's at risk of being deported, and of course, they get thrown together unexpectedly. As usual, Ibbotson doesn't quite take the expected route, but things work out just fine. There is some annoying miscommunication, but otherwise this was super cute, and I appreciate Ibbotson's realistic take on British views of refugees. A-/B+.

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