Wednesday, June 03, 2015

2015 book 138

Eva Ibbotson's Magic Flutes
So in this one, Ibbotson's guy is actually named Guy; he's a foundling raised by a washer-woman, but he's made something of himself and is now MEGA RICH. He decides to up and buy a castle in Austria for the girl he loved--and was rejected by!--when he was younger, who is clearly mainly interested in his money. Meanwhile, he has encountered a scrappy young girl who works backstage at an opera company, and unbeknownst to him, she is actually the princess of the castle he's bought. Everything works out as it must, though this one is a little more predictable than the other Ibbotson romances. I also didn't love the way the Jewish opera-company-owner was described in a bunch of scenes--it wasn't overtly anti-Semitic or anything, just off-putting. I mean, this is cute, but it's not my favorite of these. B.

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