Lets start with the ill-fated beginning of our great relationship…
I’m a big fan of romance and I’ve read my fair share of M&B’s and Harlequin. More than. In fact I went through a phase where it was almost over one book a day, everyday. Ebook, of course. I dint want my Mum to know, I was quite young after all (then). Well lets just say that after a while all of them started bleeding into one another and looking more or less the same. Dont get me wrong, I still read the occasional Harlequin romance though mostly in the historical section now. In fact stuff like Lisa Kleypas or Catherine Coulter is a re-read all time favourite for when I need a dose very badly.
But the kind of book that full fills a craving in you, having enough depth to pull you in and enough reality to make you believe, that’s the kind Eva Ibbotson writes. It may sound dramatic but that’s the way I honestly feel when I read her books. I would like to say that I don’t play favourites but not every book is the same even when written by the same author. The first book of hers I ever read was A song for summer. I wont say I even liked it much (I was fourteen and my definition of a good romance was love, a quick conclusion and a happy ending). Actually I forced myself to read it but halfway through I put it back on my shelf. I don’t think I picked it up again until at least a year had passed. And this book grated the most on me for that one year since it was the first book I’d left unfinished. By the time I picked it up again I’d been through a few of her titles for younger readers (which were actually the only titles in fiction that I read without a glimmer of Fantasy or Romance). This time I decided that just like swallowing a pill, I’d get it over with quickly. Not half as bad as my memory of it.
Of course, for some unfathomable reason, the next time I was in the book store, I decided to pick another one of Eva Ibbotson’s romance titles. This time it was Magic Flutes. After reading it I truly understood the beauty of her writing and magic in her story telling. I then searched for more of her books and fixated on A countess below stairs. Unfortunately for me, I couldn’t find it in the book stores though it could be that you can’t always find titles you want easily in India. I decided to read it in e-book format. Okay let’s get one thing straight. Anyone who’s interested in sex scenes is gonna be disappointed. Not because they’re badly written but because they are not written at all or if they are, it’s not descriptive at all. Just warning you before hand. If you’re interested in a beautiful love story and not just one with lots sex scenes, you’ll be pleased.
The reason I’m writing about Eva Ibbotson is probably because I read – A Company of Swans recently and couldn’t resist. Since I’ve already incorporated the word favorites, how can I not talk about my very favourite out of all her titles The morning gift. It took me about four to five hours to read the book, start to finish and I could not move until I was done. That said, Eva Ibbotson does not write Regency Romance. Her storyline is based around the world wars and the back drop is mostly Vienna, Russia or England. They end up mostly in England where most refugees flee. It’s mostly from the point of view of the female protagonist with the occasional p.o.v. of the male. Infrequently, we also see into the head of a side character. I’ll say this, I never really got into A song for summer, even to this day but it doesn’t negate the fact that I absolutely adore her other romances.
The Morning Gift
The Morning Gift is a beautiful, classic romance from much loved author, Eva Ibbotson.
Ruth lives in the beautiful city of Vienna and is wildly in love with Heini Radik, a brilliant young pianist. But her world is about to change forever.
When Hitler’s forces invade, Ruth’s family flees to London, but she is unable to get a passport. Quin, a young professor and friend of the family, visits Ruth and, in an effort to bring her back to London, he offers a marriage of convenience. As Ruth throws herself into her London life, Quin begins to fall desperately in love with her. Things are further complicated by the arrival of Heini. . .
They’re beautifully written books and if your interested in checking out the author and any of her titles then:
Also I promise to try to keep from babbling about my own thoughts and experiences and focus more on the novel and review next time.
P.s. – While I love romance and am a great fan, my first love is still fantasy, so if anyone wants any recommendation or has any for me in that area, I’d be only too glad.