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A lyrical historical romance for fans of The English Patient Eighteen-year-old Ellen never expected the Hallendorf school to be, well, quite so unusual. After all . Having recently run out of new books to read, I chose to reread one of my old favourites, A Song for Summer by Eva Ibbotson. The book is set in. A SONG FOR SUMMER By Eva Ibbotson. BOOK JACKET INFORMATION In a fragile world on the brink of World War II, lovely young Englishwoman Ellen Carr .

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I was underwhelmed by this one, especially after how much I enjoyed A Company of Swans. The author made allusions to Jane Eyre and Rebecca. You currently have JavaScript disabled in your web browser, please enable JavaScript to view our website as intended.

Moreover, he is a music prodigy. Ditto what Heather said about the poem. Pretty much the only thing this book had going for it was an interesting setting. In a fragile world on the brink of World War II, lovely young Englishwoman Ellen Carr takes a job as a housemother at an unorthodox boarding school in Vienna that specializes in music, drama, and dance. The only actually good thing one ibvotson say about him, is that he isn’t a Nazi. I found this very frustrating since there was so much background on him that could have been turned to better use.

A Song for Summer. Paperbackpages. I liked this book. Along comes a princely type who falls for her goodness and simplicity as well as her beaut If you have read any of my previous reviews of books by Eva Ibbotson, you already more or less know the plot: I do typically get annoyed when authors write the same story over and over again, but there are some who do it well.


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I adore all of her books. Swept into an idyllic world of mountains, music, eccentric teachers and wayward children, Ellen brings order and joy to all around her. Eva Ibbotson born Maria Spng Michelle Wiesner was a British novelist specializing in romance and children’s fantasy.

Generally, Ibbotson is going along, telling us about storks and little flowers and then, just when something good is going to happen, she throws in a page break, skips ahead a few weeks, and then tells us what happened in retrospect, stripping the action of any, well, action. What is a Song for Summer? This site uses cookies. The beginning really appealed to me.

This isn’t really a romance, though romance does occur–it’s much more her story, and the story of the school, and the students there, and it doesn’t go at all how I expected.

Ellen seems to have been born to nurture all of Hallendorf; soon everyone from Leon the lonely young musical prodigy to harassed headmaster Mr.

I was a bit disappointed with this one. Sep 06, AlixJamie rated it it was ok. But when she discovers that Marek is actually a famous musician working with various Resistances to smuggle Jews to safety, Ellen begins to realize the depth of her feelings for him—and the danger their newfound love faces in the shadow of war.

Maybe it didn’t blow me away, but I liked it. More books like this. Dec 06, Aryn rated it did not like it Shelves: In this volume Ellen disappoints her bluestocking, suffragette mother and aunts by falling in love with domesticity and wanting to follow in the steps of her pseudo-step-grandmother, a cook and housekeeper from Austria. This sounds wonderful, I like how you say that even thought the authors books are similar, they still hold their own and still draw you to them.

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Soon after the well-equipped tortoise, Ellen encounters Professor Chomsky who teaches metalwork and swims naked in the lake at all hours, Professor Ritter who teaches drama and encourages the children to be kitchen utensils and to give birth to themselves, and a cabbage-person from an English mining village masquerading as a Russian ballerina.

A Song for Summer by Eva Ibbotson – review

We kept being told the two main characters loved each This was definitely not for me. And that’s why I read Ibbotson’s romances, slowly, one at a time, taking a break between them, lest the intellectual equivalent of sonv, strudel pastry, and chocolate overwhelm my senses and burn me out on them. The war means nothing to me unless it directly affects my love life!

The book’s title and cover may give the impression that it’s no more than a sappy teenage romance. The eccentric side characters are mostly loveable, and even the worst either end with finality or reform when seen in their perfect circ Eva Ibbotson’s romances are all of the same pattern, Viennese pastry fiction.

This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. Her heroine’s all fit a comfortable mold of being not all that interesting, having one hobby that consumes their time and talents i. Here are some of our favourites to get you talking about your emotions.