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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (4,696 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Eva Ibbotson Narrator: Patricia Conolly Publisher: Recorded Books Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: June 2008 ISBN:
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Eva Ibbotson, Smarties Prize winner for Journey to the River Sea and finalist for both the Whitbread Award and the Carnegie Medal, sets this compelling story in 1912 England, where 19-year-old Harriet Morton leads a dreary existence. Her ballet class is her only joy. When Father won't let her travel on a ballet tour to South America, Harriet creates a clever ruse that covers her escape and triggers an experience far beyond her dreams. Download and start listening now!

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Erika | 2/15/2014

    " Good, enjoyable, but somewhat predictable- I knew everything was going to work out okay in the end. I am a sucker for the ballerina books, though. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dawn | 2/11/2014

    " A sweeping story about a girl named Harriet who grows up in 1912 Cambridge, under the harsh rule of her strict and conservative father and aunt. When offered the opportunity to dance ballet with a Company that is going to perform overseas in the Amazon for the rich, Harriet sneaks off and finally follows her hearts wishes. There, free from the restraints of her father, her love of dancing grows while she also falls in love with a British exile. The beginning of the story that takes place in England is slow, but after Chapter three the book really takes off. Loved it!!! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Rapitch | 2/1/2014

    " Not as good as I had hoped. An okay story, but seemed juvenile. Could have done without some of the promiscuity (even though it was only implied). "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kristen | 1/22/2014

    " This is AS good if not better than "A Countess Below Stairs", although very different. Lots of ballet/dancing loving, which is always great. Also, the hero (Rom) could be Edward Cullen's twin, which is extremely wierd since the 'villian's name is Edward. Again, 10 stars outof 5. This is the type of book that makes me glad reading and writing and books were invented. And it makes me thank God for romance. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tessa | 1/18/2014

    " Ballet, romance and confusion. I liked this book. Good happy ending too! :) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Maddy | 1/9/2014

    " Eva Ibbotson's books can get predictable, with many similar characters cropping up in each one, but when the storylines are as sweet and romantic as this you really don't care. The characters were vividly drawn, I loved the development of the romance between Harriet and Rom, and as usual for an Ibbotson novel, the supporting cast were all just as interesting and engaging as the main characters. Sweet, historical fun. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lisa | 1/7/2014

    " This book is a wonderful read. The descriptions are a beautiful and it's a touching story of love, growing up, and adventure. A delightful read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 RosieX ? | 1/6/2014

    " I really enjoyed this book and i learned somne ballet moves from my favourite character is marie the french girl it is a very exciting but hard to read at the same time. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nanci | 11/18/2013

    " Slow to start, but an excellent, quiet romance with wonderful characters. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laurna *自由になるしたい* | 11/14/2013

    " Sweet and exciting..!!:) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stacey | 10/11/2013

    " This is SO my kind of book. A perfectly crafted historical romance that made me laugh and cry....swoon. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jenny | 7/23/2013

    " it was slow in the beginning but once Harriet gets to Brazil and meets Rom thats when the adventure starts. Harriet a girl who runs away with a ballet company to become a ballerina sets out on a journey to find herself, 'the boy', and an unexpected love in the Amazon. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marleah | 3/24/2013

    " I liked "The Morning Gift" much, much better. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marisa | 2/13/2013

    " I liked this book. It was a really quick read. My only problem was I didn't understand a lot of the words. Some of it was in different languages that I felt were not translated. Once I got into the hang of not always understanding everything, I liked it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Maree ♫ Light's Shadow ♪ | 1/1/2013

    " This was such a sweet little book. A little old-fashioned, but seeing as it was written I think in the early 20th century, it should be. The romance was perfect, and who couldn't help but love our sweet and hardworking heroine? Just the right amount of drama and confusion. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marga Vr | 9/22/2012

    " A 1985 published book. The story of a young girl shaping her own life regardless, a theme repeated delightfully in the books to follow. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Valerie | 4/25/2012

    " Ballet, the amazon, a comitragic romance plot line, and Ibbotson's trademark humor, what's not to love. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jennifer | 3/3/2012

    " I loved it! The dancing, the emotions, the energy. It's one of those feel-good stories you need to have after reading or watching something depressing or scary, and it does wonders. I could read this one again and again. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ariel | 1/5/2012

    " really slow. i thought it was boring & predictable. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jpup | 9/29/2011

    " I am reading this right now. I love it tons. A romantic story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pattiwan | 9/9/2011

    " I'm giving this book 3.5 stars. The only reason is because it took me awhile to get into it. But by halfway through, I was hooked. I enjoyed the story very much. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Katie | 6/28/2011

    " LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE <3 THIS BOOK IS PERFECT!!!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Janet | 4/26/2011

    " Never read anything by Ibbotson like this, but what a charming historical novel. Very adult in style but not content. For teens who like to sink their teeth into something substantial. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sarah | 4/25/2011

    " Exciting and exhilarating. Ibbotson does a great job transporting you into a elaborate world of rules, taking chances and love "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ria | 4/19/2011

    " Obviously I chose this because it's about ballet. Hopefully it'll be good and do justice to the dance. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tilly | 3/20/2011

    " It was a bit boring to start off with, but it gets better the more you read. Definatly a book for ballet heads "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Hoang-lan | 3/13/2011

    " very very good book...Harriet and Rom are a perfect pair...really really like it...romantic. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 E. | 3/11/2011

    " Okay, so I was reading it and I skipped a whole page and didn't even realize it! It wasnt until I went back a bit till i realized it. It was UBER boring! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Pollyanna | 2/28/2011

    " A good story, but a little too much love making to be a young adult book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marianne | 2/24/2011

    " Cute love story. I enjoyed reading it. I am always disappointed when characters can't wait until they are married, but there is nothing descriptive. "

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About the Author
Author Eva Ibbotson

Eva Ibbotson (1925–2010) was born in Vienna, but when the Nazis came to power her family fled to England and she was sent to boarding school. She became a writer while bringing up her four children, and her bestselling novels have been published around the world. Her books have won and been shortlisted for many prizes.