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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (3,259 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Eva Ibbotson Narrator: Willow Nash Publisher: Pan Macmillan Publishers Ltd. Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: December 2009 ISBN:
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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....

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ruth | 1/23/2014

    " This only the second Ibbotsen novel I've read (In the Company of Swans the other), and I have become a fan. She knows how to tell a story even when the first chapter is purely narrative. I love her heroes and heroines (even though some reviewers don't) and settings. This story, in addition, has a wonderful set of secondary characters, so even though the hero and heroine don't have that much contact with each other over the course of the book, Ibbotsen succeeds in immersing one in the lives of the other characters. I do agree with the reviewers who didn't like the last quarter or so of the book. This is where my suspension of disbelief was shaken as well with the hero & heroine's behavior. The same thing happened to a slightly lesser degree in the other book--the classic no-no of romance writing, where a simple conversation can clear up the entire misunderstanding which instead leads to estrangement throughout the book and separation in the end. But, this book was first published a while ago when that plot device was still 'acceptable.' Romance writing has evolved quite a bit since then. But definitely a keeper. I look forward to reading all her novels, both YA and Adult. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Erika | 12/26/2013

    " Another book from Eva Ibbotson, this one touches the heart, and will surely make you have a strong faith in love. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joanna | 12/23/2013

    " Interesting setting and storytelling. The setting is World War 2 and Eva tells and excellent story of a Jewish girl trying to get out of Austria and into England. There were some plot twists that I wasn't expecting and some that I was. I enjoyed the book and would recommend it to anyone. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rachel | 12/19/2013

    " Fabulous as always - I love Eva Ibbotson's writing, even if all of her heroines possess the same characteristics. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Radhika | 12/6/2013

    " My favourite of her books. Amazing sweetness and whimsy, in a grim world. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lucy | 12/1/2013

    " My jaw dropped. As simple as that. This one stands out to me because I've never liked science too much. This one combines science in one guy and music in another and lets them have at it. It gave me insight to different possible passions and O DEAR!! I think that this book is definately one of Ibbotson's finest!!!!!!!! READ IT if you like a great plot. You won't be dissapointed! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marisa | 12/1/2013

    " I like Eva Ibbotson books. They are quick and easy reads that take you to a dreamy place with dreamy characters. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Janine | 11/16/2013

    " I really enjoy Eva Ibbotson. Her writing has a refreshing voice and I learned from the historical setting. All her YA books are worth a read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Chelsea | 11/7/2013

    " I like love stories, but this was just annoying. Both books from Eva Ibbotson that I have read have really "wimpy" and self sacrificing female characters and I just can't relate to.They seem to never feel that they deserve happiness of any kind, to the point that it's just frustrating to read! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Dawn | 10/26/2013

    " The idea if a scarlet pimpernel type selflessly rescuing a damsel in distress in WWII Austria was intriguing to me but I found the writing boring and often painful. The last few chapters were unnecessarily drawn out, and ruined the fun behind the suits fun of the premise entirely. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Meg J. | 10/26/2013

    " Good fluff for a day when I needed a distraction. Lots of tangents that distracted from the story. Enjoyed the musical plotline. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amy | 10/25/2013

    " You can't help but love the main character! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bunnyjadwiga | 7/12/2013

    " A big fat fluffy Viennese pastry of a romance, somewhere between The Montmarays go to war and the adult fiction of Madeline L'Engle. I savored it to the very end. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Mely | 12/28/2012

    " I had such hopes for this: Jewish heroine! Marriage of convenience! But no. It's anti-Semitic, sexist, and has deeply stupid plot twists at the end. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Megan Morris | 7/24/2012

    " I liked it so much that I bought some additional books from this author. I felt it was a little more "girly" than the general books I usually read, but a good read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Barbara | 6/20/2012

    " Not my favorite Ibbotson, by far. Ruth was just verging on TSTL(to silly to live) and that really spoiled it for me. Sorry, Eva. But that's ok--there's still a lot of hers that I really loved. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Janell | 3/23/2012

    " This was the first book i read of hers and I really enjoyed it. after reading it, i went out and bought the other three books that I could find of her. While I liked the others, this one was my favorite. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shannon Shirts | 1/29/2012

    " I liked this one, just not as much as "A Company of Swans." Again, a romance, this one set in Britain about a Hitler-era Austrain refugee. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Denise Prewett | 8/30/2011

    " I didn't start out liking this book. I thought the beginning was a little dry, but when I got into the main story I really enjoyed it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Connie | 7/19/2011

    " I really enjoyed reading this book, it made me laugh and wanting to keep reading. If you are a fan of her books you will probably like this one as well. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dexter/Persy | 5/23/2011

    " Not my favorite Ibbotson teen historical romance (A Company of Swans and A Countess Below Stairs were both better), but still very good. It was quite long, and I feel like I really got to know the characters throughout the journey. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Erika | 4/14/2011

    " Another book from Eva Ibbotson, this one touches the heart, and will surely make you have a strong faith in love. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Dawn | 4/5/2011

    " Interesting start and I was hopeful about the book in the beginning but the story definitely dragged on and was about a hundred pages too long in my opinion. I found myself skimming the last 30 pages of the book just to get through it which is something I hate "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laura | 3/2/2011

    " This book has such a great cast of characters. I am quite fond of Ruth (as I can relate to her whimsicality!) and the others are all fun to read about as well. And then there is a lovely romance. :) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Maia | 2/2/2011

    " I love love love this book! Probably my favorite Eva Ibbotson (except for all the others). Verena is wonderfully despicable, and Ruth is the perfect heroine.

    The one unfortunate thing about the book is it's pretty slow-moving. Otherwise, it's practically perfect. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karina | 1/21/2011

    " I love her books! I just wish she would put as much detail into the endings as she does in the beginnings. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amy | 1/7/2011

    " You can't help but love the main character! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rachel | 1/4/2011

    " Fabulous as always - I love Eva Ibbotson's writing, even if all of her heroines possess the same characteristics. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cindy | 12/29/2010

    " good overall. not sure if I am a fan of Eva's writting style. not a book for teens, sexual situations, no details given but in my book premarital sex not okay. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Fijke | 12/21/2010

    " Good but there were boring bits "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chels | 11/7/2010

    " Eva Ibbotson has a style totally her own. I loved reading her books. "

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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.