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The Reluctant Heiress by Eva Ibbotson July 10, 2009

Posted by Aubri in Historical, Must Read, Romance, week 4.


I just finished The Reluctant Heiress by Eva Ibbotson. This is a well written, spell-binding historical fiction and romance novel. The prologue and first couple chapters are kind of slow, but once you get past the history lesson you just totally devour the rest of the book. Tessa loves music, ever since she was young and heard it during her classes, it’s been her whole world. So she left her home in Pfaffenstein, where she was an princess with a castle and had basically no money, to work in an opera house as she fulfilled her love of the arts. No one in the Viennese opera house needs to know she their under wardrobe mistress is actually a princess. But all that changes when handsome, self made millionaire Guy Farne arrives, searching for an opera to play at his castle. There is an obvious attractive between Tessa and Guy, and Tessa soon realizes there is more to life than music. But with Guy’s vain fiancee in the way, Tessa starts to wonder if there will ever be a happy ending for her.
This is a must read! This novel is only second best in Ibbotson’s novels beneath A Countess Below Stairs. A story about European history, miraculous music, and love, I would highly recommend this novel to every girl who enjoys reading romance.


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