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The Morning Gift by Eva Ibbotson
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Apr 28, 2010

it was ok
bookshelves: young-adult

Things get complicated in this Ibbotson historical romance. After the marriage of convenience with one of her professors (to whom she is secretly attracted), and their subsequent separation, Ruth's fiancé returns and things begin to unravel. A musician who his obsessed with performing his best, he wants to sleep with Ruth to heighten his musical passion. When Ruth finds that she can't (thus discovering that she does not love him), she goes running to the professor to tell of her trouble. Ironically, the professor's consoling her over her dilemma leads to their sleeping together (which proves that she really loves him), but when he sends her a morning gift the next day she believes he is trying to tell her it was for one night only.

Not especially helpful for teens, the message that true love is based upon whether or not you feel right sleeping with someone (independently of marriage) is dubious enough in itself. In addition, the message is imposed upon the reader with significant emotive and physical description of these scenes.
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