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The Morning Gift by Eva Ibbotson
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May 11, 2010

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bookshelves: historical-fiction, frivolous-fun-books, young-adult-fiction

This book would easily be a 3.5, were such a rating possible, and a higher rating still were the 3rd act misunderstanding-to-separate-the-couple just a fraction less absurd. Out of the six very similar Ibbotsen romances, this one is dead center in the pack-- not as good as my favorites, A Countess Below Stairs and The Reluctant Heiress, but comfortably jumbled in with A Company of Swans and Madensky Square in the just-barely-second tier, and ever so much more fun than her other WWII volume, A Song for Summer. The secondary characters and settings, always where Ibbotsen really shines, are once again delightful. Quin's stern Aunt Frances and Ruth's kindly Uncle Mishak are especially delightful, and both Bowmont and Vienna sound like places straight out of a dream.

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