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does it get better at the end?

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message 1: by [deleted user] (last edited Oct 23, 2007 08:46PM) (new)

i hardly ever dont finish a book but this was one of the few. the pace just slowed down soo much. should i make an effort to pick it back up again?


Camille The story is almost like two books. The first part at the school has a different feel altogether from the end of the book which covers the war years in England. There is a little sense of rushing to tie up the loose ends but I liked the humor through out. It was an enjoyable cozy that fit the gray days of January very well.


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I loved the first two thirds of the book, but the ending is jarring and doesn't feel like it belongs to the same story. I've noticed that with a couple of Eva Ibbotson's books, she lulls you into a happy place and then yanks you out of it with the ending.


Camille I agree with Emily about the ending of the story.


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Miss I have to say that just before the end was heart-wrenching but it does end (through sorrow) on a happy note. You know Ibbotson always gets her lovers happily married by the end.


Treh deleted user wrote: "i hardly ever dont finish a book but this was one of the few. the pace just slowed down soo much. should i make an effort to pick it back up again?"

i finished this a year ago, i was slow but the ending was good


Katerina The whole thing was great. I love Eva Ibbotson's romances


Gerrie deleted user wrote: "i hardly ever dont finish a book but this was one of the few. the pace just slowed down soo much. should i make an effort to pick it back up again?"

I really love Eva Ibbotson, and have read all her romances as well as her three wonderful young adult books. Song for Summer is among my favorites. However, the one problem I have with her - and the only problem - is that her endings sometimes seem to be too abrupt, although that was not the case here. However, I still think that even with abrupt endings in some of her books, she was a wonderful story teller, who created rich characters with great depth and personality. And I love her charming, whimsical secondary characters, who are also fully realized.

I would encourage you to pick up the book again. I love Ellen and Marek's story (as well as the delightful supporting cast) from the golden days in Austria to the darker days of World War II England.


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