Spring, 1922. Tessa is a beautiful, tiny, dark-eyed princess who’s given up her duties to follow her heart and work backstage at the Viennese opera. She keeps her true identity a well-guarded secret, but when a wealthy, handsome Englishman discovers this bewitching urchin backstage, Tessa’s two lives collide - and in escaping her inheritance, she finds her destiny....
©2009 Eva Ibbotson (P)2012 W F Howes Ltd
I love this book. It is a beautiful fairytale for grown ups. Ibbotsons elegant writing, her storytelling skills, her characterisation is beyond compare. She is a master, and every word a pleasure to listen to or read.
I was not entirely happy with the voice acting, though. The reading of the story was very well done, but I did not like many of the voices given to the characters. Also a tiny bit of knowledge of German would have improved the experience for me.
it was a predictable story with a happy ending - that's what I liked about.
Tessa - I really admired her grace.
She did a great job with all the voices.
There were several.
Good romantic read - especially of you books set in the early twenties
The story line is predictable, if one read any other Eva Ibbtson romances. But, as all of them, erudite, entertaining, and very funny.
The reading is clear, but the character accents are unnecessary, overblown, and mostly irritating. The common, but still regrettable and illogical device of characters speaking the same language to each other with an accent. As in - two Austrians conversing, supposedly in their native German, but each rendered with her own ridiculous German accent.
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