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But you say, how was she to know that? The scene-setting in the Amazon and the portrayal of the ballet company are the best parts of the book. Rather than have him literally carry her frail little body out of the attic her overly strict father locked her in, wouldn’t it have been far more fun if she had climbed out the window one night, so that he did, in fact, find her with the dance group in St.

The love story is wonderful, and I like that while it’s certainly a main part of the book, Harriet’s dancing – and for that matter, Rom’s business affairs – are important as well.

No one can accuse her of being outright crude, but I really didn’t need jbbotson read about the 17 year-old girl constantly being “ruined” by a “not yet thirty” year old man, especially after he makes a big deal about how he’s going to protect her reputation and wait for the proper time to marry her and whatnot. I was almost certain that I had found my favourite Ibbotson novel when I read Magic Flutes, but then A Company of Swans came along and proved me wrong. But again, no complaints — the story is pleasurable regardless.

My co,pany is still trying to work this one out. It really does help if you talk about things before jumping to conclusions.


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I can’t imagine you’re not already sold just from that description, but may I also mention the dashing hero, bibotson amusing tricks played on the hideous unwanted fiance, the charmingly insane prima ballerina, and the astonishing series of ridiculous coincidences that drive the plot along.

We all know the amount a good writer can say with a simple kiss on the forehead or the briefest touch on the cheek. Instead, as the daughter of an elderly and dogmatic Cambridge don — who raises her with the help of her equally repressive spinster aunt — Harriet has very little joy to her existence. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. I have to say, I was surprised- I expected Eva Ibbotson to be more conservative.

Open Preview See a Problem? Henry tells Harriet about his own desire to travel to the Amazon, and about ibbotsonn book’s owner – ‘The Boy’, who lived in the estate many ibbtoson ago, and whom Henry, hearing ega tales of the nurse the two shared, idolizes. I felt like her life began to revolve around the guy, and she was a bit obsessive.

A Company of Swans — All About Romance

Escaping from her father, her insect-obsessed intended, and England in general, she sails to the Amazon and into another life. They always seem to be older than our heroine, and very rich too. Just because she is so aware and in love with people and the world around her. He pulled her down so that she lay against his shoulder.

Harriet Morton is cabin’d, cribb’d, confin’d by the comppany of Edwardian Cambridge.

A Company of Swans

First published in the U. When a talent scout offers her the chance to join a touring ballet company on its way to Brazil, Harriet can’t sit back and watch life pass her by once more. But even so Harriet comes alive when she’s dancing. It takes real talent to s the same basic book plots repeatedly and still make the story charming and lovely.


To a freedom unlike any she had known before. Eva Ibbotson born Maria Charlotte Michelle Wiesner was a British novelist specializing in romance and children’s fantasy. I couldn’t agree with the morals in the books.

Have you ever read the perfect book at the perfect time? With people living in it. Sep 10, Holly rated it really liked it Recommended to Holly by: In Manaus, Harriet finds friendship, hard work, inspiration, and Rom–the mysterious and wealthy expat who owns the Teatro Vompany where the company performs. Ibbotson also makes a big faux-pas with the sexual tension by having the hero and heroine sleep together as soon as they get substantial time alone together.

Brom protects her virtue, she lets him, and in the end he can present her to father perfectly well and request her hand in marriage. Was it all due to the writer being born in ?

Her books are imaginative and humorous, and most of them feature magical creatures and places, despite the fact that she disliked thinking about the supernatural, and created the characters because she wanted swanz decrease her readers’ fear of such things.

To hold nothing back?

It was also the fact that they added nothing to the story; in fact, it was a major detraction.