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A lyrical historical romance for fans of The English Patient

Eighteen-year-old Ellen never expected the Hallendorf school to be, well, quite so unusual. After all, her life back in england with her suffragette mother and liberated aunts certainly couldnt be called normal. but buried deep in the beautiful Austrian countryside, ellen discovers an eccentric world occupied by wild children and even wilder teachers, experimental dancers and a tortoise on wheels. And then there is the particurally intriguing, enigmatic, and very handsome Marek, part-time gardener and fencing teacher. ellen is instantly attracted to the mysterious gardener, but Hitlers reich is already threatening their peaceful world. only when she discovers Mareks true identity and his dangerous mission does ellen realize the depth of her feelings for him—and the danger their newfound love faces in the shadow of war.

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"Ibbotson, who grew up in Austria and fled the Nazis herself, provides rich details of prewar life in Vienna and the alpine countryside. Her prose is like a Linzertortewell constructed but awfully sweet. Still, this is a lively read." Library Journal

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"A happy ending is, of course, guaranteed, though the predictability barely detracts from this companionable tale, populated with odd, likable characters. Fluff, but high-quality fluff." Kirkus Reviews

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In a fragile world on the brink of World War II, a young Englishwoman takes a job as a housemother at an unconventional boarding school in Vienna. Soon everyone at the Hallendorf School relies on her for nurturing. What happens when the menace of Hitler's power reaches this idyllic world makes for a powerfully moving tale.

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Eva Ibbotson lives in the north of England.

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Sarah MacQueen, August 7, 2012 (view all comments by Sarah MacQueen)
A beautiful love story by one of my favorite authors. Designed for a somewhat older audience than many of Ibbotson's other books, this one nonetheless has all of the elements one would expect -- strong and complete characters and unusual outlooks on life all wrapped up in a distinctive writing style. The book is set as WWII breaks out, which is a setting that I've recently been seeking out and enjoying in my reading. It's wonderful to get a small dose of history with my fiction.
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jumpergirl3005, April 9, 2009 (view all comments by jumpergirl3005)
This books is just as good as the authors others. If you have read any of them then you will love this book to. With a strong leading female character, a charming man, war this book just has it all. It follows Ellen as she goes to a unusual school in the Austrian country side during the start of WW2. She falls in love, and losses him for a time to the war. With surprises you never see coming and wonderful complex characters this book is a must read for everyone!
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780142408667
Author:
Ibbotson, Eva
Publisher:
Puffin Books
Subject:
Historical - Europe
Subject:
Juvenile fiction
Subject:
World war, 1939-1945
Subject:
Young women
Subject:
Historical fiction
Subject:
War stories
Subject:
Children s-Historical Fiction-Europe
Subject:
Love & Romance
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Paperback / softback
Publication Date:
20070531
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 7 up to AND UP
Language:
English
Pages:
416
Dimensions:
8.22x5.54x1.13 in. .88 lbs.
Age Level:
09-12

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Product details 416 pages Puffin Books - English 9780142408667 Reviews:
"Review" by , "Ibbotson, who grew up in Austria and fled the Nazis herself, provides rich details of prewar life in Vienna and the alpine countryside. Her prose is like a Linzertortewell constructed but awfully sweet. Still, this is a lively read."
"Review" by , "A happy ending is, of course, guaranteed, though the predictability barely detracts from this companionable tale, populated with odd, likable characters. Fluff, but high-quality fluff."
"Synopsis" by , In a fragile world on the brink of World War II, a young Englishwoman takes a job as a housemother at an unconventional boarding school in Vienna. Soon everyone at the Hallendorf School relies on her for nurturing. What happens when the menace of Hitler's power reaches this idyllic world makes for a powerfully moving tale.
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