The Morning Gift

The Morning Gift

Book - 1993
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A picture of 1930s emigre life, by the author of A Glove Shop in Vienna and Madensky Square. Ruth enjoys an untroubled childhood in Vienna, until Hitler intervenes. Her previously harmless political antics mark her as a troublemaker, and a young British professor helps her to escape to Britain.
Publisher: London : Century, 1993.
ISBN: 9780712655064
0712655069
Characteristics: 362 p.

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haklh Feb 19, 2017

I totally agree with the comments by Chapel_Hill_MarthaW. Eva Ibbotson is one of my all-time favourite authors, and her adult (now rebadged as YA) romances deserve to be better known. Her style can be described as real-life fairytale - her characters tend to fall into well-known archetypes (yes that can make them somewhat repetitive, and it helps if you can suspend any disbelief) - but in combination with the historical settings , the result totally justifies descriptions such as "delightful" and "charming". The Morning Gift is my favourite of the Ibbotson romances - perhaps it is due to the scientific setting, another fave of mine - and it's a book that I re-read regularly, whenever things are a bit gloomy and I need a bit of sparkle in my life.

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marthabwaters
Dec 27, 2016

Eva Ibbotson's historical fiction for adults isn't nearly as well-known as her children's fantasy, but I enjoy it quite a bit, and this might well be my favorite of the bunch. The book is full of period detail that brings the setting -- WWII London -- to life, and while the heroines in her historicals tend to all be pretty similar, that didn't stop me from loving Ruth and Quin and really rooting for them. If you don't want something predictable, or find a never-ending series of misunderstandings frustrating, this might not be for you -- but if you can deal with those elements, then you'll likely find this story of love lost and found during the war totally charming.

spoonb3rri Aug 13, 2012

Okay book. I thought the story plot was interesting bu the story drags on and on. I also started to get annoyed by the main character and the "villian" of the story.

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sunshineagain
Mar 20, 2012

A delightful read, keeps your interest. I'd recommend it for readers 18 or older.

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ready2read
Mar 18, 2011

Wonderful characters and a great story make this book a pleasure to read. I love this author's writing style, funny and sensitive, a pure delight. WW 2 setting.

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haklh Feb 19, 2017

haklh thinks this title is suitable for 13 years and over

spoonb3rri Aug 13, 2012

spoonb3rri thinks this title is suitable for All Ages

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spoonb3rri Aug 13, 2012

Twenty-year-old Ruth Berger is desperate. The daughter of a Jewish-Austrian professor, she was supposed to have escaped Vienna before the Nazis marched into the city. Yet the plan went completely wrong, and while her family and fiancé are waiting for her in safety, Ruth is stuck in Vienna with no way to escape. Then she encounters her father’s younger college professor, the dashing British paleontologist Quin Sommerville. Together, they strike a bargain: a marriage of convenience, to be annulled as soon as they return to safety. But dissolving the marriage proves to be more difficult than either of them thought—not the least because of the undeniable attraction Quin and Ruth share. To make matters worse, Ruth is enrolled in Quin’s university, in his very classes. Can their secret survive, or will circumstances destroy their love?

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spoonb3rri Aug 13, 2012

A milkmaid with the eyes of Nefertiti

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