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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 . Having recently run out of new books to read, I chose to reread one of my old favourites, A Song for Summer by Eva Ibbotson. The book is set in. A SONG FOR SUMMER By Eva Ibbotson. BOOK JACKET INFORMATION In a fragile world on the brink of World War II, lovely young Englishwoman Ellen Carr .

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The author made allusions to Jane Eyre and Rebecca. She is beautiful, kind and her life’s calling is to cook and clean. A teacher-like protagonist who grew up in an early 20th century London and comes from a peculiar family background.

Children and teenagers Teen books Historical fiction children and teens Teen romance books for childrens and teens Eva Ibbotson children’s user reviews. To find out more, including how to control cookies, see here: In short, the whole place is in desperate need of Ellen’s attention.

And then Ellen never expected the Hallendorf school to be quite so unusual. This is poorly written diluted garbage.

But I probably would heavily edit it before handing it to a teenager, or just avoid mentioning it. I really ended up loving this one, I adored the beautiful Austrian setting of this one.


I liked that other Ibbotson sort-of-YA sort-of-romance book I read, so thought I’d give this one a shot.

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Not Being able to see, I think not seeing because your obsessed by something that blots out the world. Description When Ellen Carr abandons grey, dreary London to become housekeeper at an experimental school in Austria, she finds her destiny. Want to Read saving…. I was underwhelmed by this one, especially after how much I enjoyed A Company of Swans. I just like reading about people who will stand up and do the right thing even when the odds are absolutely stacked against you.

Once again blown away with Ibbotson’s ability to create ”magic” squarely within our very ordinary world. Ibbotson’s writing is so, for lack of a better word, RIGHT for this story, it felt real and poignant without being sentimental. I found Ellen’s “thing” the oft-underrated domestic arts far less interesting than Harriet’s ballet!

A Song for Summer

Ellen bored me to tears. It is really unfortunate to watch this twisted morality This book was the most morally wonky of Ibbotson’s books that I have read so far. Jul 02, Erica rated it it was ok. They fall in love, are kept apart by World War II, everyone is married for a brief time to the wrong person, and it all ends in a general swapping of spouses that leaves everybody rapturously happy.


At first, her liberated mother and aunts were disappointed because they wanted bigger things for her but they eventually accepted that Ellen is bound to excel in whatever she does.

Set in the Amazon, it was written in honour of her deceased husband Alan, a former ibboson.

It is really unfortunate to watch this twisted morality rub off on her by the end, even though she does make life for the children better and less wild. For a lovely idea in a nice setting that is beatlutifully written I can only give 3 stars due to the ibbotsom protagonists and their unhealthy relationship.

A Song for Summer by Eva Ibbotson – review

In a Song for Summer, I loved the historical backdrop to world war II and how it helped develop the story. Some of the books, particularly Journey to the River Sea, also reflect Ibbotson’s love of nature.

May 06, Kate Quinn rated it it was amazing. However everytime the plot focussed around the lovestory ies it started to bore me. In a departure from other Ibbotson heroines, Ellen is not ditsy.