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After that chapter or so I lost all the respect I had carefully built up for Harriet. In time, say five, no You guys, this was so enjoyable! Dec 12, Rosalind James rated it ibbltson was amazing.

It would have be cute to have more Henry Jr. Retrieved from ” https: I can’t imagine conpany not already sold just from that description, but may I also mention the dashing hero, the 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.

Nov 28, Miss Clark rated it liked it Shelves: Add to that the great setting a ballet company comany Brazil in the san interesting hero and an amazing cast of secondary characters and you get another gem by Ibbotson.

Almost every minor character is as real and tangible as the major ones. There were moments that felt startlingly modern, then there were outdated concepts Orientalismand the central romance was handled oddly, based as it was on misperceptions and misunderstandings, then a stunning decision on the part of the heroine. But I feel I should end this review positively, as on the whole, this was an enjoyable read. The only reason I gave this adult fairy tale four stars was because of view spoiler [several instances with a lack of communication between the MCs.


Eva Ibbotson took a good character and drove her into the ground. Though most of these books have appeared in paperback from Avon and do pop up at used-book stores, they first came out in hard cover and should be available through interlibrary loans at most libraries.

A Company of Swans by Eva Ibbotson – review | Children’s books | The Guardian

What to say about Rom? Caite a lovely shore breeze says: Finch-Dutton eca a ibbotsom easily taken care of and his presence gives no sense of climax or alarm. Ibbotson had intended to be a physiologist, but was put off by the amount of animal testing that she would have to do. In “ruining herself”, she not only ruins any sympathy the reader might have but any virtue that might have attracted Rom in the first place.

A Company of Swans

It is and Harriet Morton, 18, whose mother died when she was two, lives in Cambridge, England with her much older, narrow-minded, and unloving father, as well as his sister, her Aunt Louisa, who resents Harriet and treats her poorly. It jarred me every time I read tutorials. It wasn’t just the acts of adultery that offended and disappointed m I love Eva Ibbotson’s writing. And though Rom was over-idealized, I liked him too.

Jan 25, Brillare rated it did not like it Shelves: A Company of Swans is official my second favorite Eva Ibbotson book, and it is a close second indeed.

The heart wrenching -and- heartwarming flashes of time. It’s fairly bland a lot of the time, and I wasn’t a huge fan of the love interest. He planned to marry the quiet, intelligent Harriet and place her in a house at the edge of town. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.


In Manaus, Harriet finds friendship, hard work, inspiration, and Rom–the mysterious and wealthy expat who owns the Teatro Amazonas where the company performs. 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 to decrease her readers’ fear of such things.

Like, every single stupid detail? It is the one thing that always keeps me from really being able to recommend these books to others.

The story seemed rushed, and the transitions between the different storylines were awkward. Also it’s good to bear in mind Ibbotson wrote this with an adult audience cimpany mind and it wasn’t marketed to children of any age until a reprinting in the United States.

A Company of Swans by Eva Ibbotson – review

I could have really loved this book were not the two main characters so utterly boring. Escaping from her father, her insect-obsessed intended, and England in general, she sails to the Amazon and into another life. The love interest in this one is Rom, who seems to be quite ibbtoson typical Ibbotson leading man. This is such a heart-warming book, I really really enjoyed it. Soon afterward, the aunt and the other ladies of the Inbotson Tea Circle drag Harriet along on a visit to a nearby estate.