A Song for Summer

A Song for Summer

Book - 2006
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When Ellen Carr abandons grey, dreary London to become housekeeper at an experimental school in Austria, she finds her destiny. Swept into an idyllic world of mountains, music, eccentric teachers and wayward children, Ellen brings order and joy to all around her. But itâe(tm)s the handsome, mysterious gardener, Marek, who intrigues her âe" Marek, who has a dangerous secret. As Hitlerâe(tm)s troops spread across Europe, Ellen has promises to keep, even if they mean she must sacrifice her future happiness . . . An unforgettable love story from the award-winning author of Journey to the River Sea and The Star of Kazan .
Publisher: London : Young Picador, 2006
ISBN: 9780330444989
0330444980
Branch Call Number: YA PB Ibbot 3558ya 1
Characteristics: 423 p

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marthabwaters
Apr 30, 2016

I liked this pretty well, in the sense that I like all of Ibbotson's historical fiction because of the amazing amount of detail she includes, bringing a time and a place fully to life, along with lots of wonderful characters. However, this one is a biiiiit meandering, and so I didn't really tear through it like I did some of her others. I also found the resolution of the central romance a trifle dissatisfying; however, full credit to Ibbotson for bringing pre-war Austria so vividly to life.

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sunshineagain
Jun 05, 2012

This is my least favorite Ibbotson book so far. The book goes off in so many directions and takes too long to cross paths and bring resolution. A disappointing ending and the evolution of the characters makes one dislike them instead of rooting for them.

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Jun 05, 2012

sunshineagain thinks this title is suitable for 16 years and over

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