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And yet, I had some serous qualms with certain plot points and some of the decisions of the characters.

For nineteen-year-old Harriet Morton, life in Cambridge is as dry and dull as a biscuit. Also, I would just like to say, there was not enough communication going on in the story. It’s definitely kind of tropy but also makes fun of those tropes at the same time. When Harriet is two years old her mother dies from pneumonia. She then recalls Rom, and decides to travel to Manaus to enlist his help.

The story follows Harriet Morton, the strictly reared daughter of a Cambridge professor.

Completely unnecessary, not to mention hardly realistic. Saans with This Book. The man can identify exactly which corps dancer she is, even when her entire body is covered in a hideous Nutcracker mouse costume! Her random moments of impulsiveness serve to push the heroine along but don’t fit well with her character.

Basically one just sits down with each character and gets their life story in third person. Obviously, simply to jab a hat-pin into such an old gentleman would compaany have been correct. I couldn’t connect to any of the characters very much, and while I initially kind of pitied Harriet, she was so silly and pathetic to the point that compahy started to be annoying. Eva Ibbotson’s romances half-scandalized me as a teenager, but at least they were generally clean.

I loved that I decided to take this book to Mexico. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. That must be what w wants to do? And there’s no sawns they could have known that Dubrov, a Russian ballet master, would scout Harriet’s class for potential corps ballerinas for his company, which will soon be leaving for a tour in the Amazon. Oct 15, JoLee rated it it was amazing Shelves: Ibbotson creates a whole cast of dancers – each a complete character study, such as Marie-Claude.


I mean just because a girl invites you to do something, as a much older and more mature man, he shouldn’t have given in. One note, though, is that while this is billed as YA book these days, one of my GR friends told me it was originally published as adult fiction. The girl swns did those things wasn’t Harriet anymore. With Rom’s help, they convince Edward that ballet is a perfectly respectable career, and he should convince Harriet’s father to let her continue on the tour.

It practically said, “Life is sad and dull unless you’re rebellious. The perfect book; the developing reader.

It just didn’t ring true to me, and I couldn’t quite cheer on the romance when I felt like it was off on a wrong footing, though at the same time I read giddily along knowing that somehow a happy eav would come about.

I understood why the author did this but I needed the whimsical smoothness found earlier on, even amidst all the family drama.

Some of the books, particularly Journey to the River Sea, also reflect Ibbotson’s love of nature. Compan put yourself in her situation and see how brave YOU are. She is no better than his previous women. Like, every single stupid detail?

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Frankly, quite a surprising disappointment. He is intrigued by Harriet, and invites her, but Ubbotson knows she will not be allowed to go. It jarred me every time I read tutorials. Escaping from her father, her insect-obsessed intended, and England in general, she sails to the Amazon and into another life.

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There is also an elaborate sub-plot involving jumping out of a cake. I surprised myself and liked this book more than I thought I would.


But still, I like The lyrical words. The fascinating characters especially, yes, most importantly, Harriet. It’s part believable YA historical novel, and part Harlequinesque romance. What to say about Rom? There were all Ibbotson’s characteristic elements, which I like in her novels: I also disliked his treatment of Harriet’s father at the end.

Henry tells Harriet about his own desire to travel to the Amazon, and about the book’s owner – ‘The Boy’, who lived in the estate many years ago, and whom Henry, hearing the tales of the nurse the two shared, idolizes.

Harriet returns to Manaus to say goodbye to the ballet company as they leave for the next stop on the tour, and returns to Rom’s house to find Henry waiting for her there, who informs her that his mother plans to marry Rom.

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Because she is virtuous and got herself in an awkward position or something? 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.

If you look past the age gap, this is quite lf sweet story.

But again, no complaints — the story is pleasurable regardless. With all her heartache Harriet still managed to find love through the art of ballet. Anyway, that leaves me one last person. Of course, she’s not allowed to go, but after ibbotsob visit with young Henry, the heir of the local manor, she begins plotting. Was it all due to the wri An odd book, with some beautiful writing, and an absolutely spot-on-target evocation of the ballet life.