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The Morning Gift [Kindle Edition]

Eva Ibbotson
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Ruth lives in the beautiful city of Vienna and is wildly in love with Heini Radik, a brilliant young pianist. But her world is about to change forever. When Hitler’s forces invade Ruth’s family flees to London, but she is unable to get a passport. Quin, a young professor and friend of the family, visits Ruth and in an effort to bring her back to London, he offers a marriage of convenience. As Ruth throws herself into her London life, Quin begins to fall desperately in love with her. Things are further complicated by the arrival of Heini . . .

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Ruth lives in the beautiful city of Vienna and is wildly in love with Heini Radik, a brilliant young pianist. But her world is about to change forever. When Hitler’s forces invade Ruth’s family flees to London, but she is unable to get a passport. Quin, a young professor and friend of the family, visits Ruth and in an effort to bring her back to London, he offers a marriage of convenience. As Ruth throws herself into her London life, Quin begins to fall desperately in love with her. Things are further complicated by the arrival of Heini . . .

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 765 KB
  • Print Length: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Young Picador; Unabridged edition (11 Feb 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004NBYVAC
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #96,207 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Eva Ibbotson is one of the best-loved children's writers in the world.

Her first children's novel was published in 1975, and her most famous story, JOURNEY TO THE RIVER SEA, won the Smarties Gold Prize in 2001.

Her books have been shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal, the Guardian Children's Fiction Prize, the Roald Dahl Funny Prize, and many other literary awards.

Eva died at the age of 85 in 2010

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars enchanting emigre romance 6 Jun 2006
By A. Craig HALL OF FAME
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
The morning gift is a present sent from groom to bride in a morganatic (ie unconsummated) marriage of convenience. This is what Ruth, the Jewish heroine, consents to in order to share Quin's British passport and be whisked away from Nazi Vienna to rejoin her family in London. Eccentric, strong-minded and academic like all her family, Ruth is in love with a gifted pianist, Heini, who is more concerned with his art. Quin, a brilliant Professor of paleontology, falls in love with Ruth but even when she becomes his student she fails to see this, leaving him prey to the appalling Verena, a rigidly conventional girl from the same upper class Northumbrian background as his own.

Readers who enjoy conventional romance will have no difficulty in deducing that everything turns out happily in the end, but with Ibbotson as with Austen what is so captivating is not her plotting but her wit, her gift for character and her insights. Emigre life in Belsize Park during the late 1930s is a brilliant comic subject, not least because so many of the Jews who fled Hitler were not brought up in the faith and met rabbis as bewildered as gentiles. The sadness of the survivors, who know all too well what is happening in Germany and Austria even if their hosts refuse to see it, creates a dark background against which the happiness of the good feels hard-won. Ruth is Ibbotson's most touching heroine (alongside that of A Song For Summer and COmpany of Swans) and she continues to appeal to teenagers even today. This novel is now as rare as hens' teeth, but it will be reprinted in 2008 if you can bear to wait that long.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Unusually Amazing 22 Jun 2002
Format:Paperback
I read this book in English but was utterly surprised. When I picked it up I did not expect it to hold much, but that all goes to show that you should never judge a book by its cover. Eva Ibbotson's characters are so vivid that it is hard to believe they are fictional. Her writing draws you into the world she describes and makes you unwilling to leave. In fact, immediately after finishing the book, I began it again; the first time I have ever done this. The plot is not as straightforward as one might expect, just when you think you know what will happen next there is an unexpected twist. I was enchanted with the book and almost afraid to try any of Ibbotson's other works, in case they didn't hold the same magic. However I have now changed my mind, as this book is not a fluke, anyone who can write like this has a real talent.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best books I have read. 20 July 2008
Format:Paperback
I have read nearly all of Eva Ibbotsons books for teenagers, and i have to say this is one of my favorites. Though this book is one of the longest she has written, and the most sophisticated, the way she captures the characters feelings is pure genius. She has created such detailed, very clever characters, and the innocence and purity of the main character Ruth.
This book is not for a quiet read, something that you will pick up, and just read a few pages before putting it down and not reading it for a while, it is a long books, that has had a lot of research put into it, and needs alot of thinking about. However, it is well worth the read.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Lovely, but reminiscent of A Company of Swans 16 Jan 2010
By Doha VINE VOICE
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I just finished this book last night, and like Ibbotson's other books, it was just lovely: there is a sense of fairytale etherea in the peri-WW2 setting. I have a personal irritation against 'war fiction', particularly WW2, but Ibbotson never writes war intrusively. It is also her particular skill to write heroines untouched by the worse vagaries of people. That isn't to say they are naive or innocent - on the contrary, they are intelligent, strong women - but they carry a kind of purity, too. It is written, too, in a lyrical moment-by-moment style, which is detail-rich, making you feel like you intimately know each setting, each vignette: the Bergers and their guests on Grundlsee yelling 'Wunderbar', Ruth leaning over Heini at the piano, Ruth when she is found by Quin in Vienna, Ruth telling Quin the story of Mishak and Marianne...all the way to the end, the story presents itself to you in snapshots - it tells itself, you don't really read it. The most vivid scene to me was Ruth, that first morning, on the beach at Bowmont...it wasn't Ruth, it was ME, and I felt like I owned the whole world. So beautiful.

I picked it up again this morning to re-read the ending, and fell in love with it over again.

The only criticism I have to make - and it's not really a criticism as a remark - is that Ruth and Quin become a little confused with Harriet and Rom of A Company of Swans, in my mind. The stories are not at all the same, but the atmosphere and sense of characters does blur a great deal, and I have to work to keep them separate in my mind.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Enchanting 3 Sep 2009
Format:Paperback
I read Eva Ibbotson's "Adult" books years ago and don't know how I missed this one. Personally I would not call it YA but "adult suitable for younger and discerning readers. The author has a charming style and all of her stories have that "mittel European" feel to them which is so different to much romantic fiction.

In this particular story of a marriage of convenience entered into to provide an escape from Nazi-occupied Vienna, we are treated to romance that takes a year or more to develop. During that year we learn so much about the refugee community that grew in London and the wider UK as more and more Jews and others fled the persecutions of Hitler. There is tragedy and comedy in this book as we watch Ruth Berger grow up and spread her wings in a foreign land. She is surrounded by love and good wishes but, as a young woman coming of age, she is uncertain, unclear and unconvinced about many things in her life and it is a delight to watch her mature and find her true path. Quin Sommerville is a delight of a hero - an academic from a very rich and structured background with a bit of a sad family history. You can visualise him as part Indiana Jones, part war hero, part simple man who gradually falls in love despite himself.

The author has a delightful style with her own background always apparent just below the surface of her books. The wide cast of characters and secondary stories made the novel truly three dimensional and deeply satisfying. A lovely romantic story most appropriate to read on the eve of the 70th anniversary of Britain going to war against Hitler. I do recommend this to lovers of well-written, emotionally involving stories.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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Published 8 days ago by susan ramsay
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good story
Very emotive story about Refugee in war torn Germany
With good family ties and losses but good ending for giirl
Published 9 months ago by George
5.0 out of 5 stars The morning gift
This book is stupendous!!! You have to read it. Eva I has struck again in this breathtaking British bestseller. Amazing! However it is definitely for older children.
Published 10 months ago by Le grand fromage
5.0 out of 5 stars A gorgeous, wry and romantic read.
Eva Ibbotson is a magical storyteller for all ages. Highly recommend this for older readers - a timeless romance with a wonderful cast of characters.
Published 13 months ago by Book girl
4.0 out of 5 stars Takes you on a tale like no other!
This book was very enjoyable! I must admit I found it a little too detailed or 'wordy' in places, preferring to skip a page until I found more exciting dialogue! Read more
Published 14 months ago by Bookworm1
4.0 out of 5 stars wanted book got kindle version
I was ordering this for a gift so needed the paperback - but the order defaulted to kindle (my last purchase) and instantly I had it on my phone (kindle app) - not happy
Published 14 months ago by I read for fun
4.0 out of 5 stars A Gift of a Book
I enjoyed this, though not as much as some of her other books (Journey To The River Sea, etc). Liked the slow development of the romance, though the ending did seem to drag on a... Read more
Published 18 months ago by Lisa
4.0 out of 5 stars Great
Great book would highly recommend it though would have wanted to have know about more about the characters at the end of the book, but great read any way !
Published 20 months ago by Richard Scurr
5.0 out of 5 stars Pure pleasure
I only recently discovered the adult novels of Eva Ibbotson. They are a pleasure. We know what will happen in them - the novels are truly romantic, not "romance" novels. Read more
Published 22 months ago by Cecile H. Lomer
5.0 out of 5 stars <3
Absoloutely love this book.. I rarely re-read books because I usually remember the plots as soon as I start again but I've lost count of the number of times I have read this. Read more
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