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Eva Ibbotson
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5 Oct 2007

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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  • Paperback: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Young Picador; Unabridged edition (5 Oct 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0330444999
  • ISBN-13: 978-0330444996
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 83,141 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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 . . . --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Eva Ibbotson was born in Vienna, but when the Nazis came to power her family fled to England and she was sent to boarding school. She became a writer while bringing up her four children, and her bestselling novels have been published around the world. Her books have also won and been shortlisted for many prizes. Eva died peacefully in October 2010 at the age of eighty-five.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars enchanting emigre romance 6 Jun 2006
By A. Craig HALL OF FAME
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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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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
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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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A beautiful book! 27 Feb 2009
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This book stayed in my memory long after I had finished it. A poignant subject, beautifully written. It is definitely for older teenagers and adults though.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely Outstanding 25 Jan 2011
Format:Paperback
Let's just clarify that I have never in my life been to Vienna, have only been to London once when I was eight, and I wouldn't know a famous painting if it hit me in the face. Saying this, I can not praise Eva Ibbotson enough for all of her books, not just The Morning Gift.
I was actually looking for different books a few years ago when I received this and The Secret Countess for Christmas; I'd previously lifted them up several times in my local Waterstones, but always put it down because I was never one hundred percent sure I'd like them (saying that, I did the same for Twilight numerous times, and I finished the series for the 5th time not long ago). So I was dubious, there's no doubt - but after finishing The Secret Countess, I couldn't pick The Morning Gift up quickly enough.
The book focuses on Ruth and Quin: Ruth is a extraordinary intelligence venetian with the looks of a milk maid, and Quin the heart-breaking professor determined to get her to England to her family. To do this, he concocts the idea of a marriage which he would consummate when they reached England. Things do not go as planned as Ruth begins to experience unexpected feelings for Quin, and things start to not go as they planned.
There is reference upon reference in this book, concerning architecture and marine biology, not to mention the classical poets and writers Eva is so fond of. Even though I couldn't picture half the places she talks, the emotional impact I've felt from her book mean I've turned to them whenever I have the chance; even now I'm re-reading The Morning Gift as we speak.
This book is ideal for everyone, especially those who love the moments when your toes curl up and your eyes can't take in the page fast enough; this book is perfect for you.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Unusually Amazing 22 Jun 2002
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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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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant Book! 16 July 2008
Format:Paperback
I've read all of Eva Ibbotson's books for older readers and have loved all of them!

This tells the story of Ruth, who lives in Vienna with her family, but when the Nazis invade her family flee accidently leaving Ruth behind. A family friend, Quin, offers her an escape through a marriage of conveinence to be dissolved when they reach England. However cirrcumstances throw them together once more and they realise there feelings for each other.

Ibbotson's details in her novels really set them apart and each character is so full of life. I thoroughly recommend this!
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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 1 month 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!
Published 2 months ago by By the AWSOME n wats
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 5 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 7 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 7 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 11 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 13 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 15 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
Published 21 months ago by 321takenduh
5.0 out of 5 stars A fantastic read
This is my favourite Eva Ibbotson book and Ruth is my favourite heroine EVER and I read a lot of romances. Read more
Published on 25 Nov 2011 by Booklover
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