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A Company of Swans by Eva Ibbotsen. Isobel has also remarried and lives in India. It’s funny, witty and refreshing. I’m such a fan of Ibbotson’s children’s books, that I didn’t like this one came as a surprise and a disappointment to me. Also, some of her word choices and phrases are just brilliant, so wise, so witty. So not only is it a terrible anachronism, but I prefer not to be beat over the head with the sexual attractiveness of my hero, thank you. She then recalls Rom, and decides to travel to Manaus to enlist his help.

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I also loved that Ibbotson explains the plots of the ballets they are performing. The real Harriet would have waited. 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.

The romantic lead, as so often happened in romances written in that particular day and age sfell in love with her instantly, sdans then just as promptly decided that she needed protecting and sheltering.


The romance between Rom and Harriet develops gradually and beautifully, with plenty of excitement, whimsy, pathos, and humor along the way — including the reappearance of Henry in the clutches his venal mother, not to mention the bug-loving boyfriend, who comes to Brazil to fetch Harriet but seems even more interested in the rare insects of tropical climes. That’s what makes it easy for Ibbotson to tug so hard at my heartstrings both then, and now when things go wrong – badly wrong.

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Oct 09, D. Feb 09, Amy rated it did not like it Recommended to Amy by: The main character, in every other respect a very moral, sweet, good role model of a girl, wakes up in her lovers arms rejoicing I really like this author’s books for slightly younger readers so I was excited to read this young adult romance. Harriet claims to be going to stay with a school chum, and joins the Dubrov Ballet Company. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. swaans

In marrying Rom, Harriet finds her freedom. This sounds like a charming story. You are commenting using your Facebook account.

Henry, who has inherited part of the estate from Rom, intends to return to Follina, Rom’s home in the Amazon, and fulfill his dream of becoming an explorer. HistoricalRomance novel. She cares deeply for her friends and associates, and makes those around her BE better people. And though Rom was over-idealized, I liked him too.

Though the tragedy of Harriet’s past was laid on a little thick, I did sympathize with her. Unfortunately, they aren’t in this book. Their disregard for true love and waiting for marriage drained the story of everything that made it sweet and after that I just couldn’t wait to get through and ewans done with the book.


The famed Manaus Opera House. After that chapter or so I lost all the respect I had carefully built up for Harriet. Eva Ibbotson’s romances half-scandalized me as a teenager, but at least they were generally clean. It frustrates me to no end, given that I like her characters and wish they could act in a dignified manner. Since I used to dance, I was probably swayed by the nostalgia of reading a bunch of french ballet terms and feeling intelligent understanding the references to famous ballerinas.

After all your glowing reviews, I have yet to try this swan.

A Company of Swans

That said, Ibbotson’s writing never fails to please. She poured her soul into relentless, repetitive practice and while she workedshe was utterly happy. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. This book follows the usual Ibbotson formula for romance, which means it is a bit of a Cinderella story. 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.