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Of course, she’s not allowed to go, but after a visit with young Henry, t A Company of Swans is official my second favorite Eva Ibbotson book, and it sqans a close second indeed.

But you say, how was she to know that? Hahahaha, can I just say that Care is awesome for picking up my term in this fashion? With all her heartache Harriet still managed to find love through the art of ballet. Feb 26, Amanda rated it it was amazing Shelves: Between her uber-traditional academic father and prudish, disciplinarian aunt Louisa, all of Harriet’s desires and interests are oppressed.

Of course, she’s not allowed to go, but after a visit with young Henry, the heir of the local manor, she begins plotting. Which is a pity, because Rom is gorgeous. Her random moments of impulsiveness serve to push the heroine along but don’t fit well with her character.

Refresh and try again. It would have be cute to have more Henry Jr. That goal is in the same spirit as this site; here is how Ibbotson explained it in Contemporary Authors: Brom protects her virtue, she lets him, and in the end he can present her to father perfectly well and request her hand in marriage.


It was also the fact that they added nothing to the story; in fact, it was a major detraction. So when Dubrov, leader of a ballet company, comes to her little school to scout talent and deems Harriet worthy of inclusion in the chorus of his company, she is thrilled. I mean, it’s not gratuitous or anything, it’s simply that Ibbotson completely changes the character and then the character loves the fact that she’s being immoral.

I loved this book.

Leave A Comment Cancel reply Comment. There Harriet ventures off by herself and encounters the young lord of the manor, a lonely boy name Henry, whose family is plagued with financial and other burdens.

But, alas, this suitor — a collector of insects — is in his own way sswans as stuffy as her aunt and father.

A Company of Swans — All About Romance

I needed something sweet, something enchanting, and something with a happily ever after. Ibbotson IS an excellent writer and the unsullied scenes are brilliantly written and truly funny, but, as Harriet clearly delighted to say, she was a ruined woman and her ruination fompany ruined the book. I also enjoyed the rich characterization, particularly the fully developed cast of secondary characters, which is her signature.

The year is and though Harriet is the daughter of a widowed professor in England and is intelligent and sweet, her ballet lessons are about the most “exotic” or exciting thing she has ever been allowed to do in her young life. Look, this wasn’t the best book I’ve ever read.

A Company of Swans by Eva Ibbotson

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. Finding several quotable one-liners doesn’t happen often for me. The love interest in this one is Rom, who seems to be quite a typical Ibbotson leading man.


This book took me on such a journey, and ibbofson romance in this one oc won me over. Professor Morton and Aunt Louisa lock Harriet in the house as punishment for many months.

Why would a hardened man ten years her senior fall faithfully, eternally, and deeply in love with her? 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.

A Company of Swans by Eva Ibbotson – review

A Company of Swans is official my ibboteon favorite Eva Ibbotson book, and it is a close second indeed. But still, I like The lyrical words.

Swanz 28, Miss Clark rated it liked it Shelves: 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.

For example, scenes of lovemaking co,pany done in a very sweet way and not graphic, but the ultimate message is probably not one that conservative parents would want their children to read about and those readers looking for a “clean” read should go elsewhere.

A Company of Swans by Eva Ibbotsen.