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  • Published: New York : Speak, 2007.
  • Year Published: 2007
  • Description: 410 p. ; 21 cm.
  • Language: English
  • Format: Book

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  • 0142409111 (pbk.)
  • 9780142409114 (pbk.)


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The morning gift

by Ibbotson, Eva.

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Call number: Teen Fiction

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In the opening days of World War II, paleontologist Quinton Somerville marries a young Austrian Jew, Ruth Berger, to assure her safe passage out of Vienna. Ruth is promised to her childhood sweetheart, concert pianist Heini Radek, and Somerville promises to annul the marriage as soon as they arrive in England. The annulment is not easy to obtain, however, especially when Ruth ends up in Somerville's field class as a student. Ibbotson's portrayal of the Jewish refugee situation in London is poignantly drawn. Most compelling of all is the romantic triangle made up of Ruth, her pianist, and her savior/husband/suitor.

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I can still remember picking this book off the shelf at my library and deciding to finally give it a chance after seeing it for a year or two, and I'm so glad I did. Beautifully written, poignant, and delightful, one of my favorite books. Highly recommended.


Very well written, you can tell that the author is not just pouring out her imagination onto a page. It is well thought out, well planned, well worded, very good! It really gets all your emotions wrapped up in the story but it doesn't feel like your typical love story because there is so much depth in it.

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