A Glove Shop in Vienna immediately caught my attention with its name and that beautiful cover. I had never read Eva Ibbotson before, and I decided that her stories would suit the winter months. I guess I would save it for other winters if I knew I was going to get so confused. I admired some of her stories and quickly passed some of them. Some of them I will never remember, others will be with me for a long time.
The stories in A Glove Shop in Vienna take place in pre-war Europe, especially in Vienna, Russia and England. The stories are all about love, but they are so different from each other that I couldn’t believe they came from the same author. However, there is something in each one that either breaks one’s heart or gives hope. I especially do not want to forget the places where the stories take place. Many are full of Christmas joy and snow, and others are sure to have memorable things.
However, I thought some stories would have been better if not in this book. Among all the good ones, some spoiled my reading pleasure so much that I didn’t want to continue reading. The book wandered around the house for a while because I had to take a lot of breaks. When it was over, I saw that my loved ones and dislikes were almost equal. Will I reread Ibbotson? I do not think so. But still, reading stories about winter on London nights was a joy for me. It hardly snows here, and I miss it a lot! Enjoy!
A Glove Shop in Vienna
A collection of eighteen romantic short stories from the award-winning and much-loved Eva Ibbotson, A Glove Shop in Vienna will show you the great passions and astute observations of everyday life. Join Great-Uncle Max, torn between his grand and secret love for Susie, the enchanting glove shop assistant, and the devotion of his opera-singing wife. Meet Miss Bennett, drama mistress at the fading Markham Street Primary School, whose search for a baby Jesus for the nativity play yields unexpected and miraculous results. And agonise with Kira, a dancer in Russia’s Imperial Ballet school, thrown out onto the streets of St. Petersburg, and found by Edwin, a lonely dreamer.
A chocolate-box collection of deliciously romantic, atmospheric and witty stories to lose yourself in this Christmas.
Eva Maria Charlotte Michelle Ibbotson, was an Austrian-born British novelist, known for her children’s books. Some of her novels for adults have been successfully reissued for the young adult market in recent years.
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