Eva Ibbotson’s “Magic Flutes”, which is being re-released on 1 May. I couldn’t quite decide between the UK (left) and US (right) cover, but finally went for the UK one since I have the UK edition of “The Secret Countess” as well.
And as for the different titles – I’ve been perusing the back cover blurbs online, and I can guess why “The Reluctant Heiress” is fitting, but “Magic Flutes”? Is it an allusion to the opera?
I’m excited about this one – and hoping that it will get me out of my slight reading (and blogging) slump.
Oh, and for the curious, here is the blurb:
Spring, 1922 Tessa is a beautiful, tiny, dark-eyed princess – who’s given up her duties to follow her heart, working for nothing backstage at the Viennese opera. No one there knows who she really is, or that a fairytale castle is missing its princess, and Tessa is determined to keep it that way. But secret lives can be complicated. When a wealthy, handsome Englishman discovers this bewitching urchin backstage, Tessa’s two lives collide – and in escaping her inheritance, she finds her destiny…
I adore the the covers that UK Picador have created for the Ibbotson books, and aha – I knew I had posted about them previously.
I’ve spotted a new “A Song for Summer” cover (left), which is much prettier and more striking than the one in my original post. It really stands out on the shelves (and I’ve been thrilled to see copies faced out in the Recommended Reads shelves recently).