heiressThe Reluctant Heiress by Eva Ibbotson
Release Date: April 30, 2009
Publisher: Speak
Source: Personal Copy
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Being an heiress in 1920s Austria with nothing but a broken-down castle to your name and nary a penny in your purse could be frustrating for anyone but the Princess Theresa-Maria of Pfaffenstein. ?Tessa,? however, is thrilled with her situation, as it allows her to concentrate on her love of the arts?and no one in the Viennese opera company need know that their delightful and charming under-wardrobe mistress is really a princess. But when the dashing self-made millionaire Guy Farne arrives at the opera in search of suitable entertainment for his high society guests, Tessa realizes that there may be more to life and love than just music. But while the attraction between them in undeniable, Guys insufferable snob of a fiancée only solidifies Tessa?s determination to keep her true identity a secret. Yet, after a chance meeting with the handsome Englishman, Tessas reserve begins to melt, and she starts to wonder if it?s not too late for a fairytale ending? – Goodreads


This is the type of book I should have liked. It has everything in it that I love: a little bit of history, a love story, YA. It shouldn’t have bothered me as much as it did. But for some reason, I could not get into this book as much as I was planning on it. That may have been more my fault than the books. I’ll fess up to it. I was expecting more from the love story. I was expecting more from this author, who gets fairly good reviews on goodreads, and it was just a huge letdown. Tessa and Guy were lovely people, I just didn’t care about their love story by the end of the book. Instead of wanting to stay up til two am reading to find out if they would end up together, I was wanting a chapter to end just so I could go to sleep. Something I consider to be a bad sign.