Tuesday, April 27, 2010
Review of The Morning Gift
Rating: 4 out of 5 boxes
Target Audience: Anyone looking for a sweet love story, WWII romantics
High point: The timing and layout of the misunderstandings
Low point: Ruth's character is inconsistent in the last few chapters
Reader maturity: 15+
The Morning Gift is a historically centered love story between Austrian Ruth and the English professor Quin. He marries her quickly so that she can be safely reunited with her family, intending to annul the marriage once her citizenship papers have come through. Along the way they have many misunderstandings, skillfully portrayed through Ruth's thoughts on the situation and then through Quin's.
Ruth loves life, loves beauty, loves learning and imparts her passion to those surrounding her without coming off as a Pollyanna. Quin is much more level-headed and takes everything in stride, at least until he realizes Ruth is something more than a friend. The evolution of their relationship and feelings for each other is gradual, creeping up on the reader as slowly as it creeps up on the two of them.
The surrounding cast amuses, as well as adding heart to the novel. Through the older generation, the reader learns about Hitler's actions and the hardships the persecuted in England had to go through. The novel is hardly a comedy, but it has its moments while outlining Ruth and Quin's relationship and describing the quirks of Ruth's family and fellow refugees. Ms. Ibbotson's writing is beautiful and flowing, capturing the light and laughter of Ruth and placing it gently beside her emotional anguish.
If you're looking for a simple, light love story or if you're interested in historical fiction, The Morning Gift is a great combination of the two.
Title: The Morning Gift
Author: Eva Ibbotson
Genre: Teen Fiction, Romance & Friendship
Book Source: Purchased