The Morning Gift

The Morning Gift

Book - 2007
Average Rating:
Rate this:
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.
Publisher: New York : Speak, 2007
ISBN: 9780142409114
Branch Call Number: TEEN F IBB
Characteristics: 410 p. ; 21 cm


From the critics

Community Activity


Add a Comment
haklh Feb 19, 2017

I totally agree with the comments by Chapel_Hill_MarthaW. Eva Ibbotson is one of my all-time favourite authors, and her adult (now rebadged as YA) romances deserve to be better known. Her style can be described as real-life fairytale - her characters tend to fall into well-known archetypes (yes that can make them somewhat repetitive, and it helps if you can suspend any disbelief) - but in combination with the historical settings , the result totally justifies descriptions such as "delightful" and "charming". The Morning Gift is my favourite of the Ibbotson romances - perhaps it is due to the scientific setting, another fave of mine - and it's a book that I re-read regularly, whenever things are a bit gloomy and I need a bit of sparkle in my life.

Chapel_Hill_MarthaW Dec 27, 2016

Eva Ibbotson's historical fiction for adults isn't nearly as well-known as her children's fantasy, but I enjoy it quite a bit, and this might well be my favorite of the bunch. The book is full of period detail that brings the setting -- WWII London -- to life, and while the heroines in her historicals tend to all be pretty similar, that didn't stop me from loving Ruth and Quin and really rooting for them. If you don't want something predictable, or find a never-ending series of misunderstandings frustrating, this might not be for you -- but if you can deal with those elements, then you'll likely find this story of love lost and found during the war totally charming.

spoonb3rri Aug 13, 2012

Okay book. I thought the story plot was interesting bu the story drags on and on. I also started to get annoyed by the main character and the "villian" of the story.

Mar 20, 2012

A delightful read, keeps your interest. I'd recommend it for readers 18 or older.

Mar 18, 2011

Wonderful characters and a great story make this book a pleasure to read. I love this author's writing style, funny and sensitive, a pure delight. WW 2 setting.


Add Age Suitability
haklh Feb 19, 2017

haklh thinks this title is suitable for 13 years and over

spoonb3rri Aug 13, 2012

spoonb3rri thinks this title is suitable for All Ages


Add a Summary
spoonb3rri Aug 13, 2012

Twenty-year-old Ruth Berger is desperate. The daughter of a Jewish-Austrian professor, she was supposed to have escaped Vienna before the Nazis marched into the city. Yet the plan went completely wrong, and while her family and fiancé are waiting for her in safety, Ruth is stuck in Vienna with no way to escape. Then she encounters her father’s younger college professor, the dashing British paleontologist Quin Sommerville. Together, they strike a bargain: a marriage of convenience, to be annulled as soon as they return to safety. But dissolving the marriage proves to be more difficult than either of them thought—not the least because of the undeniable attraction Quin and Ruth share. To make matters worse, Ruth is enrolled in Quin’s university, in his very classes. Can their secret survive, or will circumstances destroy their love?


Add a Quote
spoonb3rri Aug 13, 2012

A milkmaid with the eyes of Nefertiti


Add Notices

There are no notices for this title yet.

Explore Further

Browse by Call Number


Subject Headings


Find it at DPL

To Top