At first, I felt grumpy. Why would one of my favorite romance authors suddenly ditch that genre to write fiction about ghosts and rescues and friendships between the supernatural and real? Then, I remembered Shel Silverstein. He is best known for his children's poems. He is not as well known for his work in 'Playboy' or his pornographic and thoughtful one acts. Another children's author wrote an adult novel (neither author or titles can I recall today), which was one heck of a book! It was not as much literature as a how to on being a 'kept woman' and what to do to be kept!
Later, I learned Eva had three books released again for YA. One of which was CoS. Countess was the only one I felt was young adult. But, I'm not the one who chooses how to categorize a book. Personally, I believe CoS is incredibly romantic. Yet, I hope young girls didn't read this book and decide to leave an oppressed home to end up pregnant by a wonderful man.
All in all, Eva Ibbotson is an author I want to meet someday. She is a fascinating wordsmith and a truly kind person. When others felt she should go up against Rowling for Platform 9 and 3/4, her comment was perfect. She said something about shaking Rowling's hand and said all authors borrow from each other. (Ibottson used the idea first in 'The Secret of Platform 13')
“Loneliness had taught Harriet that there was always someone who understood - it was just so often that they were dead, and in a book.” Eva Ibbotson, 'A Company of Swans'.