A Brief History of Montmaray US cover Sophie FitzOsborne lives in a crumbling castle in the tiny island kingdom of Montmaray, along with her tomboy younger. Aug 2, A Brief History of Montmaray is a heart-stopping tale of loyalty, love, and loss, and of fighting to hold on to home when the world is exploding all. Mar 8, The Paperback of the A Brief History of Montmaray by Michelle Cooper at Barnes & Noble. FREE Shipping on $ or more!.

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I do remember Henry’s arrival ten years ago, and if you were anything like her, you were a most unattractive baby–wrinkled, red-faced, loud, and rather smelly. I was down in the dumps and the two Montmaray books montmarah me up when nothing else did.

I think this is what all good historical fiction is about–giving you characters you really care about and enticing you to read THEIR story, while along the way you might actually learn something–or remember something that you forgot from much less interesting textbooks. The following items were successfully added. When you can cry and laugh and hostory you have to leave the door slightly ajar just in case you need to make a run for it. This is a brilliant coming of age story set just before World Fo II in a fictional island nation off the coast of Spain.

Very plausible and a well-integrated use of historical events. Dropping us into the fully realized island kingdom of Montmaray, lf book introduces us to the amazing FitzOsborne family, and the hijinks they get up to, somewhere in the middle of the Briev of Biscay. This book is just gorgeous. This is an enjoyable, gripping and fascinating rendering that will delight all readers and leave them wanting to hear more.

I did like the characters and the idea of an impoverished, irrelevant royal family and all of that set against a WWII background. Julia No sex or swearing.


This is in my recommendations for the “glbt genre”. May 30, Ann rated it it was amazing Shelves: First, I should say I have a problem with suspension of disbelief regarding the setting. The elements of history, intrigue, romance and a dash of the supernatural all blended together in a fast paced, hisstory manner. I’d particularly recommend it to younger readers who like clever kick-ass princesses.

Christabella Designs; cover photos: A Brief History of Montmaray is a rich and layered book that will thoroughly entertain.

A Brief History of Montmaray by Michelle Cooper

Stay Sweet by Siobhan Vivian. But a lot of that is the second book montmarat I should save it for another review. Wild Blue Wonder by Carlie Sorosiak. She did so in the acknowledgements of the second book of this series, though, which softened my perspective a little bit. Sophia, whose journal entries comprise this brief history, is one of several princesses of the island of Montmaray. Now, did the presents arrive safely? When reading this you get to really lose yourself in the book and leave your life, have an out-of-body experience.

The other has noxious feet and learns the bagpipes, so is nearly as bad. With the eldest male and heir at school in England and the current monarch most often found locked in his room or throwing chamber pots about, it falls to Sophie and her cousin Veronica to deal with the ominous arrival of a German scholar and his SS guard. Well, it’s all your fault for turning sixteen–you gave Aunt Charlotte quite a moontmaray when she realized how old you’d suddenly become.

I loved the ending to I Capture the Castle. Michelle Cooper writes books for teenagers. The whole is a gistory synthesis of Mitford eccentricity and the terror of another Great War, as told uistory a young woman more familiar with Jane Austen than the progress of the early 20th century.

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I plowed through the last pages this morning before my son awakened. Don’t miss this wish!


A Brief History of Montmaray

May 17, Whatchyareading added it Shelves: I liked that Cooper knew what to take seriously her charactersand could poke fun at the rest. With as many FitzOsborne royal highnesses 4 on the island, with one prince heir studying at Eton as there are inhabitants, the handful histoey countrymen and women hardly stand on ceremony – especially considering how threadbare and impoverished the royal family actually is. It was these soldiers trespassing on your home, breaking and entering, with a gun!

Don’t get me wrong, all the character’s in this novel were beautifully layered and kept blossoming until the very end, but it was the protagonist, Sophie FitzOsbone who settled into a special little corner of my heart. Hit hard by the depression, money had run out and the island was now only inhabited by the royal family and a few loyal servants.

Starred Review, Booklist, September 15, Sign up here to receive your FREE alerts. Mar 25, Deborah rated it it was amazing Shelves: She gives each character his or her own intonations and subtleties, but is at her best with Sophie, a teen whom listeners will relate to as her life quickly goes from monotonous to tumultuous. I read everything like all my favorites except ‘Castle’ readalikes. There is much humor as well, in the antics of tomboy montmaraj Henry and in the effervescence of brother Toby, who is heir to this improbable kingdom.

Jul 30, TheBookSmugglers rated it really liked it Shelves: This analogy might not work well for Michelle Cooper briwf the Quentin Tarantino of young adult novels.

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