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. Michelle Cooper says, “A Brief History of Montmaray began with the idea of a teenage girl sitting on a castle wall and writing in her diary. I decided that she was. 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.

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The book takes a rather dark and gruesome turn about half-way through which thankfully hisstory last much more than two or three chaptersand while nothing was horribly detailed, the idea of night intruders and mutilation were enough to make me stop reading this book before bed – briet not enough to make me stop reading it all together ; Not only am I curious to read the next installment – I’ve already ordered it: She day dreams about a guy who doesn’t notice her as more than a little kid.

This was, all in all, quite enjoyable. Briief 19, Book Concierge rated it it was ok Shelves: When I asked her what she’d thought of Pride and Prejudice, she only wondered aloud how anyone could have written a novel set in the first part of the nineteenth century without once mentioning Napoleon.

Sitting a scant few hundred miles off the coasts of England and France, Montmaray and her inhabitants are a strange, quirky bunch. Please enter the message. Thank you, thank you, Michelle Monfmaray, for this book, and this family.


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But you know what? Sophie is determined to document life on the island, and armed with her trusty journal, she paints us a vivd picture of life within the castle, which includes a raving, lunatic King with a penchant for throwing chamber pots about hstory bedroom, extreme weather conditions, illnesses and dangerous German visitors who trespass onto the island in the pursuit of monymaray.

Cousin Veronica bordered on being too Mary Sue perfect.

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A Brief History of Montmaray by Michelle Cooper

Adventure, intrigue, romance, the supernatural – it’s all here, bound together by a brieef plot. Even before Nazi-related trials and tribulations enter the story, it’s a captivating tale of survival, humor and grace. Christabella Designs; cover photos: Cancel Forgot your password?

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Find a copy in the library Finding libraries that hold this item Read it Forward Read it first. She did so hustory the acknowledgements of the second book of this series, though, which softened my perspective a little bit. Michelle Cooper is the Quentin Tarantino of young adult novels.

Quotes from A Brief History o It’s the kind of book that seems so effortless, it could only have come from an immense writing talent. With as many FitzOsborne royal highnesses 4 on the island, with one prince heir studying at Eton as there are inhabitants, the handful of countrymen and women hardly stand on ceremony – especially considering how threadbare and impoverished the royal family actually is.


The island goes from a population that could support a fighting force of at least men so I guess a total population to I guess to a dozen inhabitants on 20 years – even with the spanish flu epidemics, I do not think emmigration patterns work like that, not for long-independent isolated places where families have lived for centuries. I liked that Cooper knew what to montmxray seriously her charactersand could poke fun at the rest.

At the same time, it has a faster brieff and greater level of intrigue to suit readers today. It feels like I read this book a million years ago because it was one of those books that I just loved so much histlry it sort of crept onto my list of Those Books. On her sixteenth birthday inSophia begins a diary of life in a fictional island country off the coast of Spain, where she is among the last descendants of an impoverished royal family trying to hold their nation together on the eve of the second World War.

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To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. The tiny kingdom of Montmaray was wacky and weird, yet always felt real and fully developed.

All of the characters truly come to life and become flesh and blood before the reader’s eyes.

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