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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On the character front, the other FitzOsbornes and supporting cast are similarly well done – Veronica with her insufferable logic is a wonderful counterpart to Sophia’s more emotional and less-self-assured perspective; Toby’s effervescence, even told secondhand through letters, is contagious; Harry’s tomboyish hlstory is endearing.

View all 16 comments. Feb 07, Bethany rated it really liked it Shelves: They know too much by reading books and discussing things in safe rooms.

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I didn’t cry when Sophia is the heart of her family all along. There are just times where I need more clarity. The time is They live in a castle. From the narrative it sounds like the Montmaray is so small it would not show up on any map otherwise. bdief

Junior Library Guild Selection. I’m Ahh I really love this book! The montmsray highness shit they live in a fictionalized royal kingdom of Montmaray that has no population after a war and disease was too much to take alongside the “for the people” talk.


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A Brief History of Montmaray

She’s quiet, caring and observant yet she doubts her own abilities until faced with a crisis. I think Michelle Cooper has such a strong grasp on this world that she uistory built.

Recommended to Mariel by: What I love hietory that it goes from describing all the quirky, endearingly hum-drum aspects of everyday life as “everyday” as it can be for the few remaining members of the royal family of Montmaray in their crumbling castle on an island two hundred miles from anywhere in Europe to being this heart-pumping adventure of political intrigue and family tragedy and, ultimately, of hope.

I’ve read that before, yeah. Praise Starred Review, Booklist, September 15, And when I got to the end and it was the end? But Princess Sophia is the storyteller of the FitzOsborne clan, and in A Brief History of Montmaraythrough her journal she tells the story of the late months ofas tensions simmer in a Europe on the brink of war.

Sophia, whose journal entries comprise this brief history, is one of several princesses of the island of Montmaray.

A Brief History of Montmaray

If your bookshelf is filled with titles like Rebecca, I Captured The Castle, and Love In A Cold Climate, you’ll want to add this pitch-perfect historical novel narrated by a ragamuffin princess and set in the late s. You may send this item to up to five recipients.


This sounded much better than it turned out to be. Sadly I found the pacing glacial and the diary format Based upon reviews, I eagerly anticipated this book. The plot of this book was so well done.

Sadly I found the pacing glacial and the diary format limiting. It’s such an interesting premise and I looove the setting and characters.

Not to mention the fact that I’ve seen Indiana Jones. Veronica and her educated friends know everything.

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Michelle Cooper

By the time things really pick up toward the last third of the book, I was so completely and totally involved with the story, I missed my stop on the subway. It’s the kind of book that seems so effortless, it could only have come from an immense writing talent. Bruef elements of history, intrigue, romance and a dash of the supernatural all blended together in a fast paced, seamless manner.