The FitzOsbornes in Exile
Michelle Cooper combines the drama of pre-War Europe with the romance of debutante balls and gives us another compelling historical page turner.Sophia FitzOsborne and the royal family of Montmaray escaped their remote island home when the Germans attacked, and now find themselves in the lap of... show more
Michelle Cooper combines the drama of pre-War Europe with the romance of debutante balls and gives us another compelling historical page turner.Sophia FitzOsborne and the royal family of Montmaray escaped their remote island home when the Germans attacked, and now find themselves in the lap of luxury. Sophie's journal fills us in on the social whirl of London's 1937 season, but even a princess in lovely new gowns finds it hard to fit in. Is there no other debutante who reads?!And while the balls and house parties go on, newspaper headlines scream of war in Spain and threats from Germany. No one wants a second world war. Especially not the Montmaravians—with all Europe under attack, who will care about the fate of their tiny island kingdom? Will the FitzOsbornes ever be able to go home again? Could Montmaray be lost forever?
Publish date: April 5th 2011
Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers
Pages no: 464
Edition language: English
Series: The Montmaray Journals (#2)
It's not just a gorgeous cover. Cooper is really good at creating historical characters expressing progressive views, and showing how unappreciated that is by their contemporaries. Even how dangerous that can be. Library copy.
so much better than the first - A Brief History of Montmaray. Cooper incorporated the history so skillfully - Mitfords, Kick Kennedy, League of Nations. 3rd one is due in October, have to wait :(
3.5 stars.Lovely writing. I adore the setting. The family ties. The historical aspect.One of my only qualms was the Toby/Simon storyline. It is slightly uncomfortable to read about, though there is never anything bad. Also, historically speaking, I highly doubt that Sophie would have been writing a...
2.5 starsPicking up the pace. The Spanish Civil War is escalating. The political discussions among the cousins are realistic and nice to see them worked organically into the story. The characters all develop a great deal this book.Again, Sophie's voice and the setting make this a very interesting an...