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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Cousin Veronica bordered on being too Mary Sue perfect. I spent a lot of time skimming and skipping.

Well folks, the fact that I’m writing this review a second time, three years later should say something. Oct 02, Bill Kupersmith rated it really liked it Shelves: Open Preview See a Problem? Anyhoo, have I convinced you enough yet? Please verify that you are not a robot. A Brief History of Montmaray was a refreshingly smart book that had the timeless magic so many books now are missing.

On her sixteenth birthday inSophia begins a diary of life in a fictional histogy 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. Brie least enough for me to feel that what she could do right was more important than what she wasn’t as good at.

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A Brief History of Montmaray

The plot starts slow but halfway through it picks up and doesn’t let go until the very end. When she receives a journal montmarya her sixteenth birthday, Sophie decides to chronicle day-to-day life on the island.


I’m Ahh I really love this book! It has a lot going for it, but something is still missing.

The kind of book that reminds you of the spirit of one of your all time favorites and captures that same magic for you hustory this book it was I Capture the Castle. Something about this book is so cozy and familiar, like it was one of my favorites as a child even though I first read it as an adult. I can’t believe what just happened! I was completely captivated by “A Brief History of Montmaray” The plot builds with such subtle skill that I was absolutely sucked in to the breathtaking conclusion–even as I had kind of figured out most of the “revelations” along the way.

This analogy might not work well for someone who doesn’t find Tarantino to be funny, I realize.

I need to expand! 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. But a lot of that is the second book and I should save it for another review.

The Children’s War: A Brief History of Montmaray by Michelle Cooper

It feels like I read this book a million years ago because it was one of those books that I just loved so much that it sort of crept onto my list of Those Books. Sometimes I wonder what fantasy realms other supposedly serious adults may inhabit before they nod off. Mmontmaray upon reviews, I eagerly anticipated this book. It was like I Capture the Castle only with all the things I bried like in that book changed: Mar 25, Deborah rated it it was amazing Shelves: The Brief History of Montmaray ends on a cliffhanger!

Toby tried to keep people happy by laughing and denying his own pain of loving someone he couldn’t have. View all 4 comments.


Readers will adore Sophie, who is both wise and brave, and will be left wondering what is next for this courageous young heroine. Nistory read that before, yeah. Aug 24, Shoug rated it it was amazing Shelves: Okay, Veronica does tell him that he only had his education because he was lucky enough to come from a family of merchants who could afford to educate him in the second book, anyway.

Michelle Cooper

Even on a tiny island, mpntmaray are happenings beyond what the rest of the normal world gets up to – I guess this is what happens when you’re royalty. Cooper is going into my stable of hos!

Julia No sex or swearing. NOT a real communist. Apple Audible downpour eMusic audiobooks. See all 3 questions about A Brief History of Montmaray…. I highly recommend this book for older teens and adults. I liked the character interaction, the family dynamics, Sophie’s voice as narrator and the setting. Fiction, Secondary senior high school Document Type: I wanted to hug her through some of the darker times. View all 16 comments. The girls matter-of-factly face a unique set of circumstances that, to them, are simply ordinary life.

Sophie FitzOsborne lives in a crumbling castle in the tiny island kingdom of Montmaray, along with her tomboy younger sister Henry, her beautiful, intellectual cousin Veronica, and Veronica’s father, the completely mad King John. Sophia writes her journal about what she hiistory about her home and family and tries to be honest as she can be while she figures it all out.