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A Brief History of MontmaraySophie FitzOsborne Lives In A Crumbling Castle In The Tiny Island Kingdom Of Montmaray With Her Eccentric And Impoverished Royal Family When She Receives A Journal For Her Sixteenth Birthday, Sophie Decides To Chronicle Day To Day Life On The Island But This Is 1936, And The News That Trickles In From The Mainland Reveals A World On The Brink Of War The Politics Of Europe Seem Far Away From Their Remote Island Until Two German Officers Land A Boat On Montmaray And Then Suddenly Politics Become Very Personal Indeed.

[Ebook] A Brief History of Montmaray By Michelle   Cooper –
  • Audiobook
  • 9 pages
  • A Brief History of Montmaray
  • Michelle Cooper
  • English
  • 09 December 2017
  • 9780307707819

    10 thoughts on “[Ebook] A Brief History of Montmaray By Michelle Cooper –

  1. says:

    Michelle Cooper is the Quentin Tarantino of young adult novels Not really original, kinda wears their influences on most of the outfit if one is being honest, but what she does right is really hard to do and better, I think, than originality Not that I wouldn t agree that Michelle Cooper owes big time royalties to Dodie Smith s I Capture the Castle Cooper is funny I was down in the dumps and the two Montmaray books cheered me up when nothing else did This analogy might not work well for someone who doesn t find Tarantino to be funny, I realize Sophia writes her journal about what she cares about her home and family and tries to be honest as she can be while she figures it all out They live in a castle There s no money She day dreams about a guy who doesn t notice her as than a little kid I ve read that before, yeah I liked that honest voice of not being afraid to make mistakes The situation doesn t matter as much okay, there are growing pains and it matters in the first book than the second I like the sequel even better I liked that Cooper knew what to take seriously her char...

  2. says:

    This book would have been a perfect companion for my fifteen year old self I think I simply found this one too late to be receptive to many of its charms This is a book that one should hand to a young girl to introduce her into a world that I ve already found I ve already read I Capture the Castle, I ve already peeked into the mad wife s attic, and Elinor Dashwood and I are old friends I ve visited Avalon, I ve immersed myself in King Henry s court, and I already majored in European history Not to mention the fact that I ve seen Indiana Jones The Holy Grail thing Come on Cooper doesn t have to convince me these things are interesting Thus, to me, this read like an info dump of history research with a story interspersed between that has been told better elsewhere.But for all that, I can remember a time when this book would have made me smile and run out to find the sequel And there were still parts of this that I really liked The character of Veronica and her relationship with Simon turn...

  3. says:

    December 11, 2013It s not the perfect book for everyone, but for those who love I Capture the Castle and Code Name Verity, it should be a very good fit The surface is the story of three princesses living in a medieval castle almost on a tiny rocky outcrop in the Atlantic, among the last few residents of the miniscule kingdom of Montmaray The time is 1936 As the title implies, a fair amount of history is revealed, all of it accurate except for the ruling family and the island itself Self appointed librarian Veronica and novel reader Sophie are both realistic and pragmatic even as their gothic cliche of a country, kingdom, castle, and way of life are fading out of the modern world The whole is a marvelous synthesis of Mitford eccentricity and the terror of another Great War, as told by a young woman familiar with Jane Austen than the progress of the early 20th century The tone is Indiana Jones than Anne Frank and it must be said that the book rollicks There is an endearing Portugese Water Dog named Carlos and an impetuous younger sister who prefers to go by the nickname Henry I d particularly recommend it to younger readers who like clever kick ass princesses January 3, 2015I d checked the whole series out for Natasha, and since it was just lying around, I decided to pass an idle moment with it And then I got sucked in, and read some of it aloud to Natasha, a...

  4. says:

    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 What I love is 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 The characters are what really sold it for me, though It s a cast of characters that, in less skilled authorial hands, could be laughable characatures but here it all seems absolutely plausible the insane king his stalwart, beautiful and bookish teenage daughter the good hearted, easygoing too easygoing nephew and reluctant heir to the throne off to University in England the niece on the cusp of adul...

  5. says:

    I loved this book surprisingly much It was like I Capture the Castle only with all the things I didn t like in that book changed the useless parents were less present, about half the obsessing about boys was replaced with adventure, and I liked most of the characters better Plus there were carrier...

  6. says:

    Meh This sounded much better than it turned out to be And this time I even followed that one rule that I always skip and then regret, of reading a couple pages BEFORE buying the book, just to make sure I think I was deceived because the first couple pages are a letter from Toby and Toby s letters are the liveliest, most charming pieces of this narrative This is somewhat derivative, it strongly brings to mind I Capture the Castle, up to secondary character s names Simon , and as well in type of narrative, abject upper class poverty, and living in a castle But where ICtC became a cult favorite by being quirky, somewhat unsentimental and unpredictable and, above all Cassandra s voice and feelings seeming true to the reader , Montmaray never approaches that level.First, I should say I have a problem with suspension of disbelief regarding the setting The details of the setting seem awfully vague around the edges in questions of scale I was probably originally mislef by the map which must be totally off scale From the narrative it sounds like the Montmaray is so small it would not show up on any map otherwise From the map on the book Montmaray seems biggish, the size of say, Madeira And then there are all sort of details which do not seem credible, they have inhabited a off shore island for almost 400 years, but they have no discernible accent or evolving...

  7. says:

    Originally reviewed on The Book SmugglersOctober, 1936 the sovereign island nation of Montmaray seems an idyllic, impossible place Sitting a scant few hundred miles off the coasts of England and France, Montmaray and her inhabitants are a strange, quirky bunch 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 Living in a decrepit, crumbling stone castle on an island surrounded on all sides by a cold and unforgiving sea, the FitzOsbornes are hardly your typical aristocratic royals Princess Sophia is not the eldest or most charming that would be her older brother Prince Toby , not the prettiest or smartest that would be her cousin Princess Veronica , neither the bravest nor the most brash younger sister Princess Harry , nor the maddest the reigning King of Montmaray, Uncle John But Princess Sophia is the storyteller of the FitzOsborne clan, and in A Brief History of Montmaray, through her journal she tells the story of the late months of 1936, as tensions simmer in a Europe on the brink of war As the months pass, Sophia provides insight to the lives of her family in Montmaray, their struggles and their daily routines and then the danger that strikes when a pair of men in ...

  8. says:

    From the book jacket 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 her uncle, the completely mad King John When Sophie receives a journal for her sixteenth birthday, she decides to write about her day to day life on the island But this is 1936, and the news that trickles in from the mainland reveals a world on the brink of war My reactionsI was bored, and finished only because it satisfied a challenge I found Sophie s musings repetitious How often do I need to hear about how cranky Rebecca is How handsome Simon is How stubborn Henry is At first I was reminded of We Have Always Lived in the Castle but that quickly subsided I didn t find the underlying intrigue about Sophie s brother and who will inherit the throne from Uncle John terribly interesting We re to believe they are completely isolated, with little or no modern conveniences no electricity, no phone, no motorized boat , yet when they need help they hoist a flag and miraculously a passing ship sees it and comes to their aid One of my pet peeves is cliffhanger endings that force the reader to get the next book to find out what happens And that is exactly what this book gives us I know this is a YA novel and I do cut the genre a little slack, so I m still giving it two stars Some ...

  9. says:

    This book is Sophie s first person diary journal account of the events and people of the island kingdom of Montmaray Set in 1936 the world is gearing up for turmoil, and it soon becomes clear that Montmaray will not be immune.As the residents of Montmaray continue to relocate, and as the king grows and senile, the duties and responsibilities fall to his children and his nieces and nephews most under the age of twenty So, when an offer comes from an aunt for Sophie and her cousin Veronica to come to England, Sophie is torn between her desire to see London and her loyalty to Montmaray.I was instantly captivated by Cooper s style and I liked Sophie s voice and character It felt honest and real and a good counterpart to all the other vivid characters of the story The plot kept me guessing and I was surprised than once.Admittedly, this book is probably 4 1 2 stars because a few sections did seem a tad slow But, the ending was so much the opposite that I bumped it up a notch That said, for me personally it was probably a four star enjoyment level as I was quite surprised and made a tad queasy by a few of the chapters ...

  10. says:

    This is a brilliant coming of age story set just before World War II in a fictional island nation off the coast of Spain Sophia is a good narrator She s quiet, caring and observant yet she doubts her own abilities until faced with a crisis All of the characters truly come to life and become flesh and blood before the reader s eyes The author does an amazing job sharing the history of Montmaray, complete with quirky ancestors I loved the epic poem which Violet dismisses as nonsense but provides the comic relief in the story I also loved the literary references from Jane Austen and the Brontes, to Shakespeare and Tennyson The plot starts slow but halfway through it picks up and doesn t let go until the very end My only real complaint is Sophia s moments of introspection and speculation on great issues which seem out of character for her and a bit forced.This story will make you laugh and...

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