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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A Brief History of Montmaray: Reviews User-contributed reviews Add a review and share your thoughts with other readers. I’ve had this theory for years that young adult writers from Australia are the best I know that other goodreaders think the same.

I rejoiced at the book’s beautiful conclusion, which so comforts me given how it mirrors my own life questions at the moment, and also at the fact there are more Montmaray books waiting to be devoured by me.

The Brief History of Montmaray ends on a cliffhanger!

A Brief History of Montmaray

Oc, when bref 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. The time is Compared to I Capture the CastleMontmaray is a similar story of an impoverished, eccentric family living in a crumbling castle and I think consciously pays homage to Dodie Smith’s beloved book.

It was a bit bland, but had several genuinely funny lines and good bits scattered here and there. I’ve no doubt it will stay in mine, too. And then suddenly politics become very personal indeed. All of the characters, the plot, the writing, the pace…they all blended seamlessly to come together in the form of a suspenseful and moving book. View all 6 comments. 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.


Ok, this is a geek thing, but still if I suspend disbelief in worldbuilding, my belief in characters is damaged as well. Cooper has created one of the most interesting and likeable characters I have come across in a long time.

I enjoyed many aspects of this novel and I am rather curious 3. This was a totally enjoyable book for me, but that might be because it hits a few things that I adore: I’m interested to see how the story continues!

It’s such an interesting premise and I looove the setting and characters. histpry

Feb 07, Bethany rated it really liked it Monhmaray The books you recommend to everyone. In a fine performance, narrator Emma Bering deftly distinguishes between the many characters with variations of tone and accent though sparing us cartoonish Germans.

I was surprised how gripped I was by the last 50 pages or so of this book. Thank histoory, thank you, Michelle Cooper, for this book, and this family. First, I should say I have a problem with suspension of disbelief regarding the setting. Consider maybe Azorean emigration patterns for example. When she does refer to sex she calls it “It” and is very squeamish on the subject. Not to mention the fact that I’ve seen Indiana Jones.

The politics of Europe seem far away from their remote island—until two German officers land a boat on Montmaray. This analogy might not work well for someone who doesn’t find Tarantino to be funny, I realize.


A Brief History of Montmaray

Praise for the North American audiobook: Teens and ‘tweens will be tearing through the novel’s second half by the night light. Sophia, whose journal entries comprise this brief history, is one of several princesses of the island of Montmaray.

There’s Sophie, ever reminiscent of Cassandra, using her journal to tell the story of the remaining FitzOsborne royal family in the deteriorating castle on the Isle of Montmaray. View all 15 comments. It was the stuff of nightmares. Sometimes I wonder what fantasy historj other montmaaray serious adults may inhabit before they nod off.

Your Web browser is not enabled for JavaScript. Some of the scenes were quite suspenseful, and some of the interactions between characters not only advanced the story, but were plausible.

Michelle Cooper

Your rating has been recorded. From the narrative it sounds like the Montmaray is so small it would not show up on any map otherwise. 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 impov Originally reviewed on The Book Smugglers October, – the sovereign island nation of Montmaray seems an idyllic, impossible place.

So that was that, I did not particularly believe the setting, believe in the plot, nor particularly love the characters.