The FitzOsbornes in Exile

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The FitzOsbornes in Exile
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In January 1937, as Sophia FitzOsborne continues to record in her journal, the members of Montmaray's royal family are living in luxurious exile in England but, even as they participate in the social whirl of London parties and balls, they remain determined to free their island home from the occupying Germans despite growing rumors of a coming war that might doom their country forever.

Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2011
Edition: 1st American ed
ISBN: 0375958657
9780375958656
0375858652
9780375858659
Branch Call Number: FIC C
Characteristics: 457 p. : geneal. table ; 22 cm.

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Feb 11, 2015
  • Chapel_Hill_MarthaW rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

The second book in the Montmaray Journals trilogy, this journal of Sophie FitzOsborne covers the years 1937-1939 as she, Veronica, Simon, Toby, and Henry adjust to life in exile in London. Cooper does a great job balancing the historical details of the looming war with the personal growth of Sophie's character. All the main characters are so complicated and interesting that you'll finish the last page and want to crawl into the book and join their family. So lovely.

Mar 22, 2013
  • bluehydrangea rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

I loved Sophie's journal (the story is delivered via journal entries) & completely bought into her persona as the budding writer and family rock. The FitzOsbornes live in a real pre-war world with the odd distraction of real people popping up as characters & history lessons delivered via Sophie's faithful recording of conversations in her journal... underneath it all, though, is a real family trying to stick together and be kind to one another and get their beloved island back, with everyone eventually playing to their strengths. Definitely read book 1 first.

Feb 23, 2012
  • Tonks rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Highly, highly recommended. Set in the few years preceding WWII, this is the second installment in the Montmaray Journals. The FitzOsbornes have been bombed out of Montmaray, their island nation two hundred miles from the coast of Spain, and attempt to wrest it out of German control while trying to keep themselves sane in the endless onslaught of debutante balls. Though they might sound frothy and frivolous, these books are funny, charming, and at times saddening. I found this installment more fulfilling than the first, as Sophia has grown quite considerably and is much less shallow than in the previous book (A Brief History of Montmaray). The female characters are strong and assertive, and I can find no fault in the artful way Michelle Cooper combines fiction with fact.

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Feb 23, 2012
  • Tonks rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

"You look very nice, Sophia."
"Thank you. Now tell Veronica how lovely she looks."
"She looks as though she's on the verge of destroying the furniture and running amok with a table leg."

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