BRIEF HISTORY OF MONTMARAY PDF

Sophie 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 , 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. 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 around you.

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Sophie 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 , 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. 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 around you.

October, — 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 , 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 a ship flying a swastika flag lands on their sovereign island.

A Brief History of Montmaray has everything one could want in a novel — compelling narrative voice, convincing and plausible in epistolary style through the eyes of our heroine Sophia, quirks, comedy, and just enough dramatic heft to keep you engaged throughout the book.

Easily, the most winsome thing Montmaray has going for it is the voice and character of narrator Sophia. Now, this may come as a shock, but I am NOT a huge fan of the epistolary novel — this is because the style often feels forced or fake, and even some of the best stories that use the technique require severe suspension of disbelief.

Hers is a story filled with the mundane — discussions of leaky ceilings, cleaning dishes, dusty mattresses — but with a believable, playful edge. For example:. The other huge standout feature of A Brief History of Montmaray is the setting itself. I loved this book. Usually Henry would be down at the village too, but I think she went back to bed after breakfast she did go out fishing last night, the horrible child. After Toby went away to school, Veronica and I mostly taught ourselves out of the library.

Veronica, of course, proved to be much better at improving her mind than I was. One could argue that this was because she had a better mind to begin with. You can read the full excerpt online HERE. Buy the Book: click on the links to purchase. Thea James is half of the maniacal book review duo behind The Book Smugglers. By day, she does digital operations things over at Penguin Random House. Sounds fascinating! Epistolary novels are so hit or miss. There are some really great ones out there, but you often have to weed through a lot in order to find them.

Have you ever read Sorcery and Cecilia? And I love the fact that the two authors actually wrote the entire story through letters to each other. My sentiments about this book were pretty much the same. I read it this year from the library after getting book 2 in the mail. I say this after having a mixed affair with epistolary novels. I love the format but am extremely critical about it and how it is executed especially after reading The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society and wanting to smash it against the wall.

This one had a great voice that made it work — and epistolary is all about voice. The pacing in it felt off at times, and the elements of melodrama felt overdone towards the end. However, the concept just makes you really care about the story being told. I look forward to seeing how you take to book two and book three! I picked this one up on sale a few weeks ago, and was actually tossing up between reading it and another book last night.

What a small world! I really liked this one, especially the throwaway bits of Montmaravian history that Cooper includes the ancestor who wrote really bad poetic epics being my favourite. But the next one is even better. Shades of the Moon will be published in the Fall of next year. Oh, you Book Smugglers! I feel like we might be kindred spirits…I just revisited the first two books in anticipation of the third.

I really enjoy these books. I feel like they have a lot of the same tone as the show. Love your reviews! I find so many books that way. Check out my review if you get a chance. Dear people, this is not an epistolary novel a novel written in letters , of which Sorcery and Cecilia is a good example. There are some letters included in it, but mostly it is told as a first-person journal. Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email.

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed. By Thea. Liz August 2, at am Sounds fascinating! John August 2, at pm My sentiments about this book were pretty much the same. Stephanie Read in a Single Sitting August 2, at pm I picked this one up on sale a few weeks ago, and was actually tossing up between reading it and another book last night.

Alex August 3, at am I really liked this one, especially the throwaway bits of Montmaravian history that Cooper includes the ancestor who wrote really bad poetic epics being my favourite. Trina Burton October 15, at pm I feel like we might be kindred spirits…I just revisited the first two books in anticipation of the third. Lory W February 27, at pm Dear people, this is not an epistolary novel a novel written in letters , of which Sorcery and Cecilia is a good example.

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A BRIEF HISTORY OF MONTMARAY

Sophie is one of the most charming narrators since I Capture The Castle. I need to write down what has just happened. I need to set down the truth. If I write lies or if I write nothing at all, this journal is worthless.

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A Brief History Of Montmaray

I need to write down what has just happened. I need to set down the truth. If I write lies or if I write nothing at all, this journal is worthless. I must do this, in case anything happens. All right. This is what happened tonight, every single terrible thing that I can remember. When Sophie receives a leather journal for her sixteenth birthday, she decides to write about her life on the island.

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