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The FitzOsbornes in Exile (The Montmaray Journals) [Kindle Edition]

Michelle Cooper
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Book Description

Michelle Cooper combines the drama of pre-War Europe with the romance of debutante balls and gives us another compelling historical page turner.

Sophia FitzOsborne and the royal family of Montmaray escaped their remote island home when the Germans attacked, and now find themselves in the lap of luxury. Sophie's journal fills us in on the social whirl of London's 1937 season, but even a princess in lovely new gowns finds it hard to fit in. Is there no other debutante who reads?!

And while the balls and house parties go on, newspaper headlines scream of war in Spain and threats from Germany. No one wants a second world war. Especially not the Montmaravians—with all Europe under attack, who will care about the fate of their tiny island kingdom?

Will the FitzOsbornes ever be able to go home again? Could Montmaray be lost forever?

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Editorial Reviews


Starred Review, Kirkus Reviews, March 15, 2011:
"Multilayered and engrossing, Cooper’s tale alternates between frothy fun and heartbreaking seriousness with utter mastery."

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About the Author

MICHELLE COOPER has held a variety of jobs including selling shoes and working at a blood bank. But she now works as a speech pathologist. She specializes in learning disabilities and reluctant readers, so she's passionate about getting children and teenagers interested in books. You can learn more about Michelle and her books at

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Product Details

  • File Size: 1130 KB
  • Print Length: 466 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: B009I8BSNI
  • Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers (April 5, 2011)
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004FGMD7I
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #336,377 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Book TWO in the Montmaray Journals February 15, 2012
Another fantastic installment to the "Montmaray" series!

Here, in book II, we find the FitzOsbornes living in England after their home/island kingdom was destroyed and taken over by Nazi Germans.

The FitzOsbornes have many obstacles and decisions to face: how to regain their beloved Montmaray; how to help innocent children forced to flee their countries and seek refuge in England; and how to do all this whilst not tipping off their stuffy aunt who is housing the FitzOsbornes and who controls all their money.
While this book isn't nearly as "edge of your seat" as the later half of the first book, I did feel it kept my attention, and the challenges, though less action-y, were captivating and compelling in their own right (and there was a large part of me that was delighted not to have to worry about nightmares after reading this book!).

I still loved the characters: Victoria is still strong but kind, Toby is still fun and cheerful (though he does have his own bout of depressivness in this one) and Sophie is still thoughtful and good. The only thing that did sort of bother me is the constant back and forth with Simon. I'm never quite sure where we're supposed to stand with him - is he good or bad or something in between? And I'm not sure if the confusion is supposed to be from Sophie's perspective, or if the author is trying to string us along. But, for a family that's known Simon basically forever, it seems that there should be a bit more concrete perception of him - or at least something less drastic.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Quirky, charming, delightful sequel April 5, 2011
Sophie FitzOsborne and her family are forced to leave their island kingdom of Montmaray, the only home they've ever known, when the Nazis attack. Now living with their Aunt Charlotte in England, Sophie, Veronica, Toby, and Henry must adjust to a life that is the complete opposite of what they're used to. Henry is expected to act like girl, Veronica is expected to stay away from politics and snag a husband, and Toby--their king--is expected to finish school. Sophie, meanwhile, isn't sure of what she's supposed to do, but desperately wants to enlist help on getting Montmaray back from the Nazis. But getting anyone to pay attention to the FitzOsbornes--from the English government to the League of Nations--will turn out to be the greatest challenge yet. Who cares about a tiny island kingdom when the entire world is on the brink of war?

The FitzOsbornes in Exile has the same eccentric and lovable characters and humorous narrative as its prequel, but it is a bit more serious than A Brief History of Montmaray. Sophie and her family now know the danger of politics and the evil that the Germans are capable of, even before the rest of Europe fully realizes it. But that doesn't deter them from their goals, or cause them to lose their sense of humor. Sophie's account of their time spent in England, stretched out over two years in this deliciously thick book, is full of witty observations and social misadventures as well as more serious matters. Veronica is politically active, which gains her a reputation, enemies, and an assassination attempt. Toby is unwilling to study and learn what it takes to be a good king. The FitzOsbornes must figure out what they need to do with Simon, and Henry tests her governesses (and Aunt Charlotte) to their limits.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A charming and exciting part II July 30, 2012
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This second book in the series picks up after a Nazi attack forced a frantic and complete evacuation of the tiny island kingdom of Montaray. Sophie FitzOsborne, her brother Toby, her sister Henry and her cousin Veronica are in England now, trying to figure out what they can do to get their homeland back. Their castle may have been crumbling, and there isn't much left of the island's population, but Montmaray has a rich history, sending troops to fight with the British in WWI and helping Elizabeth I defeat the Spanish Armada. Sophie's family has ruled the kingdom since the Middle Ages and her brother Toby has just been crowned king, but they don't have a lot of resources--not much money, no military, and almost no one has even heard of their country. Adding to their difficulties, on Montmaray the young people were left largely on their own, but now that they're in England they're under the watchful eye of Aunt Charlotte who has a lot of expectations about proper behavior. Sophie and Veronica are supposed to attend a flurry of social functions and find husbands, Henry is meant to start acting like a girl, and Toby is expected to begin taking his schoolwork seriously.

A lot of real world politics and people make their way into the book. The antics of the fascinating Mitford sisters are discussed, John Kennedy's lively sister Kick is a new friend, Spanish Civil War refugees are living nearby, and creepy British fascist Oswald Mosley turns up at dinner parties. The whole story is told by Sophie through her journal entries and she's a wonderful narrator. Unlike her very political cousin Veronica, Sophie had secretly been looking forward to dances and new dresses. She doesn't have the stunning good looks of Toby or Veronica, but her common sense, good humor, and keen observational skills are proving invaluable.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great book for stirring interest in events of the time.
Published 4 months ago by CheapSkate
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous
I am so glad I discovered this series. Although the books are aimed at teenagers, this is very appropriate for adults. Wonderfully written, fascinating, and completely absorbing.
Published 4 months ago by Mae Johns
5.0 out of 5 stars These are perfect books. Strong
These are perfect books. Strong, interesting characters, a fascinating premise, a great setting, a touch of fairy tales, a touch of history. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Ms Gray
4.0 out of 5 stars England at war
This series was recommended by a librarian and her description sold me on them ( the FitzOsborne seriesof three)on my Kindle and devoured them... Read more
Published on April 11, 2013 by Edith's mom
5.0 out of 5 stars as tony said Grrrrrr rate.
I enjoyed this so series so much, I and my Libray readers group read them all.
I love WWII setting.
Published on November 17, 2012 by Wnnie POOH
5.0 out of 5 stars An addictive mix of fact and fiction!
The FitzOsbornes in Exile is the second volume of Michelle Cooper's The Montmaray Journals, a fascinating glimpse of European life sliding inexorably toward the second world war. Read more
Published on September 3, 2012 by Ruth Anderson
5.0 out of 5 stars A Step Up From the Usual Coming of Age Novels
As someone is who is probably much older than many of the readers of THE FITZOSBORNES IN EXILE, I have read a great deal many coming-of-age novels and this one stands out as leader... Read more
Published on July 9, 2012 by B. Wilson
5.0 out of 5 stars Princess Tale + WWII Politics = Awesome
The FitzOsbornes in Exile has the same positive aspects as the first book, A Brief History of Montmaray, primarily in that it is a lighter look at World War Two that still... Read more
Published on February 26, 2012 by SusieBookworm (Susanna P)
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Sequel!
Not much happens until around page 400 and then the story picks up for the last few chapters. Most of the book is a typical coming-of-age novel. Read more
Published on January 14, 2012 by AUPoohBear
5.0 out of 5 stars Even better than the first novel!
The sequel to the excellent A Brief History of Montmaray (and which will, based on the ending and the #2 in the title, become part of a trilogy, I assume) is just as charming,... Read more
Published on December 8, 2011 by kaw
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