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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (997 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Michelle Cooper Narrator: Emma Bering Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Montmaray Journals Release Date: April 2011 ISBN: 9780307747211
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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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Quotes & Awards

  • “Multilayered and engrossing, Cooper’s tale alternates between frothy fun and heartbreaking seriousness with utter mastery.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

  • Selected for the Summer 2011 Kids' Indie Next List
  • One of the 2011 Kirkus Reviews’ Best Books for Teens

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Diane | 2/19/2014

    " I am really enamored with the fitzOsborns. I thought the first boo was lovely, but now I am hooked on these characters... Throughout this book I have been touched by the growth of these characters. It was thoroughly surprised to see just how much I enjoyed it..Michelle Cooper is very talented. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Vicki | 2/1/2014

    " Really interesting. It sometimes feels like a history lesson, but I love history, so that is alright. I was house-sitting without much to do, so this one only took me about two days. I still like the characters and the plot was interesting, if not quite as exciting as the first book. On to the next one... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dara | 1/26/2014

    " After being forced out of their home by the Nazis the FitzOsborne royal family is in exile in England where they struggle to reclaim their home from afar. As the outbreak of WWII grows nearer their chance of taking their island back from the Nazis becomes much more unlikely. I loved all the details in this book about the debutante social season and all the different factions (Fascists, Communists etc.) fighting over how to deal with Germany. Michelle Cooper does a great job of giving young people a ton of historical information while still delivering a great read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susan P | 1/5/2014

    " Oh, this was so good! It picks up right where book #1 left off - the FitzOsbornes have been evacuated to Aunt Charlotte's house in London after the Germans bomb Montmoray. Despite their life of privelege there, they miss their home terribly. When they realize that the German army has now taken over the island and is using it as a military base, they attempt to get the League of Nations involved. The narrator really makes this one. Can't wait for #3! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Toni | 12/30/2013

    " Actually better than the first in this series, the royal family is in exile in England. They are dealing with being debutantes during the lead-up to WWII. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bonnie | 12/2/2013

    " I love this series. I wish the third book was already out--I want to know what happens! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chandra | 10/30/2013

    " Review to come! When is that sequel coming Cooper??? "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Evewithanapple | 7/19/2013

    " The Toby and Simon sections of this book appear to have been ghostwritten by Dan Savage. (Bisexuals: NOT EVEN ONCE.) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kristy | 10/6/2012

    " The best kind of historical fiction - detailed, pretty darn accurate with just enough juiciness to propel you along. Read-a-like for the Luxe series. Maybe not as fast moving, but just as much fun. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rena | 6/14/2012

    " Michelle Cooper does such a great job of weaving Montmaray into real history, it totally makes you want to look them up to see if there was something you forgot from history class. And cheers to Veronica for her rousing speech to the League of Nations! I can't wait for more... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cory | 4/13/2012

    " 3.5 I liked and connected to this book SO MUCH MORE than the last one. Hard to believe it's the same series, actually. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tessa | 5/17/2011

    " Even better than A Brief History of Montmaray! I loved the scheming and the complex politics. it was very informative on the political situation prior to WWII, but sacrificed nothing from it's wonderful and intriguing story. Can't wait for the final book!!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cathy | 5/9/2011

    " Good second installment. Much happens and while Sophie is a bit too hard on herself, she does manage to keep her family together and focused on what is important. Cannot wait for the next installment. Worried about what will happen in the war. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amanda | 8/5/2010

    " This one is rich in world history. There are really great suspenseful passages, and the characters just become so much more real, wonderfully drawn. I just care so much for all the characters when I'm reading these books! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Penni | 7/18/2010

    " I adore this book.
    That is all. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pat | 7/10/2010

    " Absolutely loved it even more than the first in the series. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Vanessa | 6/17/2010

    " Good second installment, but I found myself having to plow through it. Not nearly as enjoyable as the first, but I still deperately want Montmoray to be real! "

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About the Author
Michelle Cooper lives in Sydney, Australia.
About the Narrator

Emma Bering is an Earphones Award–winning audiobook narrator whose readings include The Second Empress by Michelle Moran, Bride of New France by Suzanne Desrochers, and A Brief History of Montmaray by Michelle Cooper, among many others.