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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:
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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)

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

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by 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 by 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 by 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 by 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! "

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About the Author

Michelle Cooper writes novels for teenagers. She is the award-winning author of A Brief History of Montmaray, The FitzOsbornes in Exile, and The Rage of Sheep. She was born in Sydney, Australia, where she still lives.