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The FitzOsbornes at War (The Montmaray Journals #3)

4.2 of 5 stars 4.20  ·  rating details  ·  1,223 ratings  ·  241 reviews
Michelle Cooper completes her heart-stealing epic drama of history and romance with The FitzOsbornes at War.

Sophie FitzOsborne and the royal family of Montmaray escaped their remote island home when the Nazis attacked. But as war breaks out in England and around the world, nowhere is safe. Sophie fills her journal with tales of a life during wartime. Blackouts and the Bl
Library Binding, 560 pages
Published October 9th 2012 by Knopf Books for Young Readers (first published January 1st 2012)
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The third and final volume of the Montmaray Journals lands squarely at the intersection of what I wanted this book to be, and what I think it needed to be. Happily, those were not mutually exclusive outcomes, although “happily” feels like the wrong word to use. Because the ending of the trilogy was bittersweet, as most good endings are.

It’s difficult to review The FitzOsbornes at War in great detail because SPOILERS, and not just for this book but for all three, as they are very connected. Howe
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This was best of the trilogy, a sweeping and sometimes quite moving view of WWII from the perspective of the British home front. It was a book I was eager to return to after putting it down in a way that I haven't felt very often recently. However, given the power, I'd excise every mention of Kathleen "Kick" Kennedy, and the progress of her romance. This strand of the story was completely extraneous, awkwardly tacked on, and I felt as though Michelle Cooper was winking over Sophie's head wheneve ...more

Solid 4.5 stars.

Okay,onto the review now. So if you are reading this book/looking into reading this book/deciding whether or not you want to read this book that someone has reccomended to you, then you have obviously read book one and book two and have fallen in love with Sophie and her family and friends, yes? No? Okay, first go read a brief history of montmaray and then the fitzosbornes in exile and
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3rd September 1939

I'm quite sure that, in twenty or thirty years' time, people will say about this morning, "I'll never forget where I was when I heard the news."

So begins The FitzOsbornes at War, with the news of British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain announcing that the country at long last is at war with Germany. Sophie FitzOsborne may be a princess, but she and the rest of her family have been in exile from their invaded homeland for two years. Wh
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Aug 04, 2012 Arianna rated it 4 of 5 stars
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4.5 stars, actually. This book is, by far, the best of the trilogy. It is the most exciting, the one that most of all will keep you awake at night to read more, because you need to know what's happening to the characters, you need to know that your favourites are okay - but then again, they all are your favourites because they're all flawed and terribly lovely for one reason or another. Except for Rupert, maybe, whose only flaw is his shiness and is entirely perfect in my eyes. Okay, back to the ...more
Apr 25, 2012 Emily rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2012, ya
Sometimes I think I'm consistently giving books too many stars, so maybe now I'm just being overly harsh here. Maybe I really want to give this 3.5 stars, and round it up to 4? I did love bits of the sparkling dialogue, and the first two thirds especially were good with creating atmosphere.

Maybe the problem is that the book tries to cover too much in too short a space. The thing is, even though it made me cry, it still felt less substantial - more corporeal if not more light - than I'd expected
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Deva Fagan
Loved this, best of a series that was already good. Sophie's voice continues to be wonderful and engaging, and the development of the characters is very rewarding after following them through the past books. It is World War II, though, so Bad Stuff happens. I didn't actually cry, but I got tight-throated at the end...

In this long-awaited final (and huge) volume of Sophie's journals, Great Britain is at war, the FitzOsbournes have to adapt to changes and grow up. This story deals with the tragedies of war. It provides a very honest and accurate portrayal (sometimes too accurate when the dialogue comes right out of the mouths of real life people and history books) of WWII. It's horribly sad and tragic - one of the most depressing books I've read. However, as a story about the FitzOsbornes, it does an excellent ...more
Reading the FitzOsbornes at War felt like catching up with old friends. Covering the WWII era from 1939 to 1948, this third book in the series is much longer than the other two, over 500 pages, but I never found myself skimming. The series began in the tiny, impoverished kingdom of Montmaray, a fictitious island off the coast of Spain and France, home to a crumbling castle and the dwindling royal family of the FitzOsbornes. Most of the adult FitzOsbornes are mad or dead, but the teenage members ...more
It's absolutely astounding to read such well-written, meticulously researched historical fiction. What a tour de force! And such fun to read, too!

I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys drama, romance, family stories, adventure, or books with great writing and appealing characters. In other words, practically everybody. It will particularly appeal to -- let us say -- disillusioned former fans of "Downton Abbey," or people who enjoy other tales of the gentry in difficult circumstances, f
What a satisfying ending to a great series. I really loved Sophie. This book read like a journal, one much more interesting than mine, all the boring bits cut out. Sophie has such wit and a dry sense of humor. I found myself sharing snippets of the novel with a friend because it was just too funny not to share.

The history of the novel, WW2, I found extremely interesting. It showed a side to the war that I hadn't read before, one of mistakes and coverup and odd little nitches of expertise that I
Alex Baugh
The Fitzosbornes, royal family of that small fictional Channel island Montmaray, are back in this third and last book of the trilogy. As you may recall in Book I, A Brief History of Montmaray, the FitzOsbornes - Toby, Sophie, Henry (Henrietta), cousin Veronica and half cousin Simon - were forced by the Nazis to leave their island home and head for London.

And in Book II, The FitzOsbornes in Exile, we found them hobnobbing between London and their Aunt Charlotte's Milford Park estate in Dorset. Ho
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This book does war justice. Sophie's near unbiased recount is very justified. I loved seeing the aspect of war from her perspective. I loved hearing her voice. I also loved that the main characters were not unaffected by the repercussions of war. I love and hated what happened to Toby. And Toby was an awesome character! I feel sorry that Henry didn't have the same amount of attention given to her as some of the other characters, but what
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Kristen Boers
Ending a series can be tricky. This final book in the ‘Montmaray Journals’ did everything right. The series follows the young royals of the (fictional) kingdom of Montmaray from the 1930’s to late 40’s. While the protagonists are fictional, plot points and supporting characters (the Spanish Civil war, the anti-Semitic movement in Britian, Churchill’s dismissal of the Channel Islands, the Kennedy family, the Mitford sisters) were very real. Sophie’s final story details her exploring class structu ...more
Charlotte Osborn-bensaada
The culmination of the Trilogy that starts with a Brief History of Montmaray, it works even is too much is worked out for you in the closing chapters. You could say this is where the upper classes face reality and do their bit for the war, but what I appreciated about this series is how she incorporates many historical events and people in less of a "heroic" manner and instead the more human element. I don't know that I ever appreciated how many types and for how long Britain was bombed. Churchi ...more
Ahhhh. I'm not sure why it took me so long to read it, because I loved it. It was very interesting to read an account of WWII from London - I don't think I had known about what was going on in that city before. I liked seeing the women get jobs, the rationing, the black-out, etc., I could have taken even more of those kinds of details. Toby's story also made for a really emotional ride. Romantically, (view spoiler) ...more
Snail in Danger (Sid) Nicolaides
I waited forever and ever for this, or at least it felt like it. In general I think it was worth the wait. I feel like the author was willing to tackle some things that a lot of authors either wouldn't have been willing to deal with in a YA book, or would only have managed to handle in a stupid way.

This gave me the not-unprecedented realization that much of historical fiction is actually about things that modern people worry about. Example: drone strikes (now) corresponding to rockets (then). Th
The final book in the trilogy is good - my favorite of the three books is "The FitzOsbornes in Exile" - but I still really enjoyed this book. My favourite characters seemed to be all the secondary ones; Henry, Rupert, Daniel, Julia, the Colonel. I thought Henry was as hilarious as in the first two books - her personality made me laugh. This book had a little bit of everything: funny stories, heart wrenching moments, love, tears, and so much historical context. The Kennedy's play quite a role in ...more
lucy by the sea
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A beautiful story that will brake your heart - multiple times - and make you laugh to no end. A story of bravery, intelligence, loss, family, growing up and the realities of war. "The FitzOsbornes at War" is absolutely stunning, with twists and turns that will have you smiling and balling your eyes out, laughing and grieving. The characters that you've grown to love will not disappoint, but rather endear themselves to you further. A brilliant conclusion to a wonderful series.

I cried - boy did I
What a fantastic series.

(Once again, this is really a 4.5 or so but I can't rate it that way. Get on it, Goodreads!)

I've been impressed with this series from book 1, and this third and final book didn't disappoint.

This is a great book for YA readers to learn a great deal about World War II, and specifically about the British homefront. Michelle Cooper does a wonderful job of packing this book full of actual information. I had to stop several times and look up people or events, such as the Battle
This book loses a star for the wrap-up epilogue because that is how much I hate them.

This' one of those books (the second book in the series as well) that does historical fiction in a way that I really enjoy. Lots of other things are going on at the time so there's discussion of the issues of the day as well as everything else that's going on. It's also interesting to note the differences to how films and tv portray things (with Great Urgency where often armies take a little bit to end up doing
The third novel in the Montmaray Journals, and in my opinion, definitely the best.

I really enjoyed how the author of the journals, and our heroine, became such a linchpin to the rest of the family as the story progressed. Going from shy observer to the strongest character of all. I thought her development was wonderful.

The situation the characters are in, with WWII, London and bombs flying, was not so wonderful, however.

The first half was a little on the slower side, but it was setting up for
The third novel in this historical fiction series follows the jumble of FitzOsborne family members through the events of WWII in London and the countryside of England. Very well researched. The second one was my favorite, but I loved this series as a whole. Very satisfying read.
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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.

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Michelle was born in Sydney, Australia in 1969. She attended a succession of schools in Fiji and country New South Wales, then went to university in Sydney. She started a Pharmacy degree, but didn't like it very much. She dropped ou
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Other Books in the Series

The Montmaray Journals (3 books)
  • A Brief History of Montmaray (The Montmaray Journals, #1)
  • The FitzOsbornes in Exile (The Montmaray Journals, #2)
A Brief History of Montmaray (The Montmaray Journals, #1) The FitzOsbornes in Exile (The Montmaray Journals, #2) The Rage of Sheep

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