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The FitzOsbornes at War (The Montmaray Journals #3)

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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 Bli
Kindle Edition, 560 pages
Published October 9th 2012 by Knopf Books for Young Readers
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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
Apr 02, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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December 12, 2013

This is Exhibit A in the case for adults reading YA. Like The Hunger Games, there's no wincing away from the horrors of war. There's a little bit of romance, but as in Rosamund Pilcher's The Shell Seekers or Coming Home, (which were not published as YA, but as women's fiction), the narrative remains focused on a young woman in wartime, and how that particular war dragged on so long that individuals held many different kinds of jobs and faced different kinds of hardships at diffe
Jan 04, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, wwii
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
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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
Aug 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favourites, lgbt
The bar for any YA novel I'll read in the future is going to be very high after having finished this series.

My absolute favourite aspect was the narration, it defo takes the cake out of all the books I've read. Sophie is such an honest, observant, clever, open-minded heroine that even the most ordinary things are a delight to read about in her account.

The next best thing is the amount and complexity of the female characters, Sophie, Veronica, Julia, Henry, they are all AMAZING I loved them all!!
Feb 29, 2012 rated it really liked it
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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
Apr 25, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya, 2012
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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Oct 05, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: world-war-2
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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Michelle Cooper writes novels for teenagers. She is the award-winning author of Dr Huxley's Bequest, A Brief History of Montmaray, The FitzOsbornes in Exile, The FitzOsbornes at War and The Rage of Sheep.

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Michelle was born in Sydney, Australia. She attended a succession of schools in Fiji and country New South Wales, then went to university in Sydney. She worked as a speech and language p
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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)
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