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A Brief History of Montmaray by Michelle   Cooper
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Jun 06, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: 2011, ya
Read from June 06 to 18, 2011

Princess Sophia FitzOsborne lives with her cousin Princess Veronica, sister Princess Henrietta, and her mad uncle, the king of Montmaray, a tiny island off the coast of Spain. Their castle is a near-ruin and they have four royal subjects. It's 1936 and whatever glory Montmaray once had is long gone. Instead, Sophia deals with their crumbling situation as news of a war begins to find its way to Montmaray. Eventually, two Germans dock on the island, leading to events that may mean Montmaray is lost to the FitzOsbornes forever.

Written as Sophia's journal, this book starts slow; until the Germans show up, there is a lot of daily minutia. While it sets the scene, it drags a bit. However, once the plot kicks in, it's hard to put the book down. Sophia is a great narrator - extraordinarily observant (well, she is a narrator), kind, a bit insecure, but very relatable. And it ends on a cliff-hanger that led me to check out the second book right away.

Obviously inspired by I Capture the Castle, A Brief History of Montmaray maintains the charm and sweetness of the former, but has a story and characters all its own.

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