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A Brief History of Montmaray by Michelle   Cooper
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A Brief History of Montmaray
by Michelle Cooper
Sophie is of the royal Motmoravian line. She lives on the island of Montmaray with her cousin Veronica, the king's daughter, the crazy King John, a lazy housekeeper, and her little sister, Henry. Sophie's world lacks excitement—the biggest thrill the islanders experience is the occasional visit from passing ships. The kingdom saw its most glorious days before the first world war; back when the island was filled with families and strong, handsome young men, but that all changed when King John led his best and bravest into battle, and cost Montmaravians their sons and fathers—and their future. Now it seems the world will war once again; a man named Hitler is causing turmoil all around the world, and when a small group of men lands on Montmaray asking questions about the royals, it seems that Veronica's fears about a Nazi takeover of Montmaray may be warranted. While the first part of the novel is a tad bit slow—Cooper establishes the plight of the royal family and how they ended up in such dire and poor circumstances—the story soon takes off with a mysterious quest, a dead body, and mistaken identity. Readers will want to know what happens to the royal family, the FitzOsbornes, and they will have that chance; Cooper has already released the next installment, the FitzOsbornes in Exile.

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