Princess Sophie FitzOsborne lives on the fictional island of Montmaray. She and her family are royalty, impoverished royalty, holding tight to a crumbling castle and way of life as the events of 1936 swirl around them. On her sixteenth birthday Sophie receives a journal in which she begins to chronicle the daily routine on Montmaray. Along with older brother Toby, younger tomboy sister Henry, and her cousin Veronica, Sophie’s world is limited to their island state. The real world crashes on their shore as two German soldiers arrive on Montmaray, marking an end to their solitude and boredom.
Michelle Cooper has given us a sparkling heroine in Sophie. The antics of the FitzOsborne clan had me enchanted. Reminiscent of the works of Daphne DuMaurier and Dodie Smith, A Brief History of Montmaray is an instant classic.
Look for the sequel, The FitzOsbornes in Exile.