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The FitzOsbornes in Exile
The FitzOsbornes in Exile | Michelle Cooper
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Michelle Cooper combines the drama of pre-War Europe with the romance of debutante balls and gives us another compelling historical page turner. Sophia FitzOsborne and the royal family of Montmaray escaped their remote island home when the Germans attacked, and now find themselves in the lap of luxury. Sophie's journal fills us in on the social whirl of London's 1937 season, but even a princess in lovely new gowns finds it hard to fit in. Is there no other debutante who reads?! And while the balls and house parties go on, newspaper headlines scream of war in Spain and threats from Germany. No one wants a second world war. Especially not the Montmaravianswith all Europe under attack, who will care about the fate of their tiny island kingdom? Will the FitzOsbornes ever be able to go home again? Could Montmaray be lost forever? From the Hardcover edition.
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vlwelser
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This is quite good. It's journal entries. Does that make it epistolary? Or is that just for letters? 💖📚

rretzler I believe journals qualify too. 7mo
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monalyisha
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I‘m continuing to enjoy this series about an imaginary royal family hailing from the invented kingdom of Montmaray. This one takes place on the brink of WWII, as Sophie chronicles her siblings‘ (& her own) attempts to take their island back from the Germans. I have to say, despite her insistence that she‘s not getting married & that she‘s not interested in Rupert... I wish there were more romance & that she WERE marrying him! #badfeminist

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monalyisha
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“I wondered... whether dreams were like a vandal rampaging through a library of memories, tearing out random pages and turning them into paper boats...”

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monalyisha
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When I bought this beautiful metal bookmark (crafted in my own little city & based on vintage designs from the 20‘s - 50‘s), the shop owner asked if I wanted to purchase a tassel for an additional cost. I thought they were all a little tacky. What do you think? Should I leave it plain or give it some flair? If the latter, what kind? 🤔🥀🌹

jhod I think it's lovely as it is 2y
CatLass007 Tassels can be nice but I think this bookmark looks lovely without one. 2y
monalyisha @jhod @CatLass007 That‘s what I was thinking, too! It‘s so pretty, I don‘t want to detract. It has that little hole in the top, though, so I thought I‘d see if anyone had any creative suggestions. 😉 2y
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laurenbescoby Why not just a thin plain ribbon in your favourite colour? X 2y
SandyW Or you could braid a few stands of embroider floss and make your own tassel. (It looks lovely on it's own, but the hole would probably bother me.) 2y
tjwill I think it looks great as is, but if I was going to add something, I would make it a leather cord to make it have an older feel. 2y
monalyisha I like the idea of a leather cord or a simple ribbon! Thanks, guys! @miralunasbooknook @tjwill 2y
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monalyisha
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“Luckily, the notion of a chauffeur named Parker helped divert me from any foolish speculation about where Simon was going, or how long he might be away.”

rubyslippersreads I need to read this series. 2y
Kaye Love these old photos ! 2y
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monalyisha
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I mean, I‘d still prefer budding trees & birdsong... but I ain‘t mad. Not bad for a Tuesday. #snowday #inlikealion

monalyisha @rustoryhuf just in case it‘s not clear: this is a sequel! The first book is “A Brief History of Montmaray.” 😊 2y
benchley1 I LOVED that series 2y
rustoryhuf @monalyisha Thanks, I saw that. Now I‘ll need to find the 1st book too! 2y
monalyisha @benchley1 I‘m really enjoying it! @rustoryhuf have fun! 🤗 (edited) 2y
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Nitpickyabouttrains
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It took me a few pages to get back into this story, but the characters are so well drawn and three dimensional, that it was a pleasure. This series takes real moments in history and gives them a truly unique perspective. #litsyatoz #c

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Verity
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Snap! I'm sure I've seen another book cover using this same photo too but it's slipped my mind. I already knew about the Tessaro and the Thynne but discovered this one after Fitzosbornes in Exile was recommended to me and I went off to find it on Amazon!

Still, with 3 covers at least this girl, her dress and her enigmatic look are already super popular!

BookishMarginalia Wow! I wonder if that would pop up on a Google image search? (I wouldn't want my book to have the same cover image as two others...) 3y
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Kristin.C.07
The FitzOsbornes in Exile | Michelle Cooper
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Not as good as book one but still really enjoyable. A story of a family in decline trying to brace up for the war.