Dancing in nightclubs with soliders on leave. But it makes for an utterly depressing and dejecting experience to read about this. I'd been praying for a last-minute miracle. Like The Hunger Games, there's no wincing away from the horrors of war. Of all of the characters I thought I had to worry about in this book, I confess that Henry never even made my list. The main characters are still believable, well-developed and sympathetic. I'm not dumb enough to believe this never happened in 1940, but for me it was like a soap opera set in 1940 but with modern sensibilities and it didn't ring true.
Sometimes I think I'm consistently giving books too many stars, so maybe now I'm just being overly harsh here. It is the most exciting, the one that most of all will keep you awake at night to read more, because you need to know what's happening to the characters, you need to know that your favourites are okay - but then again, they all are your favourites because they're all flawed and terribly lovely for one reason or another. And given that, I would have loved for Sophie to meet someone else, completely new. Keep up with all the latest book-related goodies on our blog and interact with authors in our Twitter chats. At least for the first few months, nothing seems to be happening.
She still struggles with her feelings and relationships with her other family members, but she has grown into confidence and self-acceptance; her narrative spends less time worrying about luncheons and the schemes of Aunt Charlotte, and turns to other, deeper reflection - relationships and love, yes, but also the roles women play in the war, of her own sexuality, of her own beliefs and self-worth. I don't want to end on that, because while it was definitely a major factor in the rating for this book, it was hardly the overwhelming aspect of it, and as a whole, this really excelled. Thoroughly recommend this series for anyone of a historical fiction with a side of romanticism reading interest. But even as bombs rain down on London, hope springs up in surprising places, and love blooms. And when the Allies begin to drive their way across Europe, the FitzOsbornes take heart. I still think that part is a bit bizarre.
Most of the adult FitzOsbornes are mad or dead, but the teenage members of the family cope credibly with the joys and responsibilities of their position. Sophie wants Rupert, Sophie gets Rupert. There's an extensive author's note at the end of the book explaining which elements are fact and which are fictitious - it's a very, very long list. Easily, this third and final novel is the best of the Montmaray books; the most heart-rending, the most resonant. Progressives and conservatives will appreciate that period characters express a broad range of ideals and are treated appropriately by the society of the day.
Dancing in nightclubs with soldiers on leave. Her en Whelp, that's one way to finish a series, I guess? Maybe, just maybe, there will be a way to liberate Montmaray - to go home again at last. In other words, practically everybody. I loved hearing her voice. I loved it, almost completely, even when it broke my heart.
Being allowed to stay up as late as I wanted? But when the action got going, the language was amazingly descriptive. I'm not sure why it took me so long to read it, because I loved it. There are graphic depictions of war atrocities, war injuries, death and a love scene that was somewhat descriptive and not necessary to describe what was happening. For those with questions, Michelle Cooper has a on her blog, but be aware that page is extremely spoilerific. As with the first two books, The FitzOsbornes at War blends historical fact with fiction effortlessly. Henry is a girl of sixteen, whose exuberance and rebellious nature remains unchecked, driving her to become expelled from school and to enlist, while Simon too becomes a much more serious and conflicted character as the war progresses. It's horribly sad and tragic - one of the most depressing books I've read.
But what have we done to help the poor old Poles? And when the Allies begin to drive their way across Europe, the FitzOsbornes take heart—maybe, just maybe, there will be a way to liberate Montmaray as well. What a tour de force! And when the Allies begin to drive their way across Europe, the FitzOsbornes take heart—maybe, just maybe, there will be a way to liberate Montmaray as well. The book was published in North America in 2011 as a hardcover, ebook and audiobook, and was listed in the Best Teen Books of 2011 by Kirkus Reviews and in the American Library Association's 2012 Best Fiction for Young Adults. It was like Cooper knew that they all couldn't have the ridiculous happy endings the book gave them, so you know, kill the youngest one. I don't think I ever would have been crazy about the idea of Rupert being the person she ends up with, but I think if it had been approached a little differently I might have liked it more. You will not regret the journey - though you may like me lose a piece of your heart to the FitzOsbornes along the way.
I really was expecting that the island would play some bigger role in the war—surely its location would have made it a strategic prize worth retaking for the Allies, and that and its size a more easily attainable target, comparative to the Channel Islands? As a heroine, Sohpie has grown so much over the course of these three books. She got to watch students improve their literacy skills and become happier, more confident learners - also, she got to work in an office covered in Harry Potter posters and give herself smiley stamps when she did a good job. And sadly, there is one spot where you might want to have some tissues handy. And desperately waiting for news of her brother Toby, last seen flying over enemy territory. The research that went into the series is impressive.
And I end this review with an earnest plea: if you haven't read the Montmaray books yet, please, please give Princess Sophia and her family a try. Michelle Cooper has woven together real people and real history with her created places and characters expertly and she provides an afterword that explains who was real and lists a number of her sources for the historical detail. Does The FitzOsbornes at War stand up to it predecessors? Sophie and her cousin Veronica move to London and take up in a small flat adjacent to the grand Montmaray House, finding ways to help with the war effort - Veronica finds a position with the Foreign Affairs office, while Sophie takes a role in the Ministry of Food. And endlessly waiting for news of her brother Toby, whose plane was shot down over enemy territory. It's absolutely astounding to read such well-written, meticulously researched historical fiction. One caveat for parents, teachers etc. I found it confusing at first, trying to remember who everyone was and what kind of history they had with the other characters, and that turned out to be quite important.
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. You will not regret the journey - though you may like me lose a piece of your heart to the FitzOsbornes along the way. An essential addition to any secondary school library! But even as bombs rain down on London, hope springs up in surprising places, and love blooms. What else can I say about The FitzOsbornes at War? Also, taken from the author's website, Sophie's motto for pretty much the entire series. And while I can vouch for the fact that the trilogy can be read out of order with complete satisfaction, if you can start at the beginning, I have no doubt it will be even more powerful. We just get some kind of rush, threesome marriage implications and that is supposed to be that.