Monday, June 15, 2015

2015 book 146

Michelle Cooper's A Brief History of Montmoray
I heard about this book through one of Nancy Pearl's recommendations (comparisons to I Capture the Castle are pretty apt)--it's told through the journal of a 16 year old girl in 1936, who happens to be a member of the (fictional) royal family of the (fictional) Montmoray, a basically empty island between England and Spain. And of course, it's 1936, so a small island near Spain is not a suuuuuuper safe place to be. I really enjoyed the narrative voice here, and loved all the characters, particularly the relationship between the protagonist and her slightly older (history-obsessed) cousin Veronica, not to mention the adorable dog. There are two sequels and I'm definitely going to dive right in. A/A-.

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