The Compulsive Reader: Cover Talk: The FitzOsbornes Are Back!

Monday, January 24, 2011

Cover Talk: The FitzOsbornes Are Back!

So, about two years ago now, I read A Brief History of Montmaray during my crazy-mad-read-everything-fast-fast-fast time spent as a Cybils panelist. And I adored it. It's really a unique book about a tiny little (fictional) island in the Bay of Biscay, the impoverished royal family that lines there, and how they face the impending threat of the Nazis in 1937. You can read my review here if you haven't heard about it, but if you have, and you've read it, and you loved it, then rejoice in this lovely cover I just happened to stumble upon...of the sequel, The FitzOsbornes in Exile:

Okay, swoon! First off (since this post is supposedly about the cover), don't you just love the light of the cover? I like how it is very white and pale with just a few pops of color. And I think that the model's pose and expression so captures Sophie's personality (or at least, how I'd imagine her to look when stuck in a boring social function), and hints at a double meaning behind the word "exile" in the title. The title font is also pretty awesome, but I'll admit, it's the words at the top of the cover that give me the biggest thrill--The Montmaray Journals, Book II. As in, plural. As in, more than two! Yes!

Anyway, enough of my babble...here's what the book is about!

"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 Montmaravians—with 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?"

Woo! This one comes out on April 5th, 2011, leaving you with just enough time to procure A Brief History of Montmaray and read it!


Anonymous said...

Gorgeous cover!!
I really like it for all the things you said - how it's all pale with pops of color.


Charlotte said...

Oh my goodness, now I really need to read the first book! I've been sort of saving it for ages...