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An evocative and exciting historical novel

Forced to leave their island kingdom, Sophie FitzOsborne and her eccentric family take shelter in England. Sophie's dreams of making her debut in shimmering ballgowns are finally coming true, but how can she enjoy her new life when they have all lost so much? Aunt Charlotte is ruthless in her quest to see Sophie and Veronica married off by the end of the Season, Toby is as charming and lazy as ever, Henry is driving her governess to the brink of madness, and the battle of wills between Simon and Veronica continues. Can Sophie keep her family together, when everything seems to be falling apart? An enticing glimpse into high society, the cut and thrust of politics as nations scramble to avert world war, and the hidden depths of a family in exile, struggling to find their place in the world.


Fans of the first book ... will be pleased to know Sophie is back, with her entertaining and personal journal entries.

Soo Lee Tan, Viewpoint

This delightful novel teaches history without hitting you over the head with it, and you can believe in the characters ... There's adventure as well as history here, as the young royals take matters into their own hands ... A great holiday read.

Sue Bursztynski, January Magazine

Family secrets, exciting adventures and a convincing picture of the time combine for an absorbing, intriguing reading experience.

Lyn Linning, Magpies

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Formats & editions

  • Paperback


    August 2, 2010

    Random House Australia Children's

    464 pages

    RRP $19.99

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  • EBook


    August 2, 2010

    RHA eBooks Child

    464 pages

    RRP $18.99

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Also by Michelle Cooper

The Montmaray Journals 3: FitzOsbornes At War
A Brief History Of Montmaray
The Rage Of Sheep