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This sounds really nice. I already liked the title very much when you first mentioned it. It has such a nice ring, not sure why though but it has.
I like descriptions of crumbling houses they capture so well that nothing is of permanence.
This reminds me that I still haven't read I Capture the Castle.
I will do it soon.


This sounds charming! I adored I Capture the Castle and would certainly consider any book that occupied the same sort of literary territory!

Karen K.

As soon as you mentioned I Capture the Castle, I was hooked. I checked the my library's website and there's a copy at my branch right now! Of course I have no business checking out another library book but YAs are usually quick reads so it sounds like a perfect break after I finish Our Mutual Friend (only 200 pages left!)


Sounds like an interesting series. I don't read much YA, but I do find the stories move right along--perhaps to keep short attention spans interested!


Love the atomospheric cover!


I was the one who told you about A Brief History of Montmaray, so you're very welcome! I had a feeling you'd really like this series.


Like Karen, I was immediately interested when you referenced I Capture the Castle. But this sounds like a great historical fiction YA read...I've been looking for more YA recently, so I've added it to my list.

Claire (The Captive Reader)

I picked this up from the library after you first mentioned it and once I started reading could not put it down. I thought it was fun and exciting and, though maybe not quite deserving of "I Capture the Castle" comparisons, a great read. The only draw back was that there were a few too many 21st Century YA cliches for me to be really swept away.

And then I read the second book. I thought it was SO much better than the first and I honestly think that in it Sophie becomes a character to rival Cassandra. Now I just can't wait to get my hands on the third book!


Caroline--I Capture the Castle is a wonderful book--I need to reread it! This was a fun, easy read and very absorbing once I got into the story! I love books about crumbling castles, too.

Litlove--It is a charming sort of read--nice escapism and a quick book to read as well. I'm looking forward to reading the next book now as well.

Karen-It is indeed a quick easy read. Once you get into the story you'll fly through it! And I think it would make for a nice change from Dickens.

Kathy--I don't read much YA either, though this is the second book so far this year for me, and I'll be reading the second book as well soon. I think you're right about stories that keep younger audiences attention--though it worked on me, too.

Stefanie--Isn't it a great cover? I love the illustration for the sequel, too.

CHH--Thanks! I wasn't sure on which post the recommendation came and as it had been a while I didn't go back through all the comments to look. I did enjoy it and think I'll like the next book even more! Just the period I like reading about.

Mona--I hope you enjoy it, too. It is a good historical fiction read--perfect for a YA audience, but an adult audience, too. I can't wait to start the next book.

Claire--So glad to hear you liked them both and that the second book is even better than the first (always nice when that happens!), so I am in for a treat as soon as I can squeeze it in (maybe on the long upcoming weekend I have to look forward to). I thought the first book was a little slowish to start but once things started moving properly I knew I had to just keep reading until the end! I don't think the last book comes out until October? I think it must be published in Australia as she is an Australian author, but I think it might be too expensive to splurge and get the third one now rather than wait! :)

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