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.
WA Premier's Book Awards
Shortlisted • 2010 • Young Adult
Longlisted • 2011 • Gold Inky Award for an Australian Book
NSW Premier's Literary Awards
Shortlisted • 2011 • Ethel Turner Prize for Young People's Literature