The Many Lives and Secret Sorrows of Josephine B.
'You will be unhappily wed. You will be widowed. You will be Queen.' To fourteen-year-old Rose, eldest daughter of a poor plantation landlord, the fortune teller's prophecy is both thrilling and laughable. Poorly educated and without a dowry, it seems unlikely she will find any husband, much less... show more
'You will be unhappily wed. You will be widowed. You will be Queen.' To fourteen-year-old Rose, eldest daughter of a poor plantation landlord, the fortune teller's prophecy is both thrilling and laughable. Poorly educated and without a dowry, it seems unlikely she will find any husband, much less a king. But history tells a different tale. In this beautifully crafted novel, Sandra Gulland pulls back the veil of history to reveal the extraordinary life of the woman who will one day be known as Josephine Bonaparte, wife of the emperor who will rule all France.
Publish date: September 2nd 1999
Publisher: Headline Review
Pages no: 356
Edition language: English
Series: Josephine Bonaparte (#1)
This purports to be the diary of Josephine Bonaparte from the time she was a fourteen-year-old plantation owner's daughter in Martinique in 1777 to her marriage to Napoleon in 1796. That's its weakness and it's strength. The weakness, I think, being that diary format. There are novels told in diary ...
2.5 starsI have never been interested in Napoleon, nonetheless one of his wives. But I am fascinated by the French Revolution and this book centers largely around that period of time. Also, since I had very little knowledge about Rose (aka Josephine), I was intrigued. However, I did not find the nov...
What a great introduction to Josephine (Rose). Typically I do not like the diary style of writing but Gulland skillfully makes it work. This is the first of series and I am sold. We meet Josephine as a young girl living on a sugar cane plantation and follow her to France to be married to her first h...
I could not get past the first 3 or 4 pages.This is written in a first person epistolary style. Just could not get into it. Might try another time.
An interesting and fairly readable book about Josephine Bonaparte and her amazing life. A bit choppy in the execution, but most lovers of HF should like this one. For the complete review, please go here:http://www.epinions.com/content_43421109892