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A Rose for Virtue

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Hortense Beauharnais finds herself rubbing shoulders with royalty as her mother remarries to become Napoleon Bonaparte's wife. As Napoleon struggles for power on the battlefields of Europe, so Hortense charts her way through the French court -- a chessboard world where the motives are jealousy and greed and the prizes are thrones of conquered countries. Despite attempts to ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 320 pages
Published October 12th 1978 by Fawcett (first published January 1st 1971)
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Breanne
Dec 14, 2008 Breanne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I loved this story. The writing style of this book is very similar to the way I think of and try to describe things in my mind and so it was very fluid and easy for me to feel very much at home with the characters and environment. I'm not sure if that makes it well written or not, nonetheless, it makes me want to learn more of the Napolean historical era. I'm not sure how many books have been written about Hortense, but the story is really one worth reading. Norah Lofts has written other histori ...more
Lynne Norman
Jul 01, 2010 Lynne Norman rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I find this period of history fascinating - and I love Norah Lofts' work. By writing about Hortense, Lofts provides an unusual perspective on the character of Napolean and the events following the French Revolution. A little romaticised at times, but the characters are well developed and the author tries to offer some genuine insight into the characters and motivations of the key players.
Bea Alden
A novel woven around the life of Hortense de Bonaparte, stepdaughter of Napoleon Bonaparte. The story of Hortense's personal adventures and misadventures is told against the volatile background of French history in the Napoleonic era.
Mary
Jun 28, 2013 Mary rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who likes historical fiction
Recommended to Mary by: Library Book Sale
Hortense Beauharnais finds herself rubbing shoulders with royalty when her mother remarries to become the wife of Napoleon Bonaparte. As Napoleon struggles for power on the battlefields of Europe, so Hortense navigates her way through the French court - a precarious chessboard world where the motivations are jealousy and greed and the prizes are the thrones of conquered countries.

Despite attempts to retain her individuality, Hortense soon finds herself married to Napoleon's younger brother Louis
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Denise
May 29, 2014 Denise rated it really liked it
French historical fiction: Hortense de Beauharnais, stepdaughter of Napoleon Bonaparte.
Nathania
Jul 09, 2013 Nathania rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love the intrigue and suspense. It was draw to how Hortense longed for the simplicity of her previous life and her desire to be a mother to her children. Her struggles, shame and scandal become my own. I was really taken up with story.
Julia
Sep 08, 2012 Julia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition


I enjoyed this entertaining story which gave an insight to the rise and fall of napoleon.
Rebecca
Sep 14, 2011 Rebecca rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I finished it! That's a compliment. Enjoyed the gentle Napoleon-life-and-times story.
Linda
Aug 31, 2010 Linda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Historical fiction about Hortense, the daughter of Josephine.
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Also published using the pseudonyms Juliet Astley and Peter Curtis

Norah Lofts, née Norah Robinson, (27 August 1904–10 September 1983) was a 20th century best-selling British author. She wrote over fifty books specialising in historical fiction, but she also wrote non-fiction and short stories. Many of her novels, including her Suffolk Trilogy, follow the history of a specific house and the residen
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