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The Last Great Dance on Earth (Josephine Bonaparte #3)

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The Last Great Dance on Earth is the triumphant final volume of Sandra Gulland's beloved trilogy based on the life of Josephine Bonaparte. When the novel opens, Josephine and Napoleon have been married for four tumultuous years. Napoleon is Josephine's great love, and she his. But their passionate union is troubled from within, as Josephine is unable to produce an heir, an...more
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Published January 27th 2002 by Touchstone (first published 2000)
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What a sad conclusion to the Josephine B. trilogy. I really enjoyed these books and am glad I read them. What a life! Josephine had much more going on than the average person. It truly amazes me the things she survived and accomplished. This trilogy follows Josephine’s life from early age to her death. To have it end as it did, really broke my heart – but this is the real deal, so it had to happen this way. And to think; I actually understand Bonaparte to some extent, and cared for him as her hu...more
Jul 03, 2010 Stacey rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Stacey by: Kristen
Shelves: france
What a sad story. Although Josephine had from the outside looking in a perfect life. She was married to a national hero, had two children who loved her, lived in a palace or two and was loved by the French people, her life was far from being a fairytale. Her in-laws were horrid, greedy people who hated and plotted against her, her husband was unfaithful, and in the end she lost her husband, her home and her crown. She didn't much care about losing the crown, but losing her husband was more than...more
I enjoyed the accomplishment of finishing the 3-book series (it only took me 5 years...) But also, I was simultaneously watching the wonderful mini-series called JOHN ADAMS, and it was one of those "a-ha" learning moments when all the disjointed pieces of info and random dates came in to focus... and then as I neared the end of the book, I was glad that I had previously read WAR AND PEACE. History makes so much more sense with fiction and movies...
As always when I've kind of bonded with the characters, I was sad to see this series (a trilogy, actually) end. I now look at the whole Napoleon/Josephine Bonaparte era in a whole new light. This series of books personalized, informed and entertained me throughout each one. I grew to love Josephine (as did all of France, it seems) and felt a new admiration for Napoleon. He accomplished quite a few miraculous feats in his life in spite of constant threats from every area of his own government, a...more
Maia B.
Oct 21, 2011 Maia B. rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition Recommends it for: Just about everyone
Shelves: historical
Finishing the last fifty pages in a race to beat time before I had, really HAD this time to go to sleep, I found myself so wrapped up in the conclusion of this trilogy that, looking up from the last page, the light beside my bed startled me. I'd been expecting a wax candle and an inkstand, not a fluorescent light-bulb and a ballpoint pen.

After the first two books had disappointed me in writing style and somewhat oddly developed characters and plot, this one was worth all the irritation I felt re...more
I really enjoyed Gulland's last book in the Josephine B series, The Last Great Dance on Earth. It spans Napoleon's rise to First Consul for life to Emperor (and Empress) to their eventual divorce and Napoleon's first exile. It ends with the death of Josephine's death, but Gulland adds an epilogue to tell the rest of the story (Napoleon's 100 days, second exile, and the other characters' ultimate fates).

My impressions of this series: It is a really great and fun historical fiction. It feels very...more
Apr 23, 2008 Amy rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition Recommends it for: Everyone
Recommended to Amy by: Maria Clark
The author states in the closing sections of the book "In closing, a word of caution: this subject is addictive." I seem to have discovered this before even reading her warning as I was already planning what other books I'd read about these historical figures and this part of history. I'm thinking I'm going to limit myself to just one more book on the topic though.
I loved this book even more than the second. It was quite an embarrassing read...I got to the really emotional parts on a flight bac...more
I LOVED this series, perhaps because I'm a bit burned out on Henry the VIII -era England but I love historical fiction. I have never taken a class on French history, nor did I have any clarity as to how and when Napoleon fit into the scheme of things, and this series actually did clear up a few historical points for me. This isn't heavy reading, but the journal-style writing is effective and clearly illustrates Josephine's experiences. This is no Nobel-winning literature, but this book is SUCH a...more
This was a fantastic trilogy! Gulland's research is commendable, so many authentic quotes from letters and other sources. But really, her gift is creating people we relate to and root for even though their circumstances are so difficult to imagine. Neither napoleon nor Josephine is guiltless. But thier motives and mutual devotion are so apparent, so relateable, I was completely engrossed in their story, and saddened by their cruel fate. Even 250 years ago, fame was fleeting and adoring "fans" we...more
I think this is a great trilogy and I really enjoyed this last book in the series about Josephine Bonaparte.

I felt a lot of sympathy for her, especially near the end of her life. As with many royal families, Josephine was put under a lot of pressure to produce a male heir. Sadly, this was never to be, and ultimately resulted in her divorce from Napoleon. Like him or hate him, what I learned through Josephine's diary entries that she really did love the man. It was very sad when they divorced, f...more
This book made me cry. You can really feel Josephine's love for Bonaparte, and it's heartbreaking that they couldn't be together in the end. I loved this whole series, I learned a lot about Josephine and this time period. I kept fact-checking things I was reading as I went along, and it's very historically correct.
I have written a review of the entire trilogy and put it under the firt book entitled The Many Lives & Secret Sorrows of Josephine B..
I can not believe how enjoyable these books are to read! So well written and a fast read as they are written in diary form. Great way to enjoy a little bit of history and enjoy a love story at the same time! I really enjoyed the whole trilogy. Highly recommend!
Jun 20, 2008 Jenna rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition Recommends it for: everyone
This is a great trilogy. This is the 3rd book.
I cried at the end of this book... probably the the last quarter of the book. Josephine was an amazing woman i don't think i could have endured what she did... WOW! Great writing! i didn't want this series to end.
Wow! If I was Napoleon, I would've exiled my whole family, beginning with my mother!!! I loved the portrayal of Josephine and her children Eugene and Hortense. Prestige, titles, crowns, etc. were never important to them--loving relationships were...
Tina Gordon
I am so sad to be finishing this trilogy. I have loved reading about Josephine (who knew her name was really Rose?) and Bonaparte and the tumultuous era in France. I would highly recommend this series as a terrific, informative read.
This last book of the trilogy was more interesting than the second book. Human emotions and mistakes figure very largely in it. I had not realized until I read this book that Josephine had been so beloved by the French people.
Katherine Doull
I was so very sorry to finish this last book. I loved the series and could start all over again they were so good. What a story!! Thinking about reading some other books on Napoleon and Josephine. Seriously addicted.
"The Last Great Dance on Earth" is the third addition to Sandra Gulland's highly acclaimed Josephine B. series. The story of 373 pages begins as Napoleon and Josephine ("Rose") celebrate almost four years of marriage. The ageing wife, unable to produce offspring for her husband who's in need of an heir, has fallen in love with her mighty general and cannot bear to part with him as he heads off to war with other European nations. However, her marriage is put at risk when she is crowned Empress in...more
Finished the last book in Sandra Gullland's trilogy about Josephine de Beauharnais, the first wife of Napoleon. What a great way to learn about Josephine! I highly recommend this trilogy.
I don't know why, but I grew really attached to the people in these books. I was really sad when I finished them.
fantastique, passionnant comme les deux autres tomes. Je suis bien triste d'avoir fini la trilogie!
The Josephine Trilogy -- I enjoyed reading.
Bailey Caskey
Loved this trilogy! Sad it's over.
Third book of the Josephine trilogy
Ash Bruxvoort
Sandra Gulland's The Last Great Dance on Earth is the last book in a series about Josephine Bonaparte, Napoleon Bonaparte's beloved wife. I haven't read the first two books in the series, but that didn't prevent me from understanding anything in the novel. It is written as a diary from Josephine's point of view with the inclusion of a variety of letters that were edited by Gulland. The story begins in 1800, before Napoleon is declared Emperor, and ends in 1814 with Josephine's death.

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I enjoyed the second and third books in the series just as much as the first. After I finished, I went online and found a collection of all of the letters Napoleon wrote Josephine (and a few that Josephine wrote Napoleon--though much of her letters have been lost) and quickly recognized that Sandra Gullard used many (if not all) of the original letters in her story. Napoleon's letters to Josephine (and there were many because he was often away at war!) were tender, playful, concerned, always aff...more
This was a true testament to Josephine's love for Napoleon. I'm not sure if I was better or worse off not having any idea about this part of history. I cried over the ending. I was drawn into their world, felt their love and loss, highs and lows.
I loved this series. The author really made the historical figures, Josephine and Napolean Bonaparte, come alive. This last book of the series was a bit of a downer for me. Of course it had to end the way it ended. I was so disappointed in Napolean. The author says these two were desperately in love, but his actions didn't seem to support that much. Ok, the times were different, and he was an emporer, but still! And I was also disappointed in Josephine. She seemed to be such a strong and resourc...more
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I'm the author of the Josephine B. Trilogy, the internationally best-selling novels based on the life of Josephine Bonaparte, Napoleon's wife. The Trilogy is now published in 17 countries.

I most recently published MISTRESS OF THE SUN, the first of what will be a series of novels set in the Court of Louis XIV, the Sun King. (I'm writing a second now.)

An American-Canadian, I was born in Miami, Flor...more
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