This novel fits right into my enjoyment of historical fiction so I was thrilled when I won it from Goodreads. The premise had potential with romantic drama and the military task of recovering Napoleon's body to bring it home. I enjoyed the plot but felt lost for the first half.
The first few chapters were written from a different character's point of view which provided a deeper story later, but due to a lack of explanation left me confused in the beginning. I didn't know who was talking, nor if the characters had in fact changed. Due to this, I struggled with my lack of interest until the expedition to recover the body was underway.
The romance brought more to the story than I had anticipated. I loved the involvement of women questioning their directed place in life and expectations with finding peace with yourself. I really wanted more to this story - at 288 pages it seemed a bit short.