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The Second Empress by Michelle Moran
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Jun 29, 12

Read from June 09 to 13, 2012

3.5 For some reason I always stopped or at least don't remember reading history in France much after the French Revolution, so I found this book very interesting. Narrated from three different POV this book enlightens the reader on the very difficult personalities that made up Napoleon and his family. His great love of Josephine who he put aside and the strange relationship he had with his sister Pauline. My favorite was the new Empress, the grandniece of Marie Antoinette, and the scenes between Hortense and herself. Most of the letters in the book were factual and I appreciate the author's afterword, telling us about her sources and what events actually happened. I don't know if it was the telling through the different POV's but I felt that I would have liked more depth in the characters portrayed. All in all a good historical read and one I am glad to have read. ARC from NetGalley.

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