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The Many Lives & Secret Sorrows of Josephine B. by Sandra Gulland
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May 07, 2012

really liked it
bookshelves: historical-fiction
Read from May 06 to June 06, 2012 — I own a copy

This book is the first of a trilogy of books about the girl/woman who would eventually become Josephine Bonaparte. You wouldn't think she'd have that interesting of a story, but after reading this first part of the trilogy I've got a snapshot of a part of history I have to admit I knew nothing about (life on a French Island circa 18th century as well as the birth of the French Revolution).

I really loved the diary entry style of writing in this book as it made it go much quicker and made it more interesting as it also included letters sent back and forth from various characters giving different points of views, etc. You could tell the author went to great lengths to get her facts to contribute to the story. Obviously it's still a work of fiction, but as it's based on many true accounts it does almost give the effect of a biography in a way. However, I'm only giving this book 4 stars as I don't find the characters so engaging that I feel compelled to read the other 2 books in the trilogy. I'm vaguely curious what might happen, but it's not a high priority for me.

Overall, this book was good fun and I'm very glad to have read it.

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