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The Second Empress by Michelle Moran
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Jul 12, 2012

really liked it
bookshelves: europe, historical-fiction, european-history, romance, history, epics, small-towns, read-in-2012
Read from July 09 to 12, 2012

Full disclosure: I was provided with an arc by the publishers.

I read Michelle Moran's Madame Tussauds a few weeks ago which consisted of Marie Grosholtz aka Madame Tussauds about her early days leading up to and during the French Revolution. I was delighted to read another book by the same author and be reading about events a few years after the fact, about Napoleon. The Second Empress is about Napoleon's second wife, Marie-Louise.

The novel consists of three character perspectives, Marie-Louise, The Empress of France, Pauline, Napoleon's Egypt obsessed sister and Paul, Pauline's closest friend and consort. All had different voices and in each narration was unique enough but something about this book felt monotone and I didn't fully connect with any of the characters. I didn't really care what happened to any of them which is a shame since I had the opposite reaction reading Madame Tussauds.

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