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Désirée by Annemarie Selinko
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Sep 15, 2010

it was amazing

My mother was reading this book when she was pregnant with me. When I turned 15, she gave me the original copy she had saved. I've read this book 3 times already. It is my absolute favorite. Desiree was the daughter of a merchant in France before Napoleon Bonaparte rose to power. The book explores Desiree's life and trials and how she falls in love with Napoleon. Love is not enough to keep these two together. As Napoleon emerges into a powerful leader, he must follow his path in order to succeed, and true love is sacrificed in order for him to follow his calling. Napoleon's rise and fall are explored in the book. Desiree later becomes Queen of Sweden but always keeps a fond place in her heart for her one true love. The book really took me back to that period and it is beautifully written by Selinko.
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