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The Emperor's Body by Peter Brooks
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Jan 21, 2011

it was ok
bookshelves: gr-first-reads, historical-fiction, read-in-february, read-in-2011
Read from February 21 to 24, 2011

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.

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Reading Progress

02/22/2011 page 24
02/23/2011 page 150
52.0% "A bit confusing on who and what is going on."
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message 1: by Vanessa (new)

Vanessa I had entered the giveaway for this too. Kind of glad I didn't win it after reading this. Not at all what I anticipated.

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