Sharon's Reviews > The Josephine Bonaparte Collection: The Many Lives and Secret Sorrows of Josephine B., Tales of Passion, Tales of Woe, and the Last Great Dance on Earth

The Josephine Bonaparte Collection by Sandra Gulland
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Nov 06, 2011

really liked it
Read in November, 2011

I was surprised to find this book so enjoyable when the format is that of diary entries. In this unique way, the story of one of the most famous wives in history is entertainingly told. Napoleon Bonaparte's 'Josephine' is the famous woman whose life we learn about through meticulous research by Sandra Gulland into the lives of men and women behind the French Revolution of 1792. The book begins on the Island of Martinique where 'Rose' begins telling her story. Interestingly, early on in her life she goes to a fortune-teller who tells her "You will be unhappily married. You will be widowed. You will be Queen." So sure enough, Rose's first marriage yields her two children but the Revolution kills her husband along with thousands of others. She herself is imprisoned and endures great hardships. But as fate foretold, she meets the strange, little man called Napoleon Bonaparte and Sandra writes a very fascinating take on how that romance unfolded. To know about 'Josephine' as empress you will have to read the next book as this is the first in a trilogy.

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