Rose dreams of romance when it is predicted she will become queen. She lives through the turbulent French Revolution and meets the strangely charismatic Napoleon Bonaparte. Read this story to see how Rose becomes the woman remembered as Josephine…
This first book in a trilogy vividly shows the events which shape Josephine. She becomes a woman who understands “in war, as in love, it is always complex” (p. 297). The pain of a faithless husband, terror of the revolution, and excesses of the powerful affect her. People such as the powerful Deputy Barras and trendsetting Fanny de Beauharnais are interesting. The Many Lives and Secret Sorrows of Josephine B. provides a personal look at Josephine, the personalities of her time, and French history.
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Other fictional portrayals of Josephine include Becoming Josephine by Heather Webb and The Secret Life of Josephine: Napoleon’s Bird of Paradise by Carolly Erickson.
Get the true story by checking out biographies of Josephine such as Napoleon and Josephine: An Improbable Marriage by Evangeline Bruce.