Publisher: Plume (December 31, 2013)
Rose Tascher sails from her Martinique plantation to Paris to trade her Creole black magic culture for love and adventure. She arrives exultant to follow her dreams of attending Court with Alexandre, her elegant aristocrat and soldier husband. But Alexandre dashes her hopes and abandons her amid the tumult of the French Revolution.
Through her savoir faire, Rose secures her footing in high society, reveling in handsome men and glitzy balls—until the heads of her friends begin to roll.
After narrowly escaping death in the blood-drenched cells of Les Carmes prison, she reinvents herself as Josephine, a socialite of status and power. Yet her youth is fading, and Josephine must choose between a precarious independence and the love of an awkward suitor. Little does she know, he would become the most powerful man of his century- Napoleon Bonaparte.
BECOMING JOSEPHINE is a novel of one woman’s journey to find eternal love and stability, and ultimately to find herself.
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A sweeping saga that tells the tale of Josephine Bonaparte, the first wife of Napoleon Bonaparte and beloved first empress of the French.
Moving through her life from childhood to the end of her marriage with Napoleon, we get to know Marie Josèphe Rose Tascher de La Pagerie on an intimate level. As a child on the island of Martinique, Rose is adventurous and outgoing, but not the favorite of the family. After the death of favored sister Catherine, Rose is sent to Paris to wed Alexandre de Beauharnais. Through their tumultuous marriage, war and imprisonment Rose keeps her strength and determination. Later, after becoming a mistress to many influential men, Rose meets Napoleon, finds what true love is and finally becomes Josephine Bonaparte.
Previous to reading Becoming Josephine, I did not know a lot about Josephine Bonaparte. I was immediately captivated by her spirit and strength. Through a work of fiction, I think author Heather Webb did a marvelous job finding the motivations in Josephine's life and her path to freedom. Through every step of Josephine's journey we are able to see through Josephine's eyes, a wonderful mix of history and fiction that makes me want to learn more about Josephine Bonaparte.
Heather Webb is the author of historical novels BECOMING JOSEPHINE and the forthcoming RODIN’S LOVER (Plume/Penguin 2015). A freelance editor and blogger, she spends oodles of time helping writers hone their skills—something she adores. You may find her twittering @msheatherwebb or contributing to her favorite award-winning sites Writer Unboxed andRomance University. In addition, she is a member of The Historical Novel Society.
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