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.
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