In this first of three books inspired by the life of Josephine Bonaparte, Sandra Gulland has created a novel of immense and magical proportions. We meet Josephine in the exotic and lush Martinico, where an old island woman predicts that one day she will be queen. The journey from the remote village of her birth to the height of European elegance is long, but Josephine's fortune proves to be true. By way of fictionalized diary entries, we traverse her early years as she marries her one true love, bears his children, and is left betrayed, widowed, and penniless. It is Josephine's extraordinary charm, cunning, and will to survive that catapults her to the heart of society, where she meets Napoleon, whose destiny will prove to be irrevocably intertwined with hers.
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The story of Rose and her road to Josephine was intriguing but sadly, the narrator was horrible. Her voices she used for several of the characters was comical and sometimes she forgot to use “a voice” for a character. I’ve never wanted to stop listening to a book because of its performance but ... now i can say that i have!!! Sadly, i will not advance to the next book in this series even though i would like to know more about this character.
The storyline is weak, as well, to be honest and the book fell apart several places. Just...uGH!
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