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This was a great read! I didn't realize until the end of this first book that it was a trilogy and was SO glad!! I raced through the remaining two books with delight. Its a powerful historical love story I won't soon forget! I recommend highly!
The “Jospehine B Triology” is the best series I’ve read in years. It is epic in length and subject material, and I was completely absorbed into her world. I highly, highly recommend.
I know I am not the first to praise Gulland's writing. One of the most astonishing things about this book is how the author's extensive research has been woven into the story to illuminate the period and the characters rather than weighing them down.
I knew little of Josephine Bonaparte's life before her time as Napoleon's wife, and this story, although fiction, fleshed her out a bit for me. I was expecting 'many lives' but found a progression like any other life would have had living through the tumult that was the French Revolution. Rose 'Josephine' sounded the same in her diary no matter what her age was supposed to be. I think this was not intended but only a result of the author wanting to get through the colonial childhood and get to the adult life in France. At times I was wanting more detail but since this is a diary, I understood that a lot would be left to my imagination. As historical fiction, I think this book succeeds, and I am looking forward to the second and third in this trilogy.
This book is so good, almost finished with the second then on to the last. She's an amazing writer.
Amazing, captivating book. Totally inspired me to learn about the French Revolution! Can't wait to read the rest of the series!
I am almost finished this one and have just requested then next in the series, Tales of Passion, Tales of Woe.
What an interesting woman she was. This book is of her life before Napoleon, growing up in the Caribbean, returning to France and surviving (barely) the French Revolution.
Fascinating! Can't wait for the next installment.
Josephine B. series:
1. The Many Lives and Secret Sorrows of Josephine B (1995)
2. Tales of Passion, Tales of Woe (1998)
3. The Last Great Dance on Earth (2000)
The Josephine Bonaparte Collection (omnibus) (2002)
Well worth the read if you want to understand what really happened during the French Revolution.
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This series may be a guilty pleasure, but it is a fantastic one, and provides good insight into the French Revolution.
Love all three books.
This is the first of a trilogy about Josephine Bonaparte. It is a light read and tells of Josephine's early life. It is written in diary form and moves along quite quickly.