The Many Lives & Secret Sorrows of Josephine B

The Many Lives & Secret Sorrows of Josephine B

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Tuck10
Feb 16, 2021

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!

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valedab
Jun 21, 2016

The Josephine B. trilogy are my favourite books. I could not put them down!

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dbourgon
Jan 18, 2016

Good story. Started to drag at end. 1st of series on Josephine Bonaparte.

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brenstuhr
Aug 18, 2015

Loved this series. Easy read

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blolo
Jul 02, 2015

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.

martins_mom Aug 22, 2014

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.

eileencartwright May 27, 2014

did not finish it

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GLNovak
Nov 11, 2013

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.

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kelsheron
Sep 02, 2013

Distant Hours by Kate Morton

Phiaju Jun 06, 2013

This book is so good, almost finished with the second then on to the last. She's an amazing writer.

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storysmith
Nov 14, 2012

Great read!

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bluecanoe456
Jun 27, 2012

Amazing, captivating book. Totally inspired me to learn about the French Revolution! Can't wait to read the rest of the series!

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dontbugmeimreading
Apr 14, 2012

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.

cloudni9e Jun 04, 2011

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.

Use interlibrary loan service to order titles not owned by the Orangeville Public Library.

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LR_Seattle
Feb 06, 2011

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.

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becker
Jul 07, 2010

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.

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Cabby
Sep 09, 2008

Book club.


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