The Many Lives & Secret Sorrows of Josephine B

The Many Lives & Secret Sorrows of Josephine B

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Passion intertwines with fate in this riveting and historically rich novel about the journey of a woman from poverty to ultimate power in Revolution-era France.

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.
Publisher: New York : Simon and Schuster, 1999.
Edition: 1st Scribner Paperback Fiction ed.
ISBN: 9780684856063
Characteristics: 436 pages ; 20 cm.


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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!

Jun 21, 2016

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

Jan 18, 2016

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

Aug 18, 2015

Loved this series. Easy read

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

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.

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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