By: Heather Webb
Format/Source: Advanced Reading Copy courtesy of Plume/Penguin via NetGalley
Rose Tascher sails from her Martinique plantation to Paris to trade her Creole black magic culture for love and adventure. She arrives exultant to follow her dreams of attending Court with Alexandre, her elegant aristocrat and soldier husband. But Alexandre dashes her hopes and abandons her amid the tumult of the French Revolution.
Through her savoir faire, Rose secures her footing in high society, reveling in handsome men and glitzy balls—until the heads of her friends begin to roll.
After narrowly escaping death in the blood-drenched cells of Les Carmes prison, she reinvents herself as Josephine, a socialite of status and power. Yet her youth is fading, and Josephine must choose between a precarious independence and the love of an awkward suitor. Little does she know, he would become the most powerful man of his century- Napoleon Bonaparte.
Becoming Josephine is a novel of one woman’s journey to find eternal love and stability, and ultimately to find herself.
I’ve studied French history a few times during my studies–either through high school World History or in undergrad either tied in with my British history survey courses or European history–but I’ve never studied their history in great detail. Napoleon and Josephine’s relationship and rise to power has always been one of those highlight moments in history that people remember but once I started reading this novel, I realised that I don’t quite know the details of their relationship; I knew that they loved each other fiercely and there were many letters between the two of them but I didn’t know things like how they met or how well they complimented each other. I was especially interested about this novel because it focused much on Josephine, of whose life I knew scant details of.
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