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Book Review: Becoming Josephine

Posted on April 7, 2014 at 7:00 AM

 

Heather Webb’s Becoming Josephine, published last December, is a captivating read. I was so absorbed by the charming Josephine and her world of tumult and tragedy, power and luxury, that I didn’t want to put the book down and read it during every spare second I had. I started it on a Thursday morning and, despite keeping busy with a 2.5-year-old and a 5-week-old, I finished it two days later.

 

 

 

 

Josephine Bonaparte’s life provides an incredible amount of material with which a writer can work. Webb deftly handles the traumatic, romantic, and beautiful elements of this powerful woman’s life, taking the reader from Josephine’s youth through her years as an Empress. 

 

Webb brings to life the exotic island of Martinique where Josephine grew up, pre-Revolutionary Paris with its conflicting political philosophies boiling over into violent riots, the horrific conditions of the Le Carmes prison where she was jailed, and finally the rise of Josephine to Empress as Napoleon’s wife. The events as told by the author always read authentic, never melodramatic.

 

I highly recommend this novel to my fellow readers—you will certainly devour it as I did… And one lucky reader will win a copy of the book (entry for giveaway in sidebar-- U.S. entries only, no P.O. boxes).  

 THE WINNER HAS BEEN NOTIFIED! Thanks for participating everyone!

(I received an e-book copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review)

 

 

 

 

 

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5 Comments

Reply Kris Mehigan
1:29 PM on April 7, 2014 
Just added Becoming Josephine to my TBR list!
Reply Judith Starkston
6:40 PM on April 8, 2014 
I loved Becoming Josephine. Heather keeps so many strands moving effortlessly through her rich story.
Reply Mariana Cotromanes
8:08 PM on April 8, 2014 
Welcome the blog Judith!
Judith Starkston says...
I loved Becoming Josephine. Heather keeps so many strands moving effortlessly through her rich story.
Reply Mariana Cotromanes
8:12 PM on April 8, 2014 
Kris you would sooo love it!
Kris Mehigan says...
Just added Becoming Josephine to my TBR list!
Reply Stephanie
10:01 AM on April 9, 2014 
Sounds fantastic! I've heard about this book and keep forgetting to put it on my To Read List. Thanks for the reminder and great review.

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