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on 23 September 2007
I'm afraid I agree with the reviewer below who calls this history lite - this is romantic and frivolous with the emotional intensity of a bar of chocolate, and just as delicious! Don't go into this expecting anything more and you'll enjoy the book hugely.
Written as Josephine's (Rose) private journal, this whips through the years from her adolescence in Martinique through a failed marriage, motherhood, the French Revolution, imprisonment, re-establishment in society, and marriage to Napoleon in 400 pages, mostly comprising short diary entries. Most characters are familiar stereotypes; people fall in love and out again in the space of a line or two; and nothing causes any real emotion.
This is the perfect bedtime book, lulling you gently into sleep with descriptions of C18th clothes, handsome men, beautiful women and nothing traumatic or too interesting to engage your mind and keep you awake. I can't wait to start the 2nd volume tonight!