This was my favourite of the three books, though it's still undoubtedly light and frivolous. The tone definitely darkens towards the end, and we finally get some almost-real emotion as Josephine is forced into divorce from Napoleon.
Napoleon himself is reduced to an erring husband rather than the political figure that he was, and the love between Jospehine and her children gets almost sickeningly cloying.
Having said all that, this is a good light read that rattles along nicely, perfect for the tube, bath or bed when you don't want anything that makes you think!
A great picture of Josephine's life, this book is addictive. Having read the first two books, I couldn't wait to get my hands on this, and I was not disapointed. The book is really well researched, not only about Josehine, but on all the characters, who all recieve the Gulland treatment. Standout characters include HOrtense, her daughter, Eugene, her son and all of the imfamous Bonaparte clan. it not only explores the historical aspect of her life, it handles with delicacy her quests for a child and her somewhat rocky relationship with Napoleon. It includes enough facts to be understandable, but not to many to be boring. I would recomend this to any lover of good fiction and it is a must for people with a love of historical novels.
Just could not put this book down . l have read all of Sandra Gullands books she makes you feel you are living the history , at times l felt Josephines anguish that made me emotional and upset ! l came away wanting more , l am now reading Kate Williams book about Josephine it is well written very factual . But The last Dance On Earth makes you feel as if you are Josephine or at the very least her confidante which makes factual history more absorbing rather than dates etc
Gulland continues spinning her masterly tale of Josephine's life with Bonaparte. The fortune tellers prophecy is finally fulfilled as Josephine becomes Napoleon's empress. However, heartache soon follows... I found this book every bit as gripping as the first two books. Gulland really has managed to give Josephine a voice. It is impossible not to get caught up within the narrative. I loved the way the book, although based upon historical facts, manages to make you feel as though it is completely fresh and occurring with each turn of the page. It is difficult not to empathise with the character of Josephine and feel for every event that effects her life. My only problem with this book was that it was the final one. I loved it!
A well written novel giving the reader a taste of life under Napoleon's reign and the love felt between him and his wife Josephine. The amazing relationship they shared was unique and showed the strength of Josephine's love for her husband and family right up until the end of her life.
Wow ! I didn't know what to expect from this book but from the first page i was hooked. The second in the trilogy is not so spellbinding but entertaining all the same, have yet to read the third, so, watch this space.