The Many Lives & Secret Sorrows of Josephine B
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The Many Lives & Secret Sorrows of Josephine B

By (author) Sandra Gulland

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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.

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  • Paperback | 448 pages
  • 132.08 x 200.66 x 25.4mm | 476.27g
  • 01 Sep 1999
  • Prentice Hall (a Pearson Education Company)
  • Prentice Hall & IBD
  • Hemel Hempstead
  • English
  • 0684856069
  • 9780684856063
  • 124,688

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Margaret George author of "The Memoirs of Cleopatra: A Novel" The legendary wife and love of Napoleon recounts the events in her life. It is easy to escape into her world and not want to return.

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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.

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