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- Publisher: Quercus Publishing Plc
- Format: Paperback | 448 pages
- Dimensions: 153mm x 234mm x 27mm | 483g
- Publication date: 5 July 2012
- Publication City/Country: London
- ISBN 10: 0857388606
- ISBN 13: 9780857388605
- Sales rank: 165,641
Empress Josephine's family has been called to Napoleon's court for the terrible news that he intends to divorce his wife of thirteen years, who has failed to provide an heir, and take a younger bride, the Austrian Princess Marie-Louise. For his new wife, it is a horrible duty she must take on in her father's name. Marie-Louise must leave her love and family behind for an older man with whom she has nothing in common. There is little in her new life to enjoy. But an unlikely friendship with Hortense, Josephine's daughter, will bring her comfort, as she struggles to find happiness. For Napoleon's sister, Pauline Bonaparte, it is yet another woman stealing her brother's attention. She's spent years attempting to control his power and this latest distraction is the biggest threat she's ever faced. It's time to fight.
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Michelle Moran's experiences at archaeological sites around the world first inspired her to write historical fiction. She is the author of Nefertiti and its standalone sequel The Heretic Queen, as well as Cleopatra's Daughter and Madame Tussaud. She lives in California.
'A first-class novel, brilliantly written' Alison Weir. 'If there is a female historical figure whose story needs telling Michelle Moran is the woman to do it' Daily Express. 'It's the kind of historical fiction you just fall in love with' Book Girl.