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  • Paperback: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Perennial Canada; 1st HarperPerennialCanada ed edition (Feb. 17 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0006485464
  • ISBN-13: 978-0006485469
  • Product Dimensions: 20.6 x 13.5 x 2.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 295 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #218,685 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Angie on Dec 15 2010
Format: Paperback
Wonderful story, we just read it in our book club. First of a Trilogy. The author researched France before, during and after the French Revolution. Written in Diary form, it was an amazing experience to read. Highly recommended. Note, Napoleon doesn't enter the story until close to the end!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Y. Dumoulin on Dec 14 2010
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I simply just LOVED IT! I love history and this book provides you entertainment and knowledge about how they lived back then. I definitely recommend it.
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By Caylee G TOP 1000 REVIEWER on April 24 2014
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This is the first in a trilogy. Bonaparte does not come in until the end, leaving the reader wanting to open book 2. It depicts the life of young Rose (Josephine) in Martinique before her arrival in France.
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By C. McIntyre on May 16 2007
Format: Paperback
I bought this from the bargin bin at a large book sellers. I was one lucky woman, I would have paid much more for it. I read this and the rest of the series is quick succession. A great way to do it if you can. It gave me a really great story arc and a fabulous over all general understanding of the time. These books have got me super interested in that time and now I am even reading non-fiction books on the subject! I didnt find the authors writting self involved or heavy handed with historical details. I really enjoyed it from a story as a view into anther womans life relationships and marriage. It was very good.
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By A Customer on April 19 2002
Format: Paperback
I had never heard of this book before I saw it at a book fair. I am so glad I picked it up! I have talked about it so much, that all of my friends are reading it. I thought the book was very well written. The diary entries, which I though at first I wouldn't like because it is fiction, were believable and wonderful to read. I learned things about the French Revolution and their society that I had never know before. Josephine Bonaparte is a smart, witty, and inspiring woman. Her triumphs over her family, husband, and society pull you in so you want to keep reading. I can't wait to start the second book. I would recomend this to anyone who likes historical fiction. One of the best I have read!
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I'm not a big fan of the whole 'history via a character's diary' thing. But I grabbed this book on a whim and was quickly absorbed. Sandra Gulland makes her Josephine so real and lovable--she's not the out-of-reach French Empress who happened to cheat on Napoleon. Josephine is actually a very real, warm person with insecurities and loneliness and the same troubles that any of us would have. Her marriage is rough, she has to move far away from home, she worries about having the money for her children's education. You laugh, cry, and worry right along with Rose/Josephine.
The historical details in this are wonderful as well. It's obvious that Sandra Gulland put a lot of research into her book, and it certainly pays off. I immediately ordered the second and third book, and was not disappointed in any of them.
I recommend ordering the entire trilogy immediately. Trust me when I say you'll rip through all three in a record pace. They're that good.
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I only recently heard about this popular series of books on Josephine Bonaparte. I started reading this first one and could not put it down. I was immediately drawn into the young girl's life as she experiences one setback after another all the while remaining the strong, dignified individual that she is. My friends were right--Josephine B. had an amazing life that was very tragic and heart-wrenching yet inspirational and full of love.
This is a real page-turner. I felt as if I were peeking into a friend's diary and becoming hooked on her stories. I couldn't wait to see what happened next. After devouring this book in only two days, I decided to purchase the 2nd and 3rd books in the series. I know I won't be disappointed. Buy this book and you won't be disappointed either. Enjoy!
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By M.A.E. on Jan. 9 2002
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The book, written in diary format, documented the early life and formative years of Rose Tasher (aka Josephine Bonaparte). The only knowledge I had about this woman prior to reading this book was that she was Napolean's wife. Afterwards, I was truly enlightened and amazed to learn she was born a creole in Martinique.
Gulland provides an historical perspective of a young woman growing up in the Carribean, and her dreams for the future in a "magnificent" land. The author does much justice to historical timelines by including accurate references to mysticism, fortune-telling, local customs and development of young love and young dreams. Truly a delight to read.
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