A sweeping historical debut about the Creole socialite who transformed herself into an empress
Readers are fascinated with the wives of famous men. In Becoming Josephine, debut novelist Heather Webb follows Rose Tascher as she sails from her Martinique plantation to Paris, eager to enjoy an elegant life at the royal court. Once there, however, Rose’s aristocratic soldier-husband dashes her dreams by abandoning her amid the tumult of the French Revolution. After narrowly escaping death, Rose reinvents herself as Josephine, a beautiful socialite wooed by an awkward suitor—Napoleon Bonaparte.
“A debut as bewitching as its protagonist.” —Erika Robuck, author of Hemingway’s Girl and Call Me Zelda
“Vivid and passionate.” —Susan Spann, author of The Shinobi Mysteries
PARTICULARS OF THE BOOK :
Published by: Plume/Penguin Group
Genre: Historical Fiction
Author Heather Webb
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR :
Heather Webb grew up a military brat and naturally became obsessed with travel, culture, and languages. She put her degrees to good use teaching high school French for nearly a decade before turning to full time novel writing and freelance editing.
When not writing, Heather flexes her foodie skills or looks for excuses to head to the other side of the world.
For more information please visit Heather’s website. You can also find her on Facebook, Pinterest and Twitter.
THE BOOKISH DAME REVIEWS :
There are few women of history who are more fascinating than Josephine Bonaparte. I've often thought of her as the most mysterious and exotic of women, but never knew what it was about her that captured one of the most powerful men of all times. Heather Webb has gone a long way to answer many of my questions. Her book, "Becoming Josephine" is the best of any I've read thus far that attempts to portray Josephine as a real woman with depth and character. This is an extremely worthy book of historical fiction.
While it's not a long book, or it doesn't seem so when you're reading it, this one is fraught with many wonderful details about Josephine and her life in its early and later times. It builds her persona from her days as a child on Martinique, explaining her roots in religion and the exotic which she brought all the way through her days as the enchanting Empress who won the heart and soul of Napoleon. She lives in the pages of this novel as we've never seen her before.
I thought the best element of the book was how Ms Webb "aged" Josephine along as a person who was young and searching for the fulfillment of her life, to a woman who had discovered and embraced her destiny. It's this search for her authentic self that is so charming and persuasive in the novel. We travel along with her through her times of love, horror, loss and majesty to the end when she can look back on it all. I loved this broad overview and found it never bogged down by too much in one time frame or relationship in her life.
Heather Webb is a gifted writer who captivates and carries us along with her as she tells her story. Josephine is a living, breathing person in this novel. One who will absolutely convince you of her unique spirit and gorgeous allure.
I highly recommend this historical fiction to all HF fans. It's one you won't forget....
5 stars Deborah/TheBookishDame
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