Through her savoir faire, Rose secures her footing in high society, reveling in handsome men and glitzy balls—until the heads of her friends begin to roll.
After narrowly escaping death in the blood-drenched cells of Les Carmes prison, she reinvents herself as Josephine, a socialite of status and power. Yet her youth is fading, and Josephine must choose between a precarious independence and the love of an awkward suitor. Little does she know, he would become the most powerful man of his century- Napoleon Bonaparte.
BECOMING JOSEPHINE is a novel of one woman’s journey to find eternal love and stability, and ultimately to find herself.
Paperback, 320 pages
I have to say this book grabbed my attention right from the first page. The author introduced Rose as a young girl living in Martinique. We got to meet her family as well and I liked the fact that I was able a little about her before she traveled to France to marry. Taking place in 18th century Paris during the Revolution I was totally captivated with this book, taking only 3 days to read it. Heather Webb has a writing style that I really like, this story flowed smoothly and she wrote about a very believable and likable Rose/Josephine. Her descriptions of life not just in Paris, but Martinique also, were vivid and had me picturing scenes and feeling the emotions. The trials and tribulations that Josephine went through and how she dealt with them made her authentic.
I love history and that is one of the reasons that I like historical fiction, I can learn at the same time as being entertained. Even though I haven't read a lot about France this book has me wanting to read more about the French Revolution and historial France.
Great debut Heather, I can't wait to see what comes next.