Sunday, December 29, 2013

Becoming Josephine: A Novel by Heather Webb

A sweeping historical debut about the Creole socialite who transformed herself into an empress.
Rose Tascher sails from her Martinique plantation to Paris to trade her Creole black magic culture for love and adventure. She arrives exultant to follow her dreams of attending Court with Alexandre, her elegant aristocrat and soldier husband. But Alexandre dashes her hopes and abandons her amid the tumult of the French Revolution.

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
Expected publication: December 31st 2013 by Plume

Many year ago I started to read a book about Josephine, I didn't like it at all and steered clear of anything to do with her since.  I heard about this book and it seemed everytime I turned around there was some mention of Becoming Josephine and Heather Webb.  Deciding to give Josephine another chance I requested an ARC from Edelweiss and waited (and waited some more), finally I got approved.  The first thing that I loved about this book is that it's a debut and I love debuts!  Especially ones that grab me right from the beginning.

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.

1 comment:

  1. I'll be starting this one in the next day or two (my review is scheduled for next Monday) and I can't wait! I've read one series about Josephine and loved it, so I'm curious to see where Webb takes the character.