Gulland has created an exquisite story, where it's hard to remember that these aren't Rose's actual words. The story is written through journal entries, so we're basically reading the events of her life through 'her words'. This first book starts on Rose's 14th birthday (June 23, 1777) and ends with her marriage to Napoleon (March 9, 1796), so I can just imagine all the good stuff to come in the remaining two books.
The change from child to adult is done masterfully. It's gradual. We see the events and people that shape Rose's world and character. We see her intelligence grow. We see a strong woman emerge from an unhappy marriage and the bloodshed of the Revolution. She fights for her friends and wants the best for her children.
I have become incredibly interested in learning more about this woman, who I knew absolutely nothing about when I ventured into this novel. I can't wait to get through the following two installments and stay in her world just a little longer.