Thursday, October 15, 2009

Tales of Passion, Tales of Woe by Sandra Gulland

Book #2 in the Josephine Bonaparte trilogy. Read my review of book #1 here. This installment picks up where the last one left off: the day after Napoleon and Josephine's wedding in 1796. It ends at the beginning of 1800 when Napoleon and Josephine move into the Tuileries Palace.

I can't remember how many times I thought, "Poor Josephine!" Those Bonapartes are a family to be reckoned with and they stop at nothing to foil Napoleon's marriage to her.

This installment is probably going to end up being my favorite because it has my favorite character (so far): Captain Charles. The young captain is absolutely hilarious and adorable. I loved him.

As with all historical fiction, there are some liberties taken, but I'm still learning a lot about a period of time I didn't know much about. These books were no doubt extensively researched, and it shows. Josephine is a strong woman who has been through a hell of a lot. Despite the limitations of women at the time, she uses her brains and charm to get things done.

The world and characters in these books are exquisitely drawn up to where you feel like you're right there on the streets of Paris. The smells, colors and faces are clear as day.

Josephine's story is only going to get more intense from here.


Michelle Stockard Miller said...

I have this whole series, but haven't got around to reading them yet. I will though! Josephine sure did end up getting a raw deal in the end (historically).

I read your comment on my Stress? post. I'm glad that you're doing NaNoWriMo again this year. I feel like I have an ally! Do you have any pointers for me? I'm a notorious procrastinator!

I also wanted to mention that I used the same pic as your blog title pic for my Profound Passages meme. I hope you don't think I stole it from you! I found the pic on Photobucket.

Anyway, great review! I definitely need to move these books closer to the top of the pile. Wish someone would have a historical fiction challenge!

Christy B said...

I really just forced myself. I told myself that I MUST write at least 3,000 words a day. Sometimes I was on a roll and did 5,000. There's something about having a deadline that makes me panic and I usually get things done way early.

The picture I found on a stock site. I've seen it used lots of places. Now worries.

And a Hist Fic challenge would be fantastic. I'd for sure participate.

Sandra Gulland. said...

3000 words in a day is a Killer! On all-day all-night binges I can only manage 2000. So: congratulations!

Thank you for your lovely review. I love Capatin Charles, too!



Author of the Josephine B. Trilogy and Mistress of the Sun

Christy B said...

Thanks for the comment, Sandra! I'm glad it was satisfactory!

I was surprised at myself to write 3,000+ words a day. I hope that continues this year!

The romantic query letter and the happy-ever-after said...

On a good day I'm able to write 2000 words so I'm very jealous. I love your blog and will come often now I've joined.
All the very best,