I always enjoy learning about women in history. Especially woman I have been aware of before. The Ambitious Madame Bonaparte brings to life one of Napoleon’s sisters in law. I thank Historical Fiction Virtual Book Tours for sending me a copy at no charge for my honest review.
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I went into this novel with no knowledge of the heroine. I knew Napoleon had younger brothers but I really had no idea what happened to them. This richly detailed tale tells the story of his youngest brother, Jerome and his relationship with a young American woman who was obsessed with European royalty.
The book begins by introducing the reader to the Pattersons; a wealthy family in colonial Maryland. Betsy is a very bright girl in a time when women were expected to do not much more than run households and produce children. Her parents let her read what she wanted and did give her an education of a sort and this gave her ambitions beyond her Baltimore existence. She just knew she was destined to be more than a merchant’s wife. This dream seemed to be coming true when she meets and falls in love with Jerome Bonaparte, Napoleon’s youngest brother. Her father, though is very much against the match but they foolishly marry against his will.
I don’t want to spoil this meticulously researched book by telling you how it all plays out and don’t ruin it for yourself by googling the protagonists. Just let the story unfold. I will admit that Betsy is not a very likable person a lot of the time but she is never dull. All of the characters are well developed and there are no throwaways in the book. I found myself totally immersed in the tale of Betsy Bonaparte and even while questioning her actions I was hoping for her happiness. It was a book I had a hard time putting down. I’m definitely keeping this one for a second read.
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