Farewell, Josephine: The Romance of Josephine and Napoleonby Gerald Hausman, Loretta Hausman
Josephine grows up on the island of Martinique longing for a glorious life in Paris. A West Indian seer has told her she is destined to be "more than a queen." An arranged marriage to a French nobleman brings her to the city of lights. But instead of the grand life, she experiences the French Revolution. Her husband is executed, she is imprisoned and all of her dreams of diamonds turn to dirt. But then she meets the greatest love of her life, Napoleon Bonaparte. Their ups and downs, joys and sorrows, set against the background of the Napoleonic Wars ensure that this dramatic novel is one of the most turbulent romances of the time.
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Gerald and Loretta Hausman have collaborated on many best-selling children's and adult books including the Parents Choice Silver Medalist novel, Escape From Botany Bay: The True Story of Mary Bryant.
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I am a high school sophomore and I chose to read this book for my research project.Although the book did not fully and deeply answer my research questions, it was very interesting to learn about their love, loss, and life. I admire Josephine more because of this book, but she has made some bad decisions.Also, the book gave me more information about Napoleon, whom I dislike. He insists that he loves Josephine so much, yet he treats her differently whenever he has his mood swings. However, I like the connection between them. They are so different from each other, but that’s what attracts them to each other.I like that Josephine came from a poor family, but still had the ability to be so important in history. She was important to Alexandre, Napoleon, and her family. She cared for people so much, even if they had hurt her. She went through so much, but she always had the strength to pick herself back up. She always looking out for everyone around her, even when she’s at her weakest point. Not only did this book teach me more about Napoleon and Josephine, but it made me admire her more because I understand her story and what she’s been through, like losing both family and friends. I would highly recommend this book to those interested in learning about both Napoleon and Josephine.
I am a high school sophomore and I chose to read this book for my project. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys reading stories that contain drama and romance. Josephine is portrayed in this book as an inspiring woman who dealt with struggles with her first husband Alexandre, and became a well-known woman of Paris. She had also dealt with being separated from her two children, Eugene and Hortense at their young age. After Alexandre was dead, Josephine was reunited with her children, beginning to lead a normal life with her children. It was then that she had met Napoleon. Napoleon and Josephine's relationship stated out as only Napoleon being in love with Josephine. Since he was a general, and he loved her, she thought that marrying him would be the best thing for her children and herself. Their relationship grew, and though there were struggles, Josephine loved Napoleon just as he loved her. This book entails their relationship towards the middle of the book. The beginning portrays Josephine as a woman with a strong willpower, but then she is at the hands of Napoleon. I enjoyed the book because I like romance novels, and this book wasn't all historical, as it has the French Revolution and the Napoleonic Wars, but this focuses more on the drama between Josephine and Napoleon Bonaparte. So I recommend this novel to those who wish to know more about the details between Josephine and Napoleon.