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The Secret Life of Josephine

The Secret Life of Josephine

Napoleon's Bird of Paradise

Carolly Erickson

St. Martin's Griffin

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The bestselling author of The Hidden Diary of Marie Antoinette and The Last Wife of Henry VIII returns with an enchanting novel about the ambitious, amoral, vulnerable woman who became the first wife of Napoleon Bonaparte.

Fashion icon, leader of France's society in the turbulent years of the guillotine and the bloody Napoleonic Wars, the alluring Josephine was a tough survivor—yet she also had a gentle, haunting quality that made her irresistible to her contemporaries, especially to the mysterious, compelling stranger from Martinique who captured her heart.

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Chapter 1


That night, the night I first met Scipion du Roure, all I could think of was the ball and my gown of pale yellow silk and the garland of fragrant white flowering jasmine Euphemia had woven into my hair. I hummed as I dressed,...

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Praise for The Secret Life of Josephine

“Rollicking good fun.” —Kirkus Reviews

“Erickson has a deft hand with psychological portraiture and historical detail. She strips away the romantic idealism with which the empress's life is often distorted.” —PublishersWeekly.com

“Fans…will enjoy this latest concoction.” —Library Journal

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About the author

Carolly Erickson

Distinguished historian Carolly Erickson is the author of Rival to the Queen, The Memoirs of Mary Queen of Scots, The First Elizabeth, The Last Wife of Henry VIII, and many other prize-winning works of fiction and nonfiction. Her novel The Tsarina's Daughter won the Romantic Times Reviewer's Choice Award for Best Historical Fiction. She lives in Hawaii.

Carolly Erickson

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