[The Second Empress] Read ´ Michelle Moran
Leon went that far and maybe the fascination e Valkenburg Foundation held foris contemporaries was precisely Les rives du Danube vlo, de Ulm Passau his ability to stick like glue to the fine line between genius and insanity If I d been able to choose a POV I probably wouldave gone for Pauline s as the worthy Marie Louise and the faithful Paul seemed a little wishy washy beside The Principles of Uncertainty her extravagance and she s a perfect candidate for an unreliable narratorVerdict a good try but it didn t uite come together for me sigh It seems as though Michelle Moran s novels areit or miss for me I absolutely loved Madame Tussaud and Cleopatra s Daughter but cared little for Nefertiti or The Heretic ueen Unfortunately The Second Empress will be joining the latter category very disappointingThe Second Empress Scar has a number of issues including the way in which it was told Moran chose toave three narrators alternating I felt this was absolutely unnecessary Marie Louise the actual second Empress Napoleon s sister Pauline and Oasis her chamberlain Paul all tell the story First of all Paul was pointless and I felt it caused entirely too much focus to continue upon Pauline In essence this is the story of creepy sister Pauline ander brother Napoleon Marie Louise 2027 - A Near-Future Fantasy (2027: Near-future feminization Book 1) had potential as a character but I felt she fell flat while Pauline came through vividly and crazily Moran seems toave taken many liberties with situations and Marie Louise s character as The Spirit of Intimacy historical sources seem to painter in uite a different light Once again the novel focuses on palace intrigue and personal drama than any Books (Notes) ... historical dealings of the time much like in The Heretic ueen The characters are largely flat and tedious and the randomly included actual letters did not evenelp this In fact the letters felt out of place and forced while also pointing out the fact that if the novel were authentic the writing would Signs, Wonders, And The Kingdom Of God have been entirely different for the timeAll in all I found the entire book rather frustratingly annoying and I wasoping for of a The Taming of the Tights (Misadventures of Tallulah Casey historical feel I know Moran is capable of capturing the feel of France and keyistorical times as shown in Madame Tussaud but The Second Empress is simply not one of them The title is also ill fitting since it focuses on Pauline than any other character in my opinionNote If you The Great Exchange have never cared for Napoleon before you won t after this one Iave absolutely never cared for Napoleon and The Keys to Tulsa have largely avoided HF in this time period and country for that reason But while I do dislike Napoleonis character in this novel is flat and feels like it reflects propaganda than a real person at many times Disclosure ARC received from Netgalley publisher in exchange for an Oltre i confini del cuore honest review They may regret this Any and all uotes were taken from an advanced edition subject to change in the final edition The Second Empress focused on the last few years of Napoleon s reign The author looked at this chaotic period through 3 people with different views Pauline Paul and Marie Louise After reading this book I came to realize that I know so little about Napoleon s rise and fall After reading this book I also felt that this book did notelp me gain insights to Napoleon s rise and fall The book is easy to read and fast paced But it left me with a feeling of dissatisfaction No substance after 300 pages I felt empty Perhaps the author was trying to simplify a very complicated period of time During this simplifying process a lot of nuances and details were lost so the characters seemed one dimensional Napoleon was a brute Pauline was crazy and Marie Louise deserved sympathy But I think to myself these were unusual people at an unusual time They can t be this simple and straightforward Hence my dissatisfaction I can t say I dislike the story because it Masterpiece has a certain gossip uality to it that made me keep reading The book was very easy to read but somehow after reading it I just didn t feel that good Ah it sounds like eating junk food The good thing about reading this book is that I am now interested in reading the realistory of the Bonaparte family and find out what really The Reality Creation Technique happened This book follows the last 6 or so years of Napoleon s reign from the point of view ofis second wife Flirtation (Shifters Forever After, his sister andis sister s chamberlain The POVs vary from interesting to boring Wife sister chamberlain and likable to unlikable Wife chamberlain sister but as this was a period of What She Wanted history I know less about I found it enjoyable and appreciated theistorical note at the end I know Aul watches these two women clash The Uninvited he is torn betweenis love for Pauline and Ars poetica his sympathy for Marie Louise But there are greater concerns than Pauline’s jealousy plaguing the court of France While Napoleon becomes increasingly desperate for aneir the empire’s peace looks increasingly unstable When war once again sweeps the continent and bloodshed threatens Marie Louise’s family in Austria the second Empress is forced to make choices that will determine Decoding Air Travel her place inistory and change the course of er life Based on primary resources from the time The Second Empress takes readers back to Napoleon’s empire where royals and servants alike live at the whim of one man and two women vie to change their destinie.
This is well written interesting well researched and fun Napoleon and family were very weird 35 StarsI enjoyed this book Like Moran s other novels it was easy and light to read It was full of istory but at the same time not Keys to the Ultimate Freedom heavily detailed Moran focused on the relationships than the actual political wars This being my first read on Napoleon I wasn t sure ofow accurate it was I didn t want to google until I finished Other s Hollands Grimoire of Magickal Correspondences have mentioned in their reviews that this wasn t accurate but from what Iave now searched except for some minor things dates etcwhich the author mentions in قصههای خوب برای بچههای خوب --- ۶ her notes it seemed pretty close toistory This book covers Napoleon s last 7 years Marie Louise from Austria was forced into marrying Napoleon Like many royal marriages she did not want to marry Resilient him butad to so Rozwazania o Psalmach her father could keepis crown Napoleon s first wife Josephine could not give Grumpy, Frumpy, Happy, Snappy A Silly Monster Opposites Book him a son soe divorced جامع التواریخ جلد 4 فهرست ها her and it became Marie s place The story is told through three people Marie Pauline Napoleon s beautiful sister and Paul Pauline s best friend and Haitian servant Pauline and Napoleon were suspected ofaving an incestuous relationship Pauline s insane antics kept me turning the pages Moran does a good job of showing you the strong and vulnerable side to each character I recommend this to those who are just learning about this era If you are very familiar with it you might find it too light That is why I am going with 35 stars It was missing some depth but overall an enjoyable readMarie LouisePauline Bonaparte Princess Borghese What an incredibly pleasant surprise I ended up loving this bookI Tug Hill Country have little interest in Napoleon up till now but this bookas sparked great curiosity How did this family become so damned dysfunctional And they really are a messed up crew Between Napoleon and Dragon Ball Anime Comics, Vol. 2 his sister Paulina there is constant insanity in this book Both are selfish suspicion jealous very cruel and conniving Napoleon s greed bringsim down as we know And Paulina s nymphomania seems the culprit for What Well Leave Behind (Thirty-Eight, her demise Lol I m serious Together the two feed off their shared ambition and perhaps even shared lust Yep It is oneeck of a story Lastly I don t want to leave out the book s namesake Marie Louise of Austria who was the grand niece of Marie Antoinette Napoleon picked Thirty-Eight Days (Thirty-Eight, her forer noble blood and ability to 8 1/2 have children Obviously it is deeply ironic that the ueen of England was beheaded during the revolution and 20 years laterer grandniece is named Empress of France by the very leader instrumental in the new government duringpost revolution As a character in this book I loved Marie Louise I was extremely impressed by Health and Healing for African-Americans her sense of dutyer strength and Garden of Snakes (House of Royals her fortitude She was remarkable in the way sheandled the forced marriage to Bonaparte who was a pig of a New Testament Apocalyptic husbandOne thing I really appreciated is that Moran s depiction of the characters was layered Napoleon was not always badis sister not always a total btch And we learn that in their younger years they both 隠れていた宇宙 [Kakurete Ita Uchū] 2 had the capacity to be loving and kind The story made me eager to read about the revolution and the decade of Napoleon s rule Highly recommended Especially if you only know only a little about Napoleon It whets your appetite and sets the stage to learn the rest of the story of this infamous French conueror Included in the story are a few of Napoleon s letters to Josephineis long time wife who was famous for cuckolding The Sorcerers Soul him Pauline is delusional Iave no words for Napoleon than istory asn t already given Satans Mistress him Maria Lucia is everything and I m so glad she was able to liveer life the way she wanted in the end Paul was fascinating The Bonapartes were truly something something I wouldn t touch with a 99 12ft pole but there we are Shifted shelves because while this was a novel of Napoleon s court and they were in France for much of the book it was very clear from the beginning that this was Maria Lucia s story and she is decidedly not French The best part of this book was all the What My Mother and I Dont Talk About history of Napoleon Bonaparte I think the author lured readers into this book by putting a woman on the front cover but she wasn t even the focus of the book whereas Napoleon andis sister Pauline were I did not like ow the story was told by three narrators alternating each chapter These were Napoelon s wife the Empress Maria Lucia is sister Pauline and Pauline s servant Paul that loved Love Beyond Limits (Among the Fair Magnolias) her I thought Paul s narration was pointless and. National bestselling author Michelle Moran returns to Paris this time under the rule of Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte ase casts aside Inochi The Book of Life his beautiful wife to marry a Hapsburg princesse Gol Atan Kaleye hopes will bearim a royal The Age of Disruption heir After the bloody French Revolution Emperor Napoleon’s power is absolute When Marie Louise the eighteen year old daughter of the King of Austria is told that the Emperoras demanded Burning bridges herand in marriage Freshman Scandal (Freshman Dorm, her father presentser with a terrible choice marry the cruel capricious Napoleon leaving the man she loves and Rembrandts Jews herome forever or say no and plunge er country into war Marie Louise knows what she must do and she travels to France determined to be a good wife despite Napoleon’s reputation But lavi.
Made the story focus on Pauline rather than the Empress who was supposed to be the focus of the book per its title I wanted of er internal monologue emotions and feelings Instead most of the book was about Pauline s slew of STDs and Brand Name Dates her desire to beer brother s wife Other than that it was pretty shallow reading It did make me look up the Confectionately Yours Collection (Confectionately Yours, history of Napoleon and enjoy much discussion aboutim as well as prove The Maiden Dinosaur how truthful the author wasThis is the first book I read by this author and I will reader others which get a better rating I am a sucker for well written Swing Trading with Oliver Velez Course Book with DVD historical fiction novels with a bit of passion thrown in for pleasure Full disclosure I was provided with an Advanced Reader Copy of the book by the publishersI ve read all of Moran s previous novels and it s been a bit of a mixed bag for me I didn t likeer ancient Egypt novels at all the protagonists were too one dimensional the plots were simplistic and implausible she failed to capture the zeitgeist of the times and all in all I was disappo Where I got the book electronic ARC from EdelweissI don t think I ve read a novel about Napoleon this one doesn t really count since D sir e so Moran gets points for tackling what feels to me like a neglected Angus, Thongs And Full Frontal Snogging historical niche unless there s a whole slew of Napoleon books I don t know about somewhere This story covers the latter part of the French Emperor s reign when Napoleon starts getting dynastic ambitions and divorces Jos phine so thate can bring in Austrian princess Marie Louise as a brood mare And then decides that it would be a really good idea to invade RussiaThe story is told from the point of view of three characters the aforesaid Austrian princess Napoleon s sister Pauline and er Haitian chamberlain Paul Moreau And that for me is the biggest flaw in the book and it s a doozy Let s just run over the plot lines which are uite juicy in themselves Marie Louise is coerced into marriage with Napoleon by the threat of what e could otherwise do to the defeated Hapsburg empire she leaves The Emperor of Nihon-Ja (Rangers Apprentice, herome Nora (Sunfire, her familyer lover Sam the Plumber her beloved dog and evener name Maria Lucia behind to win over a ostile court and country Pauline as the Outside the Paint hots forer successful brother and a weird obsession with Egypt that leads Hoopers Pasture from Maine to Vermont her to conclude that she and Napoleon should marry and rule Pharaoh style a notion probably exacerbated by creeping insanity brought on by venereal disease a conseuence ofer promiscuous lifestyle and Historic Hahns Peak her total self obsession Paul loves Pauline and for that reasonas left Deathcaster (Shattered Realms, his beloved war torn Haiti to follower to France Out of the Ashes (The Legacy Chronicles, he dreams of returning with Pauline to end slavery in the French Empire and resolveis own conflicts as a mulatto intellectual who wins little acceptance in BITE (A Mate Of His Own his native land oris adopted oneThe lynchpin of these three lives is Napoleon of whom we get the standard portrait the vain slightly unhinged genius who takes is ambitions one country too far and falls victim to is own legend Can we see Six-Moon Trail how much is going on in this book It would take an absolute genius to carry off this tripartite POV structure under the weight of so muchistory and Moran isn t that genius So she falls back on a Mustard Seed Magic humdrum chronological structure switching POV by rote so that no one story really dominates the title and blurb are I would imagine the publisher s attempt toook the reader by emphasizing the most sympathetic of these three rather unlikeable characters Worse still the voices of all three characters are EXACTLY the same and I kept aving to refer to the chapter eadings to see who was speaking This book absolutely cries out a to be written from a single POV and b to find some real conflict between the various plot lines instead of just running them or less side by side The threads are there but they aren t woven into something that can carry any weight especially not the weight of an elephant sized chunk of French Leftover Dead (Trailer Park Mystery, historyFrom a technical standpoint the writing s not at all bad Moran carries off the trendy first person present tense with ease and the narrative flows along nicely even if it s lacking in fizz Heristorical choices seem plausible to this non picky reader she creates sufficient doubt about Pauline s sanity to leave the uestion of whether brother and sister actually slept together The Witches hanging in the air for further debate My personal opinion for what it s worth is that it was all in Pauline sead I Splinter have neverad the impression that Napo. Sh parties greet Breed of Innocence (The Breed Chronicles her in Paris and at the extravagant French court she finds many rivals forer The Princes Mistress husband’s affection including Napoleon’s first wife Joséphine andis sister Pauline the only woman as ambitious as the emperor Immortal Jellyfish himself Beloved by some and infamous to many Pauline is fiercely loyal toer brother She is also convinced that Napoleon is destined to become the modern Pharaoh of Egypt Indeed California her greatestope is to rule alongside Afgantsy him asis ueen a brother sister marriage just as the ancient Egyptian royals practiced Determined to see this dream come to pass Pauline embarks on a campaign to undermine the new empress and convince Napoleon to divorce Marie Louise As Pauline’s insightful Haitian servant
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The Second Empress Read ´ Michelle Moran
See this thread for information Michelle Moran is the international bestselling author of six historical novels including Madame Tussaud which was optioned for a mini series in 2011 Her books have been translated into than twenty languagesA native of southern California Michelle attended Pomona College then earned a Masters Degree from the Claremont Graduate University During her six years as a public high school teacher she used her summers to travel around the world and it was her experiences as a volunteer on archaeological digs that inspired her to write historical fiction In 2012 Michelle was married in India inspiring her seventh book Rebel ueen which is set in the East Her hobbies include hiking traveling and archaeology She is also fascinated by archaeogenetics particularly since her children's heritages are so mixed But above all these things Michelle is passionate about reading and can often be found with her nose in a good book A freuent traveler she currently resides with her husband son and daughter in the US