Viking Books for Young Readers
On Sale: June 26, 2018
Featuring: Hortense de Beauharnais
Hardcover / e-Book
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Young Adult Historical
For Napoleonâ€™s stepdaughter, nothing is simple -
Paris, 1798. Hortense de Beauharnais is engrossed in her
studies at a boarding school for aristocratic girls, most
of whom have suffered tragic losses during the tumultuous
days of the French Revolution. She loves to play and
compose music, read and paint, and daydream about
Christophe, her brotherâ€™s dashing fellow officer. But
Hortense is not an ordinary girl. Her beautiful, charming
mother, Josephine, has married Napoleon Bonaparte, soon to
become the most powerful man in France, but viewed by
Hortense at the outset as a coarse, unworthy successor to
her elegant father, who was guillotined during the Terror.
Where will Hortenseâ€™s future lie? it may not be in her
power to decide.
Inspired by Hortenseâ€™s real-life autobiography with
charming glimpses of life long ago, this is the story of a
girl destined by fate to play a role she didnâ€™t choose.
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