This week I’ve decided to join the weekly meme hosted by Wishful Endings. Each week bloggers will post about upcoming books that we are excited to be reading soon. For my first week participating I decided to talk about “Finding Napoleon” by Margaret Rodenberg.
“Finding Napoleon” offers a fresh take on Europe’s most powerful man after he’s lost everything. A forgotten woman of history–Napoleon’s last love, the audacious Albine de Montholon–narrates their tale of intrigue, passion, and betrayal.
After the defeated Emperor Napoleon goes into exile on tiny St. Helena Island in the remote South Atlantic, he and his lover, Albine de Montholon, plot to escape and rescue his young son. Banding together African slaves, British sympathizers, a Jewish merchant, a Corsican rogue, and French followers, they confront British opposition–as well as treachery within their own ranks–with sometimes subtle, sometimes bold, but always desperate action.
When Napoleon and Albine break faith with one another, ambition and Albine’s husband threaten their reconciliation. To succeed, Napoleon must learn whom to trust. To survive, Albine must decide whom to betray (Goodreads, 2021)
Comments: Ever since I read “The Count of Monte Cristo” I’ve been fascinated by the rise and fall of Napoleon and the women that surrounded him. I am always interested to learn more about women, who could be considered “the power behind the throne” and in the case of Napoleon there were a lot of them. His sister Pauline and his wife Josephine are the first to come to mind. Marie Walewska was definitely another important figure in his life by becoming the mother of his first son and in a way putting the final nail in the coffin of his marriage to Josephine. Having stumbled on “Finding Napoleon” completely by accident I’m curious to find out about the last woman in Napoleon’s life and what kind of impact she may have had on him.