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Eon s first wife Josephine could not give him a son so he divorced 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 f having an incestuous relationship Pauline s insane antics kept me turning the pages Moran does a good job Bases Loaded 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 butverall an enjoyable readMarie LouisePauline Bonaparte Princess Borghese Where I got the book electronic ARC from EdelweissI don t think I ve read a novel about Napoleon this Have A Good Night, Volume 1 one doesn t really count since D sir e so Moran gets points for tackling what feels to me like a neglected historical niche unless there s a whole slewf Napoleon books I don t know about somewhere This story covers the latter part f the French Emperor s reign when Napoleon starts getting dynastic ambitions and divorces Jos phine so that he 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 f view f three characters the aforesaid Austrian princess Napoleon s sister Pauline and her Haitian chamberlain Paul Moreau And that for me is the biggest flaw in the book and it s a doozy Let s just run ver the plot lines which are uite juicy in themselves Marie Louise is coerced into marriage with Napoleon by the threat When You Lose Your Job of what he couldtherwise do to the defeated Hapsburg empire she leaves her home her family her lover her beloved dog and even her name Maria Lucia behind to win ver a hostile court and country Pauline has the hots for her successful brother and a weird bsession with Egypt that leads her to conclude that she and Napoleon should marry and rule Pharaoh style a notion probably exacerbated by creeping insanity brought Isabel the Queen: Life and Times on by venereal disease a conseuencef her promiscuous lifestyle and her total self Fantastic Post Office 03 obsession Paul loves Pauline and for that reason has left his beloved war torn Haiti to follow her to France he dreamsf returning with Pauline to end slavery in the French Empire and resolve his Tim Crouch own conflicts as a mulatto intellectual who wins little acceptance in his native landr his adopted neThe lynchpin f these three lives is Napoleon Drawing the Human Head of whom we get the standard portrait the vain slightly unhinged genius who takes his ambitionsne country too far and falls victim to his Twin Block Functional Therapy: Applications in Dentofacial Orthopedics own legend Can we see how much is goingn in this book It would take an absolute genius to carry DIY Projects for the Self-Sufficient Homeowner: 25 Ways to Build a Self-Reliant Lifestyle off this tripartite POV structure under the weightf so much history and Moran isn t that genius So she falls back n a humdrum chronological structure switching POV by rote so that no ne story really dominates the title and blurb are I would imagine the publisher s attempt to hook the reader by emphasizing the most sympathetic f these three rather unlikeable characters Worse still the voices f all three characters are EXACTLY the same and I kept having to refer to the chapter headings to see who was speaking This book absolutely cries Dead Man Riding (Nell Bray, out a to be written from a single POV and b to find some real conflict between the various plot lines insteadf just running them r less side by side The threads are there but they aren t woven into something that can carry any weight especially not the weight f an elephant sized chunk f French historyFrom a technical standpoint the writing s not at all bad Moran carries ff the trendy first person present tense with ease and the narrative flows along nicely even if it s lacking in fizz Her historical choices seem plausible to this non picky reader she creates sufficient doubt about Pauline s sanity to leave the uestion Pontius Pilate of whether brother and sister actually slept together hanging in the air for further debate My personalpinion for what it s worth is that it was all in Pauline s head I have never had it was all in Pauline s head I have never had impression that Napoleon in Pauline s head I have never had impression that Napoleon that far and maybe the fascination he held for his contemporaries was precisely 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 would have gone for Pauline s as the worthy Marie Louise and the faithful Paul seemed a little wishy washy beside her extravagance and she s a perfect candidate for an unreliable narratorVerdict a
*good try but *
try but didn t uite come together for me This is well written interesting well researched and fun Napoleon and family were very weird Full disclosure I was provided with an Advanced Reader Copy Livin de Life of the book by the publishersI ve read allf Moran s previous novels and it s been a bit Aeralis of a mixed bag for me I didn t like her ancient Egypt novels at all the protagonists were toone dimensional the plots were simplistic and implausible she failed to capture the zeitgeist Be CentsAble: How to Cut Your Household Budget in Half of the times and all in all I was disappointed by how juvenile the writing was Moran s previous novel Madame Tussaudffered a meatier plot a well rounded and sympathetic protagonist and although it could have been better it was genuinely entertaining and an enjoyable read I have to say I think The Second Empress is Moran s best novel yetLet s get some Academic Inbreeding and Mobility in Higher Education: Global Perspectives of the negativesut Radio Crackling, Radio Gone of the way Earlyn there were signs The Legend of Joaquin Murrieta: California's Gold Rush Bandit of Moran s earlier style there s a great big info dump something which Moran hasn t been terribly good at writing in the past and she makes a few sweeping generalisations here and there Oncer twice there are a couple Limey Gumshoe of modernismsr Americanisms dropped in there which did kinda jerk me Maritime Academy Graduate: Memoir Of A Third Mate outf the historical setting but they were less than a handful in number and not a freuent event There are a few historical inaccuracies Moran discusses these in her Author s Note but there are also ne r two that she doesn t mention No spoilers this is known historical fact Maria Lucia and Adam Neipperg didn t actually meet until after Napoleon s downfall Maria Lucia didn t find Trouble Looking for a Place to Happen out about her impending marriage until about a month beforehand Maria Lucia didn t in fact gain the titlef Duchess Dressed for Thrills: 100 Years of Halloween Costumes and Masquerade of Parma. Sh parties greet her in Paris and at the extravagant French court she finds many rivals for her husband’s affection including Napoleon’s first wife Joséphine and his sister Pauline thenly woman as ambitious as the emperor himself Beloved by some and infamous to many Pauline is fiercely loyal to her brother She is also convinced that Napoleon is destined to become the modern Pharaoh Harcourt School Publishers Collections of Egypt Indeed her greatest hope is to rule alongside him as his ueen a brother sister marriage just as the ancient Egyptian royals practiced Determined to see this dream come to pass Pauline embarksn a campaign to undermine the new empress and convince Napoleon to divorce Marie Louise As Pauline’s insightful Haitian servant Until 1816 rather than 1815 as in the novel and after Napoleon s downfall she maintained a dutiful position towards him even though privately she had moved From Paella to Porridge: A Farewell to Mallorca and a Scottish Adventure on her grandmother Maria Carolina Marie Antoinette s favourite sister in fact expressed such disapprovalf Maria Lucia s desertion On Toby's Terms of Napoleon that heart breakingly she writesf the incredibly difficult position she s in and admits to thinking sometimes that it would be better to dieThese things aside the novel is definitely good Not that it s enthrallingly sublime r earth shatteringly imaginative few books are that good but this is a considerable improvement ver Moran s ancient Egypt novels and I d say it s a shade above Madame Tussaud Not Max Lerner: Pilgrim in the Promised Land only does it get a lot right which I ll discuss in a moment but Moran has cutut a lot f the things that for me in the previous novels were really dragging them down The juvenile style f writing is down to a minimum the pointless name dropping is completely eliminated the info dumps are vastly reduced and the exposition is delivered far smoothly and there s a much greater understanding Indiscretion of context than previouslyThe main character is definitely compelling than the rather flatne dimensional leads Indiscretion of the ancient Egypt novels who always felt uncomfortably Mary Sueish to me Yes Maria Lucia is young and does indeed begin the novel as a teenager but she s well formed Maria Lucia has a mindf her wn her wn interests and goals in life she s sensible and dutiful and yet not perfect and unbelievable and her trials evoke sympathy from the reader She doesn t like her husband but she deals with her situation with class She does leave behind a lover but she doesn t spend undue time Soul Dust obsessingver him The Dyfed Enigma: Unidentified Flying Objects in West Wales or pining away under a situation that she can t currently change and she has the reasonable hopef being finite her taking 6S: The 6S Review, Issue 2 of a lover before her marriage is less about True Love FOREVERTM and about exerting herwn free will and pursuing happiness despite what society thinks but without running ahead Blackbird of herself There s no spoutingf the twenty first century mindset here Maria Lucia is incredibly appealing as a protagonist she s both admirable and a plausible product Midwest Maize: How Corn Shaped the U.S. Heartland of her timesA lot time is being spentn the detailing and the set up than was previously The characters are revealed piece by piece as the story unfolds mainly through show and not tell As a result the setting seemed infinitely real than Moran s Egyptian novels the people inhabiting it seemed plausible and individual they had their Surly Bonds own uirks theirwn thoughts and Sex, Lies, and Videotape opinions and uniue perspectiven the world Pauline who is The Sanford Guide to Hepatitis Therapy 2016-2017 onef the three narrators Syzygy: Reflections on the Monastery of the Seven Rays of the book alongside her chamberlain Paul Moreau and Maria Lucia is empathetic even though she s a selfish character with debatably disturbed desires Why Because she s understandable Her thought processes are made lucid and visible to us and even though we may not agree with her conclusions we can see how she got there It s exactly this kindf character development skill that heads ff the appearance f stock villains who are evil just because and instead creates a much realistic true to life portrait Whore Stories: A Revealing History of the World's Oldest Profession of complex human beings It s hard to invest in the storyf characters whose motivations we don t understand so this kind The Paper Wife of skill is key for an author That said I felt that Napoleon got the short endf the stick just a little bit Because the scenes in the novel are highly selective we don t get Napoleon s full story r get to see his full range as a personality The strange thing was that the character development was done well but I felt like I was just beginning to really know them well just as the story ended This might be something to do with the length f the novel I know it s rather standard these days to produce novels around the 300 page mark and I rarely see books below that in length because any less and it seems to become difficult to package them as full length novels I would ve liked a longer book here though It would have packed into the plot and I felt like Moran was really beginning to hit her stride with the characters and the world building just when the threads started wrapping up and the book came to a closeSpeaking We, the People: Of Earth Elders of which that brings me to the structure and the pacingf The Second Empress I felt like uite a lot Black Marxism: The Making of the Black Radical Tradition of time was spentn the beginning setting up Maria Lucia s marriage and then مترو observing her early daysf married life and then in the second half f the novel there s a flurry f years passing maybe three The Windy Season or four chapters per year and then before I knew it I was at the end This is another reason why I would have liked to have seen a longer book here I felt like the perfect amountf time was spent Oldies but Goodies on those early days it was just the right amountf set up I was getting into the story it was engrossing and then whoosh those latter years just flew by A longer novel could have packed a lot plot into those latter years and I would have really liked to have read about it This sensation A Month of Sundays of a flurryver the later years and events is enhanced by the format f the novel the novel is format f the novel The novel is in first person through the alternating perspectives Beneath the Jolly Roger of Maria Lucia Pauline and and scenes are conveyed through their individual perspectives Rather than a packed narrative we get chapters that feel like episodes anecdotes snippets from these three characters lives moments in time fragments scenes which show us an interesting glimpse into what is goingn and who this character is but which then end and then we sweep ahead to another scene that Merzbook: The Pleasuredome of Noise occurs some time later This doesn tccur in a disjointed way at all the scenes feel very selective and this format is deliberate and it is interesting and entertaining but it does also mean that we miss ut certain events and skim ver certain things and don t get the whole story which contributes to the feeling I got that the second part Pig of the novel passes in a flurry whilst I wanted to slow it down and spend timen these parts which a lengthier novel would have had room forOverall a few issues but a considerable improvement genuinely entertaining and enjoyable with smoother writing good character development and interesting plot6 Scipio Rising (Scipio Africanus outf 10. Aul Watches These Two Women Clash Aul watches these two women clash is torn between his love for Pauline and his sympathy for Marie Louise But there are greater concerns than Pauline’s jealousy plaguing the court f France While Napoleon becomes increasingly desperate for an heir the empire’s peace looks increasingly unstable When war nce again sweeps the continent and bloodshed threatens Marie Louise’s family in Austria the second Empress is forced to make choices that will determine her place in history and change the course Rim of the Pit (Rogan Kincaid, of her life Basedn primary resources from the time The Second Empress takes readers back to Napoleon’s empire where royals and servants alike live at the whim They Also Serve ofne man and two women vie to change their destinie.

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The best part f this book was all the history No Time for Sergeants of Napoleon Bonaparte I think the author lured readers into this book by putting a womann the front cover but she wasn t even the focus f the book whereas Napoleon and his sister Pauline were I did not like how the story was told by three narrators alternating each chapter These were Napoelon s wife the Empress Maria Lucia his sister Pauline and Pauline s servant Paul that loved her I thought Paul s narration was pointless and made the story focus n Pauline rather than the Empress who was supposed to be the focus f the book per its title I wanted f her internal monologue emotions and feelings Instead most f the book was about Pauline s slew f STDs and her desire to be her brother s wife Other than that it was pretty shallow reading It did make me look up the history Large Catechism of Martin Luther of Napoleon and enjoy much discussion about him as well as prove how truthful the author wasThis is the first book I read by this author and I will read herthers which get a better rating I am a sucker for well written historical fiction novels with a bit Junior Jolt of passion thrown in for pleasure This book follows the last 6r so years Ceux de la posie vcue of Napoleon s reign from the pointf view f his second wife his sister and his 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 f history I know less about I found it enjoyable and appreciated the historical note at the end I know I have Michelle Morans n my bookshelf and will probably gravitate towards them soon Pauline is delusional I have no words for Napoleon than history hasn t already given him Maria Lucia is everything and I m so glad she was able to live her 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 f Napoleon s court and they were in France for much Troublemaker:: One Man's Crusade Against China's Cruelty of the book it was very clear from the beginning that this was Maria Lucia s story and she is decidedly not French The Second Empress focusedn the last few years tireless: 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 not help me gain insights to Napoleon s rise and fall The book is easy to read and fast paced But it left me with a feelingf dissatisfaction No substance after 300 pages I felt empty Perhap What an incredibly pleasant surprise I ended up loving this bookI have little interest in Napoleon up till now but this book has sparked great curiosity How did this family become so damned dysfunctional And they really are a messed up crew Between Napoleon and his sister Paulina there is constant insanity in this book Both are selfish suspicion jealous very cruel and conniving Napoleon s greed brings him down as we know And Paulina s nymphomania seems the culprit for her demise Lol I m serious Together the two feed sigh It seems as though Michelle Moran s novels are hit Teach Them Spanish!, Grade 1 or miss for me I absolutely loved Madame Tussaud and Cleopatra s Daughter but cared little for Nefertitir The Heretic ueen Unfortunately The Second Empress will be joining the latter category very disappointingThe Second Empress has a number f issues including the way in which very disappointingThe Second Empress has a number f issues including the way in which was told Moran chose to have three narrators alternating I felt this was absolutely unnecessary Marie Louise the actual second Empress Napoleon s sister Pauline and her chamberlain Paul all tell the story First f all Paul was pointless and I felt it caused entirely too much focus to continue upon Pauline In essence this is the story f creepy sister Pauline and her brother Napoleon Marie Louise had potential as a character but I felt she fell flat while Pauline came through vividly and crazily Moran seems to have taken many liberties with situations and Marie Louise s character as historical sources seem to paint her in uite a different light Once again the novel focuses Kaleidoscope on palace intrigue and personal drama than any historical dealingsf the time much like in The Heretic ueen The characters are largely flat and tedious and the randomly included actual letters did not even help this In fact the letters felt The Four Racketeers outf place and forced while also pointing ut the fact that if the novel were authentic the writing would have been entirely different for the timeAll in all I found the entire book rather frustratingly annoying and I was hoping for f a historical feel I know Moran is capable Phantoms Monsters: Mysterious Encounters of capturing the feelf France and key historical times as shown in Madame Tussaud but The Second Empress is simply not Smithereens onef them The title is also ill fitting since it focuses The Book of Not Knowing: Exploring the True Nature of Self, Mind, and Consciousness on Pauline than anyther character in my Dark Diversions opinionNote If you have never cared for Napoleon before you won t after thisne I have absolutely never cared for Napoleon and have largely avoided HF in this time period and country for that reason But while I do dislike Napoleon his 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 honest review They may regret this Any and all uotes were taken from an advanced edition subject to change in the final edition 35 StarsI enjoyed this book Like Moran s Lili a un chagrin d'amour other novels it was easy and light to read It was fullf history but at the same time not heavily detailed Moran focused Yamashita's Ghost: War Crimes, Macarthur's Justice, and Command Accountability on the relationships than the actual political wars This being my first readn Napoleon I wasn t sure f how accurate it was I didn "T Want To Google Until I Finished Other S Have " want to google until I finished Other s have in their reviews that this wasn t accurate but from what I have now searched except for some minor things dates etcwhich the author mentions in her notes it seemed pretty close to history 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 him but had to so her father could keep his crown Napol. National bestselling author Michelle Moran returns to Paris this time under the rule f Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte as he casts aside his beautiful wife to marry a Hapsburg princess he hopes will bear him a royal heir After the bloody French Revolution Emperor Napoleon’s power is absolute When Marie Louise the eighteen year ld daughter f the King f Austria is told that the Emperor has demanded her hand in marriage her father presents her with a terrible choice marry the cruel capricious Napoleon leaving the man she loves and her home forever r say no and plunge her 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. The Second Empress