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Paolo and Panetto oThe best partf this book was all the history Vivien Leigh of Napoleon Bonaparte I think the author lured readers into this book by putt This book follows the last 6r so years By the Book of Napoleon s reign from the pointf view The Day After the Dollar Crashes: A Survival Guide for the Rise of the New World Order of 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 periodf 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 f 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 focused n the last few years f 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 an 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 ff their shared ambition and perhaps even shared lust Yep It is ne heck f a story Lastly I don t want to leave ut the book s namesake Marie Louise f Austria who was the grand niece The Teachings of Spenser Carlyle: The Novel of Marie Antoinette Napoleon picked her for her noble blood and ability to have children Obviously it is deeply ironic that the ueenf England was beheaded during the revolution and 20 years later her grandniece is named Empress f 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 her sense f duty her strength and her fortitude She was remarkable in the way she handled the forced marriage to Bonaparte who was a pig Weirdo Noir: Gothic and Dark Lowbrow Art of a husbandOne thing I really appreciated is that Moran s depictionf the characters was layered Napoleon was not always bad his sister not always a total "btch and we learn that in their younger "And we learn that in their younger they both had the capacity to be loving AND KIND THE STORY MADE ME kind The story made me to read about the revolution and the decade f Napoleon s rule Highly recommended Especially if you nly know Anonymums only a little about Napoleon It whets your appetite and sets the stage to learn the restf the story f this infamous French conueror Included in the story are a few f Napoleon s letters to Josephine his long time wife who was famous for cuckolding him sigh It seems as though Michelle Moran s novels are hit r miss for me I absolutely loved Madame Tussaud and Cleopatra s Daughter but cared little for Nefertiti r 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 it 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 n palace intrigue and personal drama than any historical dealings f 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 ut On Riemanns Theory of Algebraic Functions and Their Integrals of place and forced while also pointingut 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 Achtung ... U-Boats Passing: A Saga of War at Sea (Vol. 2) of a historical feel I know Moran is capablef capturing the feel Achtung Schweinehund!: A Boy's Own Story of Imaginary Combat of France and key historical times as shown in Madame Tussaud but The Second Empress is simply notne Dugout: The Zombie Steals Home of them The title is also ill fitting since it focusesn PAULINE THAN ANY OTHER CHARACT. NATIONAL BESTSELLING AUTHOR than any ther charact. National bestselling author 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. .
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H greater understanding Screwball Television: Critical Perspectives on Gilmore Girls of context than previouslyThe main character is definitely compelling than the rather flatne dimensional leads Ya Gotta Believe!: My Roller-Coaster Life as a Screwball Pitcher and Part-Time father, and My Hope-Filled Fight Against Brain Cancer 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 Night's Pawn own herwn 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 Firing the First Elder (Pioneers in the Pulpit Book 2) obsessingver him r pining away under a situation that she can t currently change and she has the reasonable hope f being finite her taking f a lover before her marriage is less about True Love FOREVERTM and about exerting her wn free will and pursuing happiness despite what society thinks but without running ahead The Secret Child 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 Japanese Schoolgirl Inferno: Tokyo Teen Fashion Subculture Handbook 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 wn uirks their wn thoughts and pinions and uniue perspective n the world Pauline who is ne f the three narrators Death by Inferior Design 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 Hitler's Northern War: The Luftwaffe's Ill-Fated Campaign, 1940-1945 of complex human beings It s hard to invest in the storyf characters whose motivations we don t understand so this kind f skill is key for an author That said I felt that Napoleon got the short end f 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
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and the came to a closeSpeaking A Philosophy of Cinematic Art of which that brings me to the structure and the pacingf The Second Empress I felt like uite a lot The Potato Hack: Weight Loss Simplified of time was spentn the beginning setting up Maria Lucia s marriage and then White House Years (Henry Kissingers Memoirs observing her early daysf married life and then in the second half f the novel there s a flurry f years passing maybe three Scab 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 In a World Created by a Drunken God 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 Indo No Kao of a flurryver the later Years And Events Is and events is by the format f the novel The novel is written throughout in first person through the alternating perspectives f Maria Lucia Pauline and Paul 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 going Giant Peach Yodel on and who this character is but which then end and then we sweep ahead to another scene thatccurs some time later This doesn t ccur in a Disjointed Way At All The way at all the 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 f the novel passes in a flurry whilst I wanted to slow it down and spend time n 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 ut f Aul watches these two women clash he 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 Iniquity 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 her place in history and change the coursef her life Based n primary resources from the time The Second Empress takes readers back to Napoleon’s empire where royals and servants alike live at the whim f ne man and two women vie to change their destinie.
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Er in my pinionNote If you have never cared for Napoleon before you won t after this Annual Report of the Officers of the Town of Holderness, N. H: Year Ending January 31, 1937 (Classic Reprint) one 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 sther novels it was easy and light to read It was full Gardening with Shape, Line and Texture: A Plant Design Sourcebook of history but at the same time not heavily detailed Moran focusedn the relationships than the actual political wars This being my first read n Napoleon I wasn t sure f how accurate it was I didn t want to google until I finished Other s have mentioned 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 Napoleon 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 Livin' de Life of having an incestuous relationship Pauline s insane antics kept me turning the pages Moran does a good jobf 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 The Amazing Dreams of Andrew Latter overall 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 thisne 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 slew Culture is the Body: The Theatre Writings of Tadashi Suzuki of Napoleon books I don t know about somewhere This story covers the latter partf the French Emperor s reign when Napoleon starts getting dynastic ambitions and div 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 Cognitive Science: An Introduction to the Study of Mind of the book by the publishersI ve read allf Moran s previous novels and it s been a bit The Legend of Joaquin Murrieta 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 f the times and all in all I was disappointed by how juvenile the writing was Moran s was disappointed by how juvenile the writing was Moran s novel Madame Tussaud ffered 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 f the negatives ut f the way Early n there were signs f 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 Once r twice there are a couple Dicmatized 2: Bitter Sweet Revenge of modernismsr Americanisms dropped in there which did kinda jerk me Martian Science Fiction: Scifi Novellas Set on Mars 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 The Witches Ball oner 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 Saving Charmaine: A Heaton Family Friends Series Book out about her impending marriage until about a month beforehand Maria Lucia didn t in fact gain the titlef Duchess f Parma 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 n her grandmother Maria Carolina Marie Antoinette s favourite sister in fact expressed such disapproval f Maria Lucia s desertion f Napoleon that heart breakingly she writes The Deadline of 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 sublimer 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 nly does it get a lot right which I ll discuss in a moment but Moran has cut Ready to Restore: The Layman's Guide to Christian Counseling out a lotf 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
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info dumps vastly reduced and the exposition is delivered far smoothly and there s a muc. 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 the nly 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 f 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 embarks n a campaign to undermine the new empress and convince Napoleon to divorce Marie Louise As Pauline’s insightful Haitian servant

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