Thursday, January 9, 2014

France Book Tours: BECOMING JOSEPHINE!! Review + GIVEAWAY!!

I am crazy about this book!


You cannot imagine how excited I was to read this book- and when I finally received it...I could not put it down.  Let me begin by saying that it doesn't matter how many books you've already read on Josephine, BECOMING JOSEPHINE, will bring something new and of interest to you.
Written in the first person, BECOMING JOSEPHINE, offers an emotional story of Josephine's life, delivered with clarity, brevity, to the point and so much insight- this book will show you yet another side of our beloved 18th c. icon- I loved it!
I have to say that right from the beginning, Josephine is presented as not being the prettiest of the three sisters, and somewhat of a mischievous and curious young girl- making her so very real and not unlike a typical dreamy young teen.  Seeing her off to Paris to marry her first husband and all that he put her through...well that's just the beginning...we all know where the juiciest parts of the story really happen...
All this to say, that no matter if you already know this story- BECOMING JOSEPHINE is a newer and refreshing take that will please not only seasoned readers who already know so much about her, but also a younger adult audience as well.  Webb manages to bring us a Josephine that is understandable and relatable.  The Josephine in BECOMING JOSEPHINE is real and not the passive, flighty dame that history often makes her out to be. In this book, you read about a business savvy Josephine who was actually very instrumental in designing her own destiny (Tarot cards aside!).

A quick yet thorough read, BECOMING JOSEPHINE brings you accurate history delivered in an entertaining and fulfilling read- sure to please both historical fictionistas and new Jojo readers alike. 
You will love this book- a 2014 MUST!
Please enter your comment and email to participate in order to win this book! 

Author Heather WEBB
on Tour
January 2-11, 2014
with her historical novel:
Becoming Josephine
 Release date: Dec 31, 2013
from Plume/Penguin
    320 pages


Rose Tascher sails from her Martinique plantation to Paris to trade her Creole black magic culture for love and adventure. She arrives exultant to follow her dreams of attending Court with Alexandre, her elegant aristocrat and soldier husband. But Alexandre dashes her hopes and abandons her amid the tumult of the French Revolution. Through her savoir faire, Rose secures her footing in high society, reveling in handsome men and glitzy balls—until the heads of her friends begin to roll.
After narrowly escaping death in the blood-drenched cells of Les Carmes prison, she reinvents herself as Josephine, a socialite of status and power. Yet her youth is fading, and Josephine must choose between a precarious independence and the love of an awkward suitor. Little does she know, he would become the most powerful man of his century- Napoleon Bonaparte.
BECOMING JOSEPHINE is a novel of one woman’s journey to find eternal love and stability, and ultimately to find herself.
(SEX & VIOLENCE: There is a little of each, though I didn’t go into great detail in either category) [provided by the author]


“Webb adds new frisson to the often fictionalized travails of an unlikely empress…Although the book covers the same ground as many other treatments of Josephine’s life and times, Webb’s portrayal of the range of Josephine’s experience—narrow escapes from bloodshed and disease, dinner-table diplomacy, and her helpless love for Napoleon, her children and a small dog—is exceptionally concise and colorful. A worthy fictional primer on Empress Josephine.” KIRKUS
Perfectly balancing history and story, character and setting, detail and pathos, Becoming Josephine marks a debut as bewitching as its protagonist.”Erika Robuck, author of Hemingway’s Girl
“With vivid characters and rich historical detail, Heather Webb has portrayed in Josephine a true heroine of great heart, admirable strength, and inspiring courage whose quest is that of women everywhere: to find, and claim, oneself.”  Sherry Jones, bestselling author of The Jewel of the Medina
“Josephine’s warmth and complexity comes to vibrant life in this fascinating novel rich with vivid historical detail.”Teresa Grant, Author of THE PARIS AFFAIR
“Vivid and passionate, Becoming Josephine captures the fiery spirit of the woman who stole Napoleon’s heart and enchanted an empire. Susan Spann, author of The Shinobi Mysteries
“A fast-paced, riveting journey, Becoming Josephine captures the volatile mood of one of the most intense periods of history—libertine France, Caribbean slave revolts, the French Revolution and the Napoleonic Wars—from the point of a view of one of its key witnesses, Josephine Bonaparte.” Dana Gynther, author of Crossing on the Paris
“Spellbinding . . . Heather Webb’s novel takes us behind the mask of the Josephine we thought we knew.” Christy English, author of How to Tame a Willful Wife and To Be Queen
“Enchanting prose takes the reader on an unforgettable journey . . . Captivating young Rose springs from the lush beauty of her family’s sugar plantation in Martinique to shine in the eighteenth century elegance of Parisian salon society. When France is torn by revolution, not even the blood-bathed terror of imprisonment can break her spirit.” Marci Jefferson, author of Girl on the Gold Coin, Thomas Dunne Books, 2014


Thursday, Jan 2
Review + Giveaway at I Am, Indeed
Friday, Jan 3
Review + Giveaway at Queen of All She Reads
Review at Jorie Loves A Story
Saturday, Jan 4
Review + Giveaway at The Most Happy Reader
Sunday, Jan 5
Review + Giveaway at Flashlight Commentary
Review at Books A To Z
Monday, Jan 6
Review + Giveaway at
Wednesday, Jan 8
Review + Giveaway at Words And Peace
Thursday, Jan 9
Review + Giveaway at Enchanted by Josephine
Friday, Jan 10
Interview at Enchanted by Josephine
Review at Ciska’s Book Chest
Saturday, Jan 11
Special Spotlight at Enchanted by Josephine


Mystica said...

If this is open to all, I'd love to be counted in.

Thank you for sharing.


Denise said...

Thank you for the giveaway.I love this time period. Josephine is supposed to have bathed in the Diamond Botanical Gardens mineral springs outside of Soufriere, St. Lucia.

Amy C said...

I REALLY want to read this book! Thanks for the review and giveaway.
Campbellamyd at gmail dot com

Anonymous said...

thanks for your great review. and looking forward to your 2 other posts on this fantastic book!
be sure your winner knows that he/she will receive the ebook if he/she lives outside US/Canada, thanks!

Unknown said...

Anyone remember the miniseries Napoleon and Josephine starring Armand Assante and Jacqueline Bissett? It came to mind as I reading this post. I wonder if the portrayals of Josephine are similar.

Thanks for the giveaway. Raquel36m (at) gmail (dot) com.

Linda said...

I've read other HF about Josephine, but she is such an interesting subject and I love reading about this era of French history. Thanks for the giveaway.

Christina / Book Addict said...

Thank you for the great giveaway.

cyn209 said...

would love to read Becoming Josephine!!
thank you for the giveaway!!

cyn209 at juno dot com