The Ambitious Madame Bonaparte by Ruth Hull Chatlien with Excerpt and Giveaway
Today I have a historic romance, based on the true story of Betsy Bonaparte, a Baltimore girl who dreamed large, and married the brother of Napoleon Bonaparte. Follow along with the other stops on this tour, and US/Canada residents can enter to win a paperback copy of the title ! Giveaway will follow after the book information: winner will be notified on 13 March and have 24 hours to enter before another winner is chosen.
I am a huge fan of historic fiction; and the opportunity to read a story about the lesser-known (at least to me) Bonaparte and his wife was too good to pass up.
Elizabeth Patterson was a merchant’s daughter, and far from being the typical woman of her time; she is ambitious and determined, wanting her life to be a European adventure, full of the sophistication and elegance that this image intimates.
Throughout the story, Betsy is highlighted as she charms presidents and princes, surprising for she could have been obviously grasping for position, yet her charm and intelligence seem to bring many to her side. Jerome Bonaparte was not someone I was particularly familiar with, yet their relationship was obviously one of love.
Throughout the story historical details and information are placed with unerring accuracy to present visual and factual information for readers, enriching the feel, bringing the reader into the age with social conventions, dress, and decoration. Secondary characters are dropped into the text with stories that intertwine with the events of the day, or the characters in equal measure, presenting a solid view of the time with tidbits of information that will spur further investigation.
Ruth Hull Chatlien writes with a deft hand, while the timeline may be set by history, the story flows smoothly from one event to another, including one character or another and gives readers a story to enjoy as they find new perspective on characters that have been lost to history. Emotionally impacting, even as the historical events of the day are seamlessly woven through the plot, this is a story that will keep you intrigued and engaged.
Title: The Ambitious Madame Bonaparte
Author: Ruth Hull Chatlien
Genre: Historical Romance, Literary Fiction, Literary Fiction /Historical Setting
Published by: Amika Press
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About the Book:
As a clever girl in stodgy, mercantile Baltimore, Betsy Patterson dreams of a marriage that will transport her to cultured Europe. When she falls in love with and marries Jerome Bonaparte, she believes her dream has come true—until Jerome’s older brother Napoleon becomes an implacable enemy.
Based on a true story, The Ambitious Madame Bonaparte is a historical novel that portrays this woman’s tumultuous life. Elizabeth Patterson Bonaparte, known to history as Betsy Bonaparte, scandalized Washington with her daring French fashions; visited Niagara Falls when it was an unsettled wilderness; survived a shipwreck and run-ins with British and French warships; dined with presidents and danced with dukes; and lived through the 1814 Battle of Baltimore. Yet through it all, Betsy never lost sight of her primary goal—to win recognition of her marriage
A copy of this title was provided via Author for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.