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Finding Napoleon: A Novel
by Margaret Rodenberg

Published: 2021-04-06T00:0
Kindle Edition : 358 pages
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“Beautiful and poignant.” --Allison Pataki, NY Times best-selling author of The Queen’s Fortune

“Moving compassion, humor, and wit.” --Sandra Gulland, author of The Josephine B. Trilogy

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“Beautiful and poignant.” --Allison Pataki, NY Times best-selling author of The Queen’s Fortune

“Moving compassion, humor, and wit.” --Sandra Gulland, author of The Josephine B. Trilogy

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"Finding Napoleon is a fresh look at a larger-than-life figure we think we know and have come to understand — Napoleon Bonaparte. Told through the eyes of his lover whose name has been lost in time, Albine de Montholon, is a bright and compelling character living on St. Helena. She comes to know the military man in retreat and in retirement, and a man who ruminates on what is important in the final chapters of his life. Rodenberg brings the spirit of the revolutionary era and what follows it to vibrant life in a sensory debut." — Heather Webb, author of Becoming Josephine

With its delightful adaptation of Napoleon Bonaparte’s real attempt to write a romantic novel, FINDING NAPOLEON offers a fresh take on Europe’s most powerful man after he’s lost everything. Napoleon’s last love, the audacious Countess Albine?helps narrate their tale of intrigue, desire, and betrayal. In exile on remote St. Helena Island, Napoleon must learn whom to trust. To survive, Albine must decide whom to betray.

Best-selling historical fiction authors Stephanie Dray, Allison Pataki, Sandra Gulland, Heather Webb, and Louis Bayard recommend this award-winning novel.

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Prologue
Albine
Unless you too stitched a white gown for the guillotine, do not judge me. But if you’d faced the terrors I have—if you were Empress Josephine herself—I’d accept your judgment on my morals. If you were Napoleon’s second wife . . . No, let’s not talk of Marie Louise more than we must. ... view entire excerpt...

Discussion Questions

1. How did the three different points of view—Napoleon’s, that of his novel Clisson, and Countess Albine’s—help you to understand the characters and the story? Which “voice” did you like best and why?
2. Did your concept of Napoleon change by the end of the book? How would you describe him as a person? How much of his idealistic and romantic nature did he retain?
3. What did you think of the solution to slavery on St Helena Island that the British implemented? Can you think of current or past issues of injustice where half-measures or compromise seem the best way to solve a problem?

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