When Rose leaves Martinique to marry her aunt's lover's son, her life seems full of promise. Quickly abandoned after two children, Rose begins the life of leisure and parties in pre-revolution France. When the blood starts running in the streets, Rose and her children barely survive. When an awkward general offers protection and marriage, Rose, now Josephine, accepts not knowing that she is embarking on a life she never imagined.
This book is one of the first I have read about Josephine, though there are many out there. Josephine seems likeable and relatable. Her life seems almost to fall neatly into sections. She was a remarkable woman who lived a larger than life. Her extravagances were amazing, but underneath it all she seen like any woman who wants love, security and a place to call home.