By Michelle Moran
National bestselling writer Michelle Moran returns to Paris, this time below the guideline of Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte as he casts apart his appealing spouse to marry a Hapsburg princess he hopes will undergo him a royal heir
After the bloody French Revolution, Emperor Napoleon's strength is absolute. whilst Marie-Louise, the eighteen 12 months outdated daughter of the King of Austria, is advised that the Emperor has demanded her hand in marriage, her father provides her with a poor selection: marry the harsh, capricious Napoleon, leaving the guy she loves and her domestic eternally, or say no, and plunge her kingdom into war.
Marie-Louise understands what she needs to do, and she or he travels to France, decided to be a very good spouse regardless of Napoleon's attractiveness. yet lavish events greet her in Paris, and on the extravagant French courtroom, she unearths many opponents for her husband's affection, together with Napoleon's first spouse, Joséphine, and his sister Pauline, the single girl as formidable because the emperor himself. liked by means of a few and notorious to many, Pauline is fiercely dependable to her brother. She can also be confident that Napoleon is destined to develop into the trendy Pharaoh of Egypt. certainly, her maximum wish is to rule along him as his queen--a brother-sister marriage simply because the historic Egyptian royals practiced. made up our minds to determine this dream come to move, Pauline embarks on a crusade to undermine the recent empress and persuade Napoleon to divorce Marie-Louise.
As Pauline's insightful Haitian servant, Paul, watches those girls conflict, he's torn among his love for Pauline and his sympathy for Marie-Louise. yet there are larger matters than Pauline's jealousy plaguing the court docket of France. whereas Napoleon turns into more and more determined for an inheritor, the empire's peace seems more and more volatile. whilst warfare once more sweeps the continent and bloodshed threatens Marie-Louise's relations in Austria, the second one Empress is pressured to make offerings that might make sure her position in history--and swap the process her lifestyles.
Based on fundamental assets from the time, The moment Empress takes readers again to Napoleon's empire, the place royals and servants alike reside on the whim of 1 guy, and girls vie to alter their destinies.