The Queen's Fortune

A Novel A Novel of Desiree, Napoleon, and the Dynasty That Outlasted the Empire

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Publisher Description

A sweeping novel about the extraordinary woman who captured Napoleon’s heart, created a dynasty, and changed the course of history—from the New York Times bestselling author of The Traitor's Wife, The Accidental Empress, and Sisi

“I absolutely loved The Queen’s Fortune, the fascinating, little-known story of Desiree Clary—the woman Napoleon left for Josephine—who ultimately triumphed and became queen of Sweden.”—Martha Hall Kelly, New York Times bestselling author of Lilac Girls


As the French revolution ravages the country, Desiree Clary is faced with the life-altering truth that the world she has known and loved is gone and it’s fallen on her to save her family from the guillotine.

A chance encounter with Napoleon Bonaparte, the ambitious and charismatic young military prodigy, provides her answer. When her beloved sister Julie marries his brother Joseph, Desiree and Napoleon’s futures become irrevocably linked. Quickly entering into their own passionate, dizzying courtship that leads to a secret engagement, they vow to meet in the capital once his career has been secured. But her newly laid plans with Napoleon turn to sudden heartbreak, thanks to the rising star of Parisian society, Josephine de Beauharnais. Once again, Desiree’s life is turned on its head.

Swept to the glittering halls of the French capital, Desiree is plunged into the inner circle of the new ruling class, becoming further entangled with Napoleon, his family, and the new Empress. But her fortunes shift once again when she meets Napoleon's confidant and star general, the indomitable Jean-Baptiste Bernadotte. As the two men in Desiree’s life become political rivals and military foes, the question that arises is: must she choose between the love of her new husband and the love of her nation and its Emperor?

From the lavish estates of the French Riviera to the raucous streets of Paris and Stockholm, Desiree finds herself at the epicenter of the rise and fall of an empire, navigating a constellation of political giants and dangerous, shifting alliances. Emerging from an impressionable girl into a fierce young woman, she discovers that to survive in this world she must learn to rely upon her instincts and her heart.

Allison Pataki’s meticulously researched and brilliantly imagined novel sweeps readers into the unbelievable life of a woman almost lost to history—a woman who, despite the swells of a stunning life and a tumultuous time, not only adapts and survives but, ultimately, reigns at the helm of a dynasty that outlasts an empire.

GENRE
Fiction & Literature
RELEASED
2020
February 11
LANGUAGE
EN
English
LENGTH
448
Pages
PUBLISHER
Random House Publishing Group
SELLER
Penguin Random House LLC
SIZE
9
MB

Customer Reviews

JulietHuntingtonNY ,

IMPOSSIBLE TO PUT DOWN

I'm a fanatic when it comes to these types of books but this one, I must say, was on another level. Has been the impetus for me to delve much further into the Swedish/Scandinavian monarchial histories. Enlightened me with regard to shedding more clarity on the history of Napoleon and Josephine. Excellent. Hate that it's finished.

Clyde67548 ,

Great book

Wonderful book. Loved reading about Desiree.

katjji ,

The Queen’s Fortune

I have enjoyed the story of Desirée Clary since I read Annemarie Selinko’s novel, Desirée, when I was a teenager in the 1960’s. So I was looking forward to this book. But this is the same story, written in the same first person voice, starting at the same place with her brother’s arrest In Marseille leading to her meeting the Bonapartes. I was disappointed that the only difference between the two books is this one’s slightly longer treatment of her time after the Swedish coronation.

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