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Wednesday, April 23, 2014

The Ambitious Madame Bonaparte by Ruth Hull Chatlien - Book Review

The Ambitious Madame Bonaparte

About The Book:

 Amika Press
Paperback; 484p
ISBN: 978-1937484163

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.

My Thoughts:

"The Ambitious Madame Bonaparte" is not only a fascinating look at a head-strong and intelligent girl/lady, but it is also a wonderful look at the history of a young United States and it's cultural at the time.  Author Rull Hull Chatlien not only tells the story of Betsy Patterson Bonaparte, which is a lively tale in itself, she also gives readers an inside look at the traditions and moirés that people lived by in those days.

I found this to be a fascinating novel and highly recommend it to those readers who love historical fiction with in-depth detail and a quick and lively story.

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Ruth Hull ChatlienAbout the Author

Ruth Hull Chatlien has been a writer and editor of educational materials for twenty-five years. Her specialty is U.S. and world history. She is the author of Modern American Indian Leaders and has published several short stories and poems in literary magazines. The Ambitious Madame Bonaparte is her first published novel.

She lives in northeastern Illinois with her husband, Michael, and a very pampered dog named Smokey. When she’s not writing, she can usually be found gardening, knitting, drawing, painting, or watching football.

Connect with Ruth Hull Chatlien at her website or on Facebook.

Virtual Book Tour Schedule - see what other bloggers had to say about this book!

Monday, March 31
Review at Unabridged Chick
Tuesday, April 1
Review at A Bookish Affair
Interview at Flashlight Commentary
Wednesday, April 2
Spotlight at HF Book Muse-News
Interview at Layered Pages
Thursday, April 3
Review & Giveaway at Broken Teepee
Interview at Unabridged Chick
Friday, April 4
Spotlight (Book of the Month) at Scandalous Women
Monday, April 7
Review at The Maiden’s Court
Review at Oh, for the Hook of a Book
Tuesday, April 8
Review at The Lit Bitch
Review at CelticLady’s Reviews
Wednesday, April 9
Review & Giveaway at Peeking Between the Pages
Interview at Oh, for the Hook of a Book
Thursday, April 10
Review at Ageless Pages Reviews
Review at Historical Fiction Obsession
Interview & Giveaway at Let Them Read Books
Friday, April 11
Review at The True Book Addict
Monday, April 14
Review at Let Them Read Books
Thursday, April 23
Review at Sharon’s Garden of Book Reviews

My great thanks to Amy at Historical Fiction Virtual Books Tours for including me on this tour and for her patience while I was dealing with illnesses,  She has great book tours - go check them out - www.hfvirtualbookstours.com

I was not compensated for my opinion.

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Ruth Hull Chatlien said...

Thank you for reviewing my book, Sharon. I hope you are feeling better!

Mystica said...

After reading so much on Josephine, this must be a change