Josephine's Garden

Josephine's Garden

A captivating story of love, nature and identity in Napoleon's France

'Stephanie Parkyn is one very talented storyteller.' -Mrs B's Book Reviews

France, 1794. In the aftermath of the bloody end to the French Revolution, Rose de Beauharnais stumbles from prison on the day she is to be guillotined. Within a decade, she'll transform into the scandalous socialite who marries Napoleon Bonaparte, become Empress Josephine of France and build a garden of wonders with plants and animals she gathers from across the globe.

But she must give Bonaparte an heir or she risks losing everything.

Two other women from very different spheres are tied to the fate of the Empress Josephine - Marthe Desfriches and Anne Serreaux. Their lives are put at risk as they each face confronting obstacles in their relationships and in their desire to become mothers.

From the author of Into the World comes a richly imagined historical novel about obsession, courage, love and marriage.

'Enthralling novel, rich in historical detail … Highly recommended.' -Good Reading on Into the World

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    Josephine's Garden Reviews

  • Dale Harcombe

    Rose is saved from the guillotine and goes on to become a socialite, before she marries Napoleon Bonaparte and later becomes Empress. Bonaparte not only takes on Rose but also her two children Eugene ...

  • Krystal

    Strong start that unfortunately fizzled out towards the end.It's hard to pinpoint what exactly this book is about, which in itself is troubling. The star is Josephine, wife of Napoleon, but it's also ...

  • Renee Hermansen

    On first sight I loved the cover of this book and was intrigued to see what was inside. Set in the late 1700's to early 1800's this book is amazing in historical detail. You come to feel like you are ...

  • Sharah McConville

    Josephine's Garden by Stephanie Parkyn is a wonderful historical novel about Empress Josephine of France and her husband Napoleon Bonaparte. Based on true facts, this story starts in 1794 at the end o...

  • Amanda - Mrs B's Book Reviews

    *https://mrsbbookreviews.wordpress.com4.5 stars‘It is both a joy and a torment to puzzle a story around matters of historical record. I love the moments when imagination, metaphor and fact align. Ho...

  • Theresa Smith

    Sometimes it is interesting to note how you can look back over your reading for the year and see certain trends in releases. I find this particularly relevant with historical fiction. Of course, this ...

  • Carolyn

    Exquisite and beautiful. 1794 France. Empress Josephine builds a garden of wonders with plants and animals she gathers from across the globe.Loved hearing about the flowers, plants and gardens, hothou...

  • Lisa - (Aussie Girl)

    3.5 stars...

  • Rachael McDiarmid

    I wanted soooo much to like this book but it disappointed me on a number of levels. I didn’t quite like the writing style and thought it could have had a much better edit to make it flow better - ra...

  • Kali Napier

    'Josephine's Garden' is a loose sequel to 'Into the World', which I enjoyed very much last year. This book weaves the storylines of Josephine Bonaparte, with Marthe's, the wife of botanist Laballadier...