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Book review: The Queen of the Night – I love France #180

The Queen of the Night

 

Queen of the Night

Author:
Alexander Chee
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Release date:
February 2, 2016
Pages:
576
ISBN:
9780618663026
also available as ebook
Genre:
historical fiction

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 Une fois n’est pas coutume, this will be a challenging review. I requested this book, because the synopsis sounded so good (bravo to whoever wrote that synopsis, that’s an art!) and I REALLY wanted to love The Queen of the Night, and there are definitely some very good elements in it. But they did not manage to captivate me. Here is why:
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Book review: The French Sultana – I love France #150

I LOVE FRANCE
And maybe you do too!
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The French Sultana
(The Veil and the Crown #2)

The French Sultana

 

The French Sultana
by
Zia Wesley


Publisher:  self-published by the author
Pages: 210
Publication date: July 2014

Genre:  Historical fiction
Source: Received for review

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Following fellow book bloggers on their site, on Goodreads, signing up to NetGalley or even to judge novels, you sometimes stumble upon gems. The French Sultana is definitely a gem, and I am glad I found it. Imagine: it’s a historical novel focusing on a page of French history I had basically never heard of!
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Review, interview and Giveaway: The Last Campaign of Marianne Tambour – I Love France #132

I LOVE FRANCE
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The Last Campaign of Marianne Tambour:
A Novel of Waterloo

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The Last Campaign of Marianne Tambour
by
David Ebsworth

Release date: 
January 1, 2015
at SilverWood Books

360 pages

ISBN: 9781781323212

historical fiction/ Napoleonic Wars

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Whether one agrees with what he did or not, one can’t but recognize that Napoleon‘s character, life, and achievements are like a humongous fresco.
However, it ended in a final disaster two centuries ago,  on June 18, 1815. That’s the setting for a fresco of similar proportion: The Last Campaign of Marianne Tambour, where everything is lived and retold through the eyes of two extraordinary women. Some may think that women being part of the army is a modern fact. It is not. And Ebsworth chose to give voice to two of them. Unusual and brilliant.
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