What world tour would be complete without a trip to the City of Lights?! Heather Webb is back today to talk to us about one of her favorite places (and mine!) and her gorgeous debut novel, Becoming Josephine!
Ahhh, Paris, City of Light. There’s so much to say about this enchanting place. I adore it for its pulsing energy, and not the kind you might think—not the nightlife and the brasseries brimming with people (though this is great, too!), but the thrum of history and the lingering essence of those who lived and fought for the city before us. Those who once walked the cobbled streets, leaving their mark on the great French capital. As the sun sets and all is cast in a rosy hue, remember the powdered wigs and gowns of the monarchy, the washer women and tavern keepers, the famous coffeehouses that served as the hotbed of the revolution, and the brilliant minds that have added to the city’s allure. Artists, scientists, novelists, fashion designers, chefs. Remember one of my favorite people in history—fashion icon, patroness of the arts, horticulturalist, mistress of orphans, and generous soul who helped shape so much happening in her eighteenth century world, and still today—Josephine Bonaparte.
Above: Notre Dame de Paris Cathedral (Public Domain Photo)
Below: Malmaison, Josephine's residence, just outside Paris. (Photo by Heather Webb)
All About Becoming Josephine and Heather Webb
A sweeping historical debut about the Creole socialite who transformed herself into an empress
Readers are fascinated with the wives of famous men. In Becoming Josephine, debut novelist Heather Webb follows Rose Tascher as she sails from her Martinique plantation to Paris, eager to enjoy an elegant life at the royal court. Once there, however, Rose’s aristocratic soldier-husband dashes her dreams by abandoning her amid the tumult of the French Revolution. After narrowly escaping death, Rose reinvents herself as Josephine, a beautiful socialite wooed by an awkward suitor—Napoleon Bonaparte.