From the author of Into the World comes a richly imagined historical novel about obsession, courage, love and marriage.
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, becomes Empress Josephine of France and builds a garden of wonders with plants and animals 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.