When my friend Sandra Gulland emailed me to ask if I’d be interested in reading an ARC of her upcoming YA novel, The Game of Hope, I said I had a better idea – I’d like to offer a copy out to my readership.
Sandra writes riveting, accurate, page-turning historical fiction which I’ve greatly enjoyed in the past, and which I thought my audience of readers would enjoy as well.
Luckily Sandra was totally on board with this ARC giveaway idea, as was her publicist at Penguin Random House, so I have an ARC copy of the book sitting in my office ready to include in my January Reader Recognition package (to be announced this week)!
Here’s the synopsis:
Paris, 1798. Hortense de Beauharnais is engrossed in her studies at a boarding school for aristocratic girls, most of whom have suffered tragic losses during the tumultuous days of the French Revolution. She loves to play and compose music, read and paint, and daydream about Christophe, her brother’s dashing fellow officer. But Hortense is not an ordinary girl. Her beautiful, charming mother, Josephine, has married Napoleon Bonaparte, soon to become the most powerful man in France, but viewed by Hortense as a coarse, unworthy successor to her elegant father, who was guillotined during the Terror.
Where will Hortense’s future lie? For Napoleon regards all his family as pawns to be used in his rise.
Inspired by Hortense’s real-life autobiography with charming glimpses of life long ago, this is the story of a girl chosen by fate to play a role she didn’t choose.
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