Winner of a Readers’ Favorite 2014 Gold Medal, Historical Fiction–Personage
Tell the emperor that Madame Bonaparte is ambitious and demands her rights as a member of the imperial circle of relatives.
As a clever girl in stodgy, mercantile Baltimore, Betsy Patterson dreams of a wedding as a way to transport her to cultured Europe. When she falls in love with and marries Jerome Bonaparte, she believes her dream has come true–until Jerome’s older brother Napoleon becomes an implacable enemy.
In line with a real story, The Ambitious Madame Bonaparte is a historical novel that portrays this woman’s tumultuous life. Elizabeth Patterson Bonaparte, known to history as Betsy Bonaparte, scandalized Washington together with her daring French fashions; visited Niagara Falls when it used to be an unsettled wilderness; survived a shipwreck and run-ins with British and French warships; dined with presidents and danced with dukes; and lived during the 1814 Battle of Baltimore. Yet through it all, Betsy never overpassed her number one goal–to win recognition of her marriage.