Waiting on Wednesday (May 2)

Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

My pick this week is Michelle Moran’s newest novel The Second Empress: A Novel of Napoleon’s Court to release on August 14/12.  I’ve been a longtime fan of Michelle’s  reading all of her books:  Nefertiti, The Heretic Queen, Cleopatra’s Daughter and most recently Madame Tussaud which I’m currently listening to and really enjoying.  She’s not only an amazing author but she’s a genuinely nice person who has really taken the time to become part of our blogging community.  With that being said I can’t wait to read The Second Empress!  Here’s a bit about it from Amazon.com




National bestselling author Michelle Moran returns to Paris, this time under the rule of Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte as he casts aside his beautiful wife to marry a Hapsburg princess he hopes will bear him a royal heir

After the bloody French Revolution, Emperor Napoleon’s power is absolute. When Marie-Louise, the eighteen year old daughter of the King of Austria, is told that the Emperor has demanded her hand in marriage, her father presents her with a terrible choice: marry the cruel, capricious Napoleon, leaving the man she loves and her home forever, or say no, and plunge her country into war.

Marie-Louise knows what she must do, and she travels to France, determined to be a good wife despite Napoleon’s reputation. But lavish parties greet her in Paris, and at the extravagant French court, she finds many rivals for her husband’s affection, including Napoleon’s first wife, Joséphine, and his sister Pauline, the only woman as ambitious as the emperor himself. Beloved by some and infamous to many, Pauline is fiercely loyal to her brother. She is also convinced that Napoleon is destined to become the modern Pharaoh of Egypt. Indeed, her greatest hope is to rule alongside him as his queen—a brother-sister marriage just as the ancient Egyptian royals practiced. Determined to see this dream come to pass, Pauline embarks on a campaign to undermine the new empress and convince Napoleon to divorce Marie-Louise.

As Pauline’s insightful Haitian servant, Paul, watches these two women clash, he is torn between his love for Pauline and his sympathy for Marie-Louise. But there are greater concerns than Pauline’s jealousy plaguing the court of France. While Napoleon becomes increasingly desperate for an heir, the empire’s peace looks increasingly unstable. When war once again sweeps the continent and bloodshed threatens Marie-Louise’s family in Austria, the second Empress is forced to make choices that will determine her place in history—and change the course of her life.

Based on primary resources from the time, The Second Empress takes readers back to Napoleon’s empire, where royals and servants alike live at the whim of one man, and two women vie to change their destinies.


As always this novel sounds fantastic!  I haven’t read a lot on Napoleon’s Empire as of yet so I’m really looking forward to this one.  How about you – what are you waiting for this week?


    • admin says

      Michelle, thanks for popping in! You know you’re one of my top of the list authors and I always look forward to your new novels!

      I’m going to be on tour for The Queen’s Vow and I can’t wait to read it. He’s another favorite author of mine.

  1. says

    I love Michelles books too, and can’t wait for this one to come out. Madame Tussaud was awesome, and I enjoyed reading about that interesting period in Frances history.

    Julie Q

    • admin says

      Julie, I’m listening to Madame Tussaud and it’s really great on audio. I can’t wait for her new one either.

  2. says

    This is definitely an unexplored genre and author for me. I actually had Nefertiti the audio in my hands and didn’t up checking it out. I got intimidated! One of these days I will need to take the plunge.

    • admin says

      Sandy, I hope you do take the plunge one of these days. I know you don’t read historical fiction but you never know you may end up really liking it.

    • admin says

      Kathy, yes I imagine there are a whole lot of us just waiting for her books to come out every year!

    • admin says

      Heather, me too! I can’t wait for it to come out already and I love the cover – it’s gorgeous!

    • admin says

      Lisa, I haven’t read much on this time period so I’m looking forward to learning something new.

  3. says

    Terrific choice, Dar. This sounds like another captivating book by Michele Moran. I’ve always been intrigued by Napoleon but never managed to read about him or his life so this book really interests me. Already I feel for Mary-Louise.

    • admin says

      Jenners, I’m always on the lookout for new books from my favorite authors! It’s like a comfort type of thing. lol.

  4. Staci@LifeintheThumb says

    I’m so bad. I’ve had one of her books sitting on my personal shelf for what seems like forever!! Great pick!

    • admin says

      Staci, shame on you! lol. You really should give her books a read. She’s an amazing author. Start with Nefertiti and you’ll just want to keep going.

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