I (Martine) have spent the last four days in bed with the flu. In between sleeping, coughing and drinking my weight in tea*, I’ve made a big dent in my reading. I feel I know a great deal more about pre- and post-Revolutionary Paris now!
The Last Great Dance on Earth by Sandra Gulland is the final book in the Josephine B. trilogy, a series about the life of Josephine Bonaparte. Written as a diary, it combines fact with historical embroidery, and is impossible to put down.
Marie Antoinette: The Journey by Antonia Fraser. An oldie but a goodie.
The Black Count: Glory, Revolution, Betrayal, and the Real Count of Monte Cristo by Tom Reiss. This book is a swashbuckling portrait of General Alex Dumas, the son of a black slave who led more than 50,000 men at the height of the French revolution. This is another tome I cannot put down, and I blame my sister Ariane whose review sparked my interest.
*Ginger tea is a life-saver: thinly slice unpeeled ginger until you have one cup. Put into a pot with 8 cups of water. Brings to a boil, then simmer for 25 minutes. Strain and drink all day, with or without honey. Sometimes lemon is good in it, too, and honey or maple syrup.