By Staton Rabin
Fourteen-year-old English lady Betsy Balcombe and her kin have a most unique condominium visitor: Napoleon Bonaparte, former emperor of France and the main feared guy on the earth. as soon as lord and grasp to eighty-two million souls, now in 1815, Napoleon is a captive of the British humans. Stripped of his empire and robbed of his younger relations and freedom, he's restrained to the forbidding, rat-infested island of St. Helena, the place a merciless jailer and greater than thousand British troops protect his each move.
The one shiny megastar in Napoleon's black sky is Betsy, a blazingly rebellious teen whose kin is reluctantly housing the infamous prisoner. Betsy is the one foreigner Napoleon's ever met who's no longer inspired by way of him and does not tremble on the sight of him -- and Napoleon is greater than intrigued.
After suits and starts off, a such a lot impressive friendship develops among Betsy and the emperor -- a friendship that transcends age and politics. As Betsy develops from a gangly, tomboyish woman to a blossoming younger girl, this unforeseen and beautiful alliance survives inevitable gossip and turning out to be pains, giving Betsy the braveness to pursue her desires -- and Napoleon the braveness to stand his darkish destiny. It additionally conjures up Betsy to hatch a bold and hazardous plan on Napoleon's behalf, a scheme which can threaten either one of their lives and shake whole empires to their foundations.
Based on real occasions, Staton Rabin's tale blends humor, experience, and poignant drama, vividly revealing new insights into the guts and brain of 1 of the main towering, interesting old figures of our time -- and tells a story of wish and bravado that would motivate readers to their very own heights of courage.
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Betsy and the Emperor by Staton Rabin