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The Game of Hope

Written by: Sandra Gulland
Narrated by: Janick Hebert
Length: 9 hrs and 34 mins
5 out of 5 stars (4 ratings)

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For Napoleon's stepdaughter, nothing is simple - especially love. 

Paris, 1798. Hortense de Beauharnais is engrossed in her studies at a boarding school for aristocratic girls, most of whom 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?

Inspired by Hortense's real-life autobiography, with charming glimpses of teen life long ago, this is the story of a girl chosen by fate to play a role she didn't choose.

©2018 Sandra Gulland (P)2018 Penguin Teen

What the critics say

Selection – OLA Forest Teen Committee’s 2018 Summer Reading List

"[G]uaranteed to find fans among bookish youth.... The coming-of-age tale that follows - inspired by the historical figure’s autobiography offers a window into another world." (Toronto Star

“[Gulland’s] Pitch perfect balance of lush period details and character-driven narrative shines again in the game of hope.” (Quill and Quire

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The Game of Hope was... fine

It’s weird. I both enjoyed this story and yet barely cared about most of it. Mostly
I was just shocked and annoyed at how suddenly it ended. I liked Hortense well enough, though her brother Eugène was significantly more likeable. And as far as historical fiction goes, I was incredibly disappointed that the romantic thread they spend the entire book building up wasn’t the man Hortense ultimately married (a man who is barely in this book at all, barely more than a background extra!) But if you’re interested in French history and seeing Napoleon as a normal human man through the eyes of a teenager, this might be of interest. #Audible1