The bestselling novel about Napoleon’s first love
One of the most successful historical romances since GONE WITH THE WIND
Over 20 million copies sold worldwide

To be young, in France, and in love: fourteen year old Desiree can’t believe her good fortune. Her fiance, a dashing and ambitious Napoleon Bonaparte, is poised for battlefield success, and no longer will she be just a French merchant’s daughter. She could not have known the twisting path her role in history would take, nearly breaking her vibrant heart but sweeping her to a life rich in passion and desire.

A love story, but so much more, Désirée explores the landscape of a young heart torn in two, giving readers a compelling true story of an ordinary girl whose unlikely brush with history leads to a throne no one would have expected.

An epic bestseller that has earned both critical acclaim and mass adoration, Désirée is at once a novel of the rise and fall of empires, the blush and fade of love, and the heart and soul of a woman.


The most fascinating historical novel since Gone With the Wind
Boston Post
An epic love story ... irresistible reading
Chicago Tribune
An astonishing story told with verve, and a swift, fluent and deeply feminine charm. The Napoleonic background is vivid and accurate
Evening Standard