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Love is never perfect and certainly the relationship between Princess Pauline Bonaparte Borghese—the sister of Napoleon Bonaparte—and Prince Camillo Borghese, is no different. Seen through the eyes of the young woman who served as Pauline’s lady-in-waiting and surrogate daughter, the Princess was both complicated and straightforward.

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"Borghese’s first novel, writing about his ancestors, is a labor of love ... Pauline is a spitfire of a heroine--flawed, petulant, extremely unlikable, and mesmerizing. Throughout, the most compelling evolution is Sophie’s as she, like the reader, moves from being enamored with Pauline to disenchanted, but incapable of leaving her."

—Publishers Weekly

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“It is a heartrending story, made tragic by its reality and lovingly told by a fictional lady-in-waiting. Readers will learn a great deal about the woman and the world in which she lived in this straightforward, appealing biography.”—Romantic Times