Today at Great New Books, we have the pleasure of hosting guest contributor Heather Webb, author of the novel BECOMING JOSEPHINE. Becoming Josephine by Heather Webb

Thanks to Heather, we have two autographed and personalized copies of BECOMING JOSEPHINE to give away to two lucky commenters at the end of this post (details below). Thank you, Heather, for joining us at Great New Books and sharing one of your favorite reads with us today!


Author Heather Webb, on one of her recent favorite books:

Thanks for having me here at Great New Books, ladies. I love to talk about books, especially those I love. Today I bring you a little ditty about a novel I recently finished—and could hardly put down—LETTERS FROM SKYE by Jessica Brockmole. Her publisher describes it as this:

A sweeping story told in letters, spanning two continents and two world wars, Jessica Brockmole’s atmospheric debut novel captures the indelible ways that people fall in love, and celebrates the power of the written word to stir the heart. Letters from Skye by Jessica Brockmole

I’m a little obsessed with both WWI and Scotland right now, so the fact that this story hits both of these obsessions was a coup! Still, I must admit, I’m not a huge fan of epistolary novels. Typically I can’t be as close to the characters as I like, but that just isn’t the case in this gem of a novel. A relationship blooms between an American (Davey) and a Scottish poet (Elspeth) when Davey sends a letter of admiration to the author. When their banter grows into affection, family drama and heartache ensues. I’ll leave it at that, as I don’t want to give away any of the delicious little secrets that pop up!

What I can say, is Jessica did a wonderful job in illustrating relationships between Elspeth and all of the players in her life, the descriptions of an enchanting Skye island, and the life of an ambulance driver on the front lines. I was swept away by the long distance romance and more so, if possible, by the mystery of who fathered Elspeth’s daughter, and what happened to both the beloved Davey and her husband after the war. Family secrets, the beauty and solace of a remote isle, the ravages of love and war—it’s all there and it’s done beautifully. I read this in three days and wept at the end! That’s always the mark of a good novel.

So yeah, go pick yourself up a copy! If you’re on a tight budget, it’s available in e-book (as well as hardback), and releases in paperback this summer.


Heather Webb grew up a military brat and naturally became obsessed with travel, culture, and languages. She put her degrees to good use teaching high school French for nearly a decade before turning to full time novel writing and freelance editing. Her debut, BECOMING JOSEPHINE released January 2014 from Plume/Penguin.

When not writing, Heather flexes her foodie skills or looks for excuses to head to the other side of the world. She loves to chitchat on Twitter with new reader friends or writers (@msheatherwebb). For more about Heather, visit her site at

More about BECOMING JOSEPHINE by Heather Webb:

A sweeping historical debut about the Creole socialite who transformed herself into an empress.

Readers are fascinated with the wives of famous men. In Becoming Josephine, debut novelist Heather Webb follows Rose Tascher as she sails from her Martinique plantation to Paris, eager to enjoy an elegant life at the royal court. Once there, however, Rose’s aristocratic soldier-husband dashes her dreams by abandoning her amid the tumult of the French Revolution. After narrowly escaping death, Rose reinvents herself as Josephine, a beautiful socialite wooed by an awkward suitor—Napoleon Bonaparte.

To enter the drawing to win a copy of Heather Webb’s novel, BECOMING JOSEPHINE, leave a comment (any comment) below, from Wednesday, January 22 until Friday, January 24 at midnight Eastern time.

Great New Books will email each winner individually and announce them in the comments on Saturday, February 25. (Entries for the Continental US only, please.) As always, thanks for helping us to spread the word about great books and thank you for joining us!