A fictionalized biography of Stephanie de Beauharnais, niece of Josephine de Beauharnais and a darling of the French court between 1805 and 1810, is a fairly substantial study of the period as far as teen age novels go, and contains a satisfying romance. Brought to Paris at last from a life in exile in the south, Stephanie was sent to the fashionable Campan school for young ladies and when she emerged she, as Josephine calculated, greatly strengthened the position of her aunt at court. Even Napoleon was fascinated with her. But with plans for Stephanie to marry Charles, Prince of Baden, the story becomes more particularly her own. A light headed coquette, Stephanie easily managed to kill the good Charles' devotion for her during the first months of marriage, but with a change of mind and heart that came with experience Stephanie settled down to being a serious wife and helper and regained the love of her husband. A well rounded if honey-hued period piece.