Once upon a time...
Napoléon Buonoparte did not ally himself with the armies of France during the French Revolution, but sought power instead in Britain, where his subtlety and planning was met with reticience and phlegmatism. The British feared Napoléon's infamous Corsican temper, and worried that it would lead him to vendetta--and not capable leadership. Would he betray them to France unintentionally?
Although he had proved himself capable in various matters, Napoléon knew that he would be once again tested before the British would commit.
His plans hung upon the outcome of a single ball: a man who could not organize a pleasant country ball surely could not be relied upon to lead an army.
His plans were in place, his resources martialed...
...and then he met a bookish young woman named Jane Austen.
This short, sweet romance is an alternate history of what might have happened, if Napoléon had not met his Josephine and gone to France, but allied himself elsewhere.