The roads in and out of Paris are heavily guarded, but the dead have easy passage out of the city. A ragged old woman transports the coffins of the most recent victims of the guillotine and is waved on unimpeded. Later, the same crone watches five French aristocrats step out of their coffins unscathed. Not beheaded, but spirited away to safety by that most elusive of spies: the Pimpernel. Or, as she’s known in polite society, Lady Scarlet Cavendish.
When not assuming her secret identity as a hero of the French Revolution, Scarlet presents herself as a fashionable, featherbrained young widow flitting about London. In truth, this façade is merely a diversion designed to conceal her clandestine work in France. Among members of the doomed French aristocracy, the Pimpernel is renowned for her bravery and cunning. But when tasked with rescuing handsome Comte Matteo Durand, she faces an unprecedented challenge: she is falling in love with the man. If ever there was a time to keep her head, it is now—because in a world brimming with intrigue, she is not the only one harboring secrets. And if Scarlet doesn’t take care, Madame la Guillotine may finally catch up with the Pimpernel . . .
This time period is not one of my favorites. The French Revolution was a dark and brutal part of history, but I also have always been intrigued by the story of the Pimpernel. The beauty of this story is that the Pimpernel is a woman. Scarlet is brave, beautiful, and fearless. The missions she goes on are life threatening, but that doesn't stop her. Scarlet's life changes when she rescues the handsome Comte Matteo Durand. This new relationships upsets the balance of her life and how she performs her missions and her everyday dealings as the Pimpernel. Though the subject matter is dark as Scarlet and her "people" are trying to save the lives of many people, there are just as many that die from the sharp blade of the Guillotine.
This book has loads of angst, action, romance, and some gruesome parts. This twist of a female Scarlet Pimpernel is intriguing and gives you a fresh look at this story and time period. This book is for adults and older teens.
Meet Author Jen Geigle Johnson
Jen Geigle Johnson once greeted an ancient turtle under the water by grabbing her fin. Other vital things to know: the sound a water-ski makes on glassy water and how to fall down steep moguls with grace. No mountain is too steep for her to climb, yet. During a study break date in college, she sat on top of a jeep's roll bars up in the mountains and fell in love. She discovered her passion for England while kayaking on the Thames near London as a young teenager.
Now an award-winning author and mother of six, she loves to share bits of history that might otherwise be forgotten. Whether in Regency England, the French Revolution, or Colonial America, her romance novels are much like life is supposed to be: full of adventure. She is a member of the RWA, the SCBWI, and LDStorymakers. She is also the chair of the Lonestar.Ink writing conference.
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