About Scarlet by Jen Geigle Johnson: 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 the 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 facade 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 only one harboring secrets. And if Scarlet doesn’t take care, Madame la Guillotine may finally catch up with the Pimpernel…
My review:I LOVE the way author Jen Geigle Johnson is able to make history jump off the pages. People long dead become more real as you read her books! Scarlet did both of those things for me!
This book transported me to Paris in the 1700’s. It’s a time of unrest because of the overthrow of the government. That’s where we meet the title character, Scarlet. I loved her character! The way she works so hard to keep the people of France from the Guillotine inspires me. And her cleverness is amazing! The way she is constantly changing costume to become someone else and stay one step away from the Guillotine herself makes the book more interesting! I love that she is the Pimpernel, and the way she keeps her identity hidden from everyone, even the man she loves, until the very end. Wow!
We also get to see things through the eyes of Matteo Durand. He actually should be the next Prince of France, so he’s on Scarlet’s list to help escape and she does so in the most dangerous and clever way possible. These escape scenes kept me on the edge of my seat as I read this book. I loved the way Matteo was as well. He knew there was nothing but danger for him in France, still he went in order to help his friends. So courageous and selfless.
The plot of this one is full of danger, escapes, costumes, and deception. There’s also a bit of romance for those of us who like that! I loved the way the Jen Geigle Johnson stayed true to the times in this one. The author’s notes she included at the end helped me see what was actual and what the author changed to suit her story line were one of my favorite things.
If you love romance with adventure, Scarlet by Jen Geigle Johnson will be one you’ll want to read again and again!
I was sent a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
About the author:
Jen Geigle Johnson discovered her love for uncovering obscure and fascinating pieces of history 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. Although she married a man whose substance is the stuff with which heroes are made, thinking up stirring matches for everyone else keeps her riveted to the keyboard–whether in Regency England, the French Revolution, or Colonial America. Her romance novels are much like life is supposed to be: full of adventure. They start with a grand entrance, immediately get pretty bumpy and difficult, are full of hills and and some ravines, but always end happy. You can follow all her news at http://www.jengeiglejohnson.com.
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