Scarlet by Jen Geigle Johnson Paperback, 256 pages
Published May 1st 2018 by Covenant Communications Inc.
ISBN: 1524404683 (ISBN13: 9781524404680)
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 were 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.
Scarlet is a fitting Title for this fictional but strong heroic Lady during 1793. The setting is during the French Resolution. Many parts of it are based on factual events and people.
This was such a fun, uncommon, historical fiction. It is an incredible drama.action/romance cross genre novel.
Scarlet has a secret, the knowledge only a select few shared.
Scarlet was a young widow having great wealth. She was viewed as an eccentric in her social circles both in England and in France.
She was in France when one of the Aristocrats, Matteo Comte Durand, along with four others were to be beheaded. The four escapees went well, but Matteo feared for his servants so tried to return to save them. Scarlet had to do some quick, drastic persuasion...it worked better than either expected.
This is a fast-moving, historical novel. The characters feel intimately real, the scenes portrayed in a way that is easily visualized. The Title is effective, and the Book Cover is simple but done very well and is totally fitting.
I offer a Four and a Half Stars rating.
*This book was gifted me with no request for a positive rating. This is my honest review.
en 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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