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...
|Size||6 x 9|
|Published||Covenant Communications 2018|
SCARLET is a unique twist on the classic, THE SCARLET PIMPERNEL. The author did a fantastic job in staying true to the ideals of the original, but making this very much her own story. With delightful characters, intriguing espionage, plenty of danger, strong villains, and a sweet romance, this story is engaging from beginning to end.
I loved Scarlet from the start! I loved her intelligence and wit, her ability to manipulate, her kindness, and her loyalties. She was a very fun character. I also really liked Matteo. His character wasn't quite as strong, but he still was easy to cheer on. He brought a nice balance to Scarlet and some lovely banter. There were some fun side characters as well, and definitely some villains that were easy to hate.
What I loved most about this story was all the subterfuge and plotting. The disguises were marvelous, as were the plans. The story definitely moved at a good pace. I also enjoyed the romance. It moved a little fast, but I could feel the chemistry from the start. It's also nice that you don't have to be familiar at all with THE SCARLET PIMPERNEL to read this story. In fact, I hope if you haven't read the classic that this story will temp you to do so. The author also included some historical details at the back of the book that I enjoyed reading through.
In the end, was it what I wished for? I really enjoyed this one! It's full of adventure, witty banter, danger, romance, and tugged on my heart. A highly enjoyable read!
Content: Some gruesome violence during the French Revolution and some innuendo.
Source: I received a complimentary copy from the publisher, which did not require a positive review nor affect it in any way.
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.
The French Revolution. Such a horrible, awful, bloody time in French history. It's honestly not my favorite time in history to read about but I thought this story was well balanced and didn't dwell in the beheading place too much or too long. But still. The moments it did were awful, and dark, and so, so sad.
The story builds continually- both in plot and with the characters. By the time I got to the last third of the book, I was almost speed reading because I was so desperate to know how it would all work out! I had to constantly tell myself to slow down.
Ooh boy, Matteo was swoony! His silver tongue said the prettiest words to Scarlet. I loved his devotion to her. He was the happiest part of the story for me.
I really enjoyed my time in this book. It definitely kept my attention and I was invested in all parts of it.
Content: violence, peril, kissing, some mild innuendo
- I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher. All opinions expressed are my own.
It has been several years since I've read The Scarlet Pimpernel, but I really enjoyed it, and have liked the adaptations I've read since then. I was intrigued by the description of Scarlet by Jen Geigle Johnson since Pimpernel is a woman (instead of a man like the other versions I've read).
Johnson did a good job with this story, mixing fact with fiction, and creating a desire for me to learn more about the French Revolution. I can't wrap my head around people being so blood thirsty.
This wasn't a particularly fast read for me, but I enjoyed it and wanted to know how everything was going to turn out. I liked Scarlet and her crew. Her relationship with Matteo was a whirlwind of a romance, but when they weren't focused on perceived deception, they were good together.
This is a story that has stayed with me. Not so much for Scarlet, Matteo and her friends, but the historical situation. It was written from the side of those trying to rescue the nobles that were being denounced and sent for execution. I felt so bad for them, but am curious how another story written from the commoner's side would make me feel (not that I could ever get on board with the execution aspect). I like a book that makes me think, and Scarlet did just that.
*I received a complimentary copy. All opinions expressed are my own.
This book was fascinating. I love the Scarlet Pimpernel and I loved her in this novel. It was interesting to read it from her perspective and how things were pulled off. I loved all the characters involved. I felt all their ups and downs, successes and failures. The historical aspect of it was also very eye opening. You read things about this time period, but being put in it through the eyes of someone living through it is very powerful. It is a fantastic read, however, I cannot recommend it for all. There are aspects of this time period that are gruesome, although there are not really any gory details, it does cover and talk about things surrounding La Guillotine that some people would not be interested in reading. If you're okay with that, this book is for you.
*I was provided a copy for review purposes, but the opinions are my own.
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!