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R 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 Pimperne. History fascinates me it always has That is why I am so uick to read a newly releasing historical novel that interests me That being said I uickly grabbed this one upon it s release With that being said I have not read the original Scarlet Pimpernel This book fascinated me I was captivated really It was so hard to put down First of all the cover s gorgeous and really drew me in This is the author s own uniue twist on the Scarlet Pimpernel She has very clearly spent a lot of time historically researching this Scarlet is an amazing woman strong mentally and physically she had an undeniable intelligence about her and her wit is unmatched Incredibly she goes on deadly missions time after time but she is unfazed by the thought of this The prisonsthe guillotine the manipulationbravery it s all here Richly historical you will not want to rush through this one but rather savor itPub Date 01 May 2018 I received a complimentary copy from Covenant Communications through NetGalley All opinions expressed are my ownSee of my reviews on my blog

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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 a. nitty gritty about the first scene in ScarletI have wanted to talk about retellings for some timeWhat makes a good retellingDo we want to stay in that world longer and so as a reader we look for new characters in the same worldOr do we love the characters so much we wish to go on adventures with themDid we love the premise so much that we want another plot like the first but with all new people or in a new placeOr do we want a clever twist on the original with elements we recognize and feel comfortable with and other pieces that are new to usA retelling could be all these things I ve even read retellings where the dialogue was almost exactly the same as the original but the characters and setting were different I didn t enjoy that oneSo let s get into the nitty gritty of my retelling of The Scarlet PimpernelThe first scenesMany have seen the movies the old ones and the newer Jane Seymour rendition And the first scene in the movie reminds them of the second scene in my book once she gets away from the guillotine which in my book it is a totally uniue storyHow did I write that first scene Is it a play by play of the movieNo I read the book loved the first line A surging seething murmuring crowd of beings that are human only in name for to the eye and ear they seem naught but savage creatures animated by vile passions and by the lust of vengeance and of hate The Scarlet Pimpernel pp 1 7 Baroness OrczyI know it sounds awful You can almost see the bloodlust the depravity of the people And when I read that line I knew that my romance my light fun romance a story of heroism and courage would be told against the back drop of a people who had lost their humanitySo I started there in my book I wanted to set that up right away saying We are in France and it s an awful time to be alive OK at the guillotine bloodlust all around got itBUT amidst terror heroes always rise I have seen this firsthand and I wanted to establish hope amongst the depravity Yes humans forgot they were supposed to be human BUT some were good Some were so incredibly good that their light shone through the darkness all around And just like in my book if you look you will always find heroes in our day So in Scarlet there is a woman who cares a boy who follows her around a young man who helpsThen I wanted to establish early on that we are retelling the Pimpernel I wanted the reader to instantly recognize a familiar tale So I followed similarly to the first disguise the Pimpernel uses in the book He drives a cart He is an old hag He has coffins with him he has coffins many times and I tried to only use coffins once He has a boy with him who has the plague They leave through the west gate where the infamous Bibot watches over I wanted some costumes to be similar some disguises to be recognizable but I also wanted to create my own rescues costumes and disguises But before I deviated from a much loved tale I grounded us all in the originalThe movie follows this whole opening in the book pretty much play for play as the book addresses it Hag coffins plague heads BibotI didn tI include Simon who does not have the plague and he is not a boy but a mentally challenged young man She is a hag and she has a bag of heads In the book and movie the Pimpernel uses the plague of his son to distract and disgust the guard I use the bag of heads in my book I also use it for humor I tried to write the scene in such a melodramatic manner that people laughed instead of cringed but my mother was pretty upset by the gruesome nature of the sceneIn these first scenes and throughout my book I wrote a retelling with a twist Several of the characters are gender bent I told the story in a similar setting I include disguise heroic characters a fashion conscious heroine a Prince who feeds on it allBaroness Orczy created a wonderful tale and fabulous characters and since then many have created their own tales inspired by her genius so that we could linger a little longer in her world enjoy her characters and in this case be educated by her setting And though I don t claim to have mastered like the master herself I do feel I have added something of value to the ever growing world of The PimpernelAs seen particularly in The women Exploring how the tale would have worked if a woman were in charge was a fascinating exercise and brought to light some of the stronger ualities that make up the feminine side of our humanity I felt like the best parts of why women are heroic were shown through this story I used the gender twist as an opportunity to highlight some of the many women who were involved in the French Revolution the huge numbers that asked for a constitution that asked for their rights to be protected in the document They were brave outspoken and educatedAnd can we not have a bit of fun Because I have to admit playing around in this world with a fascinating and brilliant brave woman a handsome passionate frenchman and a league of brave men was one of the most entertaining projects I have ever endeavoredThank you for being here on the journey Thank you for enabling me to add my mark to the growing retellings of such a clever and beautiful story

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S she's known in polite society Lady Scarlet CavendishWhen 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 fo. Don t judge me but I ve never read the Scarlet Pimpernel or seen the movie although I did see Daffy Duck in the Scarlet Pumpernickel I wasn t very good at history in high school I couldn t remember all the dates and the order of the kings of France and England and world history taken senior year was over 40 years ago so even if I had been good at history then I probably wouldn t remember much of it now This is a retelling of the Scarlet Pimpernel but this time around the Pimpernel is a woman Not just any woman but a wealthy beautiful fairly young widow who has many talents and a uick wit by the name of Lady Scarlet Cavendish To society Lady Cavendish is a widow who s uite shallow and only cares about the latest fashions and French pastries but secretly Scarlet risks her life coming up with ingenious plans to rescue French citizens who are headed for the guillotineWhen the story starts they re rescuing Comte Matteo Durand who is brought to England and will be a guest of Lady Cavendish He s only there a short time before Scarlet finds herself falling for the handsome and elouent Frenchman and Matteo feels the same way about Scarlet He doesn t know he s fallen for the Scarlet Pimpernel but she s not the only one keeping secrets With secrets between them the road ahead is going to be pretty rockyOne of my favorite lines is when Scarlet and Matteo are dancing in the moonlight In his arms she knew they could fly move mountains travel the world and conuer whatever dragons crossed themI loved Scarlet s bravery and wit It seemed there was nothing she couldn t or wouldn t do to help save the citizens of France One example of Scarlet s wit is when she s imprisoned her only danger had been a slow death by monotonyMatteo s beautiful words could ve made almost any woman swoon at his feet I loved reading of the clever illusions ploys and distractions Scarlet and her league used in the rescues Towards the end I didn t want to stop reading and my emotions were on a rollercoaster yay she s free oh no she s caught they re both caught I didn t know how they would escape La Guillotine Even if you know the story I think this book will still keep your attentionThank you to ebooks for my copy to read in review which did not influence my opinion in any way


10 thoughts on “Scarlet author Jen Geigle Johnson

  1. says:

    Despite the gorgeous cover this was not good I knew I was in trouble when it started with a nearly shot for shot reprise of a scene from the movie related laboriously and then with a footnote pointing out that it had cribbed a phrase

  2. says:

    All you fans of The Scarlet Pimpernel here is a fun twist on that classic The Pimpernel is a lady Lady Scarlet Cavendish to be exact I really had a great time reading this book There were moments that I did not want to set the book down I just had to know what was going to happen Would they escape? Would they be captured? Ok so I know the storyline of the original stories told by Baroness Orczy and will say that this follows that pretty clo

  3. says:

    nitty gritty about the first scene in ScarletI have wanted to talk about retellings for some timeWhat makes a good retelling?Do we want to stay in that world longer and so as a reader we look for new characters in the same

  4. says:

    45 starsI love history It fascinates me I wish that I had been a better student and taken the time to learn when I was in school Most of the history I read comes from historical fiction I do google names and places and try to learn as I read the book This one had me visiting Google often I wanted to know about the non fiction characters and their role in historyThis book is a retelling of the Scarlet Pimpernel by Baroness Orczy I can't sa

  5. says:

    Don't judge me but I've never read the Scarlet Pimpernel or seen the movie although I did see Daffy Duck in the Scarlet Pumpernickel

  6. says:

    It takes talent to take a beloved classic and twist it enough to make it a new and exciting story while staying true to the tale John

  7. says:

    History fascinates me it always has That is why I am so uick to read a newly releasing historical novel that interests me That being said I uickly grabbed this one upon it's release With that being said I have not read the original Scarlet Pimpernel This book fascinated me I was captivated really It was so hard to put down First of all the cover s gorgeous and really drew me in This is the author's own uniue twist on the Scarlet

  8. says:

    This twist on the Scarlet Pimpernel was super fun The Pimpernel is a woman and several other characters are twisted to other genders too It made for a fun delightful and sometimes terrifying tale Still set in the throes of the French Revoluti

  9. says:

    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 sadThe story builds continually both in plot and with the characters By the time I got to the last third of the book

  10. says:

    The plot is over buried with names and the text is very descriptive making the story move at very slow pace And the tone seems to be