Today’s reading treat & giveaway comes to you from the French Revolution. “They seek him here, They seek him there, Those Frenchies seek him everywhere. Is he in heaven, Or is he in hell? My own elusive Pimpernel.” This twist on one of my favorite classics was definitely worth reading.
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 twist on the Scarlet Pimpernel made me smile. 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 Revolution, this book portrays the Pimpernel as a young widow. Her league of helpers uses disguises and other tricks to whisk French victims away from La Guillotine. But when Scarlet rescues a young Frenchman named Matteo, her heart becomes involved.
I adored the original version of this story, and loved this new twist. I felt the author did a clever job of creating a new story, but with most of the elements of the original story I love in place. Honestly, I loved her villain, Eleonore, even more than the original villain. This book didn’t disappoint. It has a heart-rending romance wrapped up between intrigue, distrust, gruesome national crimes, and goodwill.
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