Publisher: William Morrow
ISBN-13: 978-0062916075 October 2019
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“A riveting page-turner skillfully blending illicit liaisons and political chicanery.” ~Kirkus Reviews
“An engrossing read” ~Library Journal
“Bump this one up to the top of your To Read Next pile. It's an absorbing winner.” ~Under a Blood Red Sky: Ramblings and Reviews
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“This story is an enthralling page-turner which lovers of royalty fiction and strong female leads should enjoy thoroughly.” ~Historical Novel Reviews Magazine
“Brilliant. This is what I call a "WOW" book.” ~Book Lovers’ Paradise
“I really enjoyed every minute I spent reading this book. The characters, the plot, the time period. Sophie Perinot does historical fiction right!” ~To Read or Not to Read
“. . . a top ten for 2015, and I have no doubt I'll be haunted by this one for a long while.” ~Unabridged Chick
“Well written and researched, Perinot does justice to the colorful and bloody history and its players.” ~The Eclectic Reader
“ . . . when I wasn't reading it, I was thinking about it.” ~The Readers Hollow
Ribbons of Scarlet: A Novel of the French Revolution’s Women
Six bestselling and award-winning authors bring to life a breathtaking epic novel illuminating the hopes, desires, and destinies of princesses and peasants, harlots and wives, fanatics and philosophers—six unforgettable women whose paths cross during one of the most tumultuous and transformative events in history: the French Revolution.
Ribbons of Scarlet is a timely story of the power of women to start a revolution—and change the world.
In late eighteenth-century France, women do not have a place in politics. But as the tide of revolution rises, women from gilded salons to the streets of Paris decide otherwise—upending a world order that has long oppressed them.
Blue-blooded Sophie de Grouchy believes in democracy, education, and equal rights for women, and marries the only man in Paris who agrees. Emboldened to fight the injustices of King Louis XVI, Sophie aims to prove that an educated populace can govern itself–but one of her students, fruit-seller Louise Audu, is hungrier for bread and vengeance than learning. When the Bastille falls and Louise leads a women’s march to Versailles, the monarchy is forced to bend, but not without a fight. The king’s pious sister Princess Élisabeth takes a stand to defend her brother, spirit her family to safety, and restore the old order, even at the risk of her head.
But when fanatics use the newspapers to twist the revolution’s ideals into a new tyranny, even the women who toppled the monarchy are threatened by the guillotine. Putting her faith in the pen, brilliant political wife Manon Roland tries to write a way out of France’s blood-soaked Reign of Terror while pike-bearing Pauline Leon and steely Charlotte Corday embrace violence as the only way to save the nation. With justice corrupted by revenge, all the women must make impossible choices to survive–unless unlikely heroine and courtesan’s daughter Emilie de Sainte-Amaranthe can sway the man who controls France’s fate: the fearsome Robespierre.