Thursday, May 10, 2018

Scarlet by Jen Geigle Johnson {Blog Tour Review and Giveaway}

Scarlet by Jen Geigle Johnson
Paperback, 256 pages
Published May 1st 2018 by Covenant Communications Inc.
Source: I received a copy from the publisher, which did not influence my opinion.

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 fa├žade 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.
My Review: 5 Stars

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. Johnson is able to do so and had me captivated, terrified, and entertained throughout.

By swapping genders, the story seemed more dangerous at times. And doesn't it always seem that when the heart becomes involved, the danger rises? That's what seemed to happen with this book. I loved the characters and the plot, and I loved the way Johnson was able to take such a rough part of history and portray possibly realistic emotions, while maintaining a clean story.

This really is a captivating book and will be enjoyable to those who love history.

Content:  mild violence; mild+ romance

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