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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: ...more
Paperback, 256 pages
Published May 1st 2018 by Covenant Communications Inc.
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Jacob Proffitt
Aug 31, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: unfinished
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 from the original work while it was at it. And then it has the smuggled family meet the main character in her true identity, by her true name, while still in France letting them know that she is associated with their rescuer while she was at it. Part of the char ...more
Julie Carpenter
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 closely. Different characters leading the group and ...more
Jen Geigle Johnson
Mar 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Shelves: change-my-life
https://jengeiglejohnson.com/2018/10/...

The nitty gritty about the first scene in Scarlet:
I have wanted to talk about retellings for some time.
What 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 world?
Or do we love the characters so much we wish to go on more adventures with them?
Did we love the premise so much that we want another plot like the first but with all new people or in a new place?
Or do we want a clever twist
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Lisa  (Bookworm Lisa)
***4.5 stars***

I love history. It fascinates me. I wish that I had been a better student and taken the time to learn more 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 more as I read the book. This one had me visiting Google often. I wanted to know more about the non-fiction characters and their role in history.



This book is a retelling of the "Scarlet Pimpernel" by Baroness Orczy. I can't say that I read the original
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Mara
Jun 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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Katie W
May 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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 rou
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Deanne Patterson
Jul 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
History fascinates me, it always has. That is why I am so quick to read a newly releasing historical novel that interests me. That being said I quickly 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 unique twist on the Scarlet Pimpernel. She has very clearly spent a lot of time his ...more
Charissa
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 Revolution, this has Scarlet, a young widow, and her league of helpers using disguises and other tricks to wisk French victims away from La Guillotine. But when she rescues a young Frenchman named Matteo, her heart becomes involved. I adored the original versi ...more
Aimee (Getting Your Read On)
May 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
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 woul
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Annette
Aug 31, 2018 rated it liked it
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 set for the ones who like romances.
Kimberley Little
May 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I thoroughly enjoyed this book! Such a clever twist on the old classic with settings and costumes brought vividly to life as well as clever, fun dialogue between all the characters. I loved Scarlet and Matteo's love story, despite the misunderstandings due to the horrific revolution going on in France at this time period (1793). Scarlet is a memorable and intelligent heroine - a woman of many disguises as she fools her way through rich, snobby society while rescuing those who are doomed for the ...more
Rachel McMillan
Jul 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was everything I wanted it to be: a riproaring feminist nod to a favourite classic, a swashbuckling adventure, a swoony romance. Exceptionally well-researched and designed to make each page fly by swiftly, Johnson's Scarlet is an ode and homage to a favourite well-worn tome. I know that I will be returning to Scarlet's world again. The hero, of course, is dashing; but never so much as when he recognizes the unique and anomalous strengths of the eponymous heroine. ...more
Amy
Jul 13, 2018 marked it as to-read
I want. I want. I want. I want. I want.
Donna
Apr 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I loved this story and was intrigued by a female Pempernel. The characters were great and I loved the costumes. It did seem to take Mateao too long to figure it out... or did he? It was sad to see the reach of evil into so many people. It made me want to do a little googling to get the facts. What a sad time to live in. It makes me grateful for the freedoms I enjoy and more compassionate for others who are suffering. This was a sweet, clean romance with wonderful mystery and suspense.
I was given
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Literary Redhead
SCARLET is a gorgeous remake of the Scarlet Pimpernel, but with the Pimpernel as a woman. Set during the terrifying French Revolution, Scarlet and a disguised posse rescue as many victims from the guillotine as possible. Romance mixes in with the horror and intrigue. Highly recommended!

Thanks to the author, Covenant Communications and NetGalley for the review copy. Opinions are mine.

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Tressa (Wishful Endings)
4.5 Stars

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.
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Mindy
May 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Scarlet by Jen Geigle Johnson is an exciting twist to a classic. I loved the switch of a female Pimpernel. Scarlet herself in an intriguing, fascinating character. I absolutely loved her. Matteo was a charismatic and charming leading man, I liked him instantly. All of the supporting characters were fabulous too. Scarlet is full of adventure, danger, romance, and it also gives you a history lesson about the French Revolution. There was a lot about it, I didn't know. Of course, this is a fiction b ...more
Olivia
*I received this book from Covenant Communications Inc. in exchange for an honest review. I was not required to give a positive review. All thoughts are my own*

Simply put, this cover is gorgeous and the characters intriguing, and the main plot of the story held my interest. I love The Scarlet Pimpernel, so this book instantly caught my attention, and I'm thankful for the opportunity to read it.

Unfortunately, the story bored me. A lot of the small details went over my head (which possibly could
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Shinjini
Aug 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book is a retelling of The Scarlet Pimpernel by Baroness Emma Orczy, a classic, read and loved by many. When I signed up to read this book, I hadn’t realized this was a retelling of that story. I saw the cover and couldn’t stop thinking about it. It finally drove me to read this story and for once, I’m glad I judged a book by the cover. Yes, the cover is beautiful, but the book is even better.

When I received a copy of this book, the first thing I did was pick up a copy of the original story
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Megan
This is a time in history I'm not very familiar and I don't remember much about the Scarlet Pimpernel, so this book was enlightening to me on both of those. Scarlet is a strong and intelligent woman, I loved seeing how she handled different problems/glitches that arose. The romance felt a little rushed and sudden, but I still enjoyed that part. All in all, a good read and one I'd recommend if you are looking for a book set during this era.

I received a complimentary copy of this book. I was asked
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Sarah Bowe
Jun 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
I have always loved The Scarlet Pimpernel as a story/play. I liked having it twisted on its head having a woman as the Pimpernel.
Cathy
May 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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 sh
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Esther
Aug 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Reading Scarlet was like spending time with an old friend I hadn't visited with in years. I love everything Scarlet Pimpernel, so a retelling, this time with a woman as the Pimpernel was a delight. The gender switch worked so well in this one because Baroness Orczy gave us two such strong main characters in the original, seeing each role played a little differently reminded me of the strength of character of both main characters, not only in the original but in this new exciting retelling. This ...more
Lisa Swinton
Jul 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I LOVE Ms. Johnson's writing!

It's well researched, heart felt, well paced, well written. Well, well, well. She knows her craft and weaves a beautiful love story against a dynamic historical backdrop.

Scarlet was the heroine every one cheers for and the hero is equally as strong. The villains make you fear the success of the champions.

The cover is stunning.

I could rattle on, but the best thing to do is READ the book! Savour it for yourself.
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Marguerite Gray
Mar 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I love novels about the French Revolution. I'm always surprised when anyone survived La Guillotine!
Spies, drama, intrigue and a bit of love and hope.
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Silvia
May 20, 2019 rated it it was ok
*2.75*

I was provided with a digital ARC of this book thanks to NetGalley and the publishing house, Covenant Communications, in exchange for an honest review.

Set after the French Revolution, Scarlet is the adventurous story of a young English widow who is, under another name, the french Pimpernel, one of the most elusive spies of her time.
When she's given the task to rescue Matteo Durant, a comte, feelings will get in her way and she will have to face a very difficult task: love.

I would say I en
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vaneeta naik
Jun 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
My 1st book by Jen and happy to say a through & through entertainer... also this is the first time i ve read about the Scarlet Pimpernel... I have a great passion for reading historical fiction let it be romance,mystery, treasure hunt, pirates...It is fascinating to know the Era through this books ...

The French Revolution was one of the most terrifying period in History where people from the upper class of society were carted off to the guillotine every day. Jen's portrayal of the french revolu
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Patti
Jun 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
First book I’ve read by Jen Geigle Johnson; first book I’ve ever read on the French Revolution. My only knowledge of the subject has been the three times I’ve seen "Les Mis". With that pathetic admission, I will say that I thoroughly enjoyed “Scarlet”! 4 1/2 stars.

The story is a take-off of the “Scarlet Pimpernel” with Lady Scarlet Cavendish of England (as the secret and elusive Pimpernel) heading a group of spies that saves and creatively helps French citizens escape the merciless doom of the g
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M
Sep 10, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: historical, romance
The beginning and ending of the book were difficult for me. The middle was very enjoyable. Once I got about a third the way into the book, I found it interesting and even captivating until the last 10 percent of the book. Johnson's writing style was easy to read and kept me coming back for more. I really enjoyed the details of the French Revolution and seeing it from the disguised Scarlet's perspective.

I had a really hard time getting into the book. First, it was very confusing to have Pimperne
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Sheila
May 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
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 ...more
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