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Ribbons of Scarlet: A Novel of the French Revolution

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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.

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ebook, 400 pages
Published October 1st 2019 by William Morrow & Company
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Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
Oct 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Wow, look at the authors contributing to this novel of the French Revolution!

In France, in the 1700s, women do not have power or a voice in how their country is run. As the revolution mounts, this is their opportunity to finally be heard.

Sophie de Grouchy is a staunch believer in equal rights for women, and unusual for the time, her husband is, too. Sophie assets that an educated country does not need a formal government.

Louise Audu is student of Sophie’s, and
Gill Paul
Jul 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The French Revolutionary years were among the most complex historical periods of all time. The Revolution’s proponents fought for differing ideologies and ever-changing goals. Alliances were forged then broken as new factions appeared overnight. Yesterday’s leaders were themselves led to the guillotine, the new-fangled machine invented as a quick and efficient method of execution. Some held true to their ideals and behaved with nobility and selflessness, while others scrabbled to save their own ...more
Apr 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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Ribbons of Scarlet is the fifth collaborative from the History 360 Co-Op but in many ways, it is entirely unlike its predecessors. For one, Ribbons of Scarlet is the first release to be traditionally published (thank you HarperCollins). For another, it is the first to which long-time member Vicky Alvear Shecter did not contribute (a voice I both adore and missed). Most notably, however, it is the first written with an overarching theme.

The Philosopher a
Jenna Bookish
Oct 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My thanks to NetGalley and William Morrow for sending me an advance copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own and are not influenced by the publisher. 

"Beautiful, terrible humanity. Capable of the most inspiring and creative genius and the greatest and most unimaginable abominations."

I've had a bit of an ongoing effort to read more historical fiction that isn't set during World War II, and this
Kristina McMorris
Jul 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Honored to have provided a quote for this wonderful collaborative novel:

“Seamlessly interwoven by a dream team of historical authors, Ribbons of Scarlet vividly transported me to the tumultuous days of the French Revolution; I could feel the cobblestones of the alleys, taste the fine wines of the salons, hear the whisk of a guillotine’s blade. In a single sitting, I devoured the tales of seven strong and enthralling women—then, for days after, relayed their startling true accounts to any friend who wo
Sep 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
An delightful and enlightening book about seven strong-willed women intent on fighting for necessary changes during the French Revolution.

RIBBONS OF SCARLET is The French Revolution as seen through the eyes and voice of seven women who actively participate in the revolution. In the late eighteenth century women don’t have a place in politics, but as the revolution begins, these courageous women take up the fight, each with a different purpose.

The women are all from different backg
Vicki Kondelik
Jul 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Ribbons of Scarlet is a powerful, inspiring novel about the women of the French Revolution, by six different authors. Each author writes a chapter from the point of view of a different character. Together, they tell the whole story of the French Revolution from its idealistic beginnings through the height of the Terror in 1794. I had been looking forward to reading this book for a long time, because the French Revolution is one of my favorite historical periods, and Ribbons of Scarlet more than ...more
Jul 20, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was so excited to win this in a Goodreads giveaway! This book has 6 authors who each wrote a different part of this story which is told from the viewpoints of 7 different women (Part 5 has 2 main characters) during the French Revolution. When I started reading it I didn't realize that they were all real people! I was expecting it to be fictional characters experiencing real events but all of these women actually existed. I found myself looking them up between chapters to try and figure out whi ...more
Kris Waldherr
Nov 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A deeply moving pageturner by six immensely talented authors at the top of their historical fiction game. RIBBONS OF SCARLET elegantly unfolds the complex history of the French Revolution through the eyes of seven real-life women, each representing a different stratum of society. Though the novel weighs in at over 500 pages, I tore through it in less than 24 hours and read the final sections with my eyes awash in tears. In our current age of #metoo and cultural and political clashes, RIBBONS OF ...more
Christina (A Reader of Fictions)
"The Philosopher" by Stephanie Dray
Set in the time before the revolution, a young female philosopher fights for justice and independence in her world. Without being heavy-handed, this short story sets the tone in France at the time, raising several points of conflict all through an upper crust lens. The heroine runs in a more liberal circle and is hoping for change. It's interesting because, though she chafes at the fact that women are owned, she almost can't fathom equality for women, as much as
Crystal King
Sep 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow, what a daredevil of a read! This is a wonderful novel, written by six talented authors, telling the tale of the French Revolution through the eyes of six women from the past. I am in awe of the structure of this novel and how they managed to weave six different narratives together into one cohesive story that sweeps the reader through the chaos and politics of this tumultuous time in French (and in some ways, American) history. I thoroughly enjoyed this novel and all of the varying points o ...more
Susan Peterson
Sep 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
From the moment I heard about this book, it became one of my most highly-anticipated novels of 2019. Six of the best historical fiction authors, writing about the women who shaped the French Revolution—I couldn’t help but be excited! These extraordinarily talented women have captured the chaos, the passion and conviction of that era with with empathy for all sides caught up in the events of late 18th century France. Each author has written about this time of political and social upheaval from a ...more
Aug 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I was fortunate to receive an ARC of this book through Goodreads. This is a wonderful, compelling novel concentrating on six main female characters during the French Revolution and written by six authors. I wasn’t sure how the continuity of the story would be with different writing styles. Not to worry. The flow of the stories and styles was seamless and provided a masterful tale of what it must have been like to be a woman during that era.
Mary Jordan
Aug 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I took my time with this book. After each part I was looking up the women. Not knowing much about this time period I found it so interesting. I can’t begin to count how many times I cried. After each part I would say that was my favorite, then no that was my favorite. There is no favorite. If I were forced to come up with one negative it would be I wish it were longer. Grab a glass of wine a box of tissues and sit back for a great ride.
Csimplot Simplot
Excellent book!!!
Nov 03, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
After sitting on this for a bit, I'm going to give this 4 true stars, up from my initial 3.5. This book was a heck of an undertaking since there were SIX authors and it was set during one of the most momentous historical events in the history of Western Civilization (aka The French Revolution).

I'm a huge history nerd, but I'm more of a WWI/WWII kind of girl so this is before my time and I can tell you I learned a TON. What initially drew me to this book was that it was all about real women from
I read a lot of historical fiction but this was honestly the first book I've read about the French Revolution. I knew that I had to read Ribbons of Scarlet as soon as it was announced and it didn't disappoint! These six historical fiction heavy hitters have seamlessly written a book with relatable characters, each telling their side of the cause. I honestly was surprised at the credits to find that each author had written a chapter on a separate character. Their voices blended so well! Job well ...more
Collaboration of six talented female writers brings an epic story about historical female figures, who came from different backgrounds, but had one common goal to give women a voice. They were passionate about politics, which wasn’t a place for women to be meddling in. But they did.

Paris, 1786. Sophie de Grouchy, 22 years old, comes from minor aristocratic family. Her uncle Charles is a magistrate, taking charitable cases of defending poor during the time of the French Revolution. Since she can
Margaret Rodenberg
Jul 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I received a free Advanced Reader Edition of RIBBONS OF SCARLET at the Historical Novel Society conference so this a legitimate prerelease review. The book is unique in that six authors collaborated on it. Each wrote a section told from the point of view of a different female historical figure during the French Revolution. So six authors, six main characters. Does it work as a novel? Amazing well. I didn’t want to put it down.

The main characters—women drawn from various levels of soc
Meg - A Bookish Affair
"Ribbons of Scarlet" is a fantastic story of the French Revolution told in six parts by some of the powerhouse women authors of the historical fiction world. The French Revolution is definitely well-trodden territory for historical fiction but this book feels fresh as it gives a lot of new perspectives to such an important event through the eyes of the women who experienced it firsthand. These women are strong, principled, cunning in very different ways! This book was truly a treat!

Davida Chazan
This unique book brings six, talented historical fiction authors together to tell the story of seven (well, almost eight) women who played important roles in the French Revolution. Find out what I thought of this special collaboration through my review on my blog here.
It seems like forever since I've written one of my long-winded, lengthy reviews, but here we are. Ribbons of Scarlet is a title I've spoken a great deal about in the last few months and even though I am publishing this today, you will see my post about it at least two more times, so my apologies in advance. However, I feel given the current state of things, women (and men!) could benefit from reading and learning about life in Revolutionary France. I find that looking at the past can always help ...more
The Lit Bitch
Oct 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Epic was the first thing that I thought of when I saw this book. There are six different writers in this book and that fact alone suggests that this book was going to have a huge scope. But to be honest, the amount of authors that contributed to this book, made me a little nervous.

There are a number of powerhouse writers here and all of them independently successful and excellent authors, but how would their varying styles work together and mesh into one novel?

That was my
Sep 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
"They killed us for being too political, too intelligent, too opinionated, too daring, too pretty."

"The crowd around my guillotine hushes and cried, but around others the people cheered and celebrated. Beautiful, terrible humanity. Capable of the most inspiring and creative genius and the greatest and most unimaginable abominations."

Ribbons of Scarlet is a poignant, masterful telling of the French Revolution. It had everything I look for in a well written historical ficti
Kate Eminhizer
Sep 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
When your favorite authors join together to write a book there are sometimes no words to explain the level of happiness that comes. There aren't too many books that regale the French Revolution in a digestible format. These talented authors do that and more. Sophie, Louise, Princess Elizabeth, Manon, Pauline, Charlotte and the beautiful Emilie don't have anything in common aside from the fact that they are women who helped shaped the course of a nation. The authors give us women who loved and la ...more
Mary Tilghman
Sep 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
These terrific authors have done it again. I haven't read all their work but I knew I wanted to read this after reading MY DEAR HAMILTON, THE ALICE NETWORK and MEET ME IN MONACO.
I was not disappointed. Six stories of six amazing women. I can't say which one I liked best—they are such fascinating people, both rich and poor, educated and not—but taken together their stories illustrate the tumultuous days of the French Revolution in passionate, personal ways. I gasped. I held my breath and I bit m
Oct 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
Ribbons of Scarlet: A Novel of the French Revolution's Women is a heartbreaking book. The six authors told the stories of women who were intimately involved with the French Revolution, as instigators, writers, politicians, survivors. Some of the women were executed on the guillotine. However, even the survivors lost loved ones, their purpose, their dignity. The authors point out that women are usually the losers in revolution, in marriage, in life. And, in the 18th century, no matter how they st ...more
Sep 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
"The crowd around my guillotine hushed and cried, but around others the people cheered and celebrated. Beautiful, terrible humanity. Capable of the most inspiring and creative genius and the greatest and most unimaginable abominations.
And as the blade fell, I knew France's revolution was both."

This is a story that is told through the eyes of seven different women during the French revolution. What initially drew me to this novel was the fact that I had never read a story about
Sep 10, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a novel about some of the prominent women of the French Revolution. As engrossing as it was to read about this terrible period of history, it was at times tough to read. While I occasionally had to put this book aside, I was drawn back in again and again. Divided into parts to tell the stories of the Philosopher, the Revolutionary, the Princess, the Politician, the Assassin and the Beauty, each woman’s story was written by a different author. From varying backgrounds and with differing b ...more
Katie Roberts
Aug 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I won a copy of this book through the goodreads giveaway and thoroughly enjoyed it. Historical fiction is my favorite genre and I loved reading about this time period in France. This novel is written by six different women who each tell the story of a different woman during the Frech Revolution.

At first, I was nervous that this novel would read as a series of short stories and I'm not a big fan of short stories, they always leave me wanting more and unsatisfied. Luckily for me, this
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Kate Quinn is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of historical fiction. A native of southern California, she attended Boston University where she earned a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Classical Voice. She has written four novels in the Empress of Rome Saga, and two books in the Italian Renaissance, before turning to the 20th century with “The Alice Network” and “The Huntress. ...more