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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.

Ribbons of Scarlet is a timely story
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Paperback, 560 pages
Published October 1st 2019 by William Morrow Paperbacks
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Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
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 she wants vengeance and to eat… Lou
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Erin
Apr 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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 overar
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Gill Paul
Jul 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Jenna Bookish
Oct 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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 novel was an easy choice because, hello, Kate Quinn. If you've never
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Erin
Feb 26, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle, books-i-own
I love these historical compilations that weave different characters presented by various authors into one fantastic story. The focus here is the French Revolution through the eyes of seven women that experienced it first hand. The authors who refer to themselves as #ScarletSisters are determined to show the link between the events of the Revolution and the early days of women's rights. As I have done in the past, I will rate and discuss each storyline separately.


The Philosopher by Stephanie
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Michelle
Nov 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
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
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Kristina McMorris
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
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Annette
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
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Lisa
Sep 30, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An delightful and enlightening book about seven strong-willed women intent on fighting for necessary changes during the French Revolution.

SUMMARY
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 backgrounds
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Vicki Kondelik
Jul 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Maureen
Feb 29, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: bingo-2020
This book is about the French Revolution and seven strong women told by six brilliant authors and a forward by Allison Pataki.
Each story is told with a different perspective. These women came from different backgrounds from a woman selling fruit on the street to the King’s sister. They all had one thing in common. The courage to fight for what they believed in.
Although the stories are written by six different authors they are intertwined with one another and develop as the story enfolds.
It is a
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Emily
Jul 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
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
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 a
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Kris Waldherr
Nov 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Erika
May 30, 2020 rated it did not like it
This book could serve as a useful model for writing historical fiction in so much as it provides a simple and yet fairly all-encompassing guide to what *not* to do. It is, to put it plainly, a very bad novel on multiple levels.

I am an academic historian of French history whose fascination with the French Revolution spans over three decades. I am not, however, the kind of scholar who gets upset by occasional historical inaccuracies in fictional works or who will object if your approach to charact
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Susan Peterson
Sep 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Lana
Aug 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Crystal King
Sep 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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
Csimplot Simplot
May 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Excellent book!!!
Tammy(PeaceLoveBooks)
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
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!

One of the th
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Margaret Rodenberg
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 society—show up
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Peggyzbooksnmusic
Very interesting read about a horrific time in history: The French Revolution. I really liked that this was a collection of 6 novellas by 6 different authors that told the stories of 6 women who's lives were intertwined.
Clarissa
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
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. https://tcl-bookreviews.com/2019/09/2... ...more
Carol (Reading Ladies)
4.5 Stars

Liberty! Equality! Fraternity!

Six masterful storytellers collaborate to share the experiences of seven unforgettable women of The French Revolution. During the Revolution, these courageous and determined women felt compelled to speak up and exert their influence wherever they could. Even though these are six separate stories, some passionate convictions and ideas connect them.

The authors of Ribbons of Scarlet pull off an ambitious collaboration and put the history back into historical f
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M.K.
Jan 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: historical
This novel both surprises and delights. It's a feat of writing in that 6 authors created the story and a miracle that it comes together so well and so seamlessly. All the angst, horror, conflicting ideologies, and terrible losses are set out for the reader with uniquely compelling characters whose stories are interwoven to tell the tale. Remarkable and highly recommended.
April
Jul 23, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
I got this book as an ARC at a library conference. I love stories that center women and I’m fascinated by stories of the French Revolution, so I really wanted to love this book. In the end, though, it was just okay to me. I think it tries to do too much. Each chapter doesn’t really provide enough character development for us to really get to know each of these women what with trying to cover the women and the historical occurrences in short chapter-size vignettes. So you’re often left feeling no ...more
The Lit Bitch
Oct 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 biggest hold out on thi
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Cori
Sep 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"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 fiction novel. The French Rev
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