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Ribbons of Scarlet: A Novel of the French Revolution's Women

(History 360)

4.60  ·  Rating details ·  90 ratings  ·  45 reviews
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
Paperback, 560 pages
Expected publication: October 1st 2019 by William Morrow Paperbacks
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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
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
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
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
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
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
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!!!
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.
Mary Jordan
Aug 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
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
Jul 17, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thanks to HarperCollins for the ARC at BEA 2019!

This historical fiction novel about the women of the French Revolution was really interesting on multiple levels. One, we just generally never talk about women in history. Two, while I had my worries about a book about the French Revolution, it was fairly accurate its descriptions of what happened. And three, it was cool to see a bunch of different women write different characters' perspectives.

I still had some issues with it, though. Because of t
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
Sep 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
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
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
Mary Tilghman
Sep 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Aug 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I just read one of the most well written powerful novels about the French revolution and women fighting for their rights,there is so much to say, but won't because of spoilers, 6 amazing authors Stephanie Dray, Heather Webb, Kate Quinn, Sophie Perinot, Eliza Knight, Laura Kamoie writes about 6 different women and their fight for womens rights, these different stories flowed together seamlessly and are so inspiring, I knew almost nothing of the French revolution, I could see it, I could feel it a ...more
Katie Roberts
Aug 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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 novel does n
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
Jul 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is an great story of the women of the French Revolution. it's educational, emotional and so thought-provoking. Every author does an amazing job of telling one woman's story. I learned a great deal about the French Revolution. It's incredibly heart wrenching, but with a lot of hope. Thank you to all the women who've paved they. We women still have a long way to go. I hope everyone reads this amazing book. Thanks to Sophie Perinot for the early read.
Wendy Tatro
Jul 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: first-reads
I really enjoyed this book. Love Kate Quinn, so when I won a copy from Goodreads, it was meant to be! With a different author writing each chapter, I wondered how the book would hold together. But each chapter is told from a different woman's point of view. So you see the characters appear in multiple chapters, but you get to see a fuller view of that person. Not just how each person regards herself but how she is viewed by others. It is well done. And surprisingly, my favorite chapter was not K ...more
Christine Moore
Aug 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: edelweiss
A unique book of the French Revolution. This book is written by 6 amazing historical fiction authors but it reads as if written by 1. Each author writes of a real woman from the French Revolution. I read this book quickly as I couldn't put it down. I loved the stories of these strong courageous women. I received an advanced readers copy and all opinions are my own.
Jul 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

I am in awe of this multi-faceted creation by some of the biggest names in historical fiction. Each chapter of this novel is written by a different author, but you'd never know it. The text comes together in the most wonderful way, flowing into one seamless style.
The novel presents women of different backgrounds, political parties and social class during the French Revolution, from the beginning to the end. I can't say that I
Jun 27, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ten years of the French Revolution told through the eyes, hearts and minds of women. Each one with different yet very similar circumstances throughout the years of revolt, blood shed, and terror.

There is so much about this event that is unknown to me. I found each character (each written by a different author) fascinating and compelling. I couldn't help but feel their hope, determination or fear.
Ronda Six Garnett
wow.....This is a must read book....
Tina Panik
This seamless series of profiles showcase the forgotten women of the French Revolution in a memorable way. The writing and character development are incredibly strong, a credit to the talents of this team of female writers.

This was an ARC from Book Expo NYC.
Heather Thorup
Jun 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I won an ARC through a contest and I was so excited! The French Revolution is such a horrific and fascinating time period. The exciting part of this book is that it is a collaboration of several authors and the focus is on the women that affected change. I've heard the names of Marie Antoinette and King Louis of course; but also Robespierre "The Incorruptible", Marat, Camille Desmoulins and more. We see the French Revolution through the eyes of a philosopher, Sophie. Through the revolutionary Lo ...more
Janilyn Kocher
Aug 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ribbons of Scarlet is a masterful work. I have not read a novel composed by six separate authors. The narrative flowed smoothly from one chapter, one woman's perspective, to the next. THe authors captured the fear, mayhem, passion, and inconsistency of the French Revolution very well. My favorite chapter was about Manon Roland, who was admirable. The authors bring to light the integral role women played in the revolutionary occurrences. There were a few instances where the narrative became bogge ...more
Brianne Ellison
Aug 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
You can’t go wrong with authors like these on the cover. The writing is so eloquent and discriptive I can feel like I’m really there. Various points of view of the same situation is truly fascinating to read.
Jul 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: first-reads
Being transported to the turbulent time during the French Revolution has me admiring the bravery and strength of the women who took the risk of trying to make a difference in a male dominated era. The stories by these authors were woven well throughout the book. I learned a lot about this time period. Thought-provoking and captivating historical read.
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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

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