➮ Ribbons of Scarlet Read ➶ Author Kate Quinn – Valtrex-4.us

Ribbons of Scarlet 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 RevolutionRibbons Of Scarlet Is A Timely Story Of The Power Of Women To Start A Revolution And Change The WorldIn Late Eighteenth Century France, Women Do Not Have A Place In Politics But As The Tide Of Revolution Rises, Women From Gilded Salons To The Streets Of Paris Decide Otherwise Upending A World Order That Has Long Oppressed ThemBlue Blooded Sophie De Grouchy Believes In Democracy, Education, And Equal Rights For Women, And Marries The Only Man In Paris Who Agrees Emboldened To Fight The Injustices Of King Louis XVI, Sophie Aims To Prove That An Educated Populace Can Govern Itself But One Of Her Students, Fruit Seller Louise Audu, Is Hungrier For Bread And Vengeance Than Learning When The Bastille Falls And Louise Leads A Women S March To Versailles, The Monarchy Is Forced To Bend, But Not Without A Fight The King S Pious Sister Princess Elisabeth Takes A Stand To Defend Her Brother, Spirit Her Family To Safety, And Restore The Old Order, Even At The Risk Of Her HeadBut When Fanatics Use The Newspapers To Twist The Revolution S Ideals Into A New Tyranny, Even The Women Who Toppled The Monarchy Are Threatened By The Guillotine Putting Her Faith In The Pen, Brilliant Political Wife Manon Roland Tries To Write A Way Out Of France S Blood Soaked Reign Of Terror While Pike Bearing Pauline Leon And Steely Charlotte Corday Embrace Violence As The Only Way To Save The Nation With Justice Corrupted By Revenge, All The Women Must Make Impossible Choices To Survive Unless Unlikely Heroine And Courtesan S Daughter Emilie De Sainte Amaranthe Can Sway The Man Who Controls France S Fate The Fearsome Robespierre

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    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 skins with a complete lack of humanity to others Before reading Ribbons of Scarlet, I couldn t begin to imagine how this group of six authors could possibly make a coherent narrative out of such a jumble of ideas and events, but they do so with subtlety and supreme writerliness.The story is told from the points of view of seven women, each with a unique perspective and voice They come from different backgrounds, from a starving street seller to the king s sister some are married, some are virgins But each one steps off the page, a complete authentic character with her own set of hopes and dreams I admit I didn t want to leave Sophie de Grouchy and the wonderful Condorcet at the end of the first section nor did I want to leave the mouthy wildfire Louise Audu But I soon realised they would return We weren t done with them, as their narratives are woven into later sections where they appear like old friends The one thing all the women have in common is immense courage Each is inspirational in her own way Each one is standing up for her rights, and those of her sisters, over a century before the suffragettes.I learned a lot from this book and came away awed by the skill of the individual writers The sheer technical difficulty of weaving all these threads into a coherent pattern should not be underestimated But it s the stories of these women that make it such a compelling read, and one I recommend whole heartedly It s a masterclass in historical fiction With thanks to Sophie Perinot for the ARC.

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    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 would listen Remarkable for its moving finds of beauty amid tragedy, this timely masterpiece is sure to inspire both courage and caution A spellbinding read from beginning to end.

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    Find this and other reviews at 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 and Epilogue by Stephanie DrayDray hasn t contributed to a History 360 collaborative since 2015 s A Year of Ravens, but she returns with a bang Her story, The Philosopher, is based on the life and experiences of Sophie de Grouchy and I loved how the author used this character to challenge gender roles without sacrificing all semblance of traditional femininity The end result is an intensely relatable woman who embodies the ideals of the feminist movement while exhibiting the sort of emotional vulnerability that transcends the page on which she is written Dray s use of the ideological ideals that inspired the Revolution is also noteworthy, as are the nods she pays fans of America s First Daughter Favorite Heroine in Ribbons of Scarlet The Revolutionary by Heather WebbWebb is a first time contributor to the Co op, but I can confidently say she pulled out all the stops with her portrait of Louise Reine Audu I ve read this author s entire backlist and firmly believe the heroine of The Revolutionary one of her best.The passion that inspired Webb to speak at the 2017 Women s March is mirrored in her illustration of the Women s March on Versailles and I couldn t help falling in love with how the author channeled her own experiences into those of the narrative Ribbons of Scarlet is an undeniably relevant novel, but this piece than any other communicated the feel of the moment and spirit that drove women to march both past and present Favorite Use of Theme in Ribbons of Scarlet The Princess by Sophie PerinotPerinot hasn t contributed to a History 360 release since 2014 s A Day of Fire To date, this is the longest hiatus by any member of the group, but this author hasn t lost her edge Not by a long shot lisabeth of France is the only royalist heroine in Ribbons of Scarlet, but her reputation and position at court allowed Perinot to humanize the Revolution while subtly shifting the tone of the entire narrative The Philosopher and The Revolutionary are characterized by patriotic idealism but it is in The Princess that the chaos of the conflict becomes evident In addition to turning the tides, Perinot uses lisabeth to challenge readers into recognizing that strength takes many forms It is easy to note the pamphlet writer or the speech maker, but The Princess gracefully illustrates how quiet dignity and unwavering devotion are in no way indicative of weakness, submission, or subservience Favorite Story in Ribbons of Scarlet The Politician by Kate QuinnQuinn, like Dray and Knight, is a founder of the History 360 Co op and returns to the collaborative after a one book hiatus with The Politician A chronicle of the life of Manon Roland, this story hit me the hardest I wasn t familiar with the character and relished the opportunity to delve into fresh material, but the trials and tribulations Manon suffers struck me for the undeniable truths they relay The repression of feminine intellectualism, hypocritical social norms, and the social conditioning that leads women to blame themselves for the violence they suffer harmonize beautifully with Quinn s astute foray into the political landscape of the French Revolution Most Thought Provoking Story in Ribbons of Scarlet The Assassin by E KnightOf all the stories in Ribbons of Scarlet, I looked forward to Knight s The Assassin most I assumed correctly that it would feature Charlotte Corday and Jean Paul Marat, but I was pleasantly surprised to discover the author s second narrator, Pauline Leon Historically speaking, I found The Assassin the most iconic of the novel s submissions and loved how the dual narrative allowed Knight to play with the personal costs associated with taking up arms for the sake of one s convictions I felt the back and forth gave the story a unique feel and appreciated how it portrayed diversity within the feminist movement Most Iconic Story in Ribbons of Scarlet The Beauty by Laura KamoieLike Webb, Kamoie is a first time contributor to the Co op Unlike the other contributors, however, my only experience of her work was as half of the duo behind America s First Daughter and I wasn t entirely sure what to expect from her creatively Having said that, The Beauty caught me entirely off guard The Terror is in full force as milie de Sainte Amaranthe takes the spotlight in what is easily the most romantic chapter of the novel, but it was the author s use of theme that took my breath away At its core, feminism is about equality of both genders and while several of the contributing authors incorporate male characters in their stories, it is Kamoie who puts the two on equal ground in a symbolic display of unity in the face of blatant injustice Greatest Surprise Moment in Ribbons of Scarlet

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    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 than lived up to expectations Every one of the narrators really lived I was familiar with some of them already, and not so much with others But each represents a unique voice, and all the stories were equally compelling.The first chapter, by Stephanie Dray, tells the story of Sophie, a young noblewoman who believes in equality for women and who helps her uncle, a magistrate, in his efforts to help people who are wrongfully imprisoned and to put an end to the barbaric execution methods of the time She is in love with Lafayette, but marries the Marquis de Condorcet, who shares her beliefs Sophie comes to love her husband as they work for democracy during the early days of the French Revolution I have to say that Sophie was my favorite character in the whole book, and I missed her when the chapter was over But she reappears throughout the book That is another thing I loved about this book characters who narrate one chapter will appear in others.In the next chapter, Heather Webb writes about Louise Audu, a fruit seller from a poor family, who runs errands for the nobility and so interacts with some of the upper class characters in the novel Louise learns to read at a school for adults founded by Sophie and her husband In spite of the efforts of well meaning members of the nobility, such as Sophie, to improve the conditions of the poor, Louise and her friends are no better off than they were before Her rage at the treatment of the poor leads her to take action, and she and other market women lead a march to Versailles to bring the king back to Paris The story of the women s march to Versailles is excellently told, and I definitely see parallels with the Women s March of 2017.The third chapter, by Sophie Perinot, tells the story of Princess lisabeth, sister of Louis XVI, the only royalist narrator in the novel, which gives the chapter a very different perspective I also noticed that it s the only chapter written in the present tense, besides the epilogue, which is narrated by Sophie The devout lisabeth is devoted to her brother and believes in the divine right of kings She sympathizes with the poor and wishes to improve their conditions, but she believes the old order should be preserved Her chapter tells of the royal family s attempt to flee from Paris, and their capture at Varennes The revolutionaries, and many historians, have seen this as an attempt to flee the country, but, according to lisabeth s narrative, the real aim was to escape to another part of France where they thought they d be safe In an especially heartbreaking scene, lisabeth witnesses the first execution by guillotine, after she and the royal family are brought back to Paris.The next chapter, by Kate Quinn, is narrated by Manon Roland, wife of the minister of the interior under the Girondins moderate revolutionaries I have read quite a bit about Manon Roland, including her memoir which she wrote in prison and smuggled out to her friends, and I think Kate Quinn captures her voice very well Manon had a passion for politics, wrote many of her husband s speeches, and even addressed the National Assembly herself She was a woman ahead of her time in many ways, and I believe that if she d lived today, she d be in the Assembly, or in Congress if she were an American But she also had some old fashioned beliefs for example, that women should be subordinate to their husbands I don t think she would think so if she lived today Unlike Sophie de Condorcet, she did not believe women should have the vote And so, for much of her political life, Manon hid behind her husband It was when she was in prison, writing her memoirs, that she found her own voice Quinn portrays Manon s conflict between her passion for politics and her traditional beliefs very well She also brings to the forefront the sexual assault Manon experienced as a child, at the hands of one of her father s apprentices, an episode that was censored from earlier editions of her memoir This early trauma cast a shadow over Manon s later sexual experiences and relations with men Although she is faithful to her husband, she feels powerfully attracted to a rising politician who is very much in love with her Her confession to her husband casts a damper on their marriage, until the tragic end comes.In the fifth chapter, E Knight tells the story of Charlotte Corday, a young woman from Caen who came to Paris to assassinate Jean Paul Marat, one of the bloodthirstiest leaders of the revolution Charlotte spent most of her life in a convent, and was cast out on her own after the National Assembly closed the convents Her father was too poor to take her in, so she lived in the household of a distant cousin, where she read political newspapers by Marat s opponents, the Girondins Convinced that Marat was ruining the country, she decided that the only way to save France was to assassinate him Famously, at her trial, she said, I have killed one man to save a hundred thousand There is a second narrator in this story Pauline L on, a working class woman who helps to run a chocolate shop in Paris She and her friends, including Louise Audu and the actress Claire Lacombe, found a society of revolutionary women Wielding a pike, Pauline takes to the streets to fight for the revolution and for equal rights for women She and Charlotte represent two different sides of the revolution Charlotte was not a royalist She supported the moderate revolutionaries, while Pauline supported the radical Jacobins Both use violence as a means to accomplish what they think is right I was familiar with Charlotte Corday s story before I read this book, but not so much with Pauline s I think E Knight does an excellent job of explaining why women like Pauline supported Marat and were devastated by his murder, and this is not easy, since I ve always thought of Marat as a monster who deserved exactly what he got I admit, though, that my thinking is influenced by one of my favorite novels, Katherine Neville s The Eight, where Marat is the villain of the section that takes place during the French Revolution The last chapter, by Laura Kamoie, is narrated by milie de Sainte Amaranthe, a young girl considered the most beautiful woman in Paris milie is the daughter of a courtesan, and she and her mother make appearances in the earlier chapters Robespierre desires her, but she resists his advances milie is married to Charles de Sartine, but she is in love with a singer, who comes to her house in secret to visit her at night Meanwhile, her husband is having an affair with an actress milie and Charles know about each other s affairs, and accept the arrangement But milie s lover s visits are mistaken for those of a foreign spy, and she and her family are implicated in a conspiracy against Robespierre and sent to prison They had nothing to do with this plot at all, if it really existed Tragically, it is only when they are all about to be sent to the guillotine that milie and her husband come to love each other Her lover had done absolutely nothing to help her when he had the chance I had not been familiar with milie s story before This chapter is powerful, and devastating.Ribbons of Scarlet is an outstanding novel Much of it is tragic, but it is also inspiring, because it shows how women can take charge of their own lives and work to change the world I see many parallels with our own times These strong women must not be forgotten Their stories deserve to be told I congratulate all the authors who worked on this novel Even though there are six different stories, by six different authors and with six actually, seven different narrators, the novel fits together very well.Note I received a copy of the book at the American Library Association conference in Washington, DC, and had it signed by the three authors who were there.

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    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 which parts of their story were facts and what was created by the authors to help tell their stories There s a P.S section in the back of the book where each author talks about their character which was also very interesting to read I was worried that with 6 different authors it might feel like separate short stories, but most of these characters cross over into multiple parts of this book as the story unfolds so it still feels like a novel If you re even a little bit familiar with this period in history you know that most of the endings are not happy and this book does not spare any of the gory details I would definitely recommend this to anyone who likes to read historical fiction.

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    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 SCARLET offers a potent feminist reminder that the things change, the they remain the same Highly recommended Many thanks to William Morrow Books for the ARC.

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    Excellent book

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    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 in the other chapters as secondary or cameo characters As you progress through the book, you get to know all the characters better and better, and you re thrilled to see them intersect with the other characters lives Their challenges political, family, economic, philosophical, physical dangers, and love interests overlap, giving the reader deep insight into the French Revolution from its hopeful inception to its disastrous end at the guillotine.For me, it s the women s personal stories that resonate the most These women struggle to be heard and to be leaders in their own right They want to build unique personal relationships in a society that reflects their values As you might expect, that wasn t easy in late 18th century France You might be surprised how relevant and touching their struggles feel today So hats off to the six brave authors who banded together to give voice to these six largely forgotten women They created a beautifully researched, entertaining, and inspirational novel that takes women s historical fiction to a new level Enjoy it I loved it.

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    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 t marry a man she loves, she wants to devote herself to the causes she assists her uncle with, crusading on behalf of condemned peasants Major general Lafayette, who served in America under General George Washington, is one of the wealthiest men in France And Sophie hopes to recruit that wealth and influence to her and her uncle s cause Instead, Lafayette suggests Nicolas de Condorcet, a prodigy in philosophy, science, economics, and mathematics Condorcet, a man of bit peculiar manners, when trying to explain his scientific point, the guests flee the room But what time presents later, is a man of great significance not only on historical level but also personal The story explores his forward thinking of women and their rights.Sophie accepts his proposal of marriage She likes their arrangement She likes her freedom, but she can t bear purposelessness Thus she continues to be busy with the cause Even starting a school for poor women.Louise Audu is one of her students She is a fruit seller and a passionate disbeliever that anything can change Even though, she respects Marquise de Condorcet, she has her own opinions about aristocrats When she meets Pauline and observes her bravery, then she wants to make a difference Her voice is very real and raw and also entertaining with her opinionated mind.Princess Elisabeth, sister of King Louis XVI, is pious She believes in divine right of kings as fervently as she believes in God But she is not blind to the plight of common people She is devoted to charity not politics The voice of Elisabeth is woven into this story to present different points of view.Manon Roland is married to Jean Marie Roland, minister of the interior When she sees the streets of Paris running with blood, she can no longer give herself excuses for not writing She picks up a pen and drafts her husband s speeches She knows his style she just adds some boldness and strength.Pauline is a leader of highly respected society of women activists To end the hypocrisy and the blatant disregard for the lives of those who kept this country alive peasants, soldiers, women She has had enough of empty words, she is all about violence If our country was going to make its true transformation, it had to be all the way No king living, and no heirs to take up his mantle Which meant that his wife and his children needed to follow him to the guillotine, and soon Their lives were a necessary sacrifice The story explores well both sides of the story It is easier for aristocratic women to fight with words when they are well provided for It is a different story for those poor women, who have been not only voiceless but also very hungry Words are not enough any longer, thus they resort to violence I highly applaud the two extraordinary aristocratic women, Sophie and Manon They were ahead of their time and they stood for what they believed in Manon felt the most free, when she was in prison, knowing that the guillotine was inevitable for her, she wrote without any restrains, with every fiber in her body she expressed what she believed in Her words were smuggled out of prison With immersive prose and smart dialogue, the characters shine with ambitions, fighting for the free most important words in French history liberty, equality, and fraternity The story is rich in historical details, bringing key events of the French Revolution and offering phenomenal cast of historical figures, some likeable than the others And above all paying honor to the women, who took the leading roles in fighting for the most important triumphs and inspiring changes of the tumultuous French Revolution FB BestHistoricalFiction

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    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 the fact that each section was about a different historical woman and written by a different woman, I didn t enjoy each section the same I particularly didn t like the section about the sister of the king, but I recognize that s a part of history although the way it tries to romanticize a really terrible king, considering what it had to say about the revolutionaries, speaks volumes as far as I m concerned I am also frustrated that the book acts like the French Revolution ended when what historians called the Reign of Terror ended There was no mention of the Thermidor Reaction or the July Directory, or the 18th Brumaire and the ascension of Napoleon I really despise how one sided tales of the French Revolution get, and not telling the story of the conservative counter revolution that rolled back all of the advances of the 1st Republic and the Jacobin Period is willful omission that undermines the attempt to make the lazy oh the revolutionaries are the real baddies point they were trying to make.Overall, it s a well written book and it does an important job, it just fell short of what it could have been.

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