Ribbons of Scarlet ~Review~

Ribbons of Scarlet is an anthology written by various authors. This novel is about six women during the French Revolution that has one direction and yet six different points of view.

Part I: The Philosopher by Stephanie Dray is about Sophie de Grouchy. She does not want to be ruled by any man, but then there aren’t many men like the Marquis de Condorcet who respect and support her views. Their outspoken views on women’s rights and education are ahead of their time but how long will that be with the unease building in their country?

Overall, I believe this one is my favorite out of the bunch, maybe because I really admire Sophie. But I love how Stephanie Dray discusses the uniqueness of her relationship with her husband and the growing tension in their country. 5 out of 5 stars

Part II: The Revolutionary by Heather Webb is about Louise Audu who starts out as a fruit seller but as the Revolution begins she leads the Women’s March on Versailles. The price of bread rises and the people of France are starving. They were able to confront the King himself. This march is actually one of the major turning points of the Revolution.

Just kidding, this one is probably my favorite. Or maybe it is a tie. I love Louise. Unlike Sophie, Louise knows what it is like to be a part of the lower class in Paris, the ones who are starving. She has a legit reason to use her voice when the aristocracy refuses to acknowledge their suffering. 5 out of 5 stars.

Part III: The Princess by Sophie Perinot is about Princess Elizabeth, even though she would rather take her place in the Church, she knows her place is by her brother’s side. Plus, she does have a love for shoes. She can’t understand why the people would rise against their king.

I know this set of stories was supposed to have different points of view to get a better understanding of each side in the Revolution but Elizabeth was not my favorite. She looks down on everyone lower than herself, she is one-dimensional and it is because of attitudes like hers that there was even a Revolution in the first place. 2 out of 5 stars.

Part IV: The Politician by Kate Quinn. I have always enjoyed Kate Quinn’s work and this section about Manon Roland is stunning. While her views about women more aligned with the beliefs at the time, she did make her voice known in politics that ultimately led to her death.

This is a heartbreaking read. If you have studied the French Revolution then you would know about Manon Roland whose memoir was smuggled out letter by letter while she was imprisoned before her execution. She had a difficult life and had been abused as a child. However, her letters gave a very intricate point-of-view about the Revolution. 4 out of 5 stars

Part V The Assassin by E. Knight by has a dual perspective, one of Pauline Leon and the other Charlotte Corday. Both of these women thought the best way to get the results they wanted was through violence.

I did enjoy this section. There is a real vulnerability with these women that history hasn’t often portrayed. They are often seen as villains. But it is really their fear that drives them. 4 out of 5 stars.

Part VI: The Beauty by Laura Kamoie is about Emilie de Sainte-Amaranthe who is one of the most beautiful woman in Paris. She is also the daughter of a courtesan. Her path takes her towards one of the most famous people in France…Robespierre.

I was a hot mess during this read. The final pages were so vivid and heartbreaking. But I loved this take on Emilie. She is enchanting from beginning to end. 5 out of 5 stars.

Overall, this is a wonderful historical fiction of some of the most notable women of the French Revolution. It gives wonderful insight into the real terror afflicted on everyone. Because truly, no one was safe. 4 out of 5 stars!

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