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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 overar 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 piecethan 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 (((BOOK))) ↚ Ribbons of Scarlet: A Novel of the French Revolution's Women ⇻ 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 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 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 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 readhistorical fiction that isn t set during World War II, and this novel was an easy choice because, hello, Kate Quinn If you ve never 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 readhistorical fiction that isn t set during World War II, and this novel was an easy choice because, hello, Kate Quinn If you ve never read any of her work, I obviously recommend this book, but also The Alice Network and The Huntress Ribbons of Scarlet is set during the French Revolution and focuses on women s role in these events The format of this novel worked very well I ve seen a lot of misunderstanding about this book online Because of the number of authors listed, a lot of people have assumed it is a collection of short stories set during the same time period, and this is not the case The novel follows a single linear narrative following the course of the revolution, but each section introduces a new point of view character This is different from most novels with multiple POV characters in that, for the most part, we do not return to a character once we move on from her singular section We get one peek into each woman s perspective and then she is lost to us I worried that this would feel disjointed overall, but this was absolutely not the case, and it provided an excellent opportunity to look at some of the same events through different eyes Despite what must have been a very difficult process, the six authors meshed very well together Even while jumping from one one woman s perspective to another relatively unrelated woman s section, there is a strong sense of a central narrative following the course of the revolution Each woman has a wildly different perspective on the historical moment they are inhabiting, and each perspective seems fully fleshed out and genuine It was refreshing to see a war novel which focuses exclusively on women s experiences, as these are often overlooked French women played a significant role in the revolution and women of different social classes were impacted in very different ways It was particularly interesting to me to spend time in the mind of a female members of the aristocracy, who, while they did enjoy the benefits of wealth leading up to the revolution, often had little to no power of their own In the end, they bore the consequences of the actions of their husbands and fathers alongside them Ribbons of Scarlet is an illuminating novel about a fascinating piece of French history Seamlessly told and heartbreaking, this book is a jewel You can read all of my reviews on my blog, Jenna Bookish Facebook Instagram Tumblr 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 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 Dray 4 starsSophie is special She consumes Rousseau and Voltaire like breathing air She s conversant in every subject Let her leave off the prayer beads, the embroidery, and other feminine occupations Sophie is a scholar with a man s mindSophie de Grouchy is the subject of the first chapter, who together with her husband the Marquis de Condorcet represents the idealistic nature that swirled in France and set the stage for the events which would eventually occur I found Sophie to be an intriguing woman who wasn t timid to speak her mind among the male intellectuals and social elite of the time It was also interesting to find that she made a love match during a time when that was unheard of among her classThe Revolutionary by Heather Webb 5 stars I would never go back to how it was before, a woman who did as she was told As a reader student of this time period, it has always fascinated me the drive of women to be seen throughout the events of the Revolution One story I always remembered is the women who would bring their knitting to the guillotine on a daily basis In Louise Reine Audu, Heather Webb puts a face on a brash and sassy woman who was dedicated to the cause, one of the many women that would be seen as heroes of the revolution Ultimately, it would lead to heartache and tragedy for Louise, but I thought her perspective was the sit up and take notice that the revolution wasn t just for the male citizens of Paris Hands down, one of my favorite chapters in the bookThe Princess by Sophie Perinot 3.5 starsYou are Elisabeth Philippine Marie Helene de France Sophie Perinot takes an intriguing turn in giving voice to that of the King s beloved saintly sister, Elisabeth of France Of course, the princess would be vilified by the height of the revolution and is often overshadowed by her sister in law, Marie Antoinette So it is refreshing to have her perspective included inRibbons of Scarlet A royalist who was not blind to the plight of the French people, but blindly loyal to her brother, Elisabeth is perhaps the most vulnerable character of this book as I already knew the end of her story yet knew little of her This story prompts me to look further forinfo about this enigmatic womanThe Politician by Kate Quinn 5 stars The Revolution has become a great whore, and I fear so have I Kate Quinn is without exception one of my go to authors and can deliver the first line of a story that gets me hooked I am not sure if KQ is a fan of the Outlander novels, but Quinn s writing is so immersive and her characters so real, that I often suspect she knows a whole lotabout those standing stones than she lets on In this chapter, we are introduced to Manon Roland, a politician s wife who was writing speeches and quite open about speaking writing about the political ideas of the day Manon also was very open about certain key figures of the revolution and I truly delighted in learning that wasn t just author interpretation A contradictory personage in terms of hanging onto some key traditional values and ideals, I felt that Manon was a woman that I REALLY should have learned about when I was studying the French Revolution in high school AND when I was teaching world history I am glad that I know about her now thoughThe Assassin by E.Knight 4.5 stars E Knight decides to tackle two voices in this chapter surrounding the assassination of Jean Paul Marat, a journalist, and politician during the Revolution I leapt into this revolution to protect women, not fight them In Pauline, E.Knight gives us a historical personage that is perhaps the strongest image of what women of the FR hoped would be accomplished equality for women Involved in many different societies in the republic, Pauline and her female counterparts would eventually find that their voices didn t actually want to be heard I am not a murderer I am a patriot Like Joan of Arc, I am a savior of FranceMarie Anne Charlotte de Corday d Armont has gone down in the history books as either a heroine or a villain I think every reader has to make up their own mind about where they stand on that issue But I definitely enjoyed the way Knight presented her and it s for her narration alone that this story is almost a 5 in my booksThe Beautyby Laura Kamoie 3 stars This revolution promised liberty, equality, and fraternity, but all it seems capable of is tyranny and death Our last historical personage is Charlotte Rose Emilie Davasse de Saint Amaranthe Sartine who also probably should be a name that we know since her tragic ending would certainly sour the French thirst for the guillotine Perhaps one of thedramatic chapters of the book, I felt the story was intriguing but I wasn t as moved by the main character s voice Overall, I did find it relevant and a good conclusion to the novel They killed us for being too political, too intelligent, too opinionated, too daring, too pretty If you enjoyed this historical compilation, I would also recommend A Year of Ravens A Novel of Boudica s Rebellion, A Day of Fire A Novel of Pompeii, and A Song of War A Novel of Troy Goodreads review published 27 28 02 20 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 mof 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 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 mof 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 this time period who served in various roles throughout the French Revolution The forward was written by Allison Pataki and she made an observation that never really occurred to me before She talked about how the women of the book I was about to read might sound really progressiveAlmost as if they belong in today s time and not in the 1790s She mentioned that women have always been involved in causes to advance rights of ourselves and others, but it was never written about in our textbooks Why Simply, women weren t writing the history they were a big part of Men were And there you have it I was concerned that with so many authors it might be choppy or feel like it wasn t all one story Let that fear fall by the wayside because I didn t notice at all I thought each story had something to offer and was extremely descriptive almost as if you were there , but not boring at all I like how after you finished reading a particularly character s section, they made an effort to let you know how that character fared from the perspective of the next character This was extremely well done, but for some reason I m holding back on giving the 5th star I can t really say why I would blame me, not the book One word of advice this is definitely not a book to rush through I admit I kind of had to so that may have been the problem Thank you to Edelweiss, William Morrow Company, Kate Quinn, Sophie Perinot, Laura Kamoie, Stephanie Dray, E Knight, Heather Webb and Allison Pataki who wrote the forward , for giving me the opportunity to read and provide an honest review of this book Review Date 11 4 19Publication Date 10 01 19 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 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 An delightful and enlightening book about seven strong willed women intent on fighting for necessary changes during the French Revolution SUMMARYRIBBONS 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 An delightful and enlightening book about seven strong willed women intent on fighting for necessary changes during the French Revolution SUMMARYRIBBONS 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 but each has a vested interest in this revolution Salon hostess and philosopher, Sophie de Grouchy, is fighting for equality and education for women Fruit seller and revolutionary, Louise Audu is hungry and wants food for all The king s sister, Princess Elizabeth fights to defend her brother s rule Writer and Politician, Manon Roland puts her faith in the pen, writing speeches Chocolate maker Pauline Leon and the steely Charlotte Corday embrace violence as the only way to save the nation But the fate of these women rests with the ability of the beautiful Emilie de Sante Amaranthe to sway the one man who controls France s fate REVIEWI loved the concept of this book and being introduced to these seven strong minded women who actually stood up for change during the French Revolution The subject was intriguing, even causing me to research the internet forabout each of these amazing women The book is an inspiring tribute to this sisterhood who willingly put their lives on the line for change in their country Each of women showed courage, dedication, and perseverance.Ribbons of Scarlet is divided into six parts, each written by a different author Authors Kate Quinn, Stephanie Dray, Laura Kamoie, Sophie Perinot, Heather Webb, and E Knight also formed a sisterhood to pull off this delightful book The writing is enlightening and the stories were creatively woven together by ribbons of scarlet Thanks to the authors for an advance reading copy of this book in exchange for an honest review Publisher WilliamMorrow BooksPublished October 1, 2019Review www.bluestockingreviews.com 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 Scarletthan 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 Scarletthan 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 themoderate 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 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 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 andoffering phenomenal cast of historical figures, somelikeable 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 Source ARC was provided by the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review