I’ve always been a fan of the Scarlet Pimpernel, the book, the musical. Love it all. When I heard that Jen Geigle Johnson was part of the Valentines giveaway and her debut novel is in the time period of the French Revolution but following the struggle for equality from the English Commoners point of view. I was excited to not only find a new author, but also to read more about a time period that has fascinated me since 8th grade French class. I just started the book and have not had a chance to finish it yet, but once I do a full review will be up. Don’t forget to enter the giveaway at the bottom of the post.
“While British high society primps and plays, the impoverished citizens of London languish. But there are those fighting for the freedom of common citizens—including two members of the aristocracy who secretly champion revolution. In the drawing rooms of the upper class, Lady Amanda and Lord Nathaniel flirt and tease with the best of them as she pretends to win every heart in London for sport, and he, to conquer them. But in truth, their flirtation is merely a façade designed to keep their clandestine actions hidden from the ton— and from each other. When Nathaniel presents himself as a potential suitor, the attraction between the two is undeniable—but the faces they portray to the world are not enough to win each other’s hearts.
When their crusade for London’s poor unites them more deeply than they could imagine, Amanda and Nathaniel struggle to trust one another with their true ideals and identities. But when the call to action leads Amanda into the path of danger, she can only hope that Nathaniel will see through her frivolous pretense. Because now, only the aid of the suitor she loves most—but trusts least—can save her.”
UPDATED REVIEW: (finished the book 😉 )
Jen has certainly done her research and flawlessly streams together a fictional story led by historical circumstance of the time. The novel is written in third person and necessarily so as she impressively gives you sympathy and understanding for all classes involved in the situations of the time.
It would be hard to find one specific genre for this book as it balances’ the sweet romance, the historically driven plot, the strong women and the message of freedom so beautifully. Her next book Scarlet comes out May 1st and is a twist on the Scarlet Pimpernel as a women, so excited about this next book!
Author Jen Geigle Johnson
Jen Geigle Johnson once greeted an ancient turtle under the water by grabbing her fin. Other vital things to know: the sound a water-ski makes on glassy water and how to fall down steep moguls with grace. No mountain is too steep for her to climb, yet. During a study break date in college, she sat on top of a jeep’s roll bars up in the mountains and fell in love. She discovered her passion for England while kayaking on the Thames near London as a young teenager.
Now an award-winning author and mother of six, she loves to share bits of history that might otherwise be forgotten. Whether in Regency England, the French Revolution, or Colonial America, her romance novels are much like life is supposed to be: full of adventure. She is a member of the RWA, the SCBWI, and LDStorymakers. She is also the chair of the Lonestar.Ink writing conference.
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