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The Scarlet Pimpernel

BARONESS ORCZY

Age Range: 12 and up

In the midst of the French Revolution in the year 1792, one brave elusive man known only as the scarlet pimpernel rescues those who are sentenced to the guillotine. Only a select few men closest to him know the identity of the scarlet pimpernel, but after being blackmailed, one woman is determined to find his identity. Lady Marguerite St. Just is a beautiful French lady who married the rich but daft Englishman Sir Percy Blakeney, and just like everyone else, is curious about the mysterious man. When a dangerous French man from Marguerite's past blackmails her for the identity of the Scarlet Pimpernel, her true loyalties are tested. Refuse to be blackmailed and have her brother killed by the guillotine or discover the man behind the mask, effectively killing the Scarlet Pimpernel to save her brother.


The Scarlet Pimpernel was way better than I thought it would be, and I was surprised when I couldn't stop reading it! I read this book for school, but even before that, I wanted to read it because I heard it was good, and it didn't disappoint. The two main characters are Sir Percy Blakeney and his charming French wife, Marguerite St. Just. Without spoiling too much, both of these characters had secrets and grudges that kept them apart for most of the book, but only at the end did they learn their mistakes when they confided in each other. I did not realize there would be romance until about a quarter of the way through, which I thought was another little added surprise.


The mysteries, adventure, humor, and romance altogether made for an excellent story, not to mention how well it was written! Not only did I enjoy a fantastic story, but I also learned about the French Revolution and the horrors of that time. I was so happy with The Scarlet Pimpernel and how everything turned out that I wish every book were just like it.


Things to Mention: Some violence including swordplay, flighting, and beatings. There is one "D***”.


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