Monday, October 28, 2013

Reading Journal: The Scarlet Pimpernel by Baroness Orczy

Book Description:
In the year 1792, Sir Percy and Lady Marguerite Blakeney are the darlings of British society—he is known as one of the wealthiest men in England and a dimwit; she is French, a stunning former actress, and “the cleverest woman in Europe”—and they find themselves at the center of a deadly political intrigue. The Reign of Terror controls France, and every day aristocrats in Paris fall victim to Madame la Guillotine. Only one man can rescue them—the Scarlet Pimpernel—a master of disguises who leaves a calling card bearing only a signature red flower. As the fascinating connection between the Blakeneys and this mysterious hero is revealed, they are forced to choose between love and loyalty in order to avoid the French agent Chauvelin, who relentlessly hunts the Scarlet Pimpernel.
My thoughts:
The Scarlet Pimpernel by Baroness Orczy is a book set during the French Revolution. It is a story that has mystery, suspense, romance, and a nice sprinkling of humor.

I'm not going to talk much about the story since I don't want to ruin the story if you haven't read it. One thing I found fascinating about the story was how much similar Baroness Orczy's writing reminded me of Georgette Heyer's writing. I was expecting a serious story and though it has its serious moments the writing definitely has a more modern feel than other books published during the early 1900s.

I was also surprised on how much in common The Scarlet Pimpernel and The Mark of Zorro had with each other. The protagonists in each story are very similar. The big difference is the settings.

I really enjoyed The Scarlet Pimpernel. If you haven't read it you will want to add it to you TBR list. Oh, and if any of my thoughts interest you save you research for later and just enjoy the story first! 


  1. One of my favorite books! Glad you enjoyed it. The sequel, Eldorado, is good, but I don't re-read it every few years like the first book.

  2. I will look for this. I'm currently listening to I Will Repay another one that she wrote.



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