Set during the French Revolution, all of England is abuzz with rumors of a mysterious Englishman, known only as the Scarlet Pimpernel, and his band of devoted colleagues who sneak across the Channel, risking life and limb, to rescue French aristocrats from the vicious maw of Madame La Guillotine. Often, the brave rogue will walk out with his escapees, right under the nose of the French government, with no one the wiser until it is much too late. He is a hero to all of England, and his identity is the most sought-after secret of the time.
Forced by circumstance and blackmail, it comes to down one of the Scarlet Pimpernel’s most ardent admirers, Lady Marguerite St. Juste Blakeney to discover the mysterious rogue’s identity, without tipping off her estranged husband, the handsome yet simple Lord Percy Blakeney, of what she is doing. Faced with one of the most difficult decisions of her life: betray England’s national hero or allow her beloved brother to be sent to La Guillotine for her own stubborn pride, Lady Blakeney hitches up her skirts and reaffirms her title as the cleverest woman in Europe. And maybe at the same time, she’ll be able to figure out why her husband’s initial, desperate ardor cooled off only moments after they made their vows.
Hands down, this is my favorite book. Ever. I have to admit, the opening is a little slow and it can take some time to work into “the good part,” but once Marguerite gets going, she REALLY gets going.
I think one of the reasons I love this book so much is that it’s not a straight, mushy-mushy romance. There is a TON of action, adventure and intrigue. Everything balances so beautifully that by the end, I just hug the book to my chest and sigh. TSP is one of the few books I can read over and over and never get bored.
I highly recommend it to anyone who just loves a good romance.
5 out of 5 Whatzits.