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    Amazing historical fiction

    If you have ever thought that history was boring you have not read anything by these amazing authors. They take the French Revolution and turn it into a place that you cannot wait to go. A place that excites you. A place that you will learn so much about during a time in history that you will wonder why you ever thought history was not interesting. I started reading Ribbons of Scarlet and fell into the story quickly. I couldn’t put it down. I snuck away from my daily life to read a few more pages or another chapter just to find out what is going to happen next. I loved how all the historical authors that I love came together to write such an amazing story. Each author wrote a different chapter and they came together perfectly.
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    "Together we can win this fight. Believe it."

    The French Revolution was one of the most important events in history. The monarchy was abolished and was replaced by republics all across the French countryside. Not only did it result in political changes, but the social ramifications were far reaching and paved the way for future feminist movements. “Ribbons of Scarlet” focuses on seven brave women from all walks of life and differing beliefs, who felt their country needed a change and that women’s voices were worthy of being heard. Sophie was a young woman with an old soul who worked with her Uncle campaigning for equality for women, and also for freeing men who were unjustly imprisoned. As a young girl, she witnessed a man being beaten to death and it changed her life forever. Sophie and her husband shared the same thoughts and beliefs and he appreciated her insight and never thought she was a stupid female who should be kept quiet. He loved her for her brilliant mind, as well as her beauty. Sophie came in contact with all of the women in the book in different ways, and she left a lasting impression on each of them. She was also a teacher who taught women to read and write so they could fight for the equality they were searching for, and so justly deserved. I am so grateful that I had the opportunity to read “Ribbons of Scarlet” because it made me realize how important the historical fiction genre is to the literary world. I had no idea I would learn so much about a time in history that had such a profound effect on society. As I began to understand each woman in the book, I felt as if I had been transported back in time to experience the excitement and sadness of the tumultuous events with them. I knew very little about the French Revolution before I began reading, and I will never forget all that I have learned from this amazing book.
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    Six powerful stories of women of the Revolution

    This is a powerful work of interconnected stories featuring women who made important contributions to the French Revolution. Whether they were peasant street vendors, intellectual politicians, religious zealots, or members of the nobility and royalty, these were all strong women who stood up for their beliefs with dignity and courage. They may have had vastly different views of what they wanted the Revolution to be, but their main concern was for a better life for their family and loved ones. Some worked for the right to vote and be represented equally with men, others worked behind the scenes to help their families survive, some just wanted one more scrap of bread to keep their families alive, and others were on the streets, participating in the bloody fighting. Each woman used her talents in her own way to promote her cause, and whether she survived or died, she left her mark on the Revolution, on France, and on history. I think this book is unique in that six different authors were writing about six main characters and yet the story flowed smoothly from one section to the next. It built to an emotional end at the height of the chaos of the Terror and then brought the reader through to a reflective period after the Revolution had ended. I admit it took me a long time to finish this book, partly because life got in the way and time was short, but also because I knew most of these women would not survive. But even as I read through the tears, I was glad to know their stories and proud that their legacies have carried on so that we can learn about them and how their lives can inspire us today. I won a copy of this book from one of the authors in a contest.
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