AT LAST THE DAY HAS ARRIVED!!!! So thrilled to announce the release of my latest novel Ribbons of Scarlet–an innovative and gripping novel about the French Revolution’s women.
Ribbons of Scarlet is a timely story of the power of women to start a revolution – and change the world.
In late 18th-century France, women do not have a place in politics. But as the tide of revolution rises, women from gilded salons to the streets of Paris decide otherwise – upending a world order that has long oppressed them.
Blue-blooded Sophie de Grouchy believes in democracy, education, and equal rights for women and marries the only man in Paris who agrees. Emboldened to fight the injustices of King Louis XVI, Sophie aims to prove that an educated populace can govern itself – but one of her students, fruit-seller Louise Audu, is hungrier for bread and vengeance than learning. When the Bastille falls and Louise leads a women’s march to Versailles, the monarchy is forced to bend, but not without a fight. The king’s pious sister, Princess Elisabeth, takes a stand to defend her brother, spirit her family to safety, and restore the old order, even at the risk of her head.
But when fanatics use the newspapers to twist the revolution’s ideals into a new tyranny, even the women who toppled the monarchy are threatened by the guillotine. Putting her faith in the pen, brilliant political wife Manon Roland tries to write a way out of France’s blood-soaked Reign of Terror while pike-bearing Pauline Leon and steely Charlotte Corday embrace violence as the only way to save the nation. With justice corrupted by revenge, all the women must make impossible choices to survive – unless unlikely heroine and courtesan’s daughter Emilie de Sainte-Amaranthe can sway the man who controls France’s fate: the fearsome Robespierre.
⚜ PRAISE FOR RIBBONS OF SCARLET ⚜
Sure to appeal to devotees of historical fiction, feminists, and those looking for a stirring #metoo read
⚜ Library Journal (starred review)
Ambition. Heartache. Scandal. Brilliantly executed portrayal of women’s participation in the French Revolution. I cannot think of a better way for you to spend your time than reading this book.
⚜ Dolen Perkins-Valdez, New York Times Bestselling author of Wench
HERstory at its finest; this novel of the French Revolution, collaboratively written by titans of Historical Fiction, brings women to the forefront of the time know as the Terror. This novel has it all; the ability to move, entertain, educate, and inspire.
⚜ Melanie Benjamin, New York Times Bestselling author of The Aviator’s Wife