October 22, 2019
1st Line/1st Paragraphs
I’m linking up this week with Vicki @ I’d Rather Be At The Beach who hosts a meme every Tuesday to share the First Chapter/First Paragraph of the book you are currently reading.
I’m pleased to share a passage from Ribbons of Scarlet by Kate Quinn (et al.). Six best selling authors collaborated to write this greatly anticipated work of historical fiction about the women of the French Revolution.
“A breathtaking, epic novel illuminating the hopes, desires, and destinies of princesses and peasants, harlots and wives, fanatics and philosophers—seven unforgettable women whose paths cross during one of the most tumultuous and transformative events in history: the French Revolution.
Ribbons of Scarlet is a timely story of the power of women to start a revolution—and change the world.
In late eighteenth-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.”
Ribbons of Scarlet by Kate Quinn, Stephanie Dray, Laura Kamoie, Sophie Perinot, Heather Webb, and E. Knight
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Genre/Categories: Military Historical Fiction, French Revolution
1st Line/1st Paragraphs From Chapter One:
Sympathy is our most natural and moral sense. And its origin is pain. From our first wail of infancy, we’re creatures who suffer. Perhaps women most of all. From cradle to grave, we gather bruises, scrapes, and cuts. And all of us–from peasant to queen–stumble and fall.What’s more, every injury hurts infinitely. First, when the bone breaks. Then in every remembrance of it, such that when we see another person in pain, we feel the echo in our own body.That’s why, blinded by tears, I shuddered with every crack of the hammer over the scene of torture playing out before me in the majestic place de Greve, where a doomed prisoner screamed for mercy as the executioner shattered his bones.
Well….it appears that this might be a difficult read! I trust these authors completely, and I’m willing to dive in and learn about these incredible women of the French Revolution.
Do you enjoy historical fiction books?
Is Ribbons of Scarlet on your TBR?
Have you read any titles from these authors? I’ve read America’s First Daughter and My Dear Hamilton (Dray and Kamoie), Last Christmas in Paris (Webb), and The Nightingale and The Huntress (Quinn).
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Great excerpts! Thanks for sharing, and enjoy!
Thanks for commenting! 👍
My reviewer Susan read this book and really enjoyed it. I absolutely loved A Tale of Two Cities which made me want to read other French Revolution set novels. So I might have to read this one.
I’m eager to seriously dive in! I hope you have a chance to read it! Thanks for commenting!
“From our first wail of infancy, we’re creatures who suffer.”
Damn! SUCH BEAUTIFUL WRITINGG!! 😍😍😍❤️❤️❤️😭😭 I wanna read this book sooo badddd noww!! 😍😍😍😍❤️
Thank youu for sharing this, Carol! ❤️
Based on the authors, I’m hoping for a great read! 👍
Hey, Carol…I commented but I think it vanished! POOFFF!! 🤣🤣🤣 Well, just wanted to say that these excerpts are absolutely beautiful and I am intrigued by this author and book now! Thank you sooo much for sharingg!! ❤️❤️💕
Thanks for persistence in commenting Rain!
Hahahh!! Yeahh …🤣
Not for me but I hope you enjoy it!
Thanks for commenting! 👍
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