On my first day as a rocket scientist at Nasa, they jammed me into a pod with a fireball of a secretary, a wiry blonde with a winning smile and a very sharp personality. After she marked her turf (and scared me silly), it came out that we were both writers. Lynn Perry and I have been friends ever since. So here is her take on Baroness Emmuska Orczy’s classic.
I am a reader….my bulging book shelves, decades old library card and financially abused Kindle account reflect my love of books. Most recently, I reached into history and re-read The Scarlet Pimpernel.
When I initially read the book, I was reading through the eyes of a young woman. Although I was immediately swept into the intriguing history of France and England and the bold and beautiful characters, it was the love between the characters that my interest focused on.
Now, as an adult reading the book once again; I am reading with a broader more mature view. Having experienced more of life’s offerings; some wonderful, others sorrowful, I enjoyed the writing of Baroness Orczy that much more. The Scarlet Pimpernel is part romance, part adventure, part spy thriller and part super-hero fiction. The book offers a combination of history lesson, a glimpse into the grandeur of the aristocracy as well as the severe restrictions and brutality of the time, but mostly the pages emphasize the depth of understand and trust.
I highly recommend The Scarlet Pimpernel to anyone that enjoys the pull of an enchanting account of how a few strongly dedicated individuals rose above corruption to make a difference and in doing so find themselves as well.