If you like books set during the French Revolution, you’ll probably like….
— Michelle Moran’s Madame Tussaud (a finalist for the Goodreads Readers Choice Award!);
— Iris Johansen’s Storm Winds, one of my favorite old romance novels, which covers the more tumultuous bits of the Revolution (off topic, but also excellent, check out the first book in the Winds trilogy, The Wind Dancer, set in Renaissance Italy with cameo appearances by assorted Borgias);
— Rosalind Laker’s To Dance With Kings, which stretches from the reign of Louis XIV up through the Revolution;
— Katherine Neville’s The Eight, a classic thriller which jumps between various periods, including late eighteenth century France, getting up close and personal with Jacques Louis David and other revolutionary It guys;
— Charles Dickens’ A Tale of Two Cities: “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times….”;
— Jennifer Donnelly’s Revolution, a YA novel going back and forth between a modern teen and the French Revolution (I haven’t read this one yet, but it’s on my TBR list);
— and, of course, our old friend, The Scarlet Pimpernel (and sequels!).
For some fun non-fiction about the Revolution, try:
— Antonia Fraser’s Marie Antoinette: the Journey, for a portrait of the doomed queen;
— Caroline Moorehead’s Dancing to the Precipice, an engaging biography of Lucie de la Tour du Pin, who went through the Revolution and the Terror and lived to write about them (she also spent some time in New York, thus neatly crossing paths with Emma, the heroine of my Garden Intrigue);
— and Deborah Cadbury’s The Lost King of France, a fascinating debunking of the myths surrounding the lost Dauphin. (Although it is fun to imagine him rescued by the Scarlet Pimpernel, a la Orczy’s El Dorado, sadly, that was not, in fact, the case.)
What are your favorite novels of the French Revolution?