A Revolution of Hearts
Aristocrat Mademoiselle Dacia de Prideaux faces the challenge of her life when in April 1789, her political activist brother is murdered. She is accused of the crime and, forced to leave home and country, she flees to England with the help of Sir Percy Blakeney, known as the Scarlet Pimpernel, who founded an organization to save French aristos from Madame La Guillotine. Secreted within the country home of Blakeney’s friend, Sir Richard Harris, she assumes the role of a maid to avoid detection by Commissioner Jeret, her brother’s murderer. Dacia must guard her feelings and her safety amidst threats Jeret will find her in England.
The historical portrayal of France in 1789 seems a bit off-base. Though Hinrichsen uses a myriad of details to describe the setting, aspects of French culture at the time of the revolution appear sketchy. The English chapters contain much more historical realism, and the author’s portrayal of the interchanges between Dacia, Richard, and the servants are believable and lively. The scenes depicting the growing relationship between Dacia and Master Richard are well-played, and the ending is satisfying to the reader.