I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.The Crimson Ribbon by Katherine Clements
Published by Headline on March 27, 2014
Genres: Fiction, Historical
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England 1646. The Civil War is raging and society turned upside down.
What should be a rare moment of blessing for the town of Ely takes a brutal turn and Ruth Flowers is left with little choice but to flee the household of Oliver Cromwell, the only home she has ever known. On the road to London, Ruth sparks an uneasy alliance with a deserting soldier, the battle-scarred and troubled Joseph. But when she reaches the city, it’s in the Poole household that she finds refuge.
Lizzie Poole, beautiful and charismatic, enthrals the vulnerable Ruth, who binds herself inextricably to Lizzie’s world. But in these troubled times, Ruth is haunted by fears of her past catching up with her. And as Lizzie’s radical ideas escalate, Ruth finds herself carried to the heart of the country’s conflict, to the trial of a king.
Based on the real figure of the extraordinary Elizabeth Poole, The Crimson Ribbon conjures a mesmerising story of two women’s obsession, superstition and hope.
While based on real people and events from the past The Crimson Ribbon is a work of fiction. There were alot of twists and turns in this novel and from the atmosphere of the book – told in the present tense, from Ruth’s perspective – it was very easy to get caught up in the story.
There were times when I was left wanting more – more background the pamphleteers. More information about the situation in London, the effects of Oliver Cromwell and the spread of witchcraft. At times it felt like there was too much about the characters and not enough about the story, but this is only a minor niggle really.
This was a romantic drama that was underpinned by historical fact. The descriptions are beautiful, you do feel that you are there with Ruth and it is quite easy to imagine her surroundings.
The Crimson Ribbon was an enthralling ride, that was extremely difficult to put down.