The Elusive Pimpernel, Paperback
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This should be titled 'an interlude', as the real story is the powerful romance between Sir Percy and the ever impulsive Marguerite. Chauvelin sets a trap for the Pimpernel, or so he thinks, to even the score for the humiliation he suffered in Calais in The Scarlet Pimpernel; Percy takes the initiative and calls his arch-enemy's bluff, although his escape is a little flimsy (but for the convention of The Hero Always Triumphs, this should have been a victory for the sable-clad underdog). In the chapters with Marguerite, a prisoner of Chauvelin in Boulogne, the reader shares her thoughts and fears, as in The Scarlet Pimpernel, and so her very human behaviour is understandable; barring I Will Repay and Sir Percy Leads the Band, where Marguerite doesn't appear at all, this is the first sequel to consider how the Blakeneys are adjusting to their lives together after the clifftop reunion, and it does so very well. She has to learn to trust him, just as he begins to realise how vitally he loves and treasures his wife. Beautiful sentiment and subtle character development.

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Not as charming as the first book, but it had it's moments.Absolutely adored the scenes with Percy. And I felt myself holding my breath waiting to find out how he was going to get out of that dreadful bind at the end. Sink me! He's a genius.The chapters from Marguerite's point of view were absolutely excruciating. Could there be a dumber heroine? And I could do without the repeatedness of how god damn good looking the characters are. We get it, Baroness. Good lord.

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