3. The Scarlet Pimpernel by Baroness Orczy
Before Batman, before Zorro, there was another hero of the people. His name: The Scarlet Pimpernel. His talents: master of disguise and escapes. His mission: To rescue as many innocents from Madame la Guillotine during the bloodbath that was France’s Reign of Terror.
Sir Percy Blakeney, the wealthiest aristocrat in England, dons the mask of a complete dim-witted fop to protect his secret identity. Not even his beloved wife, the beautiful French actress Marguerite St Just, knows to whom she is married. But then Marguerite’s brother Armand is condemned to die unless Marguerite helps unmask the Scarlet Pimpernel. Loyalties are put to the test when Marguerite seeks to both save Armand and protect the true identity of the man she loves.
I fell in love with this story when I first saw the film with Anthony Andrews. After I discovered there was a book, with a number of sequels, I was thrilled. There are some exquisite scenes in the novel that will have the romantic at heart swooning in delight!
The book is available for purchase at https://amzn.to/3KsK45h
The film I mentioned, starring Anthony Andrews as Sir Percy, Jane Seymour as Marguerite, and Ian McKellen as the villainous Chauvelin, is also available for purchase at https://amzn.to/3RbqdcS