AUTHOR: Melanie Kerr
RELEASE DATE: May 1st, 2016
PUBLISHER: Stonehouse Publishing
FORMAT: Paperback & Ebook
SOURCE: complimentary copy
Mary Green, obscure orphan and ward of the wealthy Hargreaves family, has always accepted her inferior position with grace, humility, and gratitude. When she discovers that her only friend is to leave the country forever, that her confidence has been betrayed by the unfeeling youngest daughter of the family, and that her very deprivation is the object of the mockery and scorn of everyone she has sought to honour, she determines to cast them off and make her own way in the world. On her twenty-first birthday, free to choose her own destiny, she dreams of peace and tolerance, and perhaps a partner who might be noble enough to love her in all her simplicity. But when an unexpected foray into London society disrupts all her plans, she is faced with an uncharacteristic storm of feelings. Will she grow strong and happy in her independence, or will her character be lost amidst her newfound ambition? Unable to trust the whims of her own heart, Mary is forced to confront the question that has forever plagued her: Who is she and where does she come from?
Melanie Kerr studied linguistics, English and theatre at the University of British Columbia and law at the University of Alberta. Melanie is a reckless lover of clotted cream, a staunch defender of the semi-colon and a fierce opponent of unpleasant music. She wooed her current and only husband with false promises of skill at word games and eternally good hair. She lives in Edmonton, where she raises her two sons, sews her own Regency costumes, runs a Jane Austen Fun Club, blogs on all things old and English, endeavours to take over the world and occasionally practices law. Follies Past is her first novel.
"Mary Green" is an excellent story about an orphan girl who was always treated as an inferior but never complained about her situation. On her twenty-first birthday, she finds out that she has the power to change her all whole life and decides to fly away as soon as possible. This is a story about friendship, love, growing up and who we are.
Mary is the perfect heroine, honest, pure and with a hunger to have a meaningful life. She has a hard time dealing with her new reality but it's totally understandable. She goes from nothing to rich in a moment and she wants to do the best for her and other. Her generous heart makes her a target for all kinds of people. Her desire to find true love also brings a series of misunderstandings and disappointments.
The secondary characters are anything but small, each one has a defined role and helps Mary to grow up and learn. There are many remarkable moments, some happier than others but always a reason to keep reading.
The plot has all the touches and elements we love in this type of story. Everything has been taken care off, the scenarios are detailed and it's easy to picture all of it. The author did a great job describing the fashion, balls and architecture to create a solid world.
I absolutely adore the writing style, the author has a gift to create a colorful, vivid and real world with complex characters and the same Jane Austen essence. It's clear she loves Austen but she has her own voice, which is fresh, engaging and creates a wonderful book.