Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Follies Past - Review @FolliesPast

Title: Follies Past (A prequel to Pride & Prejudice)
Author: Melanie Kerr
Release Date:
November 11th 2013 
Format: Paperback & Ebook
Petticoat Press
Source: complimentary copy from the publisher


Before there was a single man in possession of a good fortune at Netherfield, there was a single man in want of a wife in London. His name was Wickham and he was bent on marrying himself into as much wealth as he might contrive, preferably to the detriment of the man who had destroyed all his prospects in life – the man known as Darcy of Pemberley.
In Pride and Prejudice, everything hinges on a letter which Mr. Darcy gives Elizabeth - a letter setting forth all his dealings with Mr. Wickham. These facts, supplied by Austen herself, are at the heart of Follies Past. The novel begins at Pemberley, at Christmas, almost a year before the opening of Pride and Prejudice. It follows young Georgiana Darcy to London, to Ramsgate and to the brink of a perilous elopement.
Upon opening the pages of Follies Past, readers will begin to feel as though it was penned by the masterful hand of Jane Austen herself. Crafted with all the skill of a trained linguist, this jaunty excursion into a flawless Regency England gives readers all the joys, the wit, and the drama of their beloved Pride and Prejudice. Existing characters are just as Austen wrote them, and the story, the manners, even the syntax, all conform to her standards and idioms. 
As well as some exciting new characters and a sweet and touching new love story, readers will discover delightful surprises from more minor characters such as Anne de Bourgh and Mrs. Younge. The prefect prequel to England’s favourite book, this is a novel for true Austen fans.

Melanie Kerr studied linguistics, English and theatre at the University of British Columbia and law at the University of Alberta. She is a regular attendee at meetings of her local chapter of JASNA, and has numerous times arranged for large groups of Canadians to join her in attending the Jane Austen Festival in Bath, England. Kerr 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.  


Have you ever wonder what happened before Pride and Prejudice? I always wanted to know the complete story on how Mr. Wickham lured Mr. Darcy’s sister and almost ruined some lives. This book takes us back and answers some of these questions.

Follies Past presents the possibility of getting a glimpse on the lives of some of our favorite characters before Jane Austen tale. It gives us the chance to return to the wonderful world created by the great author and submerges again in a universe we love.

Set a year before the classic events, this fast narration tells us how Mr. Darcy younger sister got to meet Mr. Wickham. Of course there is more to the story; there are really interesting sub-plots that will keep you glued to the pages. There is suspense, misread intentions, romance and adrenaline at the end.

This time Georgiana has the spotlight. The fourteen-year-old girl is sweet and likeable. I think the author did a great job creating a full personality for this amazing character. Mr. Darcy has few appearances but is still the one we love.

Even though the book has an unique writing style you can feel Austen inspiration behind the words. It has the same rich language and the exquisite descriptions we love from this universe. Of course the book has romance and Melanie creates believable scenarios for it. The innocence is present and pure love makes an apparition.

For those who love Jane Austen this is a MUST. And for those who have never read Pride and Prejudice but enjoy historical romance, this is a very recommendable book.

I applaud the author for taking a risk creating a prequel for such an important book. She did an excellent job and deserves all the credit for a beautiful story.

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