Monday, September 13, 2010

Review: Folly

Marthe Jocelyn
Publisher: Wendy Lamb Books
Release Date: May 11, 2010

Three fates intertwine in this moving and passionate love story set in Victorian London.

Mary Finn: country girl, maid to a lord in London

Caden Tucker: liar, scoundrel, and heart's delight

James Nelligan: age six, tossed into a herd of boys

When Mary Finn falls into the arms of handsome Caden Tucker, their frolic changes the course of her life. What possesses her? She's been a girl of common sense until now. Mary's tale alternates with that of young James Nelligan, a new boy in an enormous foundling home.

I was expecting Folly to be totally different than it was. I'm not sure what I thought it would be about. The description didn't give much information about what it would really be about, nor did it say much about the plot. All I know is that it was in a historical time period, and it sounded like a love story, so of course I picked it up the first chance I got.

Folly wasn't a romance like I thought it would be. But that's okay, because the story was amazing without it. It was a little slow at first, but after a while it really picked up. Let me say, though, after the first 50 pages (that's just a guess, I really don't know exactly) there were no surprises. I knew pretty much everything that happened. Other than that, though, I really enjoyed the story. It's not something you see very often. At least, in that time period, I mean.

The language used in this was incredible. It sounded straight out of the nineteenth century. Marthe Jocelyn did a great job with the writing.

I loved Folly, but I must say, if your not into historical fiction, don't read it. It's not for everyone. But, if you do love historical fiction, try this out. Maybe you'll like it, too.



  1. I love historical fiction, so this one sounds really good to me! Brilliant review :)

  2. This one is on my shelf waiting to be read but first I have to get through some review books first.