Book Review: Folly

Book Review: FollyFolly by Marthe Jocelyn
Published by Wendy Lamb Books on May 11th 2010
Pages: 256

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. 

Told in an authentic voice, Folly is an eye-opening look at not only the ramifications of our choices, but also 19th Century English society. Jocelyn immediately captured my attention with her eye for detail. The setting, the language, the personality were all fantastic. It was like I was given a glimpse into the heart of this society.

Folly is a novel that, for some, may be a bit difficult to get into. As I said previously, Jocelyn uses fairly authentic language. Using the language in this way, both helps and hinders the novel. It helps by making the reader feel transported into the novel. The characters are more realistic. The setting is easier to relate to. On the flip side, it does take a little getting use to. In the beginning of the novel, I absolutely had the hardest time reading Folly. And my 21st Century brain rallied against reading sentences that begin with, "I were" or "That were." However, as I got deeper into the novel, I began notice that these sentence structures became less and less obvious, and I was able to completely immerse myself into the beauty of Folly.

Folly, quite simply, took my breath away. I am in awe of Jocelyn's writing ability. And the fact that I became so emotionally attached to this novel. Folly is a beautifully written novel that will stay with you long after you read it.

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7 responses to “Book Review: Folly

  1. Emily

    I’m so glad you liked this book! I loved it as well. The emotional connection I had to the characters caught me by surprise as well. Wonderful review!

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