Folly by Marthe Jocelyn

Published: May 11th, 2010 by Wendy Lamb Books
Details: 256 pgs.
isbn: 0385907311    (isbn13: 9780385907316)

Reading Level: Young Adult
Received: Won in contest

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

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

My Thoughts:

I’m a fan of historical fiction and I love when a book is told in true voice.  That means that this story was told in the voice of those telling it.  It started out with Mary as a young girl in the country in the late 1800’s.  And it was told authentically, with the accent and tone.   And when it jumped to James it was the same.  
It started out a bit confusing.  It says at the beginning of the chapters who’s voice it is, but I have a tendency to skip reading the chapter title which wasn’t so good.  But it also occasionally jumped ahead a period of time so it was a tiny bit hard to follow.  That did clear up before the middle of book and things were easier going.  
The whole time I was anxious to see how the character would come together and I honestly did not make the connection until the end of the book.  
I thought it was great seeing the hardships of the people of the time and I felt anger and frustration at the adults who couldn’t, or wouldn’t, make things easier on the children.  I really wanted to just make life easier for them, but that’s just how things were.  
The author based some of the story on true events, though it is a fictional story.  I can see how it could have really happened though and it was easy to connect with it all, though not always easy to understand.  Life was hard though, and the author was able to portray that very well.  
I really enjoyed this book and am so glad I had the opportunity to read it.  I’m giving it 3/5 moons, but if I could I would jump it up to 3.5.

You can find Marthe Jocelyn on her website.  
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  1. Thanks for sharing your review! I’m glad to hear that the voices feel authentic to the time period and that you were surprised by the way their stories related to one another. :)

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