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Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Folly by Marthe Jocelyn: Book Review

by Marthe Jocelyn
Tundra Books
ISBN: 978-0-88776-929-0
Recommended Age: Probably 13 and up due to sexuality - but up to you Mom and Librarians (Library Technicians), not my place to choose who is mature enough

Description: 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.

The Good Stuff
  • Beautifully written
  • Written so eloquently and real that you feel you are back in the late 1800's
  • Heartbreakingly sad
  • Great story for convincing kids to use birth control
  • Impossible to put down, you care so much for EVERYONE in the story
  • James: I must adopt that boy and give him a great big hug
  • Extremely impressed with authors attention to detail and a truly remarkable gift for storytelling in all era's. I look forward to reading more of her works.  I have also reviewed her other book Would You
The Not so Good Stuff
  • language may be a little challenging for the younger YA reader (Or an overtired Mommy)
  • Need a lot of kleenex while reading it -- must stop reading sad books in my office, at reference desk and in front of my husband (he made fun of me the cad)
Favorite Quotes/Passages

"I did not know the heart were like a china teacup hanging in the cupboard from a single hook, that it could chip and crack and finally smash to the ground under a book heel."

"Well, you'll not want to know the details any more than we did, though it might benefit mothers forever if young men had a brighter ken of how a baby arrives."

What I Learned
  • That I am damn grateful that I wasn't alive during the late 1800's
  • Some old English terms
Who should/shouldn't read

  • Due to sexual content I would recommend it for older YA readers. (It isn't very graphic though)
  • Probably not the best for a reluctant reader as language is a little challenging
  • A must addition to public and school libraries
4 Dewey's (Definitely worth price of cover)

I won from Library Thing Early Reviewers and promised to write an honest review


  1. I can't wait to read this one. I know I have an ARC of it laying around here somewhere...

    Thanks for the awesome review. I love how it's organized, and made me want to pick up the book as soon as possible.

  2. I really want to read this one! I love historical fiction and HF in YA sounds great! I'll have to make sure it's on my order list (already know its on my TBR list!). Thanks for the great review that convinced me I REALLY need to get it!

  3. Hey Candace

    Don't buy it yet, it is one of the books that you can pick from as your prize for all the work you have done promoting my blog
    You and NRS vampire chick have done the most promoing (well except for buddy Natasha, but she gets a special prize --shh don't tell her)
    I will be posting a blog on Monday after the event