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Folly by Marthe Jocelyn

December 22nd, 2010 by Debbie's World of Books

Source: Received for review

Publication date: May 11, 2010

Publisher: Wendy Lamb Books

I give this book 4 out of 5 stars

Description from Goodreads.com: 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 chapter’s in this alternate from the points of view of various characters and tells Mary and James’s stories.  At first they appear to be completely separate stories and it isn’t until near the end that you find out how the two stories are related.  I found both stories fascinating and heart wrenching.  Mary was so naive and she soon finds herself pregnant with Caden’s child but he disappears on her.  Watching Mary come to terms with what she must do for the well-being of the child made me want to cry.

James’s story was just as touching.  The scene where he is dropped off at the foundling house and separated from his foster mother would touch anyones heart.  We see how precocious James is as he grows up in the Founding House and endears himself to one of his teachers and the school nurse.

Aside from the wonderful main characters I also enjoyed reading about the supporting characters and what life was like during this time period.  Eliza, a fellow servant with Mary, was a crack up.  The fact that she found a crude and insensitive man so attractive and convinces herself that Mary must feel the same way was hilarious.

The only wish I had for this book was to see what happens in the large gap in time there is between when Mary is pregnant and the end of the book when Mary is years older.  She changes greatly and it would have been nice to see how she did it.

Posted in 4 Star Books, Books, Historical Fiction, Young Adult

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