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Follies Past: a Prequel to Pride and Prejudice by [Kerr, Melanie]
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Follies Past is the result of a 5 year project to recreate the voice of Jane Austen herself by linguist and author Melanie Kerr. The story, characters, and setting are meticulously researched and written to give Jane Austen fans the closest thing to a new novel from her.

The story follows the events surrounding the wicked Mr. Wickham's seduction of the beautiful and innocent 14 year old Georgiana Darcy and breathes new life into characters such as Caroline Bingley, Wickham, and Mr. Darcy himself by following them through their scandalous ordeal starting almost a year before the opening of Pride and Prejudice at Pemberley during Christmastime.

The story opens at a time when Caroline Bingley is convinced of Mr. Darcy’s affection and determined to convert his regard into matrimony as swiftly as possible. Fourteen-year-old Georgiana Darcy has been taken from school, and is about to be sent off to face the rigours of a life in London. Wickham has only begun to plot against his ancient rival, and Mr. Darcy is still a bit open to the world and a little less full of both pride and prejudice.

As the cast turn their faces to the city of London, one gentleman awaits them with all the charm and fascination that a handsome face and merciless ambition can beget. The story follows young Georgiana to London, to Ramsgate and to the brink of a perilous elopement, bringing readers all the wit, the drama and the delights of their beloved Pride and Prejudice. Authentic in its use of language, meticulously researched, and faithful to Austen’s classic, it is the book Austen fans have been waiting for!

About the Author

Melanie Kerr studied linguistics, English and theatre at the University of British Columbia and law at the University of Alberta. She lives in Edmonton, where she raises her two sons, sews her own Regency costumes, runs a Jane Austen Fun Club, blogs on all things old and English, endeavours to take over the world and occasionally practices law. Follies Past is her first novel.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 829 KB
  • Print Length: 281 pages
  • Publisher: Petticoat Press (Jan. 6 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00GD76KJY
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars 8 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #242,057 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I was extremely excited to read FOLLIES PAST and it definitely didn't disappoint. When it comes to PRIDE & PREJUDICE, I can never get enough. I'm always eager for more re-tellings, or anything that adds to the story itself. In FOLLIES PAST, Melanie Kerr gives readers a more in-depth backstory to P&P...and I have to say, she did a remarkable job!

What I loved most about FOLLIES PAST was the fact that it is immediately obvious that Melanie Kerr loves Austen. This book is like a love letter, or an ode, to all things Austen and P&P. It adds a lot of depth to Caroline, Mr. Darcy, and Georgiana's characters, and it also introduces a few new characters that really help to round out the story. While FOLLIES PAST doesn't actually feature Elizabeth like P&P, it does still feel like something Austen would've written...if Austen were around now and had been pestered...or should I say "encouraged," to write some kind of prequel or sequel to P&P, I think FOLLIES PAST could definitely be that work!

Not only does FOLLIES PAST feel like something Austen would've written, it adds so much to Austen's own characters. We see what happens between Mr. Wickham and Georgiana Darcy in a completely new way, and we even get to see what happened when Caroline Bingley and Mr. Darcy were introduced. We get to see so many more aspects to the backstory that I never even imagined! I also loved that we even get to see more of characters that are almost invisible in P&P, like Lady Catherine's daughter, Anne! And we're introduced to several characters that don't appear in P&P, my favourites were Lord Ashwell, Colonel Fitzwilliam's brother, and Georgiana's school friend, Clare...and trust me, if you love Austen, you'll LOVE their parts in the story!
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This is a book for the true Jane Austen fan. The writing style and thorough research make it seem like it came from her own pen (quill?). Even the font is authentic. The characters are very well written and you will enjoy getting to know them all better, especially Caroline Bingley. I laughed out loud at her antics. Of course, there is also a mandatory and most satisfying love story to round out this homage to the great Jane. Two thumbs up!
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I have a fairly eclectic taste in books and although I have my favourite authors I do like to step out of my comfort zone occasionally and read something completely different. Follies Past was just that; a book written in the style of Jane Austen and charting events leading up to the story of Elizabeth Bennett and Mr Darcy in Pride and Prejudice.

Excellent characterisation and plenty of surprises as the novel progressed. I loved the way the book did not simply focus on Mr Wickham’s attempted seduction of Georgiana Darcy but ran a parallel love story between Lord Ashwell and Georgiana’s friend Clare. Wrapped around all of this were a host of characters, some likeable and some not, all with essential parts to play.

I tend to avoid spoilers in my reviews so will simply say if you enjoy Jane Austen then this is a must read and well deserving of five stars.
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This book gives us a very realistic look at what life before Pride and Prejudice may have been. If Miss Austen herself had thought to write a prequel, she may have given us the characters Ms Kerr has. The solid characters delivered in P&P should not be compromised, and Ms Kerr has refrained from doing so, by creating a life of the characters only briefly mentioned by Miss Austen. A great read, without any disappointment that P&P will be watered down with poorly created story lines of our most favourite characters.
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