I received this book for free from blog tours, requested from publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Published by Penguin on January 23rd, 2014
Genres: Historical, Love & Romance, Young Adult
Source: blog tours, requested from publisher
Welcome to the world of the fabulously wealthy in London, 1909, where dresses and houses are overwhelmingly opulent, social class means everything, and women are taught to be nothing more than wives and mothers. Into this world comes seventeen-year-old Victoria Darling, who wants only to be an artist—a nearly impossible dream for a girl.
After Vicky poses nude for her illicit art class, she is expelled from her French finishing school. Shamed and scandalized, her parents try to marry her off to the wealthy Edmund Carrick-Humphrey. But Vicky has other things on her mind: her clandestine application to the Royal College of Art; her participation in the suffragette movement; and her growing attraction to a working-class boy who may be her muse—or may be the love of her life. As the world of debutante balls, corsets, and high society obligations closes in around her, Vicky must figure out: just how much is she willing to sacrifice to pursue her dreams?
The description on the back of A Mad, Wicked Folly doesn’t do this book any justice. It’s a must-read for any female who wants to educate themselves in the suffragette movement. A time in history where women were subjected to such inequality.
I can’t believe the way it was back then. How women were meant to such harsh conditions. To think that you needed a man to get by? It’s appalling! I can completely understand how Vicky would have felt. She was independent or wanted to be. I’m so glad she did what she wanted. Admirable in a character! I love the scene where Vicky realizes all these standards could change for her niece. That she wanted to do something about it to show her what could be done. After Vicky, I just loved Will. He was supportive, kind and such a gentleman. He’s another character that I truly loved.
The setting is perfect. The dialogue read just like the Edwardian era it was set in. I love that. Only because I didn’t find any modern words while they were talking. It’s very hard to keep the character and their dialogue set in an another time, I though Walker did a wonderful job expressing the character’s emotions and thoughts. Loved the vivid rich details of the clothing as well. It’s not every day you have to wear a corset. So well written and it might have been slow (only to gain more character development) in the beginning, but the pages fly by.
I loved everything about this book. The way you’re fully immersed in Vicky’s world. And how different everything is. I pictured all the dialogue in British accents even!
Even if you’re not a historical fiction fan, you will be after reading this.
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