In Follies Past: A Prequel to Pride and Prejudice, first-time novelist Melanie Kerr breathes new life into Jane Austen’s world. Well-written and extensively researched, Kerr captures the essence and style of nineteenth century England. The tale focuses on some of Austen’s supporting cast — Georgiana Darcy, Caroline Bingley and Anne de Bourgh — and places Mr. Darcy and Mr. Bingley in a smaller, secondary role.
Kerr works hard to match details and plotlines from Pride and Prejudice, but also makes Follies Past her own. There are several new characters to cheer for, particularly two with a romantic storyline I really enjoyed. While there are many prequels and sequels relating to Jane Austen’s classics, Follies Past is one I heartily recommend reading!
This book was sent to Compass Book Ratings for review by Petticoat Press
Profanity/Language: 1 derogatory name.
Violence/Gore: A verbal threat is issued; a horse-riding accident is reported; a character is struck.
Sex/Nudity: Several incidents of kissing on the hand or cheek; a few reported affairs.
Mature Subject Matter:
Adultery, betrayal and deception.
Alcohol / Drug Use:
Mention of drinking and gambling; a character finds a man hung-over.