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Folly

by Marthe Jocelyn

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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.

In Folly, Marthe Jocelyn's breathtaking command of language, detail, and character brings Victorian London to life on every page, while the deep emotions that illuminate this fascinating novel about life-changing moments are as current as today's news.

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"Starred Review. A thoughtful, accessible and richly detailed read that moves along at a satisfying clip-this will appeal beyond just already-established fans of historical fiction." - Kirkus Reviews

"The novel skillfully illustrates how the lives of those who resided 'belowstairs' in Victorian England were at the mercy of those with means. Ages 14–up." - Publishers Weekly

"The novel has a melancholy feel to it, but readers will care very much for these characters as they experience first love and sex, physical pain, jealousy, homelessness, hunger, shame, desertion, and heart-wrenching decisions. Teens will find Folly historically enlightening as well as rewarding. " - School Library Journal

"The story stumbles a bit when other characters take over the narration, but readers will be caught up in the dual tales and revel in the promising ending. Grades 8-12." - Booklist

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Marthe Jocelyn

Marthe Jocelyn is the author of several award-winning novels and has also written and illustrated picture books. Her novels for Wendy Lamb Books include How It Happened in Peach Hill and Would You. She lives in Stratford, Ontario, Canada.

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