Follies Past: A Prequel to Pride and Prejudice

Follies Past: A Prequel to Pride and Prejudice

by Melanie Kerr


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Follies Past is the definitive prequel to Jane Austen's classic, Pride and Prejudice. The story, characters, and setting are meticulously researched and written to give Jane Austen fans the closest thing possible to a new novel from her.

Before there was a single man in possession of a good fortune at Netherfield, there was a single man in want of a wife in London. His name was Wickham and he was bent on marrying himself into as much wealth as he might contrive, preferably to the detriment of the man who had destroyed all his prospects in life - the man known as Darcy of Pemberley.
The tale begins at Pemberley, at Christmas, almost a year before the opening of Pride and Prejudice. 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.
As the cast turn their faces to that city, 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!

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780992131029
Publisher: Petticoat Press
Publication date: 11/18/2013
Pages: 280
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.63(d)

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 three young children, sews her own Regency costumes, runs a Regency costume events company, 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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Follies Past: a Prequel to Pride and Prejudice 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Sheri-A-Wilkinson More than 1 year ago
Follies Past: a Prequel to Pride and Prejudice by Melanie Kerr This book is a prequel to what could have happened prior to the Story of Pride and Prejudice. The story focuses on young Georgianna, she is leaving Pemberley and heading off to continue school in London. We have some original characters Mr. Wickhan and Mr. Darcy to name a few. Also some new people are introduced. Some are likable, others are not. I liked the originality and the writing style was perfect. Well fitting for the times and we get a glimpse of what could have been. I don't do spoilers so I won't write much more. But I do feel that lovers of Jane Austen would enjoy this read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Myrt's Review An Engaging Trip Back Into the World of Jane Austen! Follies Past takes place a year before Darcy met Elizabeth and the story revolves around Darcy’s sister, fourteen-year-old Georgiana and her school friend Clare, leading to Georgiana’s unfortunate interaction with the scheming Mr. Wickham. The book fits perfectly with Austen’s style and humor as do the characters, old and new. We even get a few brief closer looks into the characters of Caroline Bingley and Anne de Bourgh. And Lady Catherine de Bourgh never disappoints in her short appearances. The book is charming and good humored with a sweet love story involving Georgiana’s friend Clare as she tries to find a way to protect her friend from the devious Wickham. The book does so well using Austen’s writing style, it flows perfectly as a prelude into Pride and Prejudice. If you are one of the multitude of Jane Austen fans, this book is truly the best of the many attempts out there of continuing Jane Austen’s creative world. I received this book in exchange for a fair and honest review.
LynelleClark More than 1 year ago
I received the book from the publisher for an honest review. Step back into the world of Jane Austen and her brainchild Pride and Prejudice, and discover who the man, Mr. Darcy was and why he captured so many romantic hearts.  Ms Kerr did a wonderful work as she brought back many of the original characters within Pride and Prejudice; clarifying some riddles we were left with in Ms. Austen's work. In my opinion this is an extension of that world renown book enjoyed by millions of readers all over the world.  A book I believe will have it's own place within the literature world. She stayed remarkable well within the time period but yet stamped her own signature on this work without loosing it's originality.  The characters remained pure to their creator but had a life of their own so that you had a clear picture of Mr. Darcy's past and the mystery surrounding him.  A great tribute to Ms Austen's work, if I may say so. 
indiebrag More than 1 year ago
We are proud to announce that FOLLIES PAST: A PREQUEL TO PRIDE AND PREJUDICE by Melani Kerr is a B.R.A.G.Medallion Honoree. This tells a reader that this book is well worth their time and money!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago