Follies Past: a Prequel to Pride and PrejudiceFollies Past: a Prequel to Pride and Prejudice by Melanie Kerr
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I received a paperback copy from the author in exchange for an honest review.

Since the very moment when I started reading this book, I must confess that I was very surprised. I have read other books based on Jane Austen’s novels, so I was expecting to find one more book pretending to be as great as the original, but failing completely. However, what I found here was a book that imitates quite well, almost perfectly well, Jane Austen’s style, or at least, the Regency writing style. And for that, I am grateful. After having read another book based on the Regency period that used the word “whatchamacallit”, I had almost lost faith in reading something that could recreate the atmosphere of Austen’s books. This book does, so kudos to Melanie Kerr. It really shows that the author has made a lot of research on the period.

This is a prequel to Pride and Prejudice, and it is focused on how Mr. Wickham tried to take revenge on Mr. Darcy by eloping with his sister Georgiana. And since the story was about that, I really don’t understand all those many many chapters dealing with Caroline Bingley, most annoying character ever. It felt like reading two books. The book starts with a focus on Caroline Bingley and his infatuations, and when you are almost halfway reading the book, there is a change and now the focus is entirely on Georgiana. That was odd and not very consistent.

The author did a great job with the characters, because it’s very easy to hate them. They are absolutely despicable or annoying. Or annoying and despicable in equal terms. It definitely will make you look at Pride and Prejudice with different eyes.