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The opening chapter got me started off on the wrong foot with Vicky. She starts the story by making the decision to pose nude for her art class, which is a pretty standard decision, considering all the other students have done so, but then the artist go off to have lunch and Vicky makes remark about how she wants to be an artist, and not paint “what most other women” paint–things of still life and flowers, things that have no value. She’s rather snide about the whole thing.
And that’s what really got me about Vicky. For saying she supports the suffragettes in theory, and supports other women in theory, she seems to look down on other women the majority of the time. She seems convinced that she’s the only person to care about something, and behaves pure selfishly in a child-like way. I am all for a character who is passionate, but not when that comes at the expense of others. See, Vicky “gets involved” with the suffragettes, but her main reason for doing so? She thinks if she helps them with art, she can get a recommendation letter out of it to apply to the Royal College of Art. That’s it. That’s her reason.Read more ›
I love books like Cinders and Sapphires, but it almost makes me feel sad about them now. I definitely enjoyed them so much, but seeing what options were available to women back in the day, it unromanticizes the fact that forced marriage was often the easiest and most comfortable choice.
Although this reality is more bleak than the “oh which beau will I try on today” scenes in many historical fiction books, A Mad, Wicked Folly still knew how to bring the action. Things did not go how I imagined they might during the book, but I think the author kept the events of the book upbeat and historically faithful.
In fact, one of my favorite parts of the book was the addendum at the back that listed some of the actual events that inspired the book’s happenings. Some were only changes slightly, while others had more liberty taken.
I was impressed with all the research and knowledge Waller included. It really added a great deal of depth an insight into a time I really didn’t know much about (not in England, at least).
Can I just say how much I HATED Vicky’s parents. Simply the worst set of parents I’ve ever heard described in a book. The worst part is their opinion of their daughter seems like the norm for that time. They could have been anyone’s parents. Yuck.Read more ›
As I mentioned before, Vicky is an artist. Her dedication to art and her ambition to attend the Royal College of Art add so much to the story. I loved learning more about what it was like for artists during this time period. From the French art students meeting at a cafe after class to Vicky going to buy her art supplies to the process of applying to the Royal College of Art… it all adds up to (pardon the pun) paint a picture of what the art scene was like.
The suffragette movement was an even more fascinating addition to the story. Any book about a upperclass woman of this time period wanting to do more than marry well would have to include it. I have a general knowledge about the movement but it was interesting to see it from the eyes of a person (even a fictional one!) who would have been involved. This also made for so many awesome female characters. And I loved that the book showed that it wasn’t just an issue for women. Men were involved and supported the movement. I especially liked the addition of a certain young police constable!
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I thought the book was very well written and I enjoyed the characters and the story Sharon created. I am always a sucker for books with strong female leads.Published 1 month ago by CJ
Victoria wants nothing more than to be an artist but because of the societal restraints on women, she's not allowed. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Kathleea
I loved reading this book! The main character immediately grabbed my attention, as did the rest of the characters throughout. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Maggie R
If you love Downton Abbey, historical novels and heroines who just won't quit- this book is for you. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Eileen C
MY THOUGHTS: Considering historical fiction is one of my top genres to read, and I was an art major in college, I didn’t think there could be anything to make me dislike this story... Read morePublished 8 months ago by LauraZReads
This book is set in London in 1909. The fight for women’s rights is on with suffragettes protesting outside Parliament and then being arrested. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Amanda Marie
I received an ARC through Miss Literati in exchange for a review.
“Hello! Welcome,” I greet you, standing up from the couch and smoothing down my skirts. Read more
Victoria Darling is a young woman who is going to finishing school, because that is what is expected of a wealthy girl. Read morePublished 11 months ago by YA Librarian
Decent book, I think I enjoyed this portrayal of the woman fighting for the suffrage movement. Vicky started off as a wishy washy character but I grew to enjoy herPublished 13 months ago by Kate Miller
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