Release Date: January 23rd, 2014
Welcome to the world of the fabulously wealthy in London, 1909,where dresses and houses are overwhelmingly opulent, social class means everything, and women are taught to be nothing more than wives and mothers. Into this world comes seventeen-year-old Victoria Darling, who wants only to be an artist—a nearly impossible dream for a girl.
After Vicky poses nude for her illicit art class, she is expelled from her French finishing school. Shamed and scandalized, her parents try to marry her off to the wealthy Edmund Carrick-Humphrey. But Vicky has other things on her mind: her clandestine application to the Royal College of Art; her participation in the suffragette movement; and her growing attraction to a working-class boy who may be her muse—or may be the love of her life. As the world of debutante balls, corsets, and high society obligations closes in around her, Vicky must figure out: just how much is she willing to sacrifice to pursue her dreams?
A MAD, WICKED FOLLY talks about a very real issue inside of a fictional story: women’s suffrage. For some reason I was kind of expecting this to be another THE LUXE, so when I realized it dealt with suffrage I was pleasantly surprised, especially at how well the two blended together.
While I knew about the hardships women went through in the time period, it was heartbreaking to really see Vicky struggle with the reality and want to actually do something about it. This book had a perfect balance of history and fiction and the result was very entertaining. It is obvious a lot of research went into it.
Characters in a gif:
“You will be a wife and a mother, and that is all.”
All her life Vicky has been told what she can and can’t do and in the book you see her rise and finally start to challenge that. She realizes how unfair women have it compared to men, especially when she wants to achieve her dream of being an artist, something that women aren’t really “allowed” to do. Educating women is frowned upon, for their only job is to provide children and listen to their husbands. I love how she didn’t bow down to anyone, and although she made some reckless decisions sometimes, she always fought for what she believed in.
Can I have a Will? I want one.
I loved “watching” their relationship develop. Although there are two love interests (kind of) Will takes the cake. It was great seeing how they met and how they slowly got to know each other. They challenged each other but they also supported each other.
All in all, I was very happy with this book. It wasn’t exactly what I expected, it was better. Definitely check this one out if you like historical fiction.