I live in New York City and I'm surrounded by books all day and when I go home I have more books waiting for me. Read my "About" page on top to see what I mean. I just want to share my book experiences and my love of all-things-books, with hopefully the occasional review thrown in. If you wish to contact me, the address is polishoutlanderATgmailDOTcom

Waiting on Wednesday

Waiting on Wednesday is hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine.

My pick for the week is:

Folly by Marthe Jocelyn (May 2010, Random House/Wendy Lamb Books)

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.

Oh how I can’t wait for this one. I had the pleasure of meeting Marthe Joecyln just a few years ago when It Happened in Peach Hill came out and she was doing a signing in SoHo. My dad actually works in the building where she and her husband (Mr. Tom Slaughter, who is an artist and has illustrated her picture books, and whom I’ve met on several occasions) live, so way back in high school, I actually recieved a copy of her first book, The Invisible Day, with a signature and personalization. Years later (after I graduated college), I came upon her book Mable Riley in the bookstore and thought, “Hmm, the author’s name sounds so familiar.” Sure enough when I got home I saw I had her first book. So when Peach Hill came out and I went to see her, I brought my copy of The Invisible Day with me and introduced myself finally, saying who I was, and she personalized that book again for me. I was quite thrilled. If you get a chance, do read her books. They are such “quiet” reads and oh so wonderful. I just love them. And this one looks just as interesting as her other books.

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