Waiting on Wednesday: A Mad Wicked Folly

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases.

A Mad Wicked Folly
by Sharon Biggs Waller
Coming January 23, 2014
Viking Juvenile



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?

Why I want it:
I lovelovelovelovelovelovelove Victorian/Edwardian England. I find the culture absolutely intriguing. The fashion. The architecture. The music. The dancing. The art. The society! I believe in modern feminism as much as the next self-respecting woman, but there is something fascinating about reading about a male-dominant society with a plucky heroine who won't be held down. Plus this summary reminds me just a bit of Titanic, only slightly backwards, you know? Rich girl, poor boy, but SHE is the artist this time. Get it, Vicky!

Why I think you should want it:
I suppose for the same reasons I want it. I have not read anything else by Sharon Biggs Waller so I'm afraid I can't give a personal recommendation/argument like I usually do, but I do know that early reviews have been really good. Also, Sharon's editor is the fabulous Leila Sales, which means AMWF is destined to be amazing! What do you think? Do you want to read A Mad Wicked Folly? What draws you to it?

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  1. I hope you enjoy this one, when you get the chance to read it :) Thanks for stopping by My WW!

  2. What a pretty cover!! I have never seen or heard of this book before but it sounds like a really interesting read. I hope you'll get to read it soon. Thanks for stopping by :)

  3. This is on my tbr. I love this period in English history and I think the premise is so freaking amazing. This is such a great pick!

  4. i won a copy of this book and i'm very excited to get to it. love the cover! awesome pick :)

    hope you can stop by my WoW post.

    -michelle @ Michelle & Leslie's Book Picks

  5. This sounds great! I hadn't heard of the book or the author, but I think I want to know more! I hope you enjoy it. :)

    Lisa @ Bookshelf Fantasies

  6. This sounds really good. I hope you enjoy reading it!
    My WoW

  7. I have ARCs of this one, but haven't gotten to it yet. Must admit I'm a sucker for a pretty cover :)

    Jasna @ The Bookmaidens
    My WoW

  8. I keep seeing this one around at it sounds like it could be really good, but I need to read some more reviews. The cover is so pretty though!

  9. I was lucky enough to be apart of the ARC tour. I think it's a fabulous book to want! Especially for your reasons :)

  10. This is new to me but it sounds good. Great pick

    Teresa @ Readers Live A Thousand Lives