A Mad, Wicked Folly

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  • A Mad, Wicked Folly
  • Sharon Big Waller
  • English
  • 12 September 2018
  • 0804167540

About the Author: Sharon Big Waller

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A Mad, Wicked FollyA Mad, Wicked Folly eBook Þ A Mad, Epub / mad, free, wicked pdf, folly download, A Mad, book, A Mad, Wicked FollyA Mad, Wicked Folly KindleWelcome to the world of the fabulously wealthy in London where dresses and houses are overwhelmingly opulent, social class means everything, and women are taught to be nothing than wives A Mad, Epub / and mothers Into this world comes seventeen year old Victoria Darling, who wants only to be an artist a nearly impossible dream for a girlAfter 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.

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  1. Khanh, first of her name, mother of bunnies says:

    I never set out to pose nude I didn t, honestlyOh, what was that I m sorry Did your clothes accidentally fall off by themselves Were you wearing the Emperor s New Clothes Oh, wait, no You took off your clothes to prove that you re the equal of all the male artists despite the fact that the thought of stripping naked makes you want to run away in terror If they jumped off a bridge, would you do it, too Oh, but Vicky does it voluntarily So voluntarily that she fucking tremblesI never set out to pose nude I didn t, honestlyOh, what was that I m sorry Did your clothes accidentally fall off by themselves Were you wearing the Emperor s New Clothes Oh, wait, no You took off your clothes to prove that you re the equal of all the male artists despite the fact that the thought of stripping naked makes you want to run away in terror If they jumped off a bridge, would you do it, too Oh, but Vicky does it voluntarily So voluntarily that she fucking trembles as she walks to the front of the roomI m not forced I wouldn t say that I wasn t afraid, because I would be lying My legs were trembling so much I was surprised my knees didn t clack together.I started to undo my blouse, but my hands shook and my fingers slipped off the buttons. This scene made me so completely uncomfortable.There is defying standards, there is setting your own way, and then there is utter stupidity with reckless disregard for others and for yourself.There is feminism, there are women involved in winning the votes in this book Vicky is not one of them The main character in this book uses the Women s Right Movement in England to further her own causes, she is not a suffragist, she is not a feminist Vicky wants to draw the suffragettes, and she wanted a recommendation from one of their leaders to go to Art school.What was meant to be a story about a charming, headstrong girl confined by the standards of early 20th century England took a dreadfully wrong turn I like it when my heroines are flawed I don t like it when there is nothing to my heroine but flaws For me, this was the frustrating story of a spoiled little rich girl who is contrary, who is unthinking, who is oblivious to anyone but herself, who cannot look beyond her privileged nose, for whom everything is about ME ME ME Fuck everyone else.She cheats on the men who care for her She is judgmental She defies her family and almost ruins them She is snobby and class privileged while claiming equality She steps over people to get what she wants A feminist Hardly By the time she tries to grow up, I had had quite enough of her, thank you very much.The Summary Victoria Vicky Darling strips naked to pose for an atelier full of male artists in France It wouldn t be such a big deal except for the fact THAT IT IS This is 1909 Painting professionally is an unacceptable profession for a woman, and stripping yourself nude to pose for men Unspeakable Unforgiveable in the eyes of society.Vicky is almost ruined by the scandal She is sent home to England in disgrace In order to save her from further embarrassment, and to save her family from the scandal, Vicky agrees to be married off to a comfortable, agreeable young lord, Edmund Carrick Humphrey After her marriage, she will be able to do what she pleases, like attend the Royal College of Arts RCA.In order to get acceptance to the RCA, Vicky needs to have a portfolio Never mind the fact that she can t even paint in oil and she s barely had any instruction, Vicky sets out to establish herself and build her portfolio She needs a subject Vicky zooms in on the Suffragist movement in England These are women and men fighting against Parliament and society in order to give women in England the right to vote To Vicky, these women are art subjects.Against her will, Vicky gets herself entangled in the world of the suffragists amidst her coming out, while becoming embroiled in a cheating love triangle _______ Where the Fuck are Her Chaperones Seriously, where the fuck are they As a high schooler with strict parents, I wassupervised than Vicky ever was, and lest we forget, VICKY IS A WEALTHY YOUNG WOMAN LIVING IN THE EARLY 20TH CENTURY She is supposed to be watched at all times She is supposed to have a lady s maid She is supposed to have a chaperone with her at all times, when her mother is not there herself WHERE THE FUCK ARE THEY Nobody fucking notices when Vicky disappears The very fucking second she gets home from her disgrace in France, she slips out the window My mother might have forbidden me to walk out the front door.But she had said nothing about the window. She gets in trouble She gets arrested for a night NOBODY FUCKING NOTICES Vicky sneaks out to paint Will Excuses, excuses, excuses What chaperone What tea parties Vicky hasfucking freedom to do whatever the fuck she wants because it seems that nobody watches her at all She has time to slip away for fucking day trip with lover boy Will NOBODY NOTICES She goes unchaperoned to chill with Will NOBODY NOTICES She slips off to kiss Will at his apartment NOBODY NOTICES It s the early 20th century, people Fucking Brazen Hussy Of a Cheater Vicky cheats on her fianc Not only does she just walk into an amazing engagementof a business arrangement with an agreeable, eligible young lord, but she also attracts the attention of other men, among whom is the handsome young police constable, Will.And never the twain shall meetI realized that maybe the antidote lay in telling Will I was engaged But how to begin I would just say it Will, I m engaged No, that was too blunt How about Actually, I forgot to tell you something It s so funny that I haven t said anything before I m getting married in three months time No, that was worse. So much worse that she doesn t tell Will at all.Edmund doesn t know about Will Will doesn t know about Edmund Vicky has the best of both fucking world She gets to go to high society teas and balls and Oxford vs Cambridge rowing parties with Lord Edmund while slumming it with Will and his low rent ways, including a quaint fucking day out with his adorable farming family, in which she gets to play the gracious Lady of the Manor, distributing largesse to her people and making herself out to be an arrogant little prick while she s at it.It is downright cheating Vicky has been engaged since the beginning of the book to Edmund She poses Will nude, in order to paint him But oh, my, an objective artist, Vicky is not She is fucking turned on by her own subject s nudity Some fucking artist you are Some fucking aspirations, when you can t paint your own subject without getting your fucking panties moist It felt different with Will I had studied the other models with an artist s scrutiny But with Will, I longed to see him without his clothes If I were honest, I d admit I d even imagined him without his clothes on before. Vicky paints Will in the nude at her future home, the home that her fianc purchased for their life together That s just fucking disgusting You would bring a man with whom you are falling in love to the sanctity of your future household She even contemplates cheating on Edmund after their marriage And theI thought about it, the longer the list of famous artists marrying or having affairs with their models grew One didn t have to act on that impulse I certainly wouldn t marry or have an affair with mine.I thought I would feel better at that realization, but somehow I didn t. People are Merely Means To an End Vicky uses people She tramples over people She does not have friends, she does not have lovers, people are merely objects to be used and discarded in order for her to get what she wants She uses her fianc , Edmund, for his money, for the fact that marriage to him will bring her freedom to do what she wants Love does not come into the equation Edmund is a walking tuition check to the Royal Academy of Arts We ll announce your engagement after the king s first court in June You will have a wonderful life with Mr Carrick Humphrey Just think of it But all I could think about was my college tuition paid. She uses her lady s maid, Sophie Sophie has to do what she wants Sophie has no choice Sophie is in a precarious position as a servant, if she does not do what Vicky tells her to do, if she does not allow Vicky to do whatever she wants, Sophie will lose her job and her livelihood In the early 20th century, a woman without a man to support her, and without a job and reference will end up in very, very bad places Vicky is a fucking bitch for even thinking of blackmailing Sophie in her positionMy mother employs you, and your loyalties must lie with her, after all But know that if you tattle on me, then I ll tattle on youShe uses the young police constable with whom she is falling in love She wants him for a muse She wants to draw him naked She never, ever tells him the truth that she is engaged to another man Vicky lets Will fall in love with her and uses him for her art, knowing she can never be his.Fuck My Family s Reputation Vicky s family is not blue blooded They are very, very wealthy, but they are working class They made their money through plumbing Her father, her strict, hardworking father is entirely self made He brought himself up from nothing, he works so hard to gain a reputation, and Vicky thinks nothing of dashing her family name to the ground and ruining her family s status in society She cost her father the longed for royal warrant for the businessNorthbrook had been paving the way for Dad to gain a royal warrant But now, because of your actions, he may have lost his chanceAnd then she keeps on pulling her stunts with reckless disregard for her familyit meansthan a scandal, Victoria It means the end to Darling and Son Father has much to loseFor a Fucking Feminist, You Sure Are Snobby and Judgmental Vicky is outraged at the cage around her She is so upset at the fact that society is unfair that she is perfectly willing to look upon others as lower class than herself Are you fucking kidding me Vicky has a lady s maid named Sophie She is her one good friend A confidante, one who completely understands her Except that Sophie can t be her friend because they re not of the same social class But as lonely as I felt, and as much as I liked her, Sophie was my lady s maid Even though I called her by her Christian name, she wasn t my friend. Oh, and Sophie, don t you dare act uppity to your fucking mistressSophie, you overstep yourself I hissed You re my lady s maid, not my confessorAnd the man she loves Oh, it s such a shame that he has no money That he s working class Give me a break It is one thing to want a change for yourself, I admire a woman who will fight for injustice, but it is one thing to fight for yourself, it is another thing entirely to completely disregard others and to see your own battle as superior.I m the Only Real Artist EVAR Because I Can Paint Fuck All Other Art FormsMy mother had an artistic bent herself, but she turned her talents to the decorative, drawing her own patterns for needlework, painting the odd watercolor landscape for the hallway She could never understand what it took to become a real artist Right.Feminism What s That Can I Eat It Vicky Feminist HA What kind of feminist would degrade other women She hates her sister in law, Lucy, because Lucy is content with her position in life as wife and mother A painfully soppy person if there ever was one How my fun, handsome brother got saddled with her I shall never know. A feminist does not hate other women, a feminist does not disregard other women s choices as inferior to her own should another woman choose atraditional path in life Vicky looks down on her mother for the same choices, for the fact that she chooses not to pursue art, and instead chose the path of wife and motherhood.A feminist does not look down on others A feminist does not call a pregnant woman FAT.As much as I disliked Rose, she was not at fault for getting so fat.You shouldn t be thinking of her as SO fat in the first place Her sister in law is fucking pregnant.Everything She Farts is Magic Even her MISTAKES are fucking adorable Vicky gets presented at court She almost trips on her heels Isn t that so cute The king of England loves it Well, aren t you a fucking special snowflakeI shan t forgive you, he said in a gruff voice, for you ve done nothing wrong You ve quite made my evening Makes a change from the usual parade of utterly proper debutantes that parade in front of me year after year They all look the same, but you you I shall remember Who is your familyI Want Everything Handed to Me on a Fucking Silver Platter Vicky cannot contemplate a lifestyle outside of her own privileged life She wants everything She wants a fabulous career in art, but she wants it to be financed Her father, her husband, it doesn t matter Someone has to support her extravagant lifestyle, and she doesn t want to be a starving artist There are very, very limited options for a young well born woman of her era Something has to give, but that something is not Vicky She wants it all I spent the day doing exactly what I wanted to do This was the life I wanted No crushingly boring social etiquette classes to take or deadly dull tea parties or idiotic social functions to attend. She wants the money, the life, the love, without the responsibilities She is willing to marry for money, and fucking whines about having to marry for money because she can t get what she wants otherwise That s fucking immature.Vicky has limited options, I am aware of that However, she is unrealistic about it She holds herself to a different standard She is immensely, intensely unlikeable.Despite the book s premise of feminism and freeing oneself from society s boundaries, this book failed to execute the message I did not like it, and I absolutely hated the main character

  2. Hailey (Hailey in Bookland) says:

    Sitting between a 3 and a 3.5 on this one It was good, I liked the characters and the concept a lot, but it was a bit boring because it was too long.

  3. Trina (Between Chapters) says:

    I don t remember why I marked this as want to read, but I ended up reading this because I asked for random numbers on Twitter to choose my TBR and this is one of the books chosen I tend to have a hard time enjoying most historical fiction, but I really enjoyed this There is a case of the main character often saying she isn t like other girls, which is mostly turned around by the end Women supporting women is a major theme Though the story revolves around the suffragette movement in London, in I don t remember why I marked this as want to read, but I ended up reading this because I asked for random numbers on Twitter to choose my TBR and this is one of the books chosen I tend to have a hard time enjoying most historical fiction, but I really enjoyed this There is a case of the main character often saying she isn t like other girls, which is mostly turned around by the end Women supporting women is a major theme Though the story revolves around the suffragette movement in London, intersectionality is not explored in the book s feminism I did enjoy the message of activism and showing up and how the character in that time period explored what this meant for her and her skill set.The romance is typical of this genre upper class lady falls for working class guy I have to say that the one thing audiobooks have always lacked for me is chemistry in romances It just never gives me the flutters the same way as when I read it myself UNTIL NOW I could actually feel the tension through the narrative, so I d have to say I felt the author did a good job writing the romance.Not my usual choice of genre, not one I even remembered why I wanted to read it But a very pleasant experience for what it was Content Arranged marriages Classism Sexism Cheating A father slaps his child Gambling

  4. Delee says:

    A MAD, WICKED FOLLY comes out TODAY This is Sharon Biggs Waller s first fiction novel, and what a fantabulous debut it is The title perfect The cover stunning I was hooked from the first page image error Victoria Darling has wanted to be an artist ever since she set eyes on John William Waterhouse s painting A Mermaid and for awhile the naive seventeen year old thinks her dream will be realized image error Unbeknownst to her parents while Vicky is supposed to be attending a finish A MAD, WICKED FOLLY comes out TODAY This is Sharon Biggs Waller s first fiction novel, and what a fantabulous debut it is The title perfect The cover stunning I was hooked from the first page image error Victoria Darling has wanted to be an artist ever since she set eyes on John William Waterhouse s painting A Mermaid and for awhile the naive seventeen year old thinks her dream will be realized image error Unbeknownst to her parents while Vicky is supposed to be attending a finishing school in France she is actually sneaking out in the afternoons to an art class Everything is going smoothly until one day the female model doesn t arrive and Vicky decides to take her place posing for the class sans clothing It doesn t take long for word to spread She is quickly found out, and sent home to London where her parents give her an ultimatum Enter into an arranged marriage, or be sent away to live with her aunt in the middle of nowhere After careful consideration Victoria decides on the marriage option, but secretly she has plans of her own One way or another she is going to art school with or without her parents consent.Victoria just wants the same rights as her brother Freddy who was allowed to choose his own path, and on her journey to freedom of choice she meets some like minded women in The Suffragettes A group of woman fighting for the right to vote a group a women that will give Vicky hope, that as a woman she should, and can, have everything she has dreamed of image error I adooooored Victoria Darling and her quest to find happiness She starts off as a naive, somewhat spoiled child, and grows into a mature informed young woman right before your very eyes A MAD, WICKED FOLLY is a breath of fresh air and sunshiny goodness suitable for young and old First read advanced copy giveaway

  5. Christina (A Reader of Fictions) says:

    There s a special place in my heart for the books that leave me with a huge, goofy grin on my face Seriously, you should see me right now, because I look like a fool And I am one hundred percent okay with that, because this book was so fluffy and feminist and wonderful A Mad, Wicked Folly exceeded all of my expectations, managing to be both hilarious, romantic and to makeserious points all at once.Read the full review at A Reader of Fictions There s a special place in my heart for the books that leave me with a huge, goofy grin on my face Seriously, you should see me right now, because I look like a fool And I am one hundred percent okay with that, because this book was so fluffy and feminist and wonderful A Mad, Wicked Folly exceeded all of my expectations, managing to be both hilarious, romantic and to makeserious points all at once.Read the full review at A Reader of Fictions

  6. Gillian Berry says:

    I WANT TO HUG THIS BOOK BECAUSE I LOVE IT SO.Originally posted at Writer of WrongsRating A delightful and romantic historical novel A must read This book Oh, I adored this book It s everything I want in a historical novel It focuses on characters and plot and never bogs you down with historical information The information just seeps into your brain as you read, and you re never bored for a minute I read most of this book on a plane, and I ll say it kept me quite entertained, and that I th I WANT TO HUG THIS BOOK BECAUSE I LOVE IT SO.Originally posted at Writer of WrongsRating A delightful and romantic historical novel A must read This book Oh, I adored this book It s everything I want in a historical novel It focuses on characters and plot and never bogs you down with historical information The information just seeps into your brain as you read, and you re never bored for a minute I read most of this book on a plane, and I ll say it kept me quite entertained, and that I think I scared my seatmate a bit with all the squealing and clamping of the book to my heart.We first meet Vicky, our plucky, artistic heroine in boarding school in France She s got a lot of artistic talent, and what s , she s got drive, determined not to let limitations imposed upon her gender inhibit her that s my girl So of course, she volunteers to pose nude for the all male art class she s not supposed to be a part of, and of course there is une scandale magnifique, and Vicky is sent home to London in disgrace It s all great fun, and the best part about it is that Vicky really is very honey badgerish about it She don t give a shit She just wants to draw, okay She s a bit reckless and extremely stubborn, but she s also funny and brave and my God, I love this girl She s not afraid to speak her mind, and she makes a hilarious accidental drunk And I love that she s determined to take charge of her own life.Her wealthy and misogynistic parents are determined to make a lady of her and have arranged to marry her off, but Vicky s set on getting into art college As she tries to achieve her dreams in a world in which women are not meant to dream, she crosses paths with the suffragettes, aka the female protestors endeavoring to win the right to vote That s right Any time you watch a gorgeous period drama and get taken in my the lavish costumes and the courtesy and what not, and think you d like to live in that time, read this book and realize that, if you re female, you d basically be an object that gets passed around from man to man and has no say in well, anything.I loved the suffragists Loved, loved, loved There was so much fun and swoonon the swoon later , but this book also touched on serious issues affecting women in 1909 While British History is my most beloved nerd topic, I ll admit to not knowing too much about Emmaline Pankhurst and her brethren besides the fact that they re Mrs Banks sisters.Vicky becomesanddrawn into their cause, and I fellandin love with her Vicky, my GIRL Also, the art bits As someone who s also done art her entire life, I could relate completely to her artistic drive and the way she d become absorbed in her sketches Her desire to conquer paint, a medium, she s not yet comfortable with The desire to be taught The desire to draw certain subjects she gets an overwhelming urge to draw the suffragettes, which starts this whole thing off Vicky s artistic talent was incorporated very naturally and wonderfully into the plot and really helped round out her character.Okay Swoony swoons All the swoony swoons Vicky is engaged to be married to a wealthy young man, Edmund, and though she realizes he s not as wretched as he could be, she crosses paths with a handsome, working class police constable named Will, who well, I think I need a moment.I really don t want to tell too much, because the wonder of this story is watching Vicky discover herself and find independence in a world that s determined not to let her But you should know there is also a very cute boy who supports her dreams, and there s nothingromantic to me than that If you re anything like me and you shouldn t be, I m a bit insane when it comes to ships You might have noticed , you will squeak and squeal and grin like a mad person basically whenever they make eye contact.Obviously, I loved this book Get thee to a bookstore, fool You need this book in your life

  7. Meg says:

    4.5 starsI m sitting here trying to figure out what was my favorite bit of A Mad Wicked Folly It s quite difficult because this book is fantabulous from all angles and I can t really pinpoint what, if anything, rises above the rest.Vicky, the protagonist, is amazing She s stubborn, she s sassy, she s a tad naive and she s brave as all hell Seriously, she poses nude for her life drawing class in the first chapter Not to be scandalous or anything like that, but because the model flakes, everyo 4.5 starsI m sitting here trying to figure out what was my favorite bit of A Mad Wicked Folly It s quite difficult because this book is fantabulous from all angles and I can t really pinpoint what, if anything, rises above the rest.Vicky, the protagonist, is amazing She s stubborn, she s sassy, she s a tad naive and she s brave as all hell Seriously, she poses nude for her life drawing class in the first chapter Not to be scandalous or anything like that, but because the model flakes, everyone but her has taken a turn at this point and dammit why shouldn t she She s an artist first, woman second There can t be two sets of expectations, one for them and one for me, the only girl in class How will I earn their esteem if I don t pose Full review on Cuddlebuggery

  8. Debby Hammer says:

    Not just a Goodread, but a great read This spoke to me in so many ways When at university I took a Women s Studies course there and learned the basics Also, Gloria Steinem came and spoke This book will let you in and draw you out.

  9. Louisa says:

    Why is it so absurd I can illustrate as well as any man These are modern times, and women are still treated as nothing but pretty dolls or lapdogs4.5 stars It s a mad, wicked folly how few people seem to know of this Picture a wonderfully written historical YA with incredibly strong main and supporting characters, set in a time when women s rights were basically non existent The suffragette movement, the romance, the writing, the setting, Vicky the MC s progress as both a characterWhy is it so absurd I can illustrate as well as any man These are modern times, and women are still treated as nothing but pretty dolls or lapdogs4.5 stars It s a mad, wicked folly how few people seem to know of this Picture a wonderfully written historical YA with incredibly strong main and supporting characters, set in a time when women s rights were basically non existent The suffragette movement, the romance, the writing, the setting, Vicky the MC s progress as both a character and a girl in an oppressive period, the loving way Waller describes Vicky s art I just adored this so much as evidenced by the fact that I finished this in a day Have I mentioned the romance OH PC FLETCHER WILL 3What are you waiting for Get this now Read it and then tell all of your friends If it helps, Leila Sales edited this book Leila Sales is wonderful This book is wonderful WALLER, PLEASE WRITE MORE BECAUSE I WILL GOBBLE IT ALL UP

  10. Giselle says:

    An Advanced Reader Copy was provided by the publisher for review Quotes pulled from the ARC may be incorrect and may be subject to change.The description on the back of A Mad, Wicked Folly doesn t do this book any justice It s a must read for any female who wants to educate themselves in the suffragette movement A time in history where women were subjected to such inequality.I can t believe the way it was back then How women were meant to such harsh conditions To think that you needed a man An Advanced Reader Copy was provided by the publisher for review Quotes pulled from the ARC may be incorrect and may be subject to change.The description on the back of A Mad, Wicked Folly doesn t do this book any justice It s a must read for any female who wants to educate themselves in the suffragette movement A time in history where women were subjected to such inequality.I can t believe the way it was back then How women were meant to such harsh conditions To think that you needed a man to get by It s appalling I can completely understand how Vicky would have felt She was independent or wanted to be I m so glad she did what she wanted Admirable in a character I love the scene where Vicky realizes all these standards could change for her niece That she wanted to do something about it to show her what could be done After Vicky, I just loved Will He was supportive, kind and such a gentleman He s another character that I truly loved.The setting is perfect The dialogue read just like the Edwardian era it was set in I love that Only because I didn t find any modern words while they were talking It s very hard to keep the character and their dialogue set in an another time, I though Walker did a wonderful job expressing the character s emotions and thoughts Loved the vivid rich details of the clothing as well It s not every day you have to wear a corset So well written and it might have been slow only to gaincharacter development in the beginning, but the pages fly by.I loved everything about this book The way you re fully immersed in Vicky s world And how different everything is I pictured all the dialogue in British accents even Even if you re not a historical fiction fan, you will be after reading this