Author Melanie Kerr has expanded here on some of the characters mentioned in Pride and Prejudice, providing fresh and believable insights to them. Her story basically centers upon three women - conniving fortune hunter Caroline Bingsley, principled, sweet, Clare Langford, devoted friend to Georgiana, and painfully shy young Georgiana herself, written in the same style as Pride and Prejudice.
Author Melanie Kerr has pulled off a winner in Follies Past: A Prequel to Pride and Prejudice. She has not only caught the flavor of the time and period of Pride and Prejudice, she has written it in the same style, as a wonderful story that just flows, tying together a number of characters from Pride and Prejudice with the depth of their stories so we might enter the main novel armed with fresh understanding of some of the characters we meet.
Author Kerr has made the characters into real people, with all the quirks and fallacies one might meet anywhere. Like the real world, no one is perfect, yet all have endearing qualities to some they encounter. These interwoven human characteristics make Kerr's characters so believable this reader felt almost like the story could have been a long letter from home.
Follies Past has it all - a rake preying on trusting women, a fortune hunter, and a wonderful, totally unexpected conclusion. One of the unexpected things I picked up from the story was the fact that one should never believe first impressions are all there is to know about a person; one should take time to actually know the person before forming opinions. This prelude to Pride and Prejudice is both a masterpiece and a fast read difficult to put down."
Delores Goodrick Beggs.