A Mad, Wicked Folly is an enjoyable romp featuring fine art and romance against the backdrop of the Suffragette movement. The historic elements are beautifully handled and Vicky’s quest to be an artist in a man’s world is taut and gripping. While the ending was a bit predictable, the tense relationship between Vicky and Will made up the difference. The chemistry between them is inspiring.

Vicky Darling has ruined her delicate social status by posing nude for her clandestine art class in France. Cast out from finishing school she returns to London to repair what’s left of her reputation. While simpering through unwanted social obligations she works towards becoming an artist in secret, finding a muse and spurning her family’s wishes. When Will, her muse, begins to inspire more than art Vicky begins to question her own heart. Vicki’s parents want her to climb every social ladder but loving Will could mean an unfortunate fall from grace. (VIKING JUVENILE, Jan., 448 pp., $17.99, ISBN: 9780670014682, HC, 12 & Up)
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Krys Tourtois