Monday, 10 February 2014


200 years after the publication of Pride and Prejudice, Melanie Kerr is giving away the eBook of her new novel, whichtreats readers to the complete and dramatic history of Mr. Darcy and Mr. Wickham. Follies Past:a Prequel to Pride and Prejudice, will be available to download for free HERE  from February 10 – 14, 2014. 

To read this book is to step back into the charming world of Jane Austen’s England, to pass a few more hours with some of her beloved characters, sympathetically portrayed as they might have been before ever they came to Netherfield.

In Pride and Prejudice, everything hinges on a letter which Mr. Darcy gives Elizabeth - a letter setting forth all his dealings with Mr. Wickham. These facts, supplied by Austen herself, are at the heart ofFollies Past. The drama begins almost a year before the opening of Pride and Prejudice itself, at Pemberley, at Christmas. We follow young Georgiana Darcy to London, to Ramsgate and to the brink of a perilous elopement. Along the way, readers will discover a host of new characters, with compelling histories of their own.Authentic in its use of language andmeticulously researched, Follies Past is a truly diverting entertainment.

Melanie Kerr has not only penned and published Follies Past, she has also scripted, directed and produced three film-style book trailers, for which she personally designed and created all the period costumes. She also planned and executed a highly successful book launch last November at the Fairmont Hotel Macdonald, featuring live music, dramatic reading and a real live Mr. Darcy. She is currently planning a book tour to promote her novel, while raising her two young sons and carrying on a busy legal practice.
Follies Past is her debut novel.

The book is currently available for Kindle at  and in paperback at  and

More information on the book, including the first chapter and the 3 film-style trailers, can be found at Also, see and for updates on the book and posts on interesting historical trivia. The trailers for the book can also be viewed at


junewilliams7 said...

(blinks) she personally designed and created all the period costumes.... AND has two little kids... AND has a husband and law practice....

Does she have a time-travel machine?? What is her secret to making time to write, with this busy schedule? WOW!

Follies Past said...

I should clarify that I had previously designed and made the costumes, for myself and friends when we attended the Jane Austen Festival in Bath 3 years running. So I didn't make them with the kids under my feet. But I do wonder myself when I actually wrote the book. I think of it as being like a junkie - I will always find a way to get my fix. I was addicted to writing this book, plus I spend a lot of time driving to itinerant court locations, and I would compose the chapters in my head as I drove, so all I had to do was type it out once I got to a computer. I do hope you enjoy the book, and that you consider leaving a review on Amazon or Goodreads if you get a chance and feel so moved.

dstoutholcomb said...

thank you!

Follies Past said...

You are most welcome. I hope you like it!Do share the link with your friends, as this is the last day to get the book for free.

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