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My Sweet Folly

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After years of innocent correspondence with her husband's cousin, Folie Hamilton had him pictured in her mind as a heroic soldier. But when he returns to London after her husband's death, Folie meets a man on the edge of madness-who both frightens and fascinates her.
Paperback, 400 pages
Published April 4th 2006 by Berkley Trade (first published 1997)
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UniquelyMoi ~ BlithelyBookish

4.5 poignant, romantic, mysterious stars!

When I'm in a reading slump I turn to authors who I know will put a smile on my face and a sigh in my heart. Kristen Ashley, Pamela Clare, Sarah MacLean, Lisa Kleypas, to name a few... and the Kinsale/Boulton author/narrator team. Without fail I have loved each book I've listened to and find it hard to leave them behind when review obligations demand I move on. But as soon as time permits I'm right back with them, escaping to new worlds and new adventur
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D.G.
I don’t like predictable stories so when a book surprises me, it’s a good thing. Not so much with this one. The plot advanced in such a bizarre way that several times I found myself checking the cover to make sure I was reading the same book.

That first feeling of unbalance started once I got into the first 50 pgs. or so. The prologue had been brilliant, one of the best I’ve ever read. Before reading the first chapter I saw the hero and heroine fall in love (sight unseen) and knew without a doubt
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Ririn
Dec 18, 2010 Ririn rated it really liked it
I picked this book because it was convenient, never expecting it will pull me thoroughly in (since my reading slump is getting worse, I can't seem to find interest in any books, including some by my favorite authors). How surprised was I when I can't stop reading, even though it was well past my bedtime (I just picked up the book as a lullaby...hehehe).

The start was so great, it really pull my heart with Folie's innocence and her bright world. And it were all shattered just because of one letter
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Caz
I've given this a B+ grade overall - broken down into B for content and A+ for narration.

In the books I’ve listened to and read so far by Laura Kinsale, I’ve often loved the heroes but found the heroines rather difficult to like. I’m thinking particularly of Maddy in Flowers from the Storm and Leigh in The Prince of Midnight, both of whom are characters whose actions with respect to the hero I could understand but didn’t particularly like.

The heroine in My Sweet Folly, however, is completely dif
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Anna Casanovas
Hacía mucho tiempo, años, que no leía una novela de Laura Kinsale y el argumento de "Una extraña locura" captó mi atención de inmediato. Los primeros capítulos, cuando lees las cartas que se envían los protagonistas, son casi perfectos y contienen esa magia que logra que te enganches a una novela. Pero después el ritmo decae y la historia adquiere un tono extraño, confuso, casi surrealista. Entiendo que la autora quiere nos sintamos tan confusos y alterados como los protagonistas de la novela, p ...more
Alex Morrison
5 stars for the EXCELLENT prologue, 3 stars (barely) for the rest of the book. Kinsale's writing style is truly a cut above others in the genre, but this book is very up and down - at some points it is very good, at others it is very, very bad. It also features a few twists that had me rolling my eyes, and the conclusion seemed rather hastily thrown together.

The start of the book held so much promise but it was not, ultimately, delivered on. After the 30% mark it seems she decided to write anot
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Giedre
Feb 15, 2016 Giedre rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
My Sweet Folly starts out as a sweet epistolary novel, then does a clumsy one-eighty towards gothic/mystery territory. Basically, this book feels like Kinsale wasn't sure what she wanted to write, so she wrote something that's trying to be everything without succeeding at anything.
Ashley
Oct 11, 2015 Ashley rated it liked it
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I don't have a fully formed opinion of this b
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Melissa
Sep 28, 2015 Melissa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This passage from one of my favorite parts of My Sweet Folly felt so analogous to the "pantser" style of writing that I feel it probably sums up Laura Kinsale's writing process for this and her other books. Sometimes it works out beautifully, and sometimes it doesn't work out quite as beautifully -- as in the case of this interesting but flawed book.

Robert sipped his ale. "What are you making?" he asked at last.

"I don't know," she said. "Sometimes I just knits and sees what comes of it. Often e
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L8blmr
Apr 05, 2008 L8blmr rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: anyone who loves Kinsale and/or tortured heroes
Recommended to L8blmr by: no one; I went through a Kinsale buying frenzy after reading a c
I dubbed Laura Kinsale the "Queen of Tortured Heroes" on the romance forum at Amazon, and she certainly has one in Robert, this book's "hero". The book begins with a lovely correspondence between him and Folie (whom he soon begins caling "Folly"), his cousin's wife. That does NOT set the tone for the rest of the book, as it literally takes the rest of the tale for Robert's demons to be exorcised and Folie's loving patience to pay off. Indeed, I only had a very few pages in which to savor the HEA ...more
Paseandoamisscultura
Jan 13, 2013 Paseandoamisscultura rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: finish, nota-4
Una historia bastante original de la mano de una de las reinas del genero romántico. Laura ha creado una trama que como punto de partida se origina con unas cartas entre Folie y Robert.

He leído otro libro de la autora y parece ser que a Laura Kinsale le gustan los países exótico y que tengan que ver con Oriente, en este caso, elige La India, que aunque no lleguemos a pasearnos pos sus calles podemos oler el aire y saborear sus comidas, con solo la mente, sin salir de nuestro lugar de lectura fav
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Cristina
Jan 08, 2013 Cristina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: hr-european
Una extraña locura se abre con una serie de cartas encantadoras del teniente Robert Cambourne a la esposa de su primo. La correspondencia comienza casi por accidente con Robert escribiendo a su anciano primo Charles Hamilton sobre un asunto de bienes menor, pero terminan siendo contestadas por la mujer de su primo, Folie, de tan solo veinte años de edad. Las primeras cartas entre Robert y Folie son tímidas, con algunas burlas provisionalmente sobre temas frívolos de menor importancia. La tensión ...more
D
Apr 15, 2013 D rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: folks looking for smart reading who are willing to negotiate a few technical problems
*** 11/23/15 *** UPDATE AFTER EIN AUTRE READ: IN WHICH OUR REVIEWER ATTEMPTS TO DECONSTRUCT THE MECHANICS OF MY SWEET FOLLY WITHOUT SPOILING ALL Y'ALL ***

so. the tone isn't consistent, as i've noted before. <-- this is the biggest problem, i've decided, after many reads. BUT! the characters are so varied and layered and fun and attractive (in the best, least-superficial-attractive sense -- tho sometimes in the superficial sense, in that robert is a stone-cold hottie [<-- see what i did the
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Melissa
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Lady Wesley
May 20, 2012 Lady Wesley rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: listened
I had not read this book yet, so I jumped at the chance to listen to the audiobook narrated by Nicholas Boulton. Readers, if you haven't yet heard his rendition of Laura Kinsale's titles, what are you waiting for?

Once again, Nick Boulton hits it out of the park. This story has many characters, and his vocalization of them all is fantastic. Robert, the hero, has a deep, almost sinister voice, which fits his character. Folie, the heroine is pert and sassy, with a wicked dry sense of humor. Boulton
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KC *doesn't luv every book she reads*
The romance began beautifully as an epistolary novel but then morphed into a mystery. Too bad as the love letters were the best part of the book, being well written and so romantic. I don't understand why the romance took a backseat to the subplot, but this tends to happen in most of the Kinsale books I've read so far. It's as if the author doesn't have faith in the romance and so tries to compensate with a subplot she thinks will reel in the reader. And I say, stick with the romance if one is w ...more
Gerrie
In so many ways this was a wonderful book. The first part of the book is epistolary, and the letters between the hero and heroine are delightful. The heroine is one of the most sympathetic, engaging, charming, poignant, and dryly funny women in any romance that I have read. I adored her. The hero is well drawn in all his complexity and angst, and I understood why he was so tortured. However, despite all that, I found the hero's treatment of the heroine to be just plain cruel (emotional cruelty). ...more
CalypK
Mar 30, 2013 CalypK rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: Amantes de la Kinsale
Recommended to CalypK by: Internet
Terminado de leer 30/03/2013

Y me ha dolido más a mí que a la Kinsale esta calificación, de seguro.

Increíble que este desacierto sea obra de esta mujer. Pero no cabe duda, tiene todos los ingredientes: la infaltable mascota, los sucesos inesperados, el tormento de él..., que no parece tan tormento.

Robert no ha valido para nada, y menos lo suyo con Folie. Esta podría ser la obra más irrelevante que haya escrito LK, lo cual no está nada bien.
Grace
Feb 06, 2014 Grace rated it it was ok
Ok. This book was a bit beyond what was expected, what with the gothic undertones in the first 5 chapters (excluding the charming prologue) that I kept looking for a review that would tell me more about the book. So I'm going to write one with spoilers.

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Love Reading Romance
Aug 16, 2014 Love Reading Romance rated it did not like it
How great does that blurb sound? I was really excited when I saw this one pop up on my suggested reads and bought it right away, but I could not have been more disappointed. And honestly, 'disappointed' is such an understatement. I couldn't finish this book, here's why:

My Sweet Folly started off with a sweet correspondence between Folie and Robert. I wasn't all that convinced that they could have fallen in love from such a short set of letters, and pretty much felt like an email slut as a result
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Ilze
Jun 01, 2011 Ilze rated it it was ok
Shelves: laura-kinsale
The book starts with an amazingly beautiful prologue, where the hero and heroine fall in love by letter before they meet in person. Unfortunately the rest of the book is bizarre and disorganized, filled with WTF moments, satisfying neither as a romance nor as a suspense novel. The 2 main characters, in the end, are not very appealing or worthy of their hero/heroine status. Folie has some good moments, especially in her letters, but she is not very bright. She is supposed to have a lot of emotion ...more
Lea's Audiobooks Hensley
Laura Kinsale’s My Sweet Folly was released just last week and I immediately started listening. Just as I expected, Nick Boulton’s performance was simply magnificent and Ms. Kinsale’s story kept me thoroughly intrigued. Another pure audio success. I won’t be writing an official review only because there is a review line at the door for both AudioGals and Speaking of Audiobooks!

I just had to write a little something at the 11/04/13 Speaking of Audiobooks:
Narrated by Nicholas Boulton

Folie (Folly)
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Carolyn F.
Folie's husband receives a letter from a 3rd cousin about some matter that his father had wanted to write to her husband about. Since her husband didn't think it was important to respond, she did and this started a pen pal relationship that developed into more with Robert. After her husband dies, she kids that she'll follow him to India when he writes her and tells her he's married, has always been married and to not write again. Years down the road, Robert eventually becomes guardian to Folie's ...more
Ssil
Jan 21, 2014 Ssil rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Laura Kinsale es una de las autoras de novela romántica histórica que más admiro. Sus cualidades (tramas cuidadas y originales, personajes con un perfil diferente y una prosa elegante y cuidada), que encuentro en cualquiera de sus novelas, me hacen volver siempre a ella, interesarme por cualquier de sus libros, siempre a la espera de toparme con novelas tan inolvidables como Flores en la tormenta y Sombra y estrella. La autora puso el listón tan algo con estas novelas que parece que nunca podrá ...more
Kym
Jul 20, 2014 Kym rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, romance
I don't re-read (or re listen in most cases) to many books, but this is one of the ones at the top of my list. First off, I love Nicholas Boulton's performance. He just makes you fall into the story. But here, the whole book is compelling. Many books are obviously character driven, where you get so caught up in personalities that what they're doing almost doesn't matter. The action doesn't matter, as long as you get to stay with the people you have come to love (think about most of the romances ...more
Jai Francy
Oct 01, 2013 Jai Francy rated it really liked it
This is a historic romance novel with believable characters and plot. Its Jane Austin meets Sherlock Holmes story. The first few chapters are the best for the main characters have a wonderful banner with each other. In a great many of these type books the relationship is a physical one. This relationship started off sight unseen. This pair also had a common interest which was rare for these couples.

There is no other words to describe what some would call the physical romance in this book as any
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Calli0pe
Nov 01, 2012 Calli0pe rated it it was ok
This one didn't work for me at all. It started brilliantly, the epistolary prologue was simply wonderful, but the novel rapidly went downhill from there. I thought the plot was a mess and although Folie's character is wonderful, I didn't get a feel for Robert; there wasn't much cohesion in his internal conflicts and his character development. Kinsale usually creates amazingly multifaceted heartbreakingly tortured male protagonists that you can't help loving. This is her only novel where I didn't ...more
Hallie
Jan 03, 2014 Hallie rated it it was ok
Anyone who likes emotionally abusive romantic heroes (of the "a woman tortured him, so of course he has to pass it on" variety) will probably be fine with this book, but everyone else should just read the prologue and then STOP. The waste of the prologue's loveliness will make you too sad otherwise.
Laura V.
Aug 09, 2014 Laura V. marked it as descartado-en-los-primeros-caps  ·  review of another edition
DFI 21%

No me gusta Folly, no me gusta el modo en que se conocieron, me interesa el misterio que recubre la personalidad de Roberts, pero la mujer me saca de quicio y se me va a hacer una novela muy larga. Mejor la dejo así.
Pamela(AllHoney)
I read this because it was listed on several people's fave romance lists. It didn't do anything for me. I read it through and kept waiting but it was disappointing for me. Perhaps if I hadn't been expecting so much from it then I would have enjoyed it more.
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Laura Kinsale is a New York Times bestselling author and both winner and multiple nominee for the Best Book of the Year award given by the Romance Writers of America.

She become a romance writer after six years as a geologist--a career which consisted of getting out of bed in the middle of the night and driving hundreds of miles alone across west Texas to sit drilling rigs, wear a hard hat, and at
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