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Friendship and Folly

(The Meriweather Chronicles #1)

3.54  ·  Rating details ·  122 ratings  ·  27 reviews
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Published January 1st 2013 by CreateSpace (first published May 13th 2004)
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Jamie Collins
Sep 16, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A nice surprise, because I’ve never before heard of this author and none of my Goodreads friends have read her. This is a very good Regency novel, one of the best I’ve read outside of Austen and Heyer. Its tone falls somewhere between those two: a little more frivolous than Austen, but not as silly or madcap as Heyer. It’s long and slow, in the best way, and while the romance is the ultimate goal of the plot, it takes place largely in the background. This was amusing and thoughtful, and I ...more
Jan 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A really delightful, literate and witty novel set in the Regency era, with a large cast of eminently lovable characters. Perhaps someday I'll be able to review it properly, but for now I can just say that second reading has only increased my affection and appreciation for this book—the Meriweather Chronicles have achieved a solid ranking among my favorite books.
This book was amazing! It felt like a Jane Austen book!
W.R. Gingell
Mar 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Perfect in almost every way. If you are looking for a Jane Austen fix in between re-reads, do yourself a favour and READ THIS BOOK.

Don't go in expecting heaving bosoms and fiery glances and melting looks, because you won't get it. You'll get family regency settings, hilarious and perfectly executed dialogue that is *sigh!* actually CONSISTENT with the era in which it is set! Amazing! You'll get a fallible and not always clever heroine (though the author states that she is NOT the heroine, Anne
Feb 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
Such a nice change from most historical fiction! If I had one complaint it would be that sometimes the story could be a little confusing (keeping all the characters straight-especially those with similar names/titles- was a little daunting) but I loved the old-fashioned writing style and the humor throughout.
Angie Thompson
This was In. Credible! Honestly, I was prepared to say that when I started composing my mental review about halfway in, and not only did it not let up from that point, it just got better and better and better!

Let's start with what pulled me into the book: the style. To be honest, I think I've only read one Jane Austen book entirely through in my life, although I've watched a bunch of movie adaptations. But this book pulls off not just the setting, but the flavor and texture of a Jane-Austen-ish
A more-than-competent Jane Austen tribute book. The language and plot are a perfect homage to JA - multiple points to Meredith Allady for that. It's an enjoyable read.

What is missing - to be fair, what is missing from almost every JA tribute - is the acidic stratum that has the reader smiling and wincing in equal measure. When Mr Bennet says to Mr Collins (anent the latter's gushing over Lady Catherine de Bourgh), "It is happy for you that you possess the talent of flattering with delicacy. May
Dec 03, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Delightful regency
The year was 1805; the place, England. Napoleon was scheming how to wrest control of the Channel from the British Navy so that he might at last invade the island "nation of shopkeepers" that kept interfering with his plans to dominate all of Europe. Lord Nelson was chasing the Emperor's fleet across the oceans in a hunt that would shortly culminate in the battle of Trafalgar.
But on a quiet estate in Warwickshire, "just near enough to Stratford to take a proprietary interest in its immortal
It took me a few pages to actually get into this story. Then I was hooked and laughing at every other page. When I was actually invested, I was completely thrown off by the plot twist. This plot twist wasn't completely random, I just wasn't expecting the romance to take a turn away from the main character (sorta spoiler!). (view spoiler) ...more
Dec 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
Most authors who try to be Jane Austen are just not very good at it. For this reason I usually don't bother with so-called Austen 'sequels' or books that claim to be written in the Jane Austen style. They always disappoint. But this one was not bad.

I liked the understated sarcasm--it was quite funny--but sometimes it felt like the author wrote a story around clever one-liners instead of the other way around. And I liked Ann so much better than Julia, so I wished she had been the heroine, not
Raquel Evans
This was a pleasant book. Perhaps I would have enjoyed it more if I'd been in a different mood, but as it was I still enjoyed it moderately well.

I did find it distracting that much of the dialogue sounded more like conservative homeschoolers who read lots of classic than it did authentic Regency dialogue, but that also didn't really bother me, just felt a smidge anachronistic at times.
Mary B
Nov 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: austenesque
Allady does Austenesque prose remarkably well and creates interesting characters. There were enough of them that I finally had to write down a cast of characters and how they were all related, but that did not diminish at all the great delight of a novel well-crafted. Well done.
Aug 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: romance, historical
I have already praised this author's exceptional ability with historical fiction and language. Her " Regency" is perfect and her sense of the past spot on accurate.
But now I will talk about the story itself. This is the novel that follows Letters from Bath. It mainly concerns Julia Parry and her best friend Ann Northcott. The Parrys travel to London to attend balls, lectures, and meet interesting people, accompanied by Ann--who they view as essentially a relative. The plot, such as it is,
Kelsey Bryant
Aug 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: indie-authors
The beauty of Friendship and Folly is that you wouldn’t know it was written in the twenty-first century just by reading the story. In fact, I’d wager that you’d think you were reading a book written two hundred years ago. Yes, Ms. Allady was that good at evoking the voice of the past and the feel of a historical period. For example: she didn’t get out of the story to even drop an explanation or definition of a term or custom; she used all the correct words, dialogue, and syntax (occasionally I ...more
This story takes FOREVER to get to the point. We're told Julia's entire family history before she is even introduced. Then we're told Julia is the heroine but she disappears from the story for several chapters. Various characters come and go and appear again so long after that I forgot who they were. I needed a family tree to keep them all straight. Many characters and situations don't serve much purpose and all and some of them are very very long winded. The narrator is also extremely long ...more
Jan 10, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2014, kindle-book
What drew me to this book was the author's hilarious disclaimer that readers who enjoy books with half-naked men on the cover or who think Colin Firth jumping into a fish pond is the real Mr. Darcy should avoid her novel. I was pretty sure I would enjoy the writing of anyone who could so accurately sum up my feelings about historical novels, and indeed I did. Friendship and Folly is a charming step back in time. It is steeped in history--I never spotted an anachronism--and concerns characters ...more
Jul 22, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Friendship and Folly follows the Parry family as they move to London during the social season in the early 1800s. While this may sound like the standard beginning for many stereotypical historical fictions, these particular characters do not have the typical outlook on society. All of the Parry family are a delight, and I love the friend Ann. This excellent book has fabulous characters that will make you smile, wonderful language, and a delightful story. I was rather caught off guard by this ...more
Friendship and Folly -- the title captures the essence of Ann Northcott's interactions and devotion to the Parry family and their stay in London for the Season when Julia Parry is presented. There are a few humorous passages but mainly it's Ann's misguided protective nature of her friend Julia and a series of plots and misunderstandings.

This book might be a parody of Jane Austin's famous novels but I thought it was just silly and I had to force myself to finish reading it.

No sex
No violence
Mar 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I liked the authors caveat on Amazon, don't buy this book if you watch Pride and Prejudice just to see Darcy jump in a pond...and some other points that let me know I'd like this.
The characters were realistic, and I liked the feeling that I had no idea how it would turn out. Satisfying, and not run-of-the-mill.
Dec 31, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, kindle
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May 14, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: re-read
This book is worth reading, even if the sentence structure is scrambled (think Heyer meets Tolkien and you'll be close), because of the humor and Sir Barrington's sweet innocence and hey! Regency romance.
Jan 21, 2014 rated it liked it
This is set in 1805 England. The story of the Parry family in particular Julia and her best friend Ann Northcott. As they arrive from their home, Merriweather, into a fashionable London season. Where they discover the true nature of Friendship and Folly.
Dec 14, 2014 rated it really liked it
Cute and a throwback to the Austen style of writing - I enjoyed the easy pace and characterizations.
Little Red Readinghood
All that the reviews promised. Read slowly and savour each scene. Highly recommended for Jane Austen fans.
Laurel Kristick
Jul 23, 2015 rated it really liked it
A favorite reread - I think this is the third time I've read and enjoyed it. Delightful characters, plot and tone.
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Meredith Allady had a lot more free time before she became involved in The Merriweather Chronicles. She is slowly pulling herself into the 21st century and now has a website and a Twitter account, but she doesn't recommend the latter because, quite frankly, she hasn't figured out why it's useful or exactly what to do with it!

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The Meriweather Chronicles (3 books)
  • Letters to Julia (The Meriweather Chronicles #2)
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