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First Comes Scandal: A Bridgerton Prequel: 4 Mass Market Paperback – 21 April 2020
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With tens of millions of copies in print, #1 New York Times bestselling author Julia Quinn has been called “Smart, funny,” by TIME Magazine. Her novels have been translated into 35 languages and are beloved the world over. A graduate of Harvard and Radcliffe Colleges, she lives with her family in the Pacific Northwest.
Look for Bridgerton, based on her popular series of novels about the Bridgerton family, on Netflix.
- Publisher : Avon (21 April 2020)
- Language : English
- Mass Market Paperback : 384 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0062956167
- ISBN-13 : 978-0062956163
- Item Weight : 177 g
- Dimensions : 10.64 x 2.44 x 16.81 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: #156,208 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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First Comes Scandal becomes my introduction to the Bridgerton world – and it is honestly a very cute and adorable one!
Georgiana Bridgerton is ruined – and honestly through no fault of her own, to be honest; a man kidnaps her with the sole purpose of forcing her into marriage – a man whose name I won’t even deign to mention; because he doesn’t even deserve the courtesy – she rescues herself and yet she is the one who has to pay the price of being kidnapped by being forced to marry to protect her “reputation”.
To be fair though, neither her parents nor her brother are the villainous types – they have supported her throughput the ordeal; but even their hands are shackled by the rules of thee society.
Enter Nicholas Rokesby – he is studying to be a doctor when he is urgently summoned by his father home in the middle of his exams – he has no idea what fate awaits him; but the last thing he expects his father ordering him to offer for Georgina’s hand in marriage, because of the recent turn of events.
He might not want to at first; but he is an honourable man; so he does because he knows it is the right thing to do. What he doesn’t expect is the simple straight “No” delivered to his proposal!
What I loved is that Georgie and Nicholas already had the foundation of a childhood friendship guiding them; but it was more delightful to see them discover tidbits about each other that they hadn’t expected to be charmed or enamored with!
There is not a whole lot of drama in this one; but what it does have is adventure – adventure of finding a partner who surprises you at each turn, of finding a partner more than a spouse in your life but most of all finding the pleasure of true love you didn’t even expect in your life!
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Not my favourite of the series, however, it was sweet in parts and it was a joy to see a young Anthony, Benedict and baby Colin. Also I did think the Butlers were quite funny.
Unfortunately the book seemed to lack in plot, particularly the second half, which just involves a newly married Nicholas and Georgiana's journey to Edinburgh and settling into married life (which as a story of a marriage of convenience blossoming into romance could have had a lot of scope, but actually just not much happened).
I have to say that a lot of Quinn's more recent books don't match up to her older ones like the original Bridgerton series. The humour often seems forced and overly silly, and the dialogue repetitive and awkward at times.
This has all the usual elements that make me love a new Julia Quinn book but it just feels as though she as not put enough effort into the development of the characters and the plot. As probably one of many who pre purchased this many months ago and as a cynic, I just wonder if the author felt she needed to work at this as much as she would have done with her earlier books.