Stress is all around us…and one of the best ways to fight that stress is to curl up with a book that will make you laugh, smile, and fill you with comfort. So today we’re incredibly excited to talk about a historical romance that fulfills all three: FIRST COMES SCANDAL! And to join in our conversation, please help me welcome Julia Quinn!
Lexi: It’s almost as if you had a glimpse in the crystal ball and knew we’d need a dose of cute and sweet…except you’ve already given us the Bridgertons, so cute and sweet were already your thing! Do you have a favorite scene that made you giggle as you were writing it? That is…if scenes like cats in carriages aren’t too spoilery!
JQ: I definitely had fun with the carriage scenes, but I think I giggled the most while writing the scene down by the lake with Anthony and Benedict Bridgerton. It was just so darn fun to think about those two as young boys.
Lexi: We all need a laugh. But another comfort is the familiar and the Bridgertons, in this book we get to see the beginning of Violet’s family and even Georgiana babysitting two of the boys, are a huge comfort…like returning home. And returning home is what the hero of FIRST COMES SCANDAL, Nicholas, does. Nicholas has been studying to be a doctor, so is it a difficult decision for him to stop and go home?
JQ: The decision itself wouldn't have been difficult. Nicholas's family is very important to him, and he would never have disobeyed a direct summons from his father. But carrying out that decision was tough. His studies are also very important to him. They're a huge part of how he defines himself, how he sets himself apart from his older brothers. Not to mention that studying medicine is hard. You really don't want to fall behind.
Lexi: Humanity is at its best when others are in need, and being willing to change your life to save a friend is one of the best forms of compassion. Of course, it’s a lot more difficult to show compassion when you’re turned down. Can you share a favorite line from the failed proposal scene?
JQ: It's more of a passage. I love how Georgiana thinks so fiercely about the unfairness of it all. She's not someone who ever thought she'd been breaking boundaries or pushing envelopes, but you can see how she's starting to realize just how unfair her society can be toward women.
It was the pity. That was what she could not bear.
She had not done anything wrong.
She should not be pitied. She should be admired. A man had kidnapped her. Kidnapped her! And she’d got away.
Why wasn’t that something to celebrate?
There should be parties in her honor. A gala parade. Look at the brave and intrepid Georgiana Bridgerton! She fought for her freedom and won!
When men did that entire countries were created.