The Importance of Being Scandalous by Kimberly Bell
*I received this book from Netgalley for an honest review.*
The Importance of Being Scandalous is a romance novel set in the Victorian era, following Amelia Bishop and Nicholas Wakefield as they begin to cause bigger scandal after bigger scandal in the hope of getting Amelia’s slightly undesirable fiancé to call off her engagement.
I requested this book on @bookavid‘s recommendation, mostly because of the character of Julia, a disabled character with spina bifida. I also really like romantic relationships in historical novels, although I don’t often read straight romance novels like this so it was fun to explore a different genre for a while. It was a really quick, fast paced read that I couldn’t put down – it was exactly what I needed at the time, and I think I finished it in around four hours.
Unfortunately, this book doesn’t feature very much of Julia for a large section, as she in confined to her home while Amelia is in London, but I’m promoting this series because I’m hopeful that due to its name (A Tale of Two Sisters) this probably means the second book will follow Julia’s romantic life (with Jasper? Please say with Jasper…..)
TW for ableist language – Julia’s disability is often described as a ‘taint’ on the family, etc. due to historical attitudes towards disability.