Ruined (Hardcover)

Ruined By Sarah Vaughn, Sarah Winifred Searle (Illustrator), Niki Smith (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Sarah Vaughn, Sarah Winifred Searle (Illustrator), Niki Smith (Illustrator)
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“This graphic novel reflects so many of the emotions one feels while reading a historical romance novel. We see the blushes, the crooked smirks, and the awkwardness of stilted courtship roles. I love that there were no punches pulled!”
— R. Aimee Chipman, The Bluestocking Bookshop, Holland, MI


For fans of Bridgerton comes a Regency-era romance graphic novel about the unexpected passion that blooms from a marriage of convenience.

The whole town is whispering about how Catherine Benson lost her virtue, though they can never agree on the details. Was it in the public garden? Or a moving carriage?

Only a truly desperate man would want her now—and that’s exactly what Andrew Davener is. His family’s estate is in disrepair, but Catherine’s sizeable dowry could set it to rights.

After the two wed, Catherine finds herself inexplicably drawn to Andrew. But could falling in love with her husband tear her marriage apart? In this richly detailed Regency romance, duty and passion collide in a slow-burn tale of intertwined fates.

About the Author

Sarah Vaughn tries to write things. Some of their work includes Sleepless, co-created with Leila del Duca (Image Comics); Eternal Empire, co-created with Jonathan Luna (Image Comics); and Deadman: Dark Mansion of Forbidden Love (DC Comics). They enjoy history, romance, fantasy, and comics in any and all combinations.

Sarah Winifred Searle originally hails from spooky New England but currently lives in sunny Boorloo (Perth, Australia). Their first award-winning graphic novels were Sincerely, Harriet (Graphic Universe, 2019) and Patience & Esther: An Edwardian Romance (Iron Circus Comics, 2021). Their First Second books are The Greatest Thing (2021), Ruined (2023), and The Sweetness Between Us.

Niki Smith is the Lambda Literary Award-nominated author of Crossplay, The Deep & Dark Blue, and The Golden Hour, and the co-artist on Ruined. Originally from the US, she now lives in Germany with her wife and two bilingual cats.

Praise For…

"Readers looking for a quieter Bridgerton or a more diverse, steamier Austen novel will love this graphic novel." —Shelf Awareness, starred review

"Ruined is a gorgeous historical romance you’ll immediately fall for." —

"Sure to be a delight for fans of the show Bridgerton and other similar adaptations... Modern Austen fans should take a look." —Booklist

"The cozy, colorful artwork in this Regency-era tale makes this an endearing read that showcases the fashion and landscapes of the time... An enjoyable historical romance, in the vein of Bridgerton." – SLJ

Product Details
ISBN: 9781250769350
ISBN-10: 1250769353
Publisher: First Second
Publication Date: November 28th, 2023
Pages: 336
Language: English