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As promised, here is the backstory for Lady Lavender:
Back in 2015 when we first created Lord Sutton (a plot bunny of Jenny’s genius), we were adamant he was someone the MC could not romance. He was supposed to be someone who is mostly rude to the MC, but then reveals his rudeness is a cover for his feelings – quite a cliché, we know, but delicious nonetheless.
However, as we developed Mr Graham’s story arc and fleshed out Lord Sutton’s character, we started succumbing to his charms. Ever so gradually, he became the rich, artistic, flamboyant, broody, Byronic man we know today. When Samantha wrote his confession scene, she was definitely struggling with breaking poor Sutton’s heart. However, it was the right thing to do, and both Jenny and Melody approved of the scene, which now exists in the game.
Then Mr Graham’s story pack was released, and we received many comments and messages about wanting to end up with Lord Sutton. While we did consider exploring this, we decided to remain with our original intention: to capture those bittersweet feelings of unresolved tension and what could never be. We wanted to keep eliciting those emotions in Regency Love, despite the heartbreak that comes with it – after all, we all know what happens to certain characters in the Dragon Age series, to the Friar’s letter in Romeo and Juliet, to Erik and Charles on a Cuban beach in X-Men: First Class, but we still keep going back to those stories.
Then one day, an idea came to Samantha: Lord Sutton and Ellie would be perfect for each other, and a spin-off novel would allow us to explore a romance with Lord Sutton in a different way. We liked the idea’s potential, and we saw it as an opportunity to break out of our format for a little bit, and to give Samantha a bit more freedom in shaping the narrative – there are so many aspects of Lord Sutton’s character we can explore with a novel that we can’t with in-game dialogue (even with the occasional eavesdropping)!
After five years of writing and re-writing, a few rounds of feedback from Melody, gorgeous artwork from Jenny, and some evenings spent over bubble tea, we have a story about Ellie, Lord Sutton, and their nearest and dearest (teaser: the novel contains a secondary romance).
P. S. While the events in Regency Love and Lady Lavender are technically canonical, we absolutely endorse and encourage all manners of fanworks! We love that Regency Love has made it to AO3, and you are more than welcome to write your own versions of Lord Sutton’s story!
It’s finally time for our heroine reveal! The female protagonist of Lady Lavender is…
Miss Eleanor (Ellie) Ashcroft!
What about the MC from Regency Love, you might wonder? She was once Miss Katherine (Kitty) Fairfield, but after her adventures with a certain gentleman and his family, she is now known as Mrs Marcus Ashcroft!
Congratulations to all those who guessed correctly – we will email you in the next week or so!
Here’s a summary of the events that occurred in a Regency Love game prior to Lady Lavender (major spoiler warning!):
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MC courted and married Mr Ashcroft
MC helped Richard’s reconciliation with the Ashcrofts
MC developed a close relationship with Ellie
MC never met or courted Mr Curtis
Mr Curtis and Mr Ashcroft met through mutual acquaintances and have become friends
MC played matchmaker between her childhood friends Phoebe (Miss Ingram) and Tom (Mr Winslow)
MC never met or courted Mr Graham, hence she never met Lord Sutton
Curious about why we went this direction with Sutton’s spin-off novel? We’ll be making a detailed post on 9 October along with the Lady Lavender (draft) cover reveal – we hope you’re excited about it!
In the meantime, do let us know your thoughts about Ellie and the type of relationship you might encounter with Ellie/Sutton!
We have compiled a mood playlist for Lady Lavender. While these pieces do not feature in the novel (a separate playlist will be posted after the novel’s release), they capture various moments throughout the story. If you listen to it in order, you’ll get a sense of the emotional narrative of the novel.