Thursday, April 4, 2013

Spotlight on: The Ashford Affair by Lauren Willig

The wait is almost over.......April 9th is the release date for Lauren Willig's highly anticipated newest novel, The Ashford Affair! Those of us who are fans of her Pink Carnation series are excited to experience a completely new cast of characters and settings as Lauren weaves a story of mystery, romance, and family secrets........

From the NYT bestselling Pink Carnation author comes a new novel that is by turns epic and intimate, transporting and page-turning – spanning from WWI England to present day New York….

About the Book:
As a lawyer in a large Manhattan firm, just shy of making partner, Clementine Evans has finally achieved almost everything she’s been working towards – but now she’s not sure it’s enough. Her long hours have led to a broken engagement and, suddenly single at thirty-four, she feels her messy life crumbling around her. But when the family gathers for her grandmother Addie’s ninety-ninth birthday, a relative lets slip hints about a long-buried family secret, leading Clemmie on a journey into the past that could change everything…

Growing up at Ashford Park in the heyday of Edwardian society, Addie has never quite belonged. When her parents passed away, she was taken into the grand English house by her aristocratic aunt and uncle, and raised side-by-side with her beautiful and outgoing cousin, Bea. Though they are as different as night and day, Addie and Bea are closer than sisters, through relationships and challenges, and a war that changes the face of Europe irrevocably. But what happens when something finally comes along that can’t be shared? When the love of sisterhood is tested by a bond that’s even stronger?

From the inner circles of British society to the skyscrapers of Manhattan and the red-dirt hills of Kenya, the never-told secrets of a woman and a family unfurl…


Lauren Willig is the New York Times bestselling author of eleven works of historical fiction. Her books have been translated into over a dozen languages, awarded the RITA, Booksellers Best and Golden Leaf awards, and chosen for the American Library Association's annual list of the best genre fiction. After graduating from Yale University, she embarked on a PhD in English History at Harvard before leaving academia to acquire a JD at Harvard Law while authoring her "Pink Carnation" series of Napoleonic-set novels. She lives in New York City, where she now writes full time.

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Unknown said...

I am SO excited about this book! Can't wait to read it...and I just adore that cover!

Joanne said...

This book has our names written all over it, Ruth! It will help take the edge off our Downton Abbey void!

Anne said...

I always enjoy Willig's books and I am really excited to read this one!

Audra said...

I just got this and can't wait. Sadly, my attempt at the first Pink Carnation book was a DNF so I hope I like this one more!

Melissa @ Confessions of an Avid Reader said...

I can't wait to read this one either :-) I pre-ordered my copy and received notice today that it has shipped. Yippee!!

Mystica said...

This is also on my TBR list!

Book of Secrets said...

Ooo! This sounds like my kind of story.

Shoshanah said...

I read the first two Pink Carnation books and really enjoyed them. And while I want to continue, it is a little daunting knowing how many our left.

But instead, since I know I like Lauren Willig, I should probably pick this up. Especially since I know there's only one, at least so far, that I'd need to read.

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