I’ve got an excerpt and spotlight for Lauren Willig’s newest book The Ashford Affair to share with you all today. This one is a departure from her Pink Carnation series and I’m anxious to read it as it sounds so good. It’s one of those past and present stories that I favor so much so needless to say I’ll likely be picking up the audio for myself soon. For today though I’ll share an excerpt of the book with you along with a spotlight and then pop by the end of the post for a chance to win a copy for yourself.
ABOUT THE ASHFORD AFFAIR
From Lauren Willig, author of the New York Times bestselling Pink Carnation series, comes a richly detailed historical saga, spanning from WWI England to colonial Kenya to present-day New York, as one woman discovers the truth about her family’s hidden past and her own present.
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 life crumbling around her.
When the family gathers for her grandmother Addie’s ninety-ninth birthday, a relative lets slip hints about a long-buried family secret. Clemmie is stunned. Addie was the woman who seemed to have it all: a perfect marriage, three children, and a successful career in an era when most women didn’t have one. As Clemmie unravels the story, scandalous family secrets that are decades old begin to come back to life, leading her 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 in by her aristocratic aunt and uncle who raised her in the grand English house, side-by-side with her beautiful and outgoing cousin, Bea. Though they are as different as night and day, Addie and Bea remain closer than sisters through relationships, 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 modern-day Manhattan, the never-told secrets of a woman and a family unfurl in this epic yet intimate story.
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LINK TO EXCERPT OF THE ASHFORD AFFAIR
Listen to Chapter 1 of the Audiobook of The Ashford Affair
ABOUT LAUREN WILLIG
LAUREN WILLIG is also the author of the New York Times bestselling Pink Carnation series and a RITA Award-winner for Best Regency Historical for The Mischief of Mistletoe. She graduated from Yale University, and has a graduate degree in English history from Harvard and a J.D. from Harvard Law School. She lives in New York City, where she now writes full time.
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GIVEAWAY DETAILS (US only)
I have one copy of The Ashford Affair by Lauren Willig to share with my US readers. To enter…
- For 1 entry leave me a comment entering the giveaway.
- Tweet, share on Facebook or blog for 2 extra entries.
This giveaway is open to US residents only (no PO boxes) and I will draw for the winner on July 20/13. Good luck!
Lisa S(Books in the Burbs) says
This sounds like a fantastic book!! Thanks for the giveaway! I tweeted and posted on FB:)
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Please enter me Dar, I’m a fan of Lauren Willig’s Carnation series and this sounds great 🙂 Thank you!
Elizabeth MacGregor says
Thank you for the wonderful review and giveaway, Dar! I love Lauren’s books and The Ashford Affair has been on my TBR List since they started the promotions ~ Reminds me a wee bit of Out of Africa and it sounds Wonderful~ I can’t wait to read it! Happy Reading and Writing~ Cheers ~ Elizabeth MacGregor
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Charlotte Wills says
Great book give away.
I am a follower.
A fabulous book with a great review. thanks for this lovely giveaway.
This novel sounds captivating and special. Many thanks.
Sounds fascinating. I tweeted @readsalways.
Book sounds perfect for me.email follower firstname.lastname@example.org.Twitter follower @rhondareads will tweet.
Diane Castiglione says
Sounds like a great summer read. Would love to read this one.
I have posted it on Facebook and tweeted it. Thank you
thanks for the chance to read this story 😉
i’m a follower & email subscriber, too 🙂
Rita Wray says
Sounds like a fabulous read. Shared on Facebook.
Terry Martini says
Please don’t enter me but I wanted to say that I just finished this one and I couldn’t put it down. Both time period stories had me hooked. I loved the descriptions of Kenya. And by the way, Happy Birthday 🙂
An interesting and unique book which appeals to me. Thanks.
Nancy Luebke says
Sounds interesting and historical. Thanks for the opportunity.
KATHLEEN BIANCHI says
I am a follower on email kathleen.bianchi@ ymail.com
I tweetedThe Ashford Affair by Lauren Willig: Spotlight/Excerpt & Giveaway (US only)
This book sound great, I love a novel that goes back and forth in different time periods. Also I look forward to what the secret was.
The secrets of the family’s past sounds very intriguing. Thanks so much for the giveaway.
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Jessica M says
I shared on facebook and I tweeted about this giveaway. =]
Thank you for the chance to win this book. I would love to read it. I also shared on twitter:
Laura Kay says
This has been on my wishlist! Fingers crossed! Thanks for the giveaway!
pamela james says
Sounds like a great read. Thank you!
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pamela james says
Thanks for the contest!
I wasn’t a big fan of the Pink Carnation series, but this one sounds good.
I’ve been wanting to read this ever since I heard Lauren talk about it at the Virginia Festival of the Book in Charlottesville this spring. Tweeted and shared on FB….for good measure, I also pinned to my Pinterest board BOOKS, BOOKS, BOOKS!. I also found your tweet and retweeted it.
Beautiful cover and premise.
Judie McDonald says
After chapter 1 I’m hooked!
Would love to win! WooT for Lauren’s new book!
Maxie Anderson says
WOW Dar, Lauren’s book sounds like a must read. Gotta find out what those secrets are. Sure hope this will be my lucky time. MAXIE mac262(at)me(dot)com
Lisa Garrett says
I want to know about the family’s secret past.
Lisa Garrett says
I am looking forward to this book. Love the pink carnation series.
Having read the entire Pink Carnation series, I have not yet gotten around to The Ashford Affair but get around to it I will!
This sounds intriguing and I am a miserable lawyer like the heroine, so will doubtles relate!
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Lisa S. says
I am intrigued just by the review! Thanks for the exerpt of the 1st chapter too. Please enter me to win I would love to read one of Lauren’s books 🙂
Lisa S. says
I am an email subscriber & GFC & NetworkedBlogs. I posted on my FB wall
what a great sounding book
Kristin T. says
I really want to read this book…I had gotten it from the library, but had to return it before I got a chance to read it. Thanks for the giveaway!
Anita Yancey says
Sounds like a great book. I love the history and the book cover, and would like to find out what the long buried secret is. Thanks for having the giveaway.
Anita Yancey says
Shared on Facebook as Anita Yancey.
Melanie Backus says
The book sounds great! Keeping my fingers crossed for the giveaway!