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Giveaway for Ashford Affair by Lauren Willig

Lauren willig ashford affair


From Lauren Willig, author of the New York Times bestselling Pink Carnation series, comes a richly detailed historical saga, THE ASHFORD AFFAIR, 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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Jane Litte is the founder of Dear Author, a lawyer, and a lover of pencil skirts. She self publishes NA and contemporaries (and publishes with Berkley and Montlake) and spends her downtime reading romances and writing about them. Her TBR pile is much larger than the one shown in the picture and not as pretty. You can reach Jane by email at jane @ dearauthor dot com


  1. Lozza
    May 06, 2013 @ 10:07:07

    I keep meaning to try Lauren Willig, this seems like a good place to start!

  2. Jenna
    May 06, 2013 @ 10:08:03

    I have a ridiculous fangirl love of the Pink Carnation series. I’m really excited to see how Willig’s technique of using a modern heroine to make historical romance and mores approachable works in the New World! Squeeee!

  3. Barb
    May 06, 2013 @ 10:12:48

    Curious how the Pink Carnation time hopping transfers to a new series. WWI era should be interesting.

  4. Anya
    May 06, 2013 @ 10:13:52

    This sounds really intriguing! I’ve always meant to try this author so this would be a great place to start!

  5. TrishJ
    May 06, 2013 @ 10:15:01

    I seem to be way behind. Haven’t read this series but all the reviews are great. Guess I need to get my head out of the sand, huh?

  6. Sarah J
    May 06, 2013 @ 10:17:19

    I love the Pink Carnation series, so I’m super excited for a new book set in the Edwardian Era!

  7. LauraB
    May 06, 2013 @ 10:43:20

    I’m psyched to see more stories set in Africa during this period. I’d like to see how they’re dealing with the “question of empire.”

  8. Sally W.
    May 06, 2013 @ 11:17:40

    So happy to see new locations and time periods. Can’t wait to read this book.

  9. Samantha
    May 06, 2013 @ 11:26:02

    This one sounds so interesting–I’ve never read the Pink Carnation books but always meant to.

  10. Janet S
    May 06, 2013 @ 11:30:06

    It’s great to explore new authors and new eras, and I especially love going to Africa. Can’t wait to read it.

  11. Emma
    May 06, 2013 @ 11:38:33

    I’ve only read the first of the Pink Carnation books, but I’m always meaning to go back to the series. This new book sounds very interesting.

  12. Francene
    May 06, 2013 @ 12:56:27

    Love books set in the Ewardian era. The premise sounds really intriguing. Thanks for the giveaway.

  13. Ashley F
    May 06, 2013 @ 13:15:16

    Lauren Willig is on my TBR list and hopefully I’ll get to her soon.

  14. Jen G.
    May 06, 2013 @ 13:26:31

    The first Pink Carnation book was one of my first forays into romance. I’m looking forward to seeing her tackle another era.

  15. Maureen
    May 06, 2013 @ 14:53:01

    Those family secrets are always intriguing.

  16. Nancy
    May 06, 2013 @ 15:03:06

    I’m excited for the WWI era and the different settings, especially colonial Kenya.

  17. JenniferH
    May 06, 2013 @ 15:12:35

    I am looking forward to reading this

  18. ms bookjunkie
    May 06, 2013 @ 15:34:49

    Sounds fascinating.

  19. Patricia M
    May 06, 2013 @ 15:42:25

    I have loved the Pink Carnation books so I am really looking forward to this one.

  20. brandy
    May 06, 2013 @ 15:48:52

    Sounds really good!

  21. AuntieKristin
    May 06, 2013 @ 15:52:24

    I haven’t read this author before so I am looking forward to it.

  22. bn100
    May 06, 2013 @ 16:25:37

    Sounds like an interesting book

  23. Jen
    May 06, 2013 @ 16:28:59

    I am looking forward to reading this!

  24. Fran S.
    May 06, 2013 @ 16:43:34

    Looks awesome! !

  25. Kim
    May 06, 2013 @ 17:07:11

    Thanks for the giveaway.

  26. Chris
    May 06, 2013 @ 17:15:35

    I heard of this book over on Smart Bitches and it really sounds interesting!

  27. Kay
    May 06, 2013 @ 17:21:38

    I absolutely love Pink Carnation. It’s like Byatt’s Possession going on forever and funnier. I’d love to read The Ashford Affair.

  28. Susan
    May 06, 2013 @ 17:22:19

    Big fan of the Pink series and have this new standalone on my wish list. I listened to the first chapter on audio and it just whetted my appetite.

  29. Sandypo
    May 06, 2013 @ 17:25:28

    The plot of this novel sounds really interesting. I would love to read it.

  30. hilly
    May 06, 2013 @ 18:30:49

    I have a fondness for genealogical mystery stories — a genre in which L.Willig has a particular talent.

  31. CarolynP
    May 06, 2013 @ 18:33:43

    I love the Pink Carnation series and would love to read something different by Ms. Willig.

  32. Meg
    May 06, 2013 @ 18:34:08

    I love the Pink Carnation books, so I’m looking forward to reading this one!

  33. JennyME
    May 06, 2013 @ 18:54:57

    Can’t wait to read this one! I adored the Pink Carnation books and am crazy about the 20s right now. :D

  34. GinaD
    May 06, 2013 @ 19:30:00

    Love the cover! Thanks for the giveaway!

  35. Victoria Zumbrum
    May 06, 2013 @ 19:30:22

  36. Mitzi Hinkey
    May 06, 2013 @ 19:59:05

    Never read this author but would like to. After looking her up on Goodreads, I see she has some great reviews!

  37. Antonia
    May 06, 2013 @ 20:02:44

    I love Lauren Willig’s books. I’m looking forward to this one!

  38. Justine
    May 06, 2013 @ 20:12:39

    The cover definitely catches my eye!

  39. Sotheara
    May 06, 2013 @ 21:34:33

    I tried reading the first book of the Pink Carnation books and couldn’t finish it. I was probably not in the mood at that time; I think I need to go back and try again. The plot of this one sounds interesting with exotic locations.

  40. ducky
    May 06, 2013 @ 22:21:06

    Interesting time period – I want to read this.

  41. Tiffany
    May 07, 2013 @ 01:27:31

    This looks good!

  42. Brenda C
    May 07, 2013 @ 04:51:38

    This looks interesting. Thanks for the giveaway!

  43. sue stewart
    May 07, 2013 @ 05:53:00

    Have read some of Lauren’s books and they were all really good. This one is going in my TBR pile. A Saga spanning from WWI to present across 2 continents with secrets to be discovered, sounds with be a nice change of pace from my usual contemporary sexy romances!

  44. sarac
    May 07, 2013 @ 20:57:30

    I’m very excited to read this book – it looks fantastic!

  45. jennifer andersen
    May 08, 2013 @ 14:32:51

    Read this and loved it!

  46. Violet Bick
    May 08, 2013 @ 22:25:28

    This is outside my usual reading genres and/or time periods, but watching Downtown Abbey has piqued my interest in WWI-related stories, so this book sounds like a good place to start.

  47. Robin Koos
    May 08, 2013 @ 23:12:54

    I’ve always wanted to try one of her books. This looks like a great read.

  48. Lesley Smith
    May 09, 2013 @ 21:10:02

    I’ve read the first Pink Carnation book, and like others here, keep meaning to read some more. This sounds refreshing and worth a go.

  49. Coraline
    May 10, 2013 @ 19:28:24

    Read and love her carnation series. Really interested to see her tackle a new setting!

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