The Ashford Affair

The Ashford Affair

Book - 2013
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"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 early twentieth century, 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."--Publisher website.
Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, 2013.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9781250014498
Call Number: WILLIG
Characteristics: 358 p. ; 25 cm
Subjects: Man-woman relationships -- Fiction.
Women lawyers -- Fiction.
Family secrets -- Fiction.
Self-realization in women -- Fiction.
Grandmothers -- Fiction.
Historical fiction.
Domestic fiction.


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Jan 07, 2019

Not so good

Jun 14, 2017

Not my cup of tea. Too much like a romance novel, not enough historical context, too, too much family dynamics and exposition concerning the unfulfilled life of our purported protagonist, led me to give up after 77 pages. I was hoping for more of an historical mystery, not of the skeletons in the family closet type.

ArapahoeKati Oct 21, 2016

What a whirlwind of a book--you've got Downton Abbey + Out of Africa. Loved this from cover to cover.

Chapel_Hill_MarthaW Aug 24, 2016

This is pretty standard Lauren Willig fare, which means that if you're a fan of glamorous period pieces about wealthy British people having romantic drama and discovering family secrets, you'll like this. I thought the modern storyline in this one was more successful than in perhaps any of Willig's other books, and I also really appreciated the fact that, while it seems like the most important plotline running through this story is the romance, I would argue that this is, first and foremost, a story of friendship instead. Highly enjoyable.

LoganLib_Phoebe Mar 08, 2016

Recommended for fans of Kate Morton, this novel has many twists and turns as a family is forced to confront its secrets. The author keeps you guessing right to the end. History, mystery, romance - a real pageturner.

Nov 26, 2015

Read the real life story this is based upon regarding the bolter and the Happy Valley gang of Kenya, titled The Bolter by her great granddaughter Frances Osborne and The Temptress by Paul Spicer

Jul 30, 2013

i love all of willing's books but this one gona be my favorite. i would give it 10 stars if i could

ehbooklover May 24, 2013

A multi-generational love story filled with family secrets and interesting characters. The book’s chapters transport the reader to 3 different countries, in both contemporary and historical time periods. Highly recommended for fans of Downton Abbey!

May 11, 2013

This is a generational family historical drama. Not the most likeable characters but generally a pretty good book. Well worth reading.

Mar 13, 2013

This was a pretty decent book. Better than I had expected. Not entirely predictable. I wanted to know how it would end. I won it through Goodreads.


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