The Ashford Affair

The Ashford Affair New York Times bestselling author Lauren Willig spins a web of lust power and loss Kate Alcott that is by turns epic and intimate transporting and page turning As a lawyer in a large Manhattan firm

New York Times bestselling author Lauren Willig spins a web of lust, power and loss Kate Alcott that is by turns epic and intimate, transporting and page turning 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 ledNew York Times bestselling author Lauren Willig spins a web of lust, power and loss Kate Alcott that is by turns epic and intimate, transporting and page turning 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 What follows is a potent story that spans generations and continents, bringing an Out of Africa feel to a Downton Abbey cast of unforgettable characters From the inner circles of WWI era 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.

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  1. Lauren Willig is the New York Times bestselling author of sixteen 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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  1. Full disclosure here, because Lauren is a friend of mine and I love her writing and her books, but I honestly think she outdid herself in The Ashford Affair Highly recommended.

  2. I m so glad the days of the sweeping generational saga are back Downton Abbey and Kate Morton both deserve credit for this, imho, and I couldn t be pleased my personal reading tastes have become fashionable at last The Ashford Affair is a departure for Lauren Willig in some ways but not in others While leaving Napoleonic spies behind, she incorporates the same smart dialogue and multiple time format in her newest book, which follows the lives of two women over 70 years apart who are linked thro [...]

  3. Sadly, this wasn t the book for me It was just good enough to finish reading at night when I was tired from work but not ready to go to bed Admittedly, I had high hopes when it was described as Out of Africa meets Downton Abbey, and really, it reminded me of neither The story weaves back forth between Addie in the 1920s in England and Kenya though precious little of Kenya , who is a cast off cousin of a wealthy aristocratic family, and Clementine called Clemmie, which is a name that grosses me o [...]

  4. More like Out of Africa meets Harlequin Presents I enjoyed it, but there were mechanical issues with the book that prevented me from giving it than 3 stars 1 The timing was off There were places where things just seemed to drag and other spots where I couldn t stop turning the pages.2 Morally bankrupt cast of characters one dimensional and a bit predictable.

  5. Knowledge can be a double edged sword You need to decide whether it s worth cutting yourself on it Absorbing and captivating three generational journey from pre and post WWI England to Kenya of the 1920s to America in the 1970s and 1990s.The narrative masterfully navigates through different timelines, places and points of view, bringing layer after layer to the story, to its characters and their motivations In a hand of a less skilled author, this constant switching of times, places and points o [...]

  6. Quite morose in tone, however I was drawn into this family drama of a novel that travels smoothly between the early 20th century and the last decade of that same century Very emotionally involving, although certain characters were hard to feel sympathy for Recommended to readers who are interested in the WW1 years and the 1920s.Reviewed for Affaire de Coeur Magazine in the April issue affairedecoeur

  7. Clemmie ist eine vielbesch ftigte Anw ltin, die kaum Zeit f r ihre Familie hat Als ihre geliebte Granny Addie ihren 99 Geburtstag feiert, ist sie erschrocken, wie sehr die alte Dame abgebaut hat Sind es die neuen Medikamente, oder warum spricht sie ihre Enkelin mit Bea an Der Roman springt zwischen 1906 und 1999 Es gibt Familiengeheimnisse an denen niemand zu r hren wagt, die sich aber ihre Wege an das Licht der neuen Generationen suchen Ich mochte den Wechsel zwischen dem Herrenhaus Ashford Par [...]

  8. Interesting story, well written, but I didn t end the book with much like nor attachment for any of the main characters.This book spans roughly the early 1900s through the mid 1920s in England and Kenya, and runs parallel to 1999 London and New York.In 1906, six year old Addie s parents died Her father was the son of an Earl, and her mother a writer of novels, which rendered them persona non grata in their circles Addie is then brought to live, as a poor relation, with her uncle s family, at the [...]

  9. Really, there should be a half star selection here, as I would have rated it 2.5, simply for Ms Willig s writing style I picked this up from the library, where I had been on the waiting list for the release, so that should tell you that I anticipated this novel, it wasn t a spur of the moment selection.I have ready and enjoyed the Pink Carnation series, for the lighthearted but entertaining novels they are I was hoping for a deeper, and possibly darker, tale in The Ashford Affair I was truthfull [...]

  10. I receiced a free ARC through and St Martin s Press Thanks I ve never read anything by Lauren Willig, so I wasn t sure what to expect By chapter two, I had at least decided that her writing style is excellent By chapter three, I was fully engaged in both stories couldn t wait to see how they tied together My favorite part was the early 1900 s story with Bea and Addie Bea was such a spoiled princess Right away I knew that I was rooting for Addie This novel was obviously well researched the way it [...]

  11. I won a copy of this book from a giveaway listed by Sarah Goldstein of St Martin s Press I could not have been excited I am a big fan of Lauren Willig s Pink Carnation series, and I have been looking forward to seeing how Lauren would write on a topic that wasn t Napoleonic spies.I was hugely impressed Lauren s story spans about a hundred years of one family s history, with settings in post WWI England, 1920s Kenya, and modern day NYC The modern day heroine, Clementine Evans, is an associate in [...]

  12. The Ashford Affair by Lauren Willig would be a perfect book club selection The complex plot and story told in this novel would give people hours of topics worth discussing This narrative was intriguing and at times a little heart wrenching The author has done an exemplary job of bringing her characters from the pages into flesh and blood for her readers I was impressed by the depth of the people in this book and the way their story produced emotion in me I love it when you read a book and you ju [...]

  13. I would have liked to give this than 3 stars but I won t I liked the novel mainly because I liked the time in which it was partly set, the decade following World War I I also thank the author for not writing a predictable plot line The love stories, while intertwined, were written with some thought I appreciate that However, while entertaining, the novel lacked the character development found in books by authors like Kate Morton The Ashord Affair is a diversion and an enjoyable one but not much [...]

  14. I loved this book A family saga that I just wanted to devour I thought Lauren Willig did such a great job weaving together the story that went from 1920 s England, to Kenya, to 2000 s New York I got so wrapped up in these characters lives that I hated being interrupted Through all the family secrets and lies, it was a family that was loved and ended up where they needed to be Sometimes a family isn t always as simple as black and white And sometimes going left rather than right all the time will [...]

  15. Addie Gillicote s life has evolved into a series of dramatic changes, some of which fall upon her and some of which she inadvertently causes Her granddaughter, Clementine Clemmie , seems to be following the same journey It all begins with the sudden, accidental death of Addie s parents when she is sent to live with her cousin, Bea s family Addie is really unwanted, the daughter of bohemian parents who really doesn t fit into the aristocratic family she is now expected to call her own WWI looms a [...]

  16. THE ASHFORD AFFAIRLauren WilligI didn t think I d ever find a down side to being an obsessive reader, but I m afraid I ve found that slippery slope There have been so many wonderful books written about a lost letter, a forgotten diary or a buried family secret, I am becoming a little jaded, and having trouble really becoming engaged Despite this lack on my part, I have to say this is a very good bookE ASHFORD AFFAIR is a departure from Ms Willigs Pink Carnation Series, and a standalone novel.Cle [...]

  17. Drawing comparisons to Downton Abbey and Out of Africa, The Ashford Affair is a magnificent tale of how one dramatic secret shaped a family for generations It centers on Clementine, the youngest grandchild in a sprawling family, now a grown up lawyer in a powerful Manhattan firm, and Addie, the ailing matriarch whom Clem adores and equates with a sense of home and belonging The novel deftly maneuvers between present day New York City, pre and post WWI London, and Kenya in the 1920 s, as Clem tri [...]

  18. 3,5 5 pour Ashford Park.L histoire des secrets de famille Gillecott racont e dans ce livre est prenante et agr able lire Les personnages sont attachants et il est int ressant de suivre Addie et Clemmie deux poques bien diff rentes.J ai cependant trouv deux points n gatifs ce livre les secrets sont trop gros pour ne pas tre devin s avant le d nouement et l histoire est trop belle et finit trop bien pour moi je la trouve trop facile Pour les membres du ClublectureMS j ai pr f r ce livre l H ritage [...]

  19. The Ashford Affair, by Lauren Willig There seems to be a trend in recently published books to have a dual track to the plot In this story one track begins in London in 1906 when a recently orphaned girl, Addie, is taken in by her father s elitist family Thank goodness her cousin, Bea, takes Addie under her wing and helps her But even that is not all good, as Addie is always the underdog to Bea It follows Addie s life until she reaches age 99, but the story line is interrupted by the life of her [...]

  20. I read most of this book in a day when I was flying all day The story consumed me to be honest and I love it when a book can do that to me I had barely slept the night before yet I was wide awake reading this book I love the dual timeline stories and this one was done very well My only complaint was the ending Don t get me wrong it wasn t a bad ending but I just had wanted a particular aspect with the main male character from the past to have had happiness Otherwise I loved the whole book, from [...]

  21. In a departure from her Napoleonic spy romances of the Pink Carnation Series, New York Times bestselling author Lauren Willig ventures into new territory with The Ashford Affair Entwining one generation s story with that of another, from post Edwardian British society to modern day Manhattan to a coffee farm in Kenya, the long veiled secrets of a woman are unraveled.Clementine Evans, a focused, driven law associate on the cusp of making partner in a large Manhattan firm, attends her beloved gran [...]

  22. Full of historical detail and a big, sweeping romance, The Ashford Affair makes for a thrilling read As in her beloved Pink Carnation series, Willig presents readers with a story within a story However, in this case, the modern day or at least kind of modern their story is set in 1999 lovers quest for the past takes them through some thorny family secrets and discovery What they and we think we know about our families may not be the whole story.At 34, Clementine Clemmie Evans has worked for year [...]

  23. Ashford Affair is a story about family and secrets The novel spans a one hundred years time period and the reader is treated to a glimpse of pre World War I British aristocracy, the inner workings of a coffee plantation in Kenya and corporate politics in a New York law office.Lauren Willig crafts a wonderful story about the relationship of two cousins in the early 1900 s when British Aristocracy was at it s height The end of World War I brought many social and economic changes to Great Britian m [...]

  24. I haven t read any of Lauren Willig s Pink Carnation series, but I thought I would give this stand alone a try.Sometimes shifting back and forth between time periods is a wonderful way to tell a story if it s done well When it s not it can be counterproductive to the pacing of the story and instead of pulling the reader in, it can turn the reader off Which was my experience with this book There are three different time periods in the first 42 pages of the story Getting to care about a character [...]

  25. Fans of Willig s glorious Pink Carnation series should not start this thinking they ll find that kind of book It s not Rather than a swashbuckling tale of romance and intrigue, it s a measured but equally intriguing story of a complex family puzzle When Clementine s adored Grandma Addie calls her by an unfamiliar name, Clemmie begins investigating her family s history There are multiple story lines in multiple, converging time period Willig handles this really well with fascinating details of g [...]

  26. I wanted from this book I wanted there to be Kenya, history and resolution with Bea The backdrop was superfluous to the story and I wish it had bearing as it was a fascinating period of history.I wish this had been written as a generational saga with a linear timeline instead of the back and forth between modern and historical stories This method of story telling robbed the narrative of some of the suspense and history Certain events HAD to happen because otherwise Clemmie s story wouldn t [...]

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