The Ashford Affair

The Ashford Affair

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Feeling unfulfilled in the face of an imminent legal partnership and a broken engagement, Manhattan lawyer Clementine Evans learns of a long-buried family secret that leads her to the inner circles of World War I British society and the red hills of Kenya.
Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, 2013
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781250014498
Branch Call Number: FICTION Wil
Description: 358 pages ; 25 cm


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Clementine Evans discovers a family secret on her grandmother's 99th birthday, which leads her to British Kenya in the 1920s and facts about her family she never knew.

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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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