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The Ashford Affair

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From New York Times bestselling author Lauren Willig comes The Ashford Affair, a page-turning novel about two women in different eras, and on different continents, who are connected by one deeply buried secret.

A New York Times best seller!

As a lawyer in a large Manhattan firm, just shy of making partner, Clementine Evans has finally achieved almost everything she's bee
Paperback, 400 pages
Published March 25th 2014 by St. Martin's Griffin (first published 2013)
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Jan 26, 2013 Sarah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 more 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 link
Susanna Kearsley
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.
Emily Crowe
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 g
May 05, 2016 Lyuda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

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 p
 Danielle The Book Huntress (Self-Proclaimed Book Ninja)
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.
Khanh (the Grinch)
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 t
Andrea Seaver
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 truthf
May 09, 2013 Holly rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013
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 tim ...more
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 more 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.

Apr 09, 2016 mary rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library-books
Είναι πραγματική έκπληξη για μένα το πόσο τελικά μου άρεσε αυτό το βιβλίο.Όταν τοπήρα από τη βιβλιοθήκη είχα πολύ χαμηλές προσδοκίες όμως τελικά εξελίχθηκε σε ένα πολύ καλογραμμένο και ενδιαφέρον μυθιστόρημα.Νομίζω πως η συγγραφέας κατάφερε πέρα από το να αποτυπώσει με ακρίβεια εκείνη την εποχή και να μας από το Λονδίνο μέχρι την εξωτική Κένυα και από εκεί μέχρι τη Νέα Υόρκη,κατάφερε και να σκιαγραφήσει με εξαιρετικό τρόπο τις περίεργες και πολύπλοκες σχέσεις μεταξύ των ηρώων με ανθρώπινο και ρε ...more
Feb 12, 2013 Ionia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 y
I receiced a free ARC through Goodreads 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 we
Ashley Arthur
Jan 26, 2013 Ashley Arthur rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads
I won a copy of this book from a Goodreads giveaway listed by Sarah Goldstein of St. Martin’s Press. I could not have been more 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 Evan
Shelley Fearn
I would have liked to give this more 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 bu ...more
3,5/5 pour Ashford Park.

L'histoire des secrets de famille Gillecott racontée dans ce livre est prenante et agréable à lire. Les personnages sont attachants et il est intéressant de suivre Addie et Clemmie à deux époques bien différentes.
J'ai cependant trouvé deux points négatifs à ce livre : les secrets sont trop "gros" pour ne pas être devinés avant le dénouement et l'histoire est trop belle et finit trop bien pour moi (je la trouve trop facile).

Pour les membres du ClublectureMS : j'ai préféré
Viviane Crystal
Jul 14, 2013 Viviane Crystal rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 ...more
Hoover Public Library Adult Fiction
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 ...more
Nov 05, 2015 Connie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-ve-read
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 ...more
JoAnne Pulcino

Lauren Willig

I 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 book.

THE ASHFORD AFFAIR is a departure from Ms. Willigs Pink Carnation Series, and a standalone nov
May 18, 2013 Kathryn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: giveaways, 2013
I won this book as a first reads and it was very good. The first two thirds of the book were a good solid story and I thought I would end up giving it 3.5 stars if I could. The final third of the book picked me up and pulled me in and I just had to find out how it all came together. I so love it when a book does that.
Tamara (Frau Kugelfisch)
Mir hat das Buch wirklich sehr gut gefallen. Nicht nur vom Schreibstil her, der sich wirklich sehr gut und einfach lesen lässt, sondern auch von der Geschichte her. Es ist spannend und gut aufgebaut. Immer wieder kommen Kleinigkeiten ans Licht und man will unbedingt weiterlesen, weil man dem Geheimnis auf die Spur kommen möchte.

Die Geschichte erschien mir glaubwürdig und gut recherchiert. Mir haben beide Handlungsstränge sehr gut gefallen, den in der Gegenwart und in der Vergangenheit. Beatrice
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 charac
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 gra
Susan Gorman
Jun 22, 2013 Susan Gorman rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Lynn Spencer
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
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 more 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 deta ...more
May 07, 2013 Sandy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I wanted more from this book. I wanted there to be more Kenya, more history and more resolution with Bea. The backdrop was superfluous to the story and I wish it had more 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 C
Tara Chevrestt
I liked some of this and didn't like some of this.

I appreciated the historical setting: Kenya, the look into the flapper lifestyle, the parties, the difference between classes. That kind of drama is always intriguing. I liked the modern-day heroine and the conflicts she faced. It was realistic and I could relate to her...

I could relate to her much more than I could related to the historical heroines. We have two cousins playing tug of war with a man, a man so not worth it in my opinion. Bea is a
Apr 14, 2013 Angie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars...

I loved this book! I started it and finished it today with the exception of 20 pages read earlier in the week (that I glanced back thru.). This book is more serious in tone than Willig's Pink Carnation series. She did an excellent job bringing the characters to life and making you want to keep reading. The whole book gave off a 'Kate Morton' vibe to me. I love her books too, so that was a good thing. I liked how the setting traveled through 3 different countries and varying time peri
Este ha sido uno de esos libros que te hubiese gustado que te gustara más xD. La historia esta bien pero no me ha llegado a enganchar en ningún momento (Entre unas cosas y otras me ha costado casi dos años leerlo) y por otra parte los personajes como que quedan un poco sosos, algunos incluso poco desarrollados. Aún así, le iba a poner dos estrellitas (it was ok) pero me sabía a poco (no se por qué) así que se queda con tres (liked it).
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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 ...more
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