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by Lauren Willig

Genre: Historical Romance, Historical Fiction, America, England
Setting: 1911 England & Kenya to Present-day New York

2013 Historical Fiction Nominee

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Willig easily moves from the Regency spy thrillers/romances she is known for to an extraordinary saga that sweeps from England to Kenya and New York, following one woman’s search for the truth about her grandmother’s past. This lushly detailed novel is rich with romance, mystery, memorable characters and lessons in family, friendship and — most important of all — understanding who you are and carving out your place in the world. This is a novel that will transfix readers as Willig reaches deep into her characters’ souls to depict tragedy, triumph and the depth of love.

At her grandmother Addie’s 99th birthday, successful Manhattan lawyer Clementine Evans uncovers a family secret that sends her hunting for the truth. Before WWI, orphaned Addie went to live at Ashford Park with wealthy relatives, and her friendship with her cousin Beatrice became the cornerstone of life-changing experiences. Addie even went to Kenya to visit Bea, her husband and children — and that’s where Clemmie uncovers the roots of the long-buried secret. Along the way, Clemmie discovers much about herself and the man who has stood by her as she journeys into the past. Somehow she finds a more confident Clemmie, ready to put aside her past mistakes and risk falling in love. (ST. MARTIN’S, Apr., 352 pp., $24.99)

Reviewed By: Kathe Robin

Publisher: ST. MARTIN’S

Published: April 2013

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