You just have to love a book thats said to have an Out of Africa sensibility with a Downton Abbey cast. The author of the red-hot "Pink Carnation" series departs temporarily from revolutionary France to whirl us from World War I England to present-day New York. Almost a partner at a prestigious New York law firm but discontented, Clementine Evans attends grandmother Addies 99th birthday party and becomes intrigued with Addies stories of growing up in England with her aristocratic aunt and uncle. Nice to see Willig try something different.

"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 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."