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A mysterious stranger known as 'The Wolf' leaves an infant with the sisters of Santo Spirito....
New York Times best seller Jane Green delivers a riveting novel about two women whose lives intersect when a shocking secret is revealed....
Actress Eden Riley's decision to make a film about her mother plunges her into a shattering confrontation with her own past, irrevocably altering her life and the lives of those she loves....
Three women, two weeks, one convertible: sometimes life doesn't take you in the direction you expect....
When Charlotte Sawyer is unable to contact her step-sister, Jocelyn, to tell her that one her closest friends was found dead, she discovers that Jocelyn has vanished....
Eloise Kelly leaves Harvard's Widener Library bound for England to finish her dissertation on the dashing pair of spies the Scarlet Pimpernel and the Purple Gentian....
The lifeblood of the Wiltshire village of Ivy Hill is its coaching inn, The Bell. But when the innkeeper dies suddenly, his genteel wife, Jane Bell, becomes the reluctant owner....
It's 1945: When the critically wounded Captain Cooper Ravenal is brought to a private hospital on Manhattan's Upper East Side, young Dr. Kate Schuyler is drawn into a complex mystery....
Ainsley O'Leary is so ready to get married - she's even found the engagement ring her boyfriend has stashed away. What she doesn't anticipate is for Eric to blindside her with a tactless breakup ....
Jack Sommers was just an ordinary accountant from Chicago - that is until his wife passed away, his young daughter was kidnapped, and he became an embezzlement suspect....
Casey Duncan is a homicide detective with a secret: When she was in college, she killed a man. She was never caught, but he was the grandson of a mobster, and she knows this will catch up to her....
A missing schoolgirl is found buried in the Dublin Mountains, hands clasped together in prayer, two red ribbons in her hair. Twenty-four hours later, a second schoolgirl is found in a shallow grave....
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From New York Times best-selling author Lauren Willig comes The Ashford Affair, a story about two women in different eras, and on different continents, who are connected by one deeply buried secret.
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 34, she feels her messy life crumbling around her. But when the family gathers for her grandmother Addie’s 99th 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 20th 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.
Would you listen to The Ashford Affair again? Why?
Yes. I really enjoyed this book. It was fun, romantic, sweet, and just plain lovely.
Any additional comments?
The narrator, who did have a great accent, and did lovely voices, kept whispering and I couldn't hear a lot of the book--having to rewind while I was in the car was annoying, and changing the volume up and down was really irritating. I couldn't decide if it was an editing problem or if it was the reading style. The volume of these books needs to stay at the same level throughout because we can't be distracted while we are driving! I ended up having to use my headphones, which is not ideal when in the car because I can't hear what else is going on (plus, on a two hour commute, having those things in my ears for that long is uncomfortable!)--and even then it didn't always work.<br/><br/>After Lauren Willig's previous, VERY disappointing book "Two L," I was SO HAPPY when "The Ashford Affair" proved to me, once again, that she's not just a flash in the pan.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful
I started out by giving this book a 5 star rating. I loved reading it. It was interesting, gripping, and the characters were intriguing - for the most part. I couldn't put the book down.
That being said, I deducted a star (it would have been half a star if that was available) because I found the ending lacking something. Nothing major, just a little disappointment that the strength of the story seemed to fade.
The premise was wonderful; the writing was superb. Nicola Barber did another great job with the narration except that she sometimes gave Clemmie too much of a baby voice. That may have been part of my disappointment in the ending of the book because it seems Clemmie's voice got worse then.
I liked this book a lot
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
This book was a HUGE disappointment!!
I downloaded it on impulse after skimming over some promising reviews. I saw hopeful things like: “Downton Abbey” “Sweeping Saga” “Kate Morton” … what could go wrong?
GROAN. So. Not. Good. I was expecting Kate Morton and instead got Danielle Steel.
None of the characters are interesting, in fact they are maddening flat and cliché. Take our heroine for example, Clemmy. Ugh, that NAME! Clemmy, I hate it! It sounds like clammy. She is a modern super woman, but not too perfect since she has a crappy love life. Awww, good, now we mortals can relate to her and her silk hot pink lacy underwear. (When packing for a business trip to London, on a whim she decides to forgo the white cotton and be more risqué - was the point of that??? So dumb.)
Through Clappy, ...sorry – Clemmy, we discover the story of her beloved Granny Addie (ugh – too cutesy) in a series of flashbacks mixed in with modern day revelations. This style of storytelling can be really good IF THE MYSTERY IS INTERESTING.
I suppose you can say there are two “big events” in the story but I don’t want to give too much away. The first regards someone’s true identity and when Clippy, ...sorry – Clemmy, discovers the hidden secret she’s supposed to be angry and outraged and incensed, but instead she comes across more petulant than anything else which makes the whole story ten times more ridiculous. The second involves a disappearance and never really got juicy.
I won’t even bother getting into criticizing the romances (Climpy’s, sorry – Clemmy’s, and Addie’s) because in all fairness I find romances boring anyway.… suffice it to say it was not very original and kinda predictable.
I was ready to give up half way through and ask for my money back, but changed my mind and decided to hate-read it instead since I was not in the mood for anything else.
This book would make good material for a drinking game: every time Cloppy, ...sorry – Clemmy, thinks “there was something about the way ______” take a sip!! Equally easy for every time she gets a “prickly feeling on her skin” … it happened so often I began to wonder if the poor woman had a skin disease!!
Clearly, this book did nothing for me aside from providing me with perverse entertainment.
14 of 18 people found this review helpful
Would you consider the audio edition of The Ashford Affair to be better than the print version?
I switched between the audio and print versions (thanks to Whispersync ! ) and the story holds up either way. However, I loved the narration. Nicola Barber did an excellent reading.
What did you like best about this story?
I referred to this as a guilty pleasure. It's really just a romantic story, chick lit, even predictable, but the author was able to sustain the momentum of the narrative and keep the characters interesting. The excellent narration helped, too. Not great literature, but very entertaining.
5 of 6 people found this review helpful
What did you love best about The Ashford Affair?
The changing society. How the life that the elite of society lived before World War I was shattered out of it's cozy cocoon by the reality of war, and how people adapted to the new world, or didn"t. Also, how do we cope in the present when our past is not as we always believed it to be.
Who was your favorite character and why?
Addy and Bea are the heart of this story, their complex relationship it's beat.
Which scene was your favorite?
No favorite scene, this is a story that unravels, like a scarf with a pulled thread.
Who was the most memorable character of The Ashford Affair and why?
The settings were characters. England, New York, and the majesty of Kenya in the 1920"s.
Any additional comments?
Listen to Lauren Willig's Pink Carnation series. This author is one of my go to's.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
Solid book overall. Interesting story. However, the characters lose depth on account of the narrator. The narrator's normal voice is fine, but her dialogue voice makes the women, who are supposed to be in their 20s and the 30s, sound like 16 year old girls. The men all sound one dimensional as well.
Still overall enjoyable, especially if you like the era.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
Reader whispers everything that's narrated. It's a published book, there are no secrets. Very annoying to listen to and I had to keep volume at maximum.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
An interesting story.
Going back and forth in time gets a little cumbersome at times
but, overall pretty Okay.
What disappointed you about The Ashford Affair?
Although several of the characters live very interesting lives, except for a stretch in Kenya, we don't get to hear the interesting bits. We spend a lot of the time hearing an attorney complain about working all the time. She herself thinks she's leading a very dull life, and I'd have to agree. One glaring example: We hear word for word a taxi driver trying to strike up a conversation with a distracted passenger. Then, just as we get to the encounter that we've been hoping for, the author cuts back to the boring attorney.
What aspect of Nicola Barber’s performance would you have changed?
Nothing. I think she did a good job of switching between English and American accents.
You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?
There were some likable characters.
Any additional comments?
I've liked other books by Lauren Willig, especially "The Mischief of the Mistletoe."
4 of 8 people found this review helpful
I love Willig's other books. This one, however, didn't do it for me. Too much romance, too little history.
1 of 2 people found this review helpful