Everyone knows that the family’s lucrative shipping business will go to her cousin, Adam, one day. But when her grandfather dies, emily receives an unexpected inheritance: Peverills, a sugar plantation in Barbados—a plantation her grandfather never told anyone he owned. When emily accompanies her cousin and his new wife to Barbados, reduced to ruins in 1816, she finds Peverills a burnt-out shell, when a rising of enslaved people sent the island up in flames.
Rumors swirl around the derelict plantation; people whisper of ghosts. Why would her practical-minded grandfather leave her a property in ruins? Why are the neighboring plantation owners, greed, so eager to acquire Peverills? The answer lies in the past— a tangled history of lies, clandestine love, heartbreaking betrayal, the Davenants, and a bold bid for freedom.
The summer country will beguile readers with its rendering of families, heartbreak, and the endurance of hope against all odds. . Tense, the summer country is a novel to savor!" – kate quinn, new york times bestselling author of the huntress and the Alice NetworkA brilliant, and most ambitious novel yet—a sweeping Victorian epic of lost love, boldest, lies, atmospheric, jealousy, multigenerational saga in the tradition of The Thorn Birds and North and South, and gorgeously written, New York Times bestselling historical novelist Lauren Willig delivers her biggest, and rebellion set in colonial Barbados.
Barbados, 1854: emily dawson has always been the poor cousin in a prosperous English merchant clan-- merely a vicar’s daughter, and a reform-minded vicar’s daughter, at that.
The English Wife: A Novel
Yes, there are rumors that she's having an affair with the architect, but rumors are rumors and people will gossip. Bay's sister, that it must be a third party, but the more she learns about her brother and his wife, Janie, forms an unlikely alliance with a reporter to uncover the truth, convinced that Bay would never have killed his wife, the more everything she thought she knew about them starts to unravel.
But then bayard is found dead with a knife in his chest on the night of their Twelfth Night Ball, presumed drowned, Annabelle goes missing, and the papers go mad. From new york times bestselling author, affairs, Lauren Willig, comes this scandalous novel set in the Gilded Age, full of family secrets, and even murder.
Annabelle and bayard van duyvil live a charmed life in new york: he's the scion of an old Knickerbocker family, they have three year old twins on whom they dote, she grew up in a Tudor manor in England, they had a whirlwind romance in London, and he's recreated her family home on the banks of the Hudson and renamed it Illyria.
Who were her brother and his wife, really? And why did her brother die with the name George on his lips? .
That Summer: A Novel
When arthur hires gavin to paint her portrait, none of them can guess what the hands of fate have set in motion. She hasn't been back to england since the car crash that killed her mother when she was six, an event she remembers only in her nightmares. 1849: imogen grantham has spent nearly a decade trapped in a loveless marriage to a much older man, Arthur.
The one bright spot in her life is her step-daughter, Evie, a high-spirited sixteen year old who is the closest thing to a child Imogen hopes to have. But everything changes when three young painters come to see Arthur's collection of medieval artifacts, including Gavin Thorne, a quiet man with the unsettling ability to read Imogen better than anyone ever has.
But when she arrives at herne hill to sort through the house—with the help of her cousin Natasha and sexy antiques dealer Nicholas—bits of memory start coming back. From modern-day england to the early days of the preraphaelite movement, Lauren Willig's That Summer takes readers on an unputdownable journey through a mysterious old house, a hidden love affair, and one woman's search for the truth about her past—and herself.
Willig reaches deep into her characters' souls to depict tragedy, triumph and the depth of love. Rt book reviews 4 ½ stars 2009: when julia conley hears that she has inherited a house outside London from an unknown great-aunt, she assumes it's a joke. And then she discovers a pre-raphaelite painting, hidden behind the false back of an old wardrobe, and a window onto the house's shrouded history begins to open.
The Ashford Affair: A Novel
When her parents passed away, and raised side-by-side with her beautiful and outgoing cousin, she was taken into the grand English house by her aristocratic aunt and uncle, 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 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. Her long hours have led to a broken engagement and, suddenly single at thirty-four, she feels her messy life crumbling around her.
. 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.
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.
. Growing up at ashford Park in the early twentieth century, Addie has never quite belonged.
The Other Daughter: A Novel
He's an earl, respected and influential, and he is standing with another daughter -- his legitimate daughter. Still reeling from the death of her mother, and furious at this betrayal, Rachel sets herself up in London under a new identity. Raised in a poor yet genteel household, Rachel Woodley is working in France as a governess when she receives news that her mother has died suddenly.
From lauren willig, passion, author of the new York Times bestselling novel The Ashford Affair, comes The Other Daughter, a page-turner full of deceit, and revenge. There she insinuates herself into the party-going crowd of Bright Young Things, with a steely determination to unveil her father's perfidy and bring his -- and her half-sister's -- charmed world crashing down.
Very soon, however, olivia, rachel faces two unexpected snags: she finds that she genuinely likes her half-sister, whose situation isn't as simple it appears; and that she might just be falling for her sister's fiancé. Everything she thought she knew about herself and her past -- even her very name -- is a lie.
Which makes Rachel. Not legitimate.
The Golden Hour: A Novel
Inevitably, the willful and wounded Lulu falls in love. And the rise and fall of a legendary royal couple. Newly-widowed leonora “lulu” randolph arrives in the Bahamas to investigate the Governor and his wife for a New York society magazine. Then nassau’s wealthiest man is murdered in one of the most notorious cases of the century, and the resulting coverup reeks of royal privilege.
Beatriz williams, traitors, a haven of spies, the new york times bestselling author of The Summer Wives, is back with another hot summer read; a dazzling epic of World War II in which a beautiful young “society reporter” is sent to the Bahamas, and the infamous Duke and Duchess of Windsor. Benedict thorpe disappears without a trace, and lulu embarks on a journey to London and beyond to unpick Thorpe’s complicated family history: a fateful love affair, a wartime tragedy, and a mother from whom all joy is stolen.
The stories of two unforgettable women thread together in this extraordinary epic of espionage, sacrifice, and human courage, human love, set against a shocking true crime . What more intriguing backdrop for their romance than a wartime Caribbean paradise, a colonial playground for kingpins of ill-gotten empires?Or so Lulu imagines.
But as she infiltrates the duke and duchess’s social circle, and the powerful cabal that controls the islands’ political and financial affairs, she uncovers evidence that beneath the glister of Wallis and Edward’s marriage lies an ugly—and even treasonous—reality. The bahamas, 1941. In fact, windsor-era nassau seethes with spies, and racial tension, financial swindles, and in the middle of it all stands Benedict Thorpe: a scientist of tremendous charm and murky national loyalties.
All the Ways We Said Goodbye: A Novel of the Ritz Paris
At first reluctant to put herself and her family at risk to assist her grandmother’s Resistance efforts, Daisy agrees to act as a courier for a skilled English forger known only as Legrand, who creates identity papers for Resistance members and Jewish refugees. The new york times bestselling authors of the glass ocean and the forgotten Room return with a glorious historical adventure that moves from the dark days of two World Wars to the turbulent years of the 1960s, in which three women with bruised hearts find refuge at Paris’ legendary Ritz hotel.
The heiress. One that will force her to commit the ultimate betrayal, and to confront at last the shocking circumstances of her own family history. France, 1964. Yet their marriage was haunted by a mysterious woman known only as La Fleur. She and the dashing young officer first met during Aurelie’s debutante days in Paris.
. As war breaks out, aurelie becomes trapped on the wrong side of the front with her father, Comte Sigismund de Courcelles. Hired to find a resistance fighter turned traitor known as “La Fleur, ” the investigation has led to Kit Langford. Despite their conflicting loyalties, but betrayal will shatter them both, Aurelie and Max’s friendship soon deepens into love, driving Aurelie back to Paris and the Ritz— the home of her estranged American heiress mother, with unexpected consequences.
The Wicked Redhead: A Wicked City Novel The Wicked City series Book 2
The dazzling narrator of the wicked city brings her mesmerizing voice and indomitable spirit to another Jazz Age tale of rumrunners, double crosses, and true love, spanning the Eastern seaboard from Florida to Long Island to Halifax, Nova Scotia.1924. But paradise is short-lived. But as ginger and ella track down their separate quarries with increasing desperation, the mysteries consuming them take on unsettling echoes of each other, and both women will require all their strength and ingenuity to outwit a conspiracy spanning decades.
. Ella dommerich has finally settled into her new life in Greenwich Village, inside the same apartment where a certain redheaded flapper lived long ago. And continues to make her presence known. Gin hurries north to rescue him, only to be trapped in an agonizing moral quandary by Marshall’s desperate mother.
1998. Marshall is reinstated to the agency with suspicious haste and put to work patrolling for rumrunners on the high seas, from which he promptly disappears. Having quit her ethically problematic job at an accounting firm, ella’s eager to piece together the history of the mysterious Gin Kelly, and begun an epic love affair with Hector, her musician neighbor, cut ties with her unfaithful ex-husband, whose only physical trace is a series of rare vintage photograph cards for which she modeled before she disappeared.
Ginger kelly wakes up in tranquil cocoa beach, Florida, having fled south to safety in the company of disgraced Prohibition agent Oliver Anson Marshall and her newly-orphaned young sister, Patsy.
Her Last Flight: A Novel
Obsessed with sam’s fate, janey has tracked down irene Lindquist, whom she believes might actually be the legendary Irene Foster, the owner of a local island-hopping airline, Mallory’s onetime student and flying partner. To whom does mallory rightfully belong? Can we ever come to terms with the loss of those we love, and the lives we might have lived?
The duel between the two women takes a heartstopping turn. Lindquist denies any connection to Foster. Foster’s disappearance during a round-the-world flight in 1937 remains one of the world’s greatest unsolved mysteries. At first, the flinty Mrs. But janey informs her that the wreck of sam mallory’s airplane has recently been discovered in a Spanish desert, to the collapse of her marriage to her aggressive career manager, and piece by piece, to her complicated, the details of Foster’s extraordinary life emerge: from the beginnings of her flying career in Southern California, passionate relationship with Mallory, the publishing scion George Morrow.
As irene spins her tale to its searing conclusion, Janey’s past gathers its own power. The beloved author returns with a remarkable novel of both raw suspense and lyric beauty— the story of a lost pilot and a wartime photographer that will leave its mark on your soul. In 1947, photographer and war correspondent janey everett arrives at a remote surfing village on the Hawaiian island of Kauai to research a planned biography of forgotten aviation pioneer Sam Mallory, who joined the loyalist forces in the Spanish Civil War and never returned.
The Glass Ocean
Tessa fairweather is traveling second-class on the Lusitania, returning home to Devon. And history itself. Tess desperately wants to believe that, but Tess has the uneasy feeling there’s something about this job that isn’t as it seems. From the new york times bestselling authors of the forgotten room comes a captivating historical mystery, one in the present—to the doomed passenger liner, infused with romance, that links the lives of three women across a century—two deep in the past, RMS Lusitania.
May 2013her finances are in dire straits and bestselling author Sarah Blake is struggling to find a big idea for her next book. Feeling restless and longing for a different existence, Caroline is determined to stop being a bystander, and take charge of her own life. As the lusitania steams toward its fate, three women work against time to unravel a plot that will change the course of their own lives.
. Her partner has promised that if they can pull off this one last heist aboard the Lusitania, they’ll finally leave the game behind. Or at least, that’s her story.
The Forgotten Room
New york times bestselling authors karen white, Beatriz Williams, and Lauren Willig present a masterful collaboration—a rich, multigenerational novel of love and loss that spans half a century. But are kate and cooper ready for the secrets that will be revealed in the Forgotten Room? READERS GUIDE INCLUDED.
1945: when critically wounded captain Cooper Ravenel is brought to a private hospital on Manhattan’s Upper East Side, young Dr. Who is the woman in captain ravenel’s miniature portrait who looks so much like kate? and why is she wearing the ruby pendant handed down to Kate by her mother? In their pursuit of answers, who hired out as a servant in the very house her father designed, they find themselves drawn into the turbulent stories of Olive Van Alan, and Lucy Young, driven in the Gilded Age from riches to rags, who in the Jazz Age came from Brooklyn to Manhattan seeking the father she had never known.
Kate schuyler is drawn into a complex mystery that connects three generations of women in her family to a single extraordinary room in a Gilded Age mansion.