“An involving mystery whose art world implications imbue the romantic indulgences with an intellectual glow” - The New York Times Book Review on That Summer
“Once started, That Summer will not allow readers to put it down…It’s a Perfect 10 from page one to the poignant, heartwarming endings of both stores.” - Romance Reviews Today on That Summer
“[A] nuanced stry teeming with ambiance and detail that unfolds like African cloth, with its dips and furls and textures, woven by a master storyteller” – Library Journal on The Ashford Affair
From Lauren Willig, author of the New York Times best-selling novel The Ashford Affair and the Pink Carnation series, comes her newest, a page-turner full of deceit, passion, and revenge. Set in 1920’s Europe, THE OTHER DAUGHTER(St. Martin’s Press; July 21, 2015) is about a young woman who discovers that her supposedly dead father is still alive and living in London with his new socially prominent family, whose happiness she sets out to destroy...
Raised by her widowed mother in genteel poverty in an isolated English village, for the past six years Rachel Woodley has been working in France as a nursery governess. When her mother unexpectedly dies, she returns to England to clear out the cottage, and finds a scrapbook full of cuttings from London society pages-all pictures of her supposedly deceased father, very much alive. He's an earl, socially prominent, with another daughter who is living a charmed life: a debutante, much photographed, and engaged to a rising Tory MP. Rachel's cousin confirms the horrible truth: her father is alive, with a legitimate, acknowledged family. Which makes Rachel...not legitimate. Everything she thought she knew about herself and her past-even her very name-is a lie.
Still reeling from the death of her mother, and furious at this betrayal, Rachel enters into an uneasy alliance with a mysterious man-about-town, who promises her access to her father. With his help, Rachel sets herself up in Roaring Twenties London under a new identity and 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, Rachel faces two unexpected snags: she finds she genuinely likes her half-sister, Olivia, whose situation isn't as simple it appears; and that Rachel herself might just be falling for her sister's fiancé.
LAUREN WILLIG is also the author of the New York Times bestselling Pink Carnation series and a RITA Award-winner for Best Regency Historical for The Mischief of Mistletoe. A graduate of Yale University, she has a graduate degree in English history from Harvard and a J.D. from Harvard Law School. She lives in New York City, where she now writes full time.