Wednesday, June 12, 2013

this one makes me glad i see my grandma every day.

Clementine Evans, an extremely driven law associate on the verge of making partner in a large Manhattan firm is feeling like her life is nothing but a 70-plus hour workweek, a failed engagement, and well, nothing good. When she attends her grandmother’s 99th birthday and stumbles upon a family mystery, she just can’t seem to let go of the intrigue, clinging to it to spice up her lonely days. Her mother is no help, so Clemmie seeks help uncovering the clues from her aunt’s stepson, Jon.

The Ashford Affair by Lauren Willig is told in the alternating voices of Clemmie and her grandmother Addie. Clemmie’s story takes place in the wealthy sector of Manhattan in the late 20th century, while Addie’s story ranges from WWI society in Britain to the plains of Kenya in the early 20th century. As the story moves along between past and present, family secrets are revealed. It was a nice journey through three different countries and time periods that are poles apart, with just enough romance to keep a girl like me on board.

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