Fans of the historical romance novels by Lauren Willig have something to be excited about; the author will write a stand-alone novel called Ashford Park, and it sounds like quite a ride. Willig explained the plot on her blog:

It’s the tale of the intertwined lives of two cousins, beginning in England in the 1910s and stretching up through late 20?s Kenya. It’s a little Downton Abbey and a little Out of Africa. There’s also a modern woman trying to figure out what exactly happened back then and what this means for her and what she thought she knew about her family and herself.

The novel should come out in late 2012 or early 2013.

Trisha and I watched Willig accept a RITA award at the Romance Writers of America conference this summer—her novel The Mischief of the Mistletoe won the award for Best Regency Historical. From writing the book fortunes column here on the blog, I know that many BookPage readers love her work (in fact, last month I recommended books that would appeal to fans of Willig).

Are you looking forward to reading Ashford Park? Willig's novel The Betrayal of the Blood Lily was praised in BookPage for its "vivid historical detail, deeply honorable characters fighting against truly wicked villains and a plot filled with baffling mystery and heart-pounding danger."

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