Teaser Tuesday: ASHFORD PARK

The 1920s book has a name! It is now officially Ashford Park.

Or, as my little sister likes to put it, “Julian Fellowes wants his title back”.

Goodness only knows, I tried to find other things to call the book. I toyed with deep titles, simple titles, clever titles, long titles. No matter what, all roads led back to Ashford.

As my modern (well, modern-ish; it’s 1999 for her) heroine, Clementine Evans, discovers, her grandmother, Addie, came to Ashford Park as a small child in 1906, after her bohemian parents died in an omnibus accident. Clemmie has to trace her grandmother’s path back to Ashford Park– and to an estate in Kenya with the same name– in order to unravel family secrets that have been successfully kept for the past seventy years.

The key to it all lies in Ashford Park….

Ashford Park will come out in early 2013. I don’t have an exact date yet, but as soon as I do, I’ll let you know.

I’ll be posting more about Ashford, including excerpts, very soon!


  1. Michelle Springer on March 20, 2012 at 10:17 am

    Well, I think it’s a good title. And “borrowing” from Julian Fellowes is not necessarily a bad thing… 🙂

  2. Liz on March 20, 2012 at 10:45 am

    This sounds fabulous (love the names Clementine and Addie)! Can’t wait to read it.

  3. Jessica Mac on March 20, 2012 at 10:46 am


  4. jeffrey on March 20, 2012 at 10:56 am

    If you write it I will READ it!

  5. Lindsey on March 20, 2012 at 11:14 am

    I need this in my hands right now. I can’t wait!!

  6. Céline on March 20, 2012 at 11:32 am

    Is it early 2013 already? No? Too bad!!!

    I really can’t wait to read your new book!! I have a feeling I’m gonna love it!

  7. Ashley on March 20, 2012 at 12:42 pm

    I love the name Clementine! Thanks for sharing with us, Lauren 🙂

  8. Ashley on March 20, 2012 at 1:30 pm

    I love the premise! It is my favorite type of book – uncovering hidden family secrets from the past. Can’t wait to read it!

  9. Rachel on March 20, 2012 at 1:52 pm

    I like your little sister. She seems funny 🙂

    Can’t wait to read this! It’s not usually my preferred time period in history, but if it’s by Lauren Willig I’m willing to give it a whirl.

  10. Elizabeth (aka Miss Eliza) on March 20, 2012 at 2:02 pm

    Can’t wait!

  11. Sheila on March 20, 2012 at 4:27 pm

    Sounds terrific !

  12. Cho on March 20, 2012 at 4:45 pm

    Hooray! Can’t wait 🙂

  13. Alison on March 20, 2012 at 6:26 pm

    Yay! So excited.

  14. AngelB on March 20, 2012 at 7:23 pm

    Cannot wait… 🙂

    BTW – I don’t seem to remember if you told us or not, but what nickname did you end up using for Theodore?

  15. stephanie ball on March 20, 2012 at 10:42 pm

    Very interesting I cannot wait!

  16. Jessica C on March 21, 2012 at 7:52 am

    Love love LOVE the title! Simple, interesting and it makes me want to read more – even if I wasn’t already a die-hard fan I’d definately pick up the book if I saw it in a bookshop with that name.

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