Two Wars and a Wedding

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Title: Two Wars and a Wedding
Published by: William Morrow
Release Date: March 21, 2023
Pages: 448
ISBN13: 978-0062986184

From New York Times bestselling author Lauren Willig: a dramatic coming-of-age story with a dual timeline and a single heroine—a bold and adventuring young woman who finds herself caught up in two very different wars on both sides of the Atlantic.

September 1896: An aspiring archaeologist, Smith College graduate Betsy Hayes travels to Athens, desperate to break into the male-dominated field of excavation. In the midst of the heat and dust of Greece she finds an unlikely ally in Charles, Baron de Robecourt, one of the few men who takes her academic passion seriously. But when a simmering conflict between Greece and Turkey erupts into open warfare, Betsy rushes to the front lines as a nurse, not knowing that the decision will change her life forever—and cause a deep and painful rift with her oldest friend, Ava.  

June 1898: Betsy has sworn off war nursing—but when she gets the word that her estranged friend Ava is headed to Cuba with Clara Barton and the Red Cross to patch up the wounded in the Spanish-American War, Betsy determines to stop her the only way she knows how: by joining in her place.  Battling heat, disease, and her own demons, Betsy follows Teddy Roosevelt’s Rough Riders straight to the heart of the fighting, where she is forced to confront her greatest fears to save both old friends and new….  

Set during an electrifying era of nation-building, idealism, and upheaval, TWO WARS AND A WEDDING is a tale of remarkable women striving to make their place in a man’s world—an unforgettable saga of friendship, love, and fighting for what is right.    

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Praise & Awards

“Willig (Band of Sisters) delivers a winning epic of war and friendship in the late 19th century…. Readers will devour this riveting tale.”
-- Publishers’ Weekly (starred review)

“Willig delivers yet another engrossing historical yarn, replete with surprising twists and compelling romances.
-- Booklist

“This is another great, well-written book from author Lauren Willig, who has never written a bad novel. The friendship, and the horrors of war, make this a book you don’t want to put down.
-- Red Carpet Crash

“Filled with vivid details, shocking truths, and two sly, strong women who bring panache and humor to every scene. I’m simply in awe of the masterful, magical way Lauren Willig makes history come alive.”
-- Fiona Davis, New York Times bestselling author of The Magnolia Palace

“With her trademark wit and storytelling talent, Lauren Willig takes you on a journey into history that is both wildly entertaining and deeply heartfelt. You'll be rooting for this courageous, delightful heroine on every page.
-- Simone St. James, New York Times bestselling author of The Book of Cold Cases

“With a captivating cast of entertaining characters and immersive historical details, Lauren Willig transports us to the front lines of two fascinating, yet often overlooked, conflicts.  This is a vivid, unforgettable look at war and the adventurous, strong minded nurses who answered its call to serve.  I loved the women of this book and their refusal to settle for anything less than exactly what they wanted.”
-- Elise Hooper, author of Angels of the Pacific

“What a sliver of late 19th century history Lauren Willig has uncovered in Two Wars and a Wedding!  Based on the real lives of two women who were ahead of their times-- an archaeologist and a war nurse-- Willig weaves a tale of breaking barriers, triumphs and heartbreaks and making history.  But the core of the story is the relationships between the female characters that are real, raw, and moving.  An enlightening and uplifting read.
-- Lian Dolan, author of Lost and Found in Paris and host of the Satellite Sisters podcast

Lauren Willig is at the top of her game as one of the finest historical fiction authors writing today.  This is a powerful story about two fascinating young women against an equally fascinating backdrop.  This one has everything-- romance, intrigue, adventure, all told with the finesse of a master storyteller!!  Book clubs are going to eat this up!
-- M.J. Rose, 
New York Times bestselling author of The Last Tiara

“Brilliant... historical fiction at its absolute finest-- with an intricately woven plot, vivid historical details, and complex female characters that you cannoy help but root for from the start.
-- Jane Healey, author of Goodnight from Paris

Lauren Willig has done it again-- an unforgettable read that will stay with you long after you turn the last page.
-- Nicola Harrison, author of The Show Girl