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 as it appears; and that Rachel herself might just be falling for her sister’s fiancé.
About the author: 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.
Praise for The Other Daughter:
“Intriguing…the complexity of the storyline and the characters draws readers deeply into the story until they are completely invested and hooked until the end…A thoughtful read.” – Romantic Times
“…creates a strong sense of place and time…Will appeal equally to longtime Willig fans and readers looking for character-driven, historical fiction with a light touch of romance.” – Library Journal
“Vibrant and thrilling…” – Booklist
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8 thoughts on “Spotlight/US Giveaway: The Other Daughter by Lauren Willig”
Yeah! Another author of historical fiction to watch out for.
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I love books in which the characters discover secrets in a scrapbook…and I am intrigued by the sound of this one. I might just have to read more! Thanks for sharing.
Me too, Laurel. Sounds good, doesn’t it?
I have this one on my Kindle, I just need to find a space to read it. Read such good things about it from bloggers.
I’ll watch for your review, Kathryn!
Thank you for hosting this terrific giveaway. I will add it to my blog’s sidebar. 🙂
I have been away but am back, and slowly getting back to blogging. Enjoy your weekend.
Thanks, Susan. I enjoyed your vacation pics on Instagram 🙂
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