The Ashford Affair by Lauren Willig
Two storylines come together to reveal the mysteries at the heart of a family. In 1906 Addie Gillecote moves to her Aunt and Uncle’s manor house after the death of her parents. Her cousin, Bea, takes Addie under her wing, making Addie feel a little less like an intruder. The two become as close as sisters, but circumstances wreck havoc on their relationship. In 1999, Clemmie, 99-year old Addie’s 30-something granddaughter, is in a career she thinks she loves (or she may actually hate) and doesn’t have time for a relationship or really anything outside of work. A chance encounter in London gets Clemmie thinking about her grandmother’s life, including the time she lived in Kenya happily married and running a coffee plantation. Nothing about the lives of Addie and Bea turns out to be straightforward.
I am a HUGE Lauren Willig fan, having read all of the books in her Pink Carnation series. I was sad that she wasn’t writing another entry in her historical romance series, but her more serious turn at a historical here was quite good. And there is a nod to her series fans with the name of a certain character. If you enjoy historical fiction with a twist of suspense this one should appeal to you.