I this family saga, Willig takes the reader on a journey from a coffee plantation in Kenya in the early 20th century to present day New York City. The story is centered on the lives of these two very engaging women who are finding themselves and in a way, finding each other. The story unwinds slowly with the revelation of a long kept family secret and its aftermath.
Each of the characters played an important role in THE ASHFORD AFFAIR, but I found it much more plot driven. It was difficult for me to personally connect with any of the characters. I came closest with Clemmie’s thread once we got to know her, but found that the plot in this story is so compelling that you will continue to listen in order to see where it ends up. The path the story follows is not completely unexpected, but the threads in the story keep the reader engaged.
Notes on the narration: Nicola Barber did an excellent job differentiating between the various characters throughout the story. Addie and Clemmie each had very distinct voices right down to period inflection.
Listening to the Ashford Affair was my first experience with both Lauren Willig and Nicola Barber and will certainly not be my last.
Willig is known for her Pink Carnation Series. The 10th installment, THE PASSION OF THE PURPLE PLUMERIA was just released on Aug 6, 2013.
Publisher: Macmillan Audio
Audio Source: Personal Library
Narrated by: Nicola Barber
Running Time: 13 hours and 35 Minutes
Written by Lauren Willig
Teresa Krueger (Teresa’s Reading Corner)
I’ve loved reading for as long as I can remember. I realized as a child that a good book can transport you anywhere you want to go. I began Teresa’s Reading Corner in early 2010 in order to share those experiences with others. Since starting the blog I’ve discovered so many new authors and genres and my excitement for books has grown exponentially. I’ve also discovered the wonder of audio books and began hosting the Audio Book Challenge in 2011. When I’m not reading, writing about reading, or reading about reading I am enjoying life with my husband, my two little monkeys and our dog.