Saturday, December 5, 2015

Different Strokes

I would advise anyone who aspires to a writing career that before developing his talent he would be wise to develop a thick hide.  Harper Lee

We’re in the one-month countdown before the release of the first book in my new series The Duke’s Sons, a set of books I’m very excited about. Reactions to Heir to the Duke have begun to come in from reviewers and early readers, giving me a chance to hear how the story came across.
RT Book Reviews said it “tempts the reader with engaging characters, plenty of passion and a devastating secret in this nicely written, heartwarming and compelling read.” Publishers Weekly judged it “a story that affirms the value of being yourself and having fun in the process.” And Booklist called it “an engaging tale about love and marriage that showcases… [a] flair for characterization and impeccably realized historical setting.” Library Journal said:
"Graced with lively wit, excellent period detail, and appealing protagonists, this fetching romp enthusiastically launches Ashford’s new series."
            Individual readers have weighed in as well, with the usual varied opinions. There’s a whole range of tastes out there, each of them right for that particular person. Some people find Georgette Heyer’s books unbearably tedious; lots of others (like me!) adore her. It’s always fascinating to see the different reactions.    

Heir to the Duke, coming in January

As eldest son of the Duke of Langford, Nathaniel Gresham sees his arranged marriage to Lady Violet Devere as just another obligation to fulfill – highly suitable, if unexciting. But as Violet sets out to transform herself from dowdy wallflower to dazzling young duchess-to-be, proper Nathaniel decides to prove he's a match for his new bride's vivacity and daring.

Oppressed by her family all her life, Lady Violet can't wait to enjoy the freedom of being a married woman. But then Violet learns her family's sordid secret, and she's faced with an impossible choice – does she tell Nathaniel and risk losing him, or does she hide it and live a lie?


  1. I agree that it's interesting to see how the same novel can be taken so many different ways. Books I love are despised by other readers and vice cersa.