Getting back into the swing of things each week is hard. So is finding the quiet time to write a review over the weekend. In order to ease out of the weekend, I’ve decided to begin my blogging week with a mini review.
For the second week in a row I’m starting my blogging week out with historical fiction. It’s all part of a pattern that began once this past season of Downton Abbey came to a close. I found that I didn’t want to leave that era and I’ve made up for the hiatus in fiction. As you might expect, when my online bookclub, the Hashtags, suggested The Ashford Affair as one of our selections, I was thrilled.
The Ashford Affair bookends the 20th century. In the early part of the century, we follow Addie, a poor relation to a wealthy English family as she grows up in London and then journeys to Kenya. At the end of the century, Addie is celebrating her 99th birthday and the story shifts to her granddaughter Clementine’s perspective. Between the two of them, the reader uncovers the truth behind the Ashford Affair. I read this book in audio. It was my first Nicola Barber listen and her ability to narrate well in both a British and an American accent was a highlight of this reading experience. I enjoyed the story, but I enjoyed it best because it was in audio. I was not surprised by the way Clementine’s story wraps up, but I enjoyed discovering exactly what happened between Addie and her cousin Bea. I enjoyed the escape and this was a fun book to read with others. I definitely plan to pick up Willig’s Pink Carnation series.