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Summary

The top 10 Sunday Times best seller 

‘Congratulations, you are now officially out in society.’ 

The words made her spirits plummet. Out in society. On the market. And firmly set on a well-worn path that had only one destination. Marriage. 

London 1865 

When one act of rebellion costs Lady Margaret Montagu Douglas Scott her place in society, her life is swept onto a new course. One that will test her courage and resilience.

From the drawing rooms of Victoria’s court to the grand country houses of Ireland, and the bustling streets of New York City; Margaret embarks on a journey of self-discovery where she will meet like-minded, and equally spirited, companions who shape her world.

But as she navigates the challenges of forging her own path in life, will she find the greatest courage of all, to follow her heart against all odds?

©2021 Sarah Ferguson Duchess of York (P)2021 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

Critic reviews

"A tale of daring and determination, set against the glamorous heights, and the harsh restrictions of aristocratic society in the middle years of the British nineteenth century." (Sir Julian Fellowes, creator of Downton Abbey and The Gilded Age)

"Sarah Ferguson, Duchess of York has looked deep into her own generous impulsive heart to write a compelling story of a young woman who rebels against the restrictive Victorian conventions of her time to find self-fulfilment and love." (Internationally best-selling author Jeffrey Archer)

"A brilliant and glittering jewel of a novel, replete with fascinating historical detail, lush lyrical language, and compelling, complex characters who leap from the page." (Allison Pataki, New York Times best-selling author of The Queen’s Fortune)

"A deliciously evocative romp through high society life." (Rosie Nixon, author of Just Between Friends and editor in chief of HELLO! Magazine

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A really good story of love and loss.

A little slow at the beginning but an excellent tale that picked up pace once Margaret began to travel.

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Wonderful!

Extremely well written and carefully researched with excellent narration. The development of the heroine as an independent, remarkable woman is a heartwarming journey without a trace of mawkishness.

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Brilliant book, great story, well told - loved it!

I saw Sarah Ferguson being interviewed about this book which is a novel based on a real life relative of hers and partly on herself. How much I loved it was totally unexpected ! Beautifully written, captivating - which I love in a book. This is one I could see as a film or mini drama series.

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Brilliant

Captivating and enjoyable listen that takes you on a journey with Lady Margaret Scott. Highly recommended.

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  • 09-08-21

Brilliant

Absolutely fabulous enjoyed immensely, descriptions of Victorian life is so captivating and you can almost touch it