Sarah Ferguson announces debut historical romance novel with Mills & Boon

Brunilde Fioravanti
Gennaio 13, 2021

While the Duchess has written many children's books, the novel, to be published in August, is her first attempt at adult fiction.

But, she was unable to discover enough detail about Lady Margaret's early life and that is when she says "her imagination took over" and the fictional account of her life and love story was born.

Publisher Mills & Boon, a romance imprint of British publisher Harlequin UK, said the story is based on Sarah's ancestor, Lady Margaret Montagu Douglas Scott, who fled an arranged marriage and "the confines of polite society".

Mills & Boon describes it as an "immersive historical saga" that "sweeps the reader from the drawing rooms of Victoria's court and the grand country houses of Scotland and Ireland to the slums of London and the mercantile bustle of 1870s New York".

Sarah Ferguson has written a romance novel.

She continued, "With real historical events and facts to hand, my imagination took over".

She added: "Mills & Boon are honoured to publish the Duchess of York's debut novel as we move into our next century of publishing brilliant books by women for women".

The novel comes hot on the heels from her riveting YouTube channel, Fergie and Friends - a clip of Ferguson preparing "wonderful little Christmas pudding yummy cakes" went mainstream last month after causing minor breakdowns in the presenting team of ITV's Lorraine - spokesperson roles for WeightWatchers, Avon, and, er, Wedgewood china, and a slightly nebulous career as film producer - including The Young Victoria - which, if some are to go by, could mean doing absolutely nothing at all beyond turning up at the premiere and drinking lots of lovely bubbly.

The duchess was pictured in a Victorian-style floor-length outfit, complete with high-necked blouse, jacket and gloves, sat on a stone bench gazing at a compass she held out in front of her, to promote the work.

The duchess's novel is a saga that takes in events at Queen Victoria's court and the grand country houses of Scotland and Ireland, and crosses into the slums of London and on to the bustle of 1870s NY.

The duchess said: "I drew on many parallels from my life for Lady Margaret's journey".

She said: "I am proud to bring my personal brand of historical fiction to the publishing world". She's best known for her Budgie the Little Helicopter series, books she's written for weight watchers, and her autobiographies and memoirs.

In her research Fergie found the parents of Lady Margaret were "close friends" with Queen Victoria and Prince Albert.

Of her decision to release this novel, Sarah concluded: "I have long held a passion for historical research and telling the stories of strong women in history through film and television".

Lisa Milton, executive publisher for Mills & Boon, described Fergie's novel as a "brilliant sweeping story".

She has also worked on historical documentaries and films that draw on her interest in Victorian history.

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