This month the Duchess of York Sarah Ferguson launched her first-ever romance novel. The royal has beforehand penned memoirs, youngsters’s books and historic non-fiction, however this is her first foray into the raunchy realm of interval drama and forbidden love. Her Heart for a Compass is a historical-fiction enterprise focussing on the Duchess’ great-great-aunt Lady Margaret Montagu Douglas Scott.
(*50*) Ferguson’s novel, the protagonist escapes the confines of an organized marriage, prompting her banishment from well mannered society.
Included within the story – which the Duchess wrote with Scottish historic romance creator Marguerite Kaye – are real-life individuals from historical past, together with Queen Victoria and her daughter, Princess Louise.
Ferguson not too long ago stated in an interview: “Lady Margaret helped me become exactly the person who is talking to you right now.”
Although the book is marketed as a romance novel, it would not hit the saucy moments seen in another entries, resembling Outlander or Bridgerton.
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Ferguson stated on this: “I decided I would remove bodice-ripping from this book, number one.”
Despite this, she added: “But I’m now on book number two with Marguerite… and I have got a real bodice-ripping coming for you.
“This is going to make Fifty Shades of Gray only a stroll within the park!”
Although this promise sounded attractive, Kaye supplied: “She’s teasing you.” (Via Town & Country)
Ferguson, who was married to Prince Andrew from 1986 to 1996, went on to make a remark about her personal love life.
She stated her it is now “similarly chaste,” including: “There is no romance.”
Kaye later revealed the Duchess of York was keen to be closely concerned within the writing of the book.
She stated: “Right from the start it was clear she wasn’t going to be sitting in the back seat on this.”
Kaye added: “She had a clear vision for what the story was that she wanted to tell, and she wanted to be involved in every stage of the process.”
Reviews for Ferguson’s debut romance novel have been considerably blended.
Melanie McDonagh of The Evening Standard referred to as the novel “amiable tosh” and “a perfect example of the genre”.
Hannah Betts from The Telegraph described the book as “underwhelming”.
Sarah Ferguson’s Her Heart for a Compass is out now.