The Duchess of York to publish Mills & Boon romantic novel

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Photo credit: David M. Benett
Photo credit: David M. Benett

From Harper's BAZAAR

The Duchess of York will release a Mills & Boon romance novel in August. Her Heart for a Compass draws on her own life for inspiration and tells the love story of her great-great-aunt, Lady Margaret Montagu Douglas Scott.

The "immersive historical saga" is set in Victorian England and also in New York. It follows Margaret “who desires to break the mould, follow her internal compass – her heart – and discover her raison d’être – falling in love along the way”.

The Duchess of York, who fell out of favour with the royal family after her toe-sucking scandal in the 1990s, said she had become fascinated by her ancestry, particularly with Margaret - the royal's middle name. She made the announcement about her new project over Instagram, bedecked in Victorian costume and gazing at a compass.

She said of her great-great aunt, Margaret: Although her parents, the Duke and Duchess of Buccleuch, were close friends with Queen Victoria and Prince Albert, I was unable to discover much about my namesake’s early life, and so was born the idea which became Her Heart for a Compass.

“With real historical events and facts to hand, my imagination took over. I invented a history for her that incorporated real people and events, including some of my other ancestors.

“I created a friendship between my heroine and Princess Louise, Queen Victoria’s sixth child, and I drew on many parallels from my life for Lady Margaret’s journey.”

The duchess has previously written children's book, but this will be the first time that she has penned adult fiction. Her Heart for a Compass has been created with the help of author Marguerite Kaye, who has written more than 50 novels for Mills & Boon."

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