Sarah Ferguson is ready to launch Mills & Boon’s historic romance book club

Sarah Ferguson is set to launch a historic romance book club with publisher Mills & Boon – and has insisted she will ‘promote women’s literature as women’s lives are often overlooked’.

The Duchess of York, 62, based in Windsor with her ex, the Duke of York, published her first fictional historical romance, titled Her Heart For A Compass, at the publisher in August.

The book, which draws on Sarah’s own life journey and incorporates research into her ancestry, is a fictional account of the life of the Duchess’s tipped lady Margaret Montagu Douglas-Scott.

It was co-written with Marguerite Kaye, who has written more than 50 historical romances that take place over a number of eras.

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Sarah Ferguson (pictured) is set to launch a historic romance book club with publisher Mills & Boon - and has insisted she will 'promote women's literature as women's lives are often overlooked'

Sarah Ferguson (pictured) is set to launch a historic romance book club with publisher Mills & Boon – and has insisted she will ‘promote women’s literature as women’s lives are often overlooked’

The Duchess said: ‘I’m so excited to start a historic romance book club with my publisher Mills & Boon.

‘Like them, I am passionate about telling women’s stories, giving those who have become silent a voice, and promoting women’s literature.

‘All too often, women’s lives can be overlooked by history. In my debut novel Her Heart for a Compass, I brought such a woman – my great-grandmother Lady Margaret Montagu Douglas-Scott – to life.

‘Now I want to celebrate other writers who tell women’s stories. I hope that the readers of the book club will be entertained, enlightened and strengthened by the novels we are to read together. ‘

Announces the news on Twitter, the Duchess added that she is ‘excited’ about working with Mills & Boon, praising the publisher for its ‘extraordinary’ storytelling throughout its more than 100-year history.

The Duchess of York (pictured), 62, based in Windsor with her ex, the Duke of York, published her first fictional historical romance, titled Her Heart For A Compass, with the publisher in August

The Duchess of York (pictured), 62, based in Windsor with her ex, the Duke of York, published her first fictional historical romance, titled Her Heart For A Compass, with the publisher in August

Sarah encouraged her followers to join the book club and explained that there will be a reading and discussion of a new historical romance each month – which she said will add some relief after the pandemic.

She is set to publish her second historical romantic novel, which will again be co-written with Kaye, in 2022.

It will ‘build on the world of her heart for a compass,’ Mills & Boon said.

The book, which draws on Sarah's own life journey and involves research into her ancestry, is a fictional account of the life of the Duchess's tippoldante Lady Margaret Montagu Douglas-Scott

The book, which draws on Sarah’s own life journey and incorporates research into her ancestry, is a fictional account of the life of the Duchess’s tipoldante Lady Margaret Montagu Douglas-Scott

The book club, to be launched on November 5, will see the Duchess choose a Mills & Boon historical romance title each month.

She will announce the choice on her social media platforms and provide details about the book during the month to encourage her followers to read with individually or with their own book club.

The Duchess, who has a lifelong passion for historical research and telling stories about strong women in history, will then share her thoughts on book selection at the end of the month.

Publisher Mills & Boon said: ‘Sarah, Duchess of York is an authority in historical research and in telling stories about women’s lives.

The success of Her Heart For A Compass, co-written with Marguerite Kaye, proves her passion and expertise in historical romance.

‘We are delighted to be collaborating with her in this book club and know that it will bring new readers to the novels and authors selected by the Duchess’.

Here Heart For A Compass reached the top 10 on the Sunday Times bestseller list, but failed to hit the spot with some reviewers.

Sarah follows in the footsteps of the Duchess of Cornwall, who earlier this year set up her own book club, The Reading Room.

Yesterday, Princess Eugenie congratulated her mother after the Duchess (pictured) won her battle to save historic trees in the Hampshire countryside

Yesterday, Princess Eugenie congratulated her mother after the Duchess (pictured) won her battle to save historic trees in the Hampshire countryside

The Duchess of York, 61, shared an Instagram post yesterday in which she celebrated her victory by rescuing dozens of 130-year-old trees in an old wooded area near her childhood home, which had to be felled to make way for a huge warehouse.  In the picture, Eugenie's post

The Duchess of York, 61, shared an Instagram post yesterday in which she celebrated her victory by rescuing dozens of 130-year-old trees in an old wooded area near her childhood home, which had to be felled to make way for a huge warehouse. In the picture, Eugenie’s post

Yesterday, Princess Eugenie congratulated her mother after the Duchess won her battle to save historic trees in the Hampshire countryside.

The Duchess of York, 61, shared an Instagram post yesterday in which she celebrated her victory by rescuing dozens of 130-year-old trees in an old wooded area near her childhood home, which had to be felled to make way for a huge warehouse.

Under the proposals – which had previously been given the green light – a beautiful part of Hampshire’s landscape would have been ‘brutally cut down’ to a 220,000-square-foot distribution hub believed to be used by Amazon.

But the local council has now U-turned on its original decision after Fergie made a passionate plea to save the trees and 100,000 locals signed a petition opposing the plans.

In an emotional Instagram post, Fergie wrote: ‘We won! On the eve of the COP26 summit, this shows how local democracy can function and protect our precious natural environment. Developers can still appeal, but today we can celebrate. ‘

Meanwhile, her youngest daughter Eugenie shared her post on Instagram last night about her mother’s work and wrote: ‘Well done Mumma!’

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