The Duchess of York has been given a book deal with romantic fiction publisher Mills & Boon after blogging about her great-great auntie for her debut novel.
Sarah Ferguson’s book is called Her Heart For A Compass and will be released in August.
It is a fictional account of the life and romance of Girl Margaret Montagu Douglas Scott.
Mills & Advantage explains it as an “immersive historic legend” that “sweeps the reader from the drawing rooms of Victoria’s court and the grand nation houses of Scotland and Ireland to the run-down neighborhoods of London and the mercantile bustle of 1870s New York”.
It follows Lady Margaret “who desires to break the mould, follow her internal compass – her heart – and find her raison d’etre – falling in love along the way”.
The duchess revealed she came across Woman Margaret after investigating her ancestry and ended up being captivated due to the fact that Margaret is her middle name.
The duchess was visualized in a Victorian-style floor-length outfit, total with high-necked blouse, coat and gloves, sat on a stone bench gazing at a compass she held out in front of her, to promote the work.
She said: “Although her parents, the Duke and Duchess of Buccleuch were friends with Queen Victoria and Prince Albert, I was not able to discover much about my namesake’s early life, therefore was born the concept which became Her Heart For A Compass.
” With genuine historic events and facts to hand, my imagination took over. I invented a history for her that incorporated genuine individuals and events, consisting of some of my other ancestors.
We’re happy to reveal a captivating debut historic romance from Sarah Ferguson, Duchess of York. ✨.
Publishing in August, HER HEART FOR A COMPASS is offered to pre-order now at #HerHeartForACompass pic.twitter.com/14IlrELLl1– Mills & Boon January 13, 2021.
” I created a relationship in between my heroine and Princess Louise, Queen Victoria’s sixth kid, and I drew on many parallels from my life for Lady Margaret’s journey.”.
The duchess – the Duke of York’s ex-wife and the Queen’s former daughter-in-law – brought restored vigour to the monarchy in the 1980s alongside Diana, Princess of Wales, however struggled to come to terms with the strenuous disciplines of royal life after weding Andrew.
Born Sarah Ferguson and nicknamed Fergie by the press, she once admitted: “I was helpless from the start … they might never make me the ideal princess.”.
The duchess, who has previously composed her memoirs, is the author of numerous kids’s books consisting of the Little Red and Budgie the Little Helicopter series, and she was an executive manufacturer of the 2009 historical movie The Young Victoria.
She has been reading children’s books throughout the pandemic on her YouTube channel, Storytime with Fergie and Friends.
Sarah added: “I have long held a passion for historical research study and informing the stories of strong women in history through film and tv.
” I am happy to bring my individual brand of historical fiction to the publishing world.”.
She wrote the book with author Marguerite Kaye, who is described as her “collaborator and coach”.
Kaye has written more than 50 novels for Mills & Advantage set throughout the ages and her books and novellas have offered more than 1.5 million copies in over 20 nations.
Mills & Benefit is the UK’s primary publisher of romantic fiction and was developed in 1908.