Sarah Ferguson signs second deal with Mills & Boon just days after first release – .

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Sarah Ferguson signs second deal with Mills & Boon just days after first release – .


Sarah Ferguson has revealed that she signed another deal with Mills & Boon just days after releasing her first romance with the publisher.

The Duchess of York’s Her Heart For A Compass, based on the life of her ancestor Lady Margaret Montagu Douglas Scott, received rather negative reviews in the press after going on sale Tuesday.

Critics called the book “boring” and “slog” with a “tasteless” main character and a tone that oscillates between “archaic and contemporary”. Almost all commented on the lack of sex and said it was at Mills & Boon’s “PG end”.

But Sarah, 61, said she and co-author Margarete Kaye, who has written more than 60 books, remain “united” behind the work.

Sarah Ferguson (pictured) revealed she signed another book deal with Mills & Boon just days after releasing her first romance novel with the publisher

Speaking at the front row of Radio 4, the Duke of York’s ex-wife said: ‘People are trying to put Fergie in a box, or Sarah or the Duchess in a box, saying’ look at her, why is she doing this, why is she doing this? “

“We all have doubts about ourselves. But it was really exciting to grow together in friendship and collaboration and we are both very united in this book Her Heart For A Compass. So much so that we signed our next book contract.

Sarah, mother of Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie, said the Covid-19 pandemic gave her the opportunity to write the book, which she claims to have thought about for over 15 years.

She told show host Nick Ahad, “The pandemic also tapped me on the shoulder and told me you were going to waste your life and never do what you wanna do?

“Are you going to be on the front lines helping people, nurses, NHS workers? I believe Lady Margaret would have done that, she would have taken up the challenge.

The Duchess of York’s Her Heart For A Compass (pictured), loosely based on the life of her ancestor Lady Margaret Montagu Douglas Scott, received mostly negative reviews in the press after hitting shelves on Tuesday

Adding, “I was wondering if it was time to give myself my own voice, and I wonder if Lady Margaret is helping me do that?” I think she is.

The Duchess has once again spoken about the parallels between her red-haired heroine and her own life, including how they both find freedom in America.

“I believe that every good storyteller understands parallel journeys with his own life,” she said. “It really is a total work of fiction. On the other hand, it’s a bit like Who Do You Think You Are ?, the TV show. Telling my ancestry from my grandmothers, my maternal and paternal grandparents. ‘

The 500-page tome also draws on the Duchess’s own relationship with the press, as Lady Margaret, who is banished from polite society after escaping an arranged marriage, first becomes the sweetheart and then the target of the press. of the Victorian era.

Opening up about the impact of UK newspaper headlines on her mental health, she said: “When you’ve had lines that say ‘82% would rather sleep with a goat than Fergie’, it’s very demoralizing.

“What about the Duchess of Pork?” It was a good one. It took me 10 years of real mental issues to get over the fact that he thought I was fat.

Critics called the book

Critics called the book “boring” and “slog” with a “tasteless” main character and a tone that oscillates between “archaic and contemporary”. Almost all commented on the lack of sex and said it was at Mills & Boon’s “PG end”. In the photo, Sarah

Sarah said she finally met the man who came up with the mocking nickname at a newspaper event. Describing the experience, she said, “He was the cause of my demise in a big problem with the food. And yet, he didn’t think so, it was just to sell newspapers.

She added, “When I was lucky enough to find a job in America I got off the plane and it was really fascinating. The exam wasn’t really there. They really accepted me like me.

“I think that’s why I’m so excited that Lady Margaret is going to America, because she certainly felt the same. “

The Duchess has expressed her wish for the book to be adapted for the screen, without however specifying whether there are any plans to do so.

Instead, she opened up about her project with Manchester-born director Mark Gill to create a screenplay based on the life of Princess Louise, the mother of Prince Albert, husband of Queen Victoria.

When asked what she thought of The Crown and if she had spoken to anyone from the Royal Family about the Netflix TV series, she said she liked the ‘cinematography’ but added: ‘ I would like to remind you that I am divorced from the royal family, and I am a happily divorced woman.

“I would never pretend to discuss something like that with them all,” before continuing, “I know Diana would be so proud of her sons and their wives and what they have accomplished. “

Fergie’s first bodice ripper leaves the critics aside! His heart for a compass is called “boring work” without sex

Sarah Ferguson’s highly anticipated debut novel Mills & Boon finally hits shelves on Tuesday.

But all readers hoping for a dizzying bodice ripper will be disappointed, according to critics, who have been put off by the “endless doorstop.”

Her Heart For A Compass (Mills & Boon) is an 11-year, 540-page Victorian melodrama featuring the life and loves of a Lady Margaret Montagu Douglas Scott, which bears more than a fleeting similarity with its flame-haired creator. .

Teenage Lady Margaret evokes the wrath of her parents – the Duke and Duchess of Buccleuch, close friends of Queen Victoria – by rejecting the suitor they chose for her, Lord Rufus Ponsonby, the Earl of Killin, causing her banished from polite society. She then falls madly in love with a priest and, later, an older diplomat – an acquaintance of her father – before embarking on a career as a writer.

Critics called the book “boring” and “slog” with a “tasteless” main character and a tone that oscillates between “archaic and contemporary”. Almost all commented on the lack of sex and said it was at Mills & Boon’s “PG end”.

Here FEMAIL reveals what UK critics had to say …

Le Daily Telegraph : “The few hours it took to cross it always seemed endless”

‘Nothing really happens – a lot’: Hannah Betts of the Daily Telegraph said the book was a chore

Time: “It’s very silly but it would be nice if the novel were more fun”

End PG of Mills & Boon Specter: Times Sarah Ditum warns about lack of sex

End PG of Mills & Boon Specter: Times Sarah Ditum warns about lack of sex

Evening standard: ‘It’s tosh, of course, but kind tosh’

Outisder watching: Melanie McDonagh feels like Fergie isn't using her insider knowledge

Outisder watching: Melanie McDonagh feels like Fergie isn’t using her insider knowledge

Guardian: ‘Bridgerton is not’

Redeemable Features: Guardian's Alison Flood Praises Historical Research

Redeemable Features: Guardian’s Alison Flood Praises Historical Research

is: “This book laughs with feminine energy and a whisper by Georgette Heyer”

Perfect vacation read: The i's Kat Brown says it's the perfect book to take on vacation

Perfect vacation read: The i’s Kat Brown says it’s the perfect book to take on vacation

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