Sarah Ferguson Wrote a Romance Novel Inspired by Her Great-Great-Aunt

Chloe Foussianes
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Photo credit: David M. Benett - Getty Images
Photo credit: David M. Benett - Getty Images

From Town & Country

The Duchess of York is a soon-to-be published romance author. Sarah Ferguson revealed the news yesterday on social media, saying that she was "delighted" to announce that her first-ever historical romance novel, Her Heart for a Compass, would hit bookshelves this August. "Set in the Victorian era, the book is about daring to follow your heart against the odds," she added.

The royal, who's previously written two nonfiction tomes about Queen Victoria, children's books, and a memoir, shared a video to tease the novel. In it, Ferguson dons period clothing and appears to hold an old-timey compass. Watch it below.

Ferguson looked to her own family history—specifically to her great-great-aunt Lady Margaret Douglas Scott—for inspiration. "I wanted to write a novel for years and years and was searching for the right story," the Duchess told People. "I was looking into my family history and I was struck by the fact that we shared a name: Margaret is my middle name. Since very little more information was easily found about her, it seemed she would be an ideal vehicle for me to weave my story around." She added, "The book refers to journeys Lady Margaret makes to Ireland and America, which in fact reflects my own personal journeys."

She also noted that she "drew on many parallels from my life" to inform the romance novel, according to ITV.

Her Heart for a Compass, written with Marguerite Kaye, will be published by HarperCollins in the U.S. on August 3, 2021, and is available for preorder here.

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