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Lauren Willig majored in renaissance studies and political science at Yale University, studied English history at Harvard University, and received a J.D. magna cum laude from Harvard Law School. She started writing the Pink Carnation series during law school. She practiced as a litigation associate show more at a large New York law firm for a year and a half before deciding to become a full-time writer. (Bowker Author Biography) show less
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Works by Lauren Willig

The Masque of the Black Tulip (2005) 1,443 copies
The Forgotten Room (2016) 485 copies
The Ashford Affair (2013) 469 copies
The London Wife (2018) 464 copies
The Orchid Affair (2011) 459 copies
The Glass Ocean (2018) 443 copies
All the Ways We Said Goodbye (2020) — Author — 394 copies
The Garden Intrigue (2012) 354 copies
The Other Daughter (2015) 335 copies

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Yale University
Harvard Law School
litigation associate
Joe Veltre
Short biography
Lauren Willig holds graduate degrees in both law and history from Harvard. After working in a New York law firm, she "retired" to become a full-time writer.



Betsy Hayes has been able to get a post at the American School in Greece, but the leading men still don't think a woman should dig. As she fights to pursue her passion, she also becomes fascinated with the growing Greek freedom movement and goes off to nurse the wounded in their battle for independence. While there she faces many difficulties including her love for a married man.

Two years later, Betsy's best friend, Ava, is going to Cuba to nurse the soldiers fighting for independence. Betsy is determined to keep Ava safe and out of the fray, so she volunteers to go. During a train stoppage, she meets up with old friends and new heading to the front. Building on her previous experiences in Greece, Betsy fights for her patients against insurmountable odds.

Once the war is over, Betsy fights for changes in the military as she finds a new path to happiness.
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4leschats | 5 other reviews | Jun 13, 2024 |
I was interested in reading this book when I saw Beatriz Williams listed as one of the co-authors. After having read it, I'm wondering if she actually *did* write it, or if her name was just used as some sort of a marketing tactic.

"The Forgotten Room" is a series of love stories that takes place across three generations (late 1800s, just prior to the 1929 stock market crash, and during World War 2). The narrators are a grandmother, mother, and daughter. There is a question about the objects of their desire, and whether or not they might actually be related. Rather than maintaining an air of mystery, it actually gets a bit confusing to keep track of who is who.

I've referred to Williams's other writing as "beach reads with a brain" and her writing is smart and sharp. Her female leads have moxie. That is all missing here, and was a disappointment. The writing, plot, and story line were simply "all right".

3 stars.

Thank you to NetGalley and Penguin Group Berkley for a galley of this book in exchange for an honest review.
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jj24 | 28 other reviews | May 27, 2024 |
Smith College graduate Betsy Hayes aspires to be an archaeologist. She travels to Greece but discovers the men in charge of the digs do not want to allow women to do actual excavation work. They want her to perform a role more like a librarian or such. She fails the Red Cross course to become a nurse in the Greco-Turkish War of 1897, but they need people so badly that she is able to work anyway. Her best friend now wants to enlist in the Spanish-American War as a Red Cross nurse to Cuba, but Betsy tries to take her place. She travels from Greece to Tampa, Florida where she talks her way into a Red Cross unit about to depart for Cuba. She finds the conditions deplorable and the treatment of injured soldiers abominable. There's a little romance thrown in. We see what a difference Betsy was able to make. I'll let you read the novel to see if she is able to achiever her dream of becoming an archaeologist. Willig's book is based on a true story, but she does take liberties which she outlines at the end. I've come to love Willig's books because she does a good bit of research about the topic.… (more)
thornton37814 | 5 other reviews | May 16, 2024 |



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