Please join New York Coalition board member Christina Bost Seaton and New York Times bestselling author Lauren Willig in a conversation about Lauren’s transition from being a practicing attorney to the author of more than twenty works of historical fiction, which have been translated into over a dozen languages. In honor of Women’s History Month, Lauren will also be discussing her most-recent book, Two Wars and a Wedding, a heavily-researched historical fiction inspired by a real life 19th century Smith College graduate, pioneering archaeologist and humanitarian, Harriet Boyd Hawes.
About the book:
From New York Times bestselling author Lauren Willig: a dramatic coming-of-age story with a dual timeline and a single heroine—a bold and adventuring young woman who finds herself caught up in two very different wars on both sides of the Atlantic.
September 1896: An aspiring archaeologist, Smith College graduate Betsy Hayes travels to Athens, desperate to break into the male-dominated field of excavation. In the midst of the heat and dust of Greece she finds an unlikely ally in Charles, Baron de Robecourt, one of the few men who takes her academic passion seriously. But when a simmering conflict between Greece and Turkey erupts into open warfare, Betsy rushes to the front lines as a nurse, not knowing that the decision will change her life forever—and cause a deep and painful rift with her oldest friend, Ava.
June 1898: Betsy has sworn off war nursing—but when she gets the word that her estranged friend Ava is headed to Cuba with Clara Barton and the Red Cross to patch up the wounded in the Spanish-American War, Betsy determines to stop her the only way she knows how: by joining in her place. Battling heat, disease, and her own demons, Betsy follows Teddy Roosevelt’s Rough Riders straight to the heart of the fighting, where she is forced to confront her greatest fears to save both old friends and new….
Set during an electrifying era of nation-building, idealism, and upheaval, TWO WARS AND A WEDDING is a tale of remarkable women striving to make their place in a man’s world—an unforgettable saga of friendship, love, and fighting for what is right.
Lauren Willig is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of more than twenty works of historical fiction, including Band of Sisters, The Summer Country, The English Wife, the RITA Award-winning Pink Carnation series, and three novels co-written with Beatriz Williams and Karen White. Her books have been translated into over a dozen languages, picked for Book of the Month Club, awarded the RITA, Booksellers Best, and Golden Leaf awards, and chosen for the American Library Association’s annual list of the best genre fiction. An alumna of Yale University, she has a graduate degree in history from Harvard and a JD from Harvard Law School. She lives in New York City with her husband, two young children, and vast quantities of coffee.
Christina H. Bost Seaton is an experienced business litigation attorney who has extensively practiced in state and federal courts and regulatory bodies, and also advises clients on strategic matters. She leverages technology to provide excellent legal services for her clients at highly competitive rates. She aggressively deploys litigation as a highly effective strategic tool in her clients’ arsenal in order to achieve their business objectives in the most efficient manner, and she is especially skilled at driving settlements and getting cases dismissed at their onset.