The Duchess of York is to launch a Historical Romance Book Club with publisher Mills & Boon.

Sarah Ferguson released her first fictional historical romance novel, titled Her Heart For A Compass, with the publisher in August.

The ex-wife of the Duke of York co-wrote the novel with Marguerite Kaye, drawing on her own life journey and incorporating research into her ancestry, is a fictional account of the life of the duchess's great-great-aunt Lady Margaret Montagu Douglas-Scott.

But today, the 62-year-old Duchess took to Twitter to announce her new venture showcasing steamy historical romances.

The Duchess said: "I am so excited to launch a historical romance book club with my publisher Mills & Boon.

"Like them, I'm passionate about telling women's stories, giving those who have been silenced a voice and promoting women's literacy.

"Too often, women's lives can be overlooked by history. In my debut novel Her Heart For A Compass, I brought one such woman – my great-great-aunt Lady Margaret Montagu Douglas-Scott – to life.

"Now I want to celebrate other authors who are telling women's stories.

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"I hope that the book club readers will be entertained, enlightened and empowered by the novels that we are going to read together."

Her book club, due to launch on November 5, will see the duchess select one Mills & Boon historical romance title each month to announce on her social media.

The Duchess, who has a life-long passion for historical research and telling the stories of strong women in history, will then share her thoughts at the end of each month.

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Publisher Mills & Boon said: "Sarah, Duchess of York is an authority in historical research and in telling the stories of women's lives.

"The success of Her Heart For A Compass, co-written with Marguerite Kaye, proves her passion and expertise in historical romance.

"We're delighted to partner with her on this book club and know it will bring new readers to the novels and writers that the Duchess has selected."

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Her Heart For A Compass reached the top 10 on the Sunday Times bestseller list, but failed to hit the spot with some reviewers.

Fergie's second historical romance novel, which will be a sequel also co-written with Kaye, is due to be published in 2022.

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