The English Wife

The English Wife

From the New York Times bestselling author, Lauren Willig, comes this scandalous New York Gilded Age novel full of family secrets, affairs, and even murder. Annabelle and Bayard Van Duyvil live a charmed life: he?s the scion of an old Knickerbocker family, she grew up in a Tudor manor in England, they had a whirlwind romance in London, they have three year old twins on whom From the New York Times bestselling author, Lauren Willig, comes this scandalous New York Gilded Age novel full of ...

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Title:The English Wife
Author:Lauren Willig
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Genres:Historical
ISBN:1250056276
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:376 pages pages

The English Wife Reviews

  • JanB
    Jan 09, 2018
    2.5 stars The description of the book as a gothic murder mystery set in the Gilded Age piqued my interest. The first pages start off with a bang with a murder on the night of a grand ball. From there the story is told in a dual storyline, alternating between the recent past and the pr...
  • Marialyce
    Oct 25, 2017
    It is the gilded age where money, power and prestige reign. Called such by the author Mark Twain, it was a period that dated from the 1870's until about the early 1900's. It was a time of amassing great wealth and the people who populated this age had last names like Astor, Carnegie, a...
  • Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede
    Mar 03, 2018
    The English Wife, well the writing is good, however, the story is both slow and predictable. The only true moment of surprise for me came at the end when the truth was revealed. And, I liked that, I liked the whole explosive ending, probably because finally something happened. However,...
  • Elizabeth of Silver's Reviews
    Nov 26, 2017
    A murder in an aristocratic household? Unheard of and especially during a ball with hundreds of guests in attendance. Bay, Annabelle's husband and Janie's brother, could not have killed his wife and then killed himself. Janie was determined to find out who the real killer was. We...
  • Rachel
    Dec 01, 2017
    If I were prone to feeling guilt over enjoying the things I enjoy, I would classify this as a guilty pleasure book. This is more a nineteenth century soap opera of a novel than a literary gothic mystery, so you'll do well to check those expectations of a second coming of Rebecca at the...
  • Caz
    Feb 07, 2018
    I've given this an A+ for narration and a B+ for content at AudioGals, so that's as close to 5 stars as makes no difference! I?ve read and/or listened to a number of the books in Lauren Willig?s Pink Carnation series, but for some reason haven?t yet read or listened to anyth...
  • The Lit Bitch
    Oct 17, 2017
    I first fell in love with Lauren Willig with her Pink Carnation series but I never ventured into her other stand alone books because I simply liked her where she belonged?in the Pink Carnation series. Her Pink Carnation series was so fantastic and I didn?t want to spoil it with ...
  • Jonetta
    Jan 20, 2018
    Something terrible happens on the night of Annabelle and Bayard (Bay) Van Duyvil?s Twelfth Night ball celebrating the completion of their new family home in Cold Spring, New York. Bay is found dead with a knife in his chest and Annabelle is missing, feared drowned. Janie, Bay?s sis...
  • RoseMary Achey
    Jan 16, 2018
    A study of class during the turn of the century in New York City. Mystery, romance and historical fiction are all included in this sweeping novel. I particularly liked how the author sets up for the next book at the end. ...
  • Giedre
    Apr 05, 2018
    Had anything ever been as she thought it was? The short answer? No. Oh, I really liked this. If the Gilded Age New York high society seems like a great setting for a murder mystery, that's because it is. The English Wife is a delight. That said, I have to admit, I did find Annab...
  • Barbara
    Sep 19, 2017
    It has been a few years since I read a book by Ms. Willig, but The English Wife reminds me of why I enjoyed her books so much. I love mysteries and historical fiction and this is both with a spot of romance too. The setting is Gilded Age in New York City, but the story starts out in Lo...
  • Kris - My Novelesque Life
    Jan 14, 2018
    This weekend I finished two novels written by two authors I have been wanting to try for a long while. Every time I read a synopsis to a Louise Erdrich's book, I want to (and often do) add it to my to-read shelf. Her books sound so interesting and given all the accolades, they must...
  • BAM The Bibliomaniac
    Feb 02, 2018
    Netgalley # 61 Many thanks go to Lauren Willig, St. Martin Press, and Netgalley for the free copy of this book in exchange for my unbiased review. Bay and Annabelle Duyvil after a few years of marriage moved to their property in the country of New York City, built a massive mansi...
  • Sheila
    Jul 25, 2017
    4 stars--I really liked it. This is a gothic romance in the vein of Rebecca--lots of atmosphere, human cruelty, and family secrets, but no supernatural happenings. It's also quite sad. It's been a long time since I read a historical novel, and this really brought the Gilded Age t...
  • Heidi The Hippie Reader
    Dec 03, 2017
    The year is 1899. The Van Duyvils are an extraordinarily wealthy and established family in New York. One night, at a holiday party, there is a murder... or is it a suicide? The newspapers whip the public into a fury with their sensational headlines. They ask, 'Who are the Van Duyvil...
  • Susan Peterson
    Sep 20, 2017
    The English Wife is a tantalizing, scandalous story; a masterful blend of suspense and historical fiction. I was completely engrossed from the very first page, completely and utterly surprised along the way! The characters in this book were so interesting, so full of life; they were fu...
  • Karen White
    Jan 25, 2018
    With gorgeous writing, complex characters and a twisty plot to keep the reader guessing?this book is a must-read! ...
  • Judy Collins
    Oct 20, 2017
    From the New York Times bestselling author, Lauren Willig brings the glitz, glamour, and scandal of the Gilded Age to life in her latest THE ENGLISH WIFE ? Rich in history, a mix of a gothic murder mystery, and romantic suspense. A portrayal of culture, class, and privilege at t...
  • Lyuda
    Nov 20, 2017
    The best way to keep someone was to let him go. Riveting mystery that left me guessing up until the end. Compelling and heartbreaking love story(s). The book should come with the warning: ?Consumption of the product can lead to sleep deprivation?. My kindle is full of highlights....
  • Amy
    Jan 01, 2018
    The cover for The English Wife is absolutely stunning, I just had to get that out of the way because I?ve looked at it a gazillion times! This was the perfect book to be my first review of the new year as I?m hoping to add more historical fiction to my TBR and I had heard wonderful...
  • BookishStitcher
    Jan 08, 2018
    A wonderful murder mystery set in gilded age New York (and a tiny bit in England). I enjoyed this book, and was not able to guess the plot twist ahead of time. My favorite thing of all about it was all of the new vocabulary words that I learned while reading this. There were so many wo...
  • Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader & Traveling Sister
    Sep 16, 2017
    4 scandalous, intriguing stars to The English Wife ? ? ? ? The English Wife was off to a slow start for me, but once it picked up, I was glued to it. The Gilded Age is one of my favorite time periods, and instantly this book reminded me of a favorite book that Lauren Wi...
  • Carrie
    Dec 07, 2017
    Bayard Van Duyvil and his wife Annabelle seemed to be living such a charmed life when one night Bay is found dead with a knife in his chest and Annabelle is nowhere to be found. With Annabelle thought to be drowned and a murderer to be found the press is all over the story of how this ...
  • Holly  B
    Nov 09, 2017
    I found the characters confusing and the plot was hard to follow. I liked the premise of a gothic mystery set in the New York gilded age, but it didn't live up to my expectations. I enjoyed some parts, but the flow was not working for me. It begins with Bayard Van Duyvil found with ...
  • Karen
    Oct 26, 2017
    I received this from netgalley.com in exchange for a review. The book opens with Bayard Van Duyvil found murdered on the night of their Twelfth Night Ball and his English wife Annabelle is missing, presumed drowned. Bay's sister, Janie, is instrumental in solving the murder. Alt...
  • Melisa - Traveling Sister
    Feb 13, 2018
    DNF. ...
  • Book of the Month
    Dec 01, 2017
    Murder and Scandal in the Gilded Age By Judge Dana Schwartz A dazzling journey through the New York high society of the Gilded Age, where dresses and rumors are more important than politics, The English Wife drips with both Shakespeare references and near-pornographic descriptions ...
  • Sarah
    Dec 29, 2017
    Ah the Gilded Age, a time when everything glittered gold but underneath that thin layer of gold corruption and deception ran supreme. In a sense that?s what this book was about. The deception of a good family the Van Duyvils. They had the family name, fortune, honor and homes in mult...
  • Lindsay - Traveling Sister
    Feb 08, 2018
    2.5 stars I had high hopes for this novel, but it fell flat for me. This genre is usually one of my favourites, but I had a hard time staying focused as I found my mind wandering between all of the side stories and different characters involved. I did enjoy the atmosphere and gothi...
  • ☆Dani☆ ☆Touch My Spine Book Reviews☆
    Dec 14, 2017
    I loved the premise of this story and there was some great unexpected twists. This book had enjoyable characters and a good mystery. I also loved the romance. Now to the things I disliked; this book was really slow to me and super sad at points. Maybe it?s just because I am in a...