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The English Wife: A Novel
by Lauren Willig

Published: 2018-01-09
Hardcover : 384 pages
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From New York Times bestselling author, Lauren Willig, comes this scandalous novel set in the Gilded Age, full of family secrets, affairs, and even murder.

Annabelle and Bayard Van Duyvil live a charmed life in New York: he's the scion of an old Knickerbocker family, she grew up in a Tudor ...
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From New York Times bestselling author, Lauren Willig, comes this scandalous novel set in the Gilded Age, full of family secrets, affairs, and even murder.

Annabelle and Bayard Van Duyvil live a charmed life in New York: 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 they dote, and he's recreated her family home on the banks of the Hudson and renamed it Illyria. Yes, there are rumors that she's having an affair with the architect, but rumors are rumors and people will gossip. But then Bayard is found dead with a knife in his chest on the night of their Twelfth Night Ball, Annabelle goes missing, presumed drowned, and the papers go mad. Bay's sister, Janie, forms an unlikely alliance with a reporter to uncover the truth, convinced that Bay would never have killed his wife, that it must be a third party, but the more she learns about her brother and his wife, the more everything she thought she knew about them starts to unravel. Who were her brother and his wife, really? And why did her brother die with the name George on his lips?

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  "The English Wife"by Sescilj (see profile) 06/27/19

We loved this book. At first a little intense with switching time frames but it picks up and then is hard to put down until ending!

 
  "the english wife"by Carolynr (see profile) 08/16/18

really a 3.5 Not quite a 4 for me.....i liked it from the beginning , unlike some other readers. However the ending got a little convoluted for me...but it had some good twists and turns

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by [email protected] (see profile) 07/05/18

Book starts slow but as the mystery starts to unfold and the two stories begin to converge there are so many shocking revelations that make it hard to put it down. Wonderful book!!!

 
  "The English Wife"by Silversolara (see profile) 01/10/18

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

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