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  • Gilded Age Intregue

    The English Wife is an historical fiction with mystery novel set in high society New York & London and opens with the murder of Bay Van Duyvil, son of wealthy New York family and the death or disappearance of his British wife Annabelle. From there the story splits into two parts: the tale of his sister Jane in the aftermath of the shocking murder and the story of Bay's trip to Europe, five years earlier. This story captivated me from the shocking opening and kept me reading to find out what happened, through several twists and turns. The story is a sad one (opening with a murder), but also a bit hopeful at the same time. Lauren Willig does a good job of creating a world of opulence and restriction that these characters both inhabit and battle against. It was also interesting to see her portrayal of a 19th century court inquisition (I do love a good court case). This story had all the things I really like: a dual timeline, mystery, and a little romance. I did get this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review, and my recommendation is to read it if you enjoy historical fiction and mysteries. In fact, I enjoyed this story so much, that I plan to go back and read an earlier book of Willig's that had gone on my DNF pile, The Other Daughter. I am looking forward to her next novel, for sure.

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  • Well done mystery storey

    A well-written account with lots of twists and turns. I liked the characters and the way the story unfolded. Not great literature but a truly enjoyable and interesting read.

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  • The English Wife

    This is the second time I have read this novel and I enjoyed it more the second time around. Interesting characters with secrets to keep and personal flaws that made then quite believable. The ending was a bit of a surprise, to the readers as well as the characters in the novel! A good read.

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  • Amazing

    This is the first book I read for this author but l will definitely read more of her books. It was a really excellent book

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  • I've Found a New Aurthor

    It has been many years since I have read a work of historical fiction but I'm so glad I decided to read this one, and I look forward to reading other stories by her. It was well written, had a new and interesting plot, and kept me guessing "who did it" until the end.

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