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The English Wife

(2018)
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From New York Times best-selling author Lauren Willig comes a scandalous audiobook set in the Gilded Age, full of family secrets, affairs, and murder. The English Wife is high drama and sure to impress listeners everywhere.


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 house in England, they had a fairy-tale 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 named 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 try 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?

Genre: Historical Mystery

Praise for this book

"The English Wife is an atmospheric, instantly absorbing page-turner. Lauren Willig delivers a richly detailed, expertly plotted novel that will instantly transport you back in time. This novel has it all--an intriguing mystery, a love affair for the ages and secrets worth dying for." - Heather Gudenkauf

"Lauren Willig has made a name for herself writing the finest historical intrigue and The English Wife does not disappoint - it is her best yet! Written with keen detail and subtle nuance, The English Wife is a dark and scintillating tale of betrayal, secrets and a marriage gone wrong that will have readers on the edge of their seats until the final breathtaking twist." - Pam Jenoff

"The English Wife brings to life old world New York City and London with all the splendor of two of my favorite novels, The Age of Innocence and The Crimson Petal and the White. Mystery, murder, mistaken identity, romance--Lauren Willig weaves each strand into a page-turning tapestry." - Sally Koslow

"Full of Gilded Age glamour and Gothic suspense, The English Wife will haunt readers long after the story ends. Willig draws us in immediately - not just with an opulent setting and sensational gossip - but with a crime so visually stunning, I was left gasping for air by the end of chapter one. From London to old New York, readers will be mesmerized. Willig's writing is so smart and her pacing so masterful that readers will be guessing until the very last page. The English Wife combines the all insight of Edith Wharton with the tension and intrigue of Daphne du Maurier. It is Willig at her very best and most compelling." - Lynda Cohen Loigman

"An elegant page turner that kept me guessing. A masterful story that transported me back in time. A great, great Gothic." - M J Rose

"The English Wife by Lauren Willig is a gorgeous gem of a novel. Part historical fiction, part mystery, and part dual love story, this book is full of engaging characters, flawless writing, and a twisty plot that will keep the reader guessing until the last page. Willig mesmerizes with clever dialog and unexpected plot reveals, promising another fantastic read for her many fans, and a perfect introduction to new readers. This will go on my keeper shelf along with my entire Lauren Willig collection!" - Karen White


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Hardback Editions

January 2018 : USA Hardback
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Title: The English Wife: A Novel
Author(s): Lauren Willig
ISBN: 1-250-05627-6 / 978-1-250-05627-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
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February 2018 : USA Library Binding
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Title: The English Wife (Thorndike Press Large Print Core)
Author(s): Lauren Willig
ISBN: 1-4328-4743-0 / 978-1-4328-4743-2 (USA edition)
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Paperback Editions

February 2019 : USA Paperback
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Title: The English Wife: A Novel
Author(s): Lauren Willig
ISBN: 1-250-05643-8 / 978-1-250-05643-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
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Audio Editions

January 2018 : USA Audio CD
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Title: The English Wife: A Novel
Author(s): Lauren Willig
ISBN: 1-4272-9343-0 / 978-1-4272-9343-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Macmillan Audio
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January 2018 : USA Audio edition
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Title: The English Wife: A Novel
Author(s): Lauren Willig
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January 2018 : Australia Audio edition
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Title: The English Wife: A Novel
Author(s): Lauren Willig
Publisher: Macmillan Audio
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Title: The English Wife: A Novel
Author(s): Lauren Willig
Publisher: Macmillan Audio
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January 2018 : UK Audio edition
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Title: The English Wife: A Novel
Author(s): Lauren Willig
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Kindle Editions

January 2018 : USA, Australia, Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: The English Wife: A Novel
Author(s): Lauren Willig
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
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