Book Review: The English Wife

I want to thank NetGalley and the publisher for providing me with an eARC in exchange for an honest review. I appreciate this opportunity.

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 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?

Review: I give this book 3 out 5 Historical Stars! 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 difficult place but this book could not hold my attention at times and just kind of made me feel down. I liked this book overall, I just wish it wasn’t so drawn out.

I think some people who enjoy a nice historical read would enjoy this book and I am interested in the author’s future works.

12 Comments on “Book Review: The English Wife

  1. I don’t read a lot of historical novels (which is kind of weird as I really like history), bit this one even though the plot sounds amazing, is not one thst I think I will pick up. Especially not as you mention that it put you into a bit of a down mood 😢 But considering I already have way too many books to read anyway, I guess that is okay for a change lol 😂 As always though a very good review😊😊


    • There were a lot of 4 and 5 starred reviews on it so hopefully you will enjoy it!!!😊 I liked the book it had a good storyline it was just slow at some points for me and I got confused by it but I also have a low attention span so you might just absolutely love it and I hope this is the case!😊 I love historical fiction too! I love all kinds of fiction really. lol.


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