The English Wife

by Lauren Willig

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Quick take

It’s a bonbon of a book in the best way; every page feels like a secret indulgence, best read alone, curled up while wearing your most luxurious pajamas.

Why I love it

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 of flapper-era fashion and well-appointed townhomes. It’s tempting to call this novel a mystery, but its scope is far wider than a whodunit: It’s a broad examination of culture...


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 dot...

Member thoughts

45% Love
45% Like
7% Dislike
  • Robin D.

    Salem, MA

    "I really like the way the plot of this book unfolded. I could not put it down!"

  • Jackie F.

    Pittsburgh, PA

    "I am not one who gets into books with a historical setting. But this one was really good. It kept my attention, and there were a lot of twists and turns. "

  • Susan B.

    Georgetown, ME

    "This book had sensitivity and pluck. The characters were believable and I loved all the plot twists."

  • Margaret B.

    Springfield, IL

    "Such a great story - reminded me of Queen of the Night."

  • Rosemary G.

    Downingtown, PA

    "Strong story about turn of the century upper class society and how four women dealt with all the restrictions placed on them. Good mystery kept me reading. Loved it!"

  • Kelly M.


    "A lot of different plot twists that were completely unexpected. Great read!"

  • Rachel R.

    Atlanta, GA

    "19th century gossip girl meets Law & Order"

  • Jennifer A.

    Brighton, MA

    "Loved this book! Loved the way the two stories were told and how they eventually met in the present. Such a page turner!"

  • Danielle R.

    Buffalo, NY

    "I LOVED this book!! The plot combined romance, drama, mystery, and historical fiction so well. This is my favorite BOTM read so far!"

  • Mary P.

    Rougemont, NC

    "A different kind of who done it. Very interesting!"

  • Stacey B.

    Jacksonville, NC

    "Beautiful writing!!! Loved this book!"