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The English wife / Lauren Willig.

By: Willig, Lauren.
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: New York, New York : St. Martin's Griffin, 2019Copyright date: ©2017Edition: First St. Martin's Griffin edition.Description: 376 pages ; 24 cm.Content type: text Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 9781250056436; 1250056438.Subject(s): Rich people -- Fiction | Murder -- Fiction | Missing persons -- Fiction | Reporters and reporting -- Fiction | New York (N.Y.) -- FictionGenre/Form: Historical fiction. | Thrillers (Fiction) | Detective and mystery fiction.DDC classification: 813/.6 Summary: "Annabelle and Bayard Van Duyvil live a charmed life in 1890s New York: he's the scion of an old Knickerbocker family, she grew up in a Tudor house in England, they had a fairytale 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?"
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From New York Times bestselling author Lauren Willig comes The English Wife , a scandalous novel set in the Gilded Age full of family secrets, affairs, and even murder.

"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, author of The Widow Waltz

"Her best yet...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, N ew York Times bestselling author of The Orphan's Tale

A Book of the Month club pick!

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 fairytale 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?

"A novel"--Page [1] of cover.

"Annabelle and Bayard Van Duyvil live a charmed life in 1890s New York: he's the scion of an old Knickerbocker family, she grew up in a Tudor house in England, they had a fairytale 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?"

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Library Journal Review

Annabelle is the young English wife of wealthy New Yorker Bayard Van Duyvil. On a dark Twelfth Night, January 6, 1899, Bay is found fatally stabbed, while Annabelle has disappeared-probably swept away in the frigid Hudson River. After this horrific opening, Willig (The Other Daughter) takes listeners back to their meeting and subsequent romance in England six years before. Annabelle and Bay equate their relationship with Shakespearean comedy, only to find that a tragic flaw destroys their carefully constructed life. Alternating with their story is that of Janie, Bay's timid and miserable sister. Though the press describes her brother's and sister-in-law's deaths as a murder/suicide, Janie doesn't believe it and decides to find the real killer herself, with the help of a sympathetic and resourceful journalist. Reader Barrie Kreinik does an excellent job with characterization-soft-spoken Bay has a hesitant and slow cadence. Anna-belle's strength and energy are indicated by her crisp diction and impatient pacing. Lost Janie's voice almost disappears-quiet and even more cautious than Bay's. All the other characters are voiced with individuality and bring the listener immediately into the story. VERDICT Recommended for all popular collections. ["Willig, best known for her best-selling 'Pink Carnation' series, has a knack for creating sympathetic characters and fully fleshed settings, adding some juicy plot twists to this atmospheric period piece": LJ 9/15/17 review of the St. Martin's hc.]-Juleigh Muirhead Clark, Williamsburg, VA © Copyright 2018. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.