Book Review

‘The English Wife’ by Lauren Willig

tew lwSTORY: 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 was really torn about this story and while I loved some aspects of it, the other have left me bereft and confused.

For example, the author did an amazing job taking me into the world of these characters, however the pace and multiple points of view and numerous supporting characters have managed to take me out of the story.

I will say this, the mystery was good and the ending surprising, so if you are a fan of this author, I have no doubt that you’ll enjoy this story, but if this is your first time reading her, I’d probably pass on this one and look for another of her many wonderful stories.

Melanie for b2b

Gift ARC provided by the publisher

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