Monday Give Away

For those of you who enjoy books like Lucinda Riley’s The Orchid House, Kate Morton’s The House at Riverton, and my That Summer, I have a copy of Christine Wells’s The Wife’s Tale.

Here’s the official blurb:

the-wifes-taleAn unforgettable novel that transports the reader from modern day Australia to the windswept Isle of Wight and the courtrooms of London in the 1780s.

With her marriage on the rocks, workaholic lawyer Liz Jones agrees to visit Seagrove, a stately home on the Isle of Wight, while she quietly investigates its provenance on behalf of a client. When she discovers Seagrove is linked to a notorious eighteenth-century court case, Liz becomes fascinated โ€“ not only by the house and its history, but also by its current owners.

In the winter of 1789, the infamous Delany Nash scandalised London when details of her alleged affair with her husband’s brother were aired in a public courtroom. Yet her journals reveal an extraordinary woman’s tale of passion, betrayal and heartbreak.

Captivated by Delany’s story, Liz delves into her research but the more she uncovers, the more she jeopardises the future of everyone at Seagrove. For there are dark secrets that surround the house, and when the truth emerges the repercussions will echo down through the centuries.

The Wife’s Tale is a spellbinding story of murder, family secrets and a scandalous affair.

Basically, it’s a little bit Monarch of the Glen (the whole young lord restoring failing estate bit, not the Scottish bit) and a little bit Garrow’s Law (with guest appearance from Garrow).

For a chance to win a copy of The Wife’s Tale, here’s your question:

— If you could uncover a secret in an old house/castle/chateau/apartment, etc, where would you like the place to be located?

The randomly chosen winner will be announced on Wednesday.

76 Comments

  1. Carla on September 12, 2016 at 10:04 am

    I would love this book Lauren, thank you for sharing!

    A secret in an old house… Scotland ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Lauren H on September 12, 2016 at 11:58 am

    I have an aunt and uncle who live in the “old family home” built in antebellum Mississippi, the home/land have belonged to that uncle’s family for nobody knows how long. I’ve always thought that house was haunted, and probably holds some secrets of its own.

  3. Cรฉline on September 12, 2016 at 12:22 pm

    Oooh, I want to read this book!! I am sooo buying it, if I don’t win!!! ๐Ÿ˜€

    If I had to discover something, I would love to find a secret compartment somewhere like in a bedroom, or behind a stone in a chimney, in which I would find a secret diary… in Scotland, or Ireland, or in a place where legends very much alive! ๐Ÿ˜€

    (in case you need inspiration for a future book… ^^)

  4. Sheila on September 12, 2016 at 12:37 pm

    This book sounds great. I would like it to be in Kenilworth , England, where my BFF lives. It would be in the ruins of fabulous Kenilworth Castle, Where Elizabeth I’s favorite, Robert Dudley, almost bankrupted himself to impress her.

  5. Linda L. on September 12, 2016 at 1:28 pm

    It sounds wonderful!

    If I could find a secret, I’d love it to be in a house in Pompeii or anywhere in the Valley of the Kings. Given how explored they’ve both been, how exciting would it be to find something still hidden? (Although Pompeii would be safer….)

  6. Kristi McGeehan on September 12, 2016 at 1:28 pm

    I would love for the place to be in an antebellum mansion in the southern US.

  7. Jacki York on September 12, 2016 at 1:32 pm

    Sounds like a good fall read!

    I would love to uncover a secret in an old English manor house in the library!!!

  8. Susan Peterson on September 12, 2016 at 1:33 pm

    I’d love to discovery a secret place in France!

  9. Lilyane Soltz on September 12, 2016 at 1:33 pm

    In Boston – either in the South End or on Beacon Hill, in a brownstone, tucked under a floor board in the attic. This book sounds wonderful – thanks for the giveaway!

  10. Amber on September 12, 2016 at 1:34 pm

    Ooooh this is a tough question because I think I’ve daydreamed about this far too many times!

    I would have to say a lovely old house in the French countryside sounds good at the moment! ๐Ÿ™‚

    Thanks for the chance to win!!

  11. Rebecca on September 12, 2016 at 1:36 pm

    Saratoga Springs, NY, has some amazing old houses that probably contain tons of secrets.

  12. Daniele K on September 12, 2016 at 1:40 pm

    Oh, this sounds wonderful. I would like to find something in a secret passage in a massive Scottish castle.

  13. Michelle Springer on September 12, 2016 at 1:42 pm

    I am going to say Switzerland. I’m half Swiss, so it would be a great excuse to visit the land of my ancestors.

  14. Deborah Deguchi on September 12, 2016 at 1:43 pm

    I would love to read this book. Would love to find a secret in an old castle. I love mysteries and exploring.

  15. Emilia Hald on September 12, 2016 at 1:44 pm

    Probably in Great Britain, since most of the similar books I read take place there.

  16. Kristin on September 12, 2016 at 1:51 pm

    An English country estate, most definitely!

  17. Kayse on September 12, 2016 at 1:51 pm

    I’d want to discover a (family) secret in a manor home in Derbyshire. My greatx3 grandfather was the illegitimate son of an attractive barmaid, born in 1827 in Derbyshire. I’ve never been able to trace that particular branch of my family beyond him (no record of who his father may have been has been left), but he was christened with his absentee father’s surname… which just so happens to be the same surname of a noble family prevalent in Derbyshire. Yes, I’ve definitely fantasized about discovering some long-lost claim to nobility in an ancient house once or twice! ๐Ÿ™‚

  18. Bev on September 12, 2016 at 1:55 pm

    I was going to say England, but I think anywhere in Great Britain would be wonderful!

  19. Adeia on September 12, 2016 at 1:57 pm

    The Channel Islands maybe or New Zealand.

  20. Kari on September 12, 2016 at 1:59 pm

    I think that if I were to uncover a secret in an old house somewhere I would want it to be a moldering plantation in Louisiana or in the Caribbean.

  21. Tricia on September 12, 2016 at 1:59 pm

    I’d love to uncover a secret in Edinburgh. With already so much history and so many lives that have come before, it could be an idyllic place.

  22. Rhonda on September 12, 2016 at 2:05 pm

    A secret old house…Ireland or France!

  23. Julia Cutler on September 12, 2016 at 2:13 pm

    Just came back from Barcelona…would love to find a secret in one of those old houses!

  24. Momma Sue on September 12, 2016 at 2:47 pm

    In my own house–because I think I know it so well. That would REALLY be a surprise.

  25. Liz on September 12, 2016 at 2:48 pm

    I’d like to find an overlooked map to something fantastic, hidden in a crumbling manuscript, in one of the impressive libraries of the world.

  26. Julie on September 12, 2016 at 2:58 pm

    Switzerland…

    When I was a high school freshman, we had to write a short story based in a European country… I chose Switzerland and oh what I wrote.. Upon learning of my dear godmother’s death and how my professional soccer player fiance couldn’t join me in Switzerland, I flung my engagement ring at him in my grief and took off on my own. I lost myself in the uncovering of my late aunt’s love affair and discovered my own self-centeredness amoung the Swiss alps while consuming plenty of cheese and chocolate. Needless to say there was a happy ending and Sister Judith game me an A+++ on originality, but I’d love to see someone craft a well-written piece in that beautiful country!

  27. Ashley on September 12, 2016 at 3:00 pm

    Eastern Europe has always seemed mysterious. Maybe Prague, St. Petersburg or Istanbul!!

  28. Diana on September 12, 2016 at 3:14 pm

    Given how long it’s been hot in the mid-atlantic, I vote someplace that’s a bit cooler- how about a cottage in Maine?

  29. Courtney on September 12, 2016 at 3:14 pm

    Sounds interesting! I would love to uncover a secret in an old manor in England!

  30. Jennifer on September 12, 2016 at 3:14 pm

    It would be in Egypt when Britain ruled there. Would be too many to uncover!

  31. Beverly Fontaine on September 12, 2016 at 3:16 pm

    In Yorkshire, an old, brooding manor house on the moor. And the secret document would be found in a secret drawer of a desk in a sitting room which belonged to the lady of the house, who disappeared mysteriously. No trace of her was ever found, but the the document would give a clue to what happened to her.

    • jackie comstock on September 12, 2016 at 3:37 pm

      an old english manor home on a cliff

  32. Alexa on September 12, 2016 at 3:41 pm

    Portugal!

  33. Nina on September 12, 2016 at 4:07 pm

    Bookstore, macedonia.

  34. Robyn on September 12, 2016 at 4:17 pm

    a secret room in a castle in Scotland

  35. Karen on September 12, 2016 at 4:18 pm

    Florence, Italy

  36. Tarah Petersen on September 12, 2016 at 4:35 pm

    I keep thinking an old stone home in Tuscany or a Bavarian Castle in Germany. So many wonderful nooks and crannies in each of them to hide a secret!

  37. Natalia on September 12, 2016 at 4:36 pm

    Ooh maybe Strasbourg in France. I studied abroad there. It went back and forth between the Germans and French for years. There would be a delicious tale of wartime love and betrayal buried in the walls ๐Ÿ™‚

  38. Bethany on September 12, 2016 at 4:43 pm

    I’d love to have ties to England! A family home there would do just the trick.

  39. Diana on September 12, 2016 at 4:46 pm

    I would love it to be anywhere in Scotland, so I would have a great excuse to go!!! Thanks for the give-away!

  40. Linda May on September 12, 2016 at 4:51 pm

    This book looks great, Thanks for this very generous giveaway.

  41. Catie on September 12, 2016 at 4:52 pm

    Ireland! Sheep and whatnot.

  42. Shannon Smith on September 12, 2016 at 5:17 pm

    Probably because I’ currently reading Winston Graham’s Poldark series, I’d love for it to be in Cornwall!

  43. Liza on September 12, 2016 at 5:29 pm

    Ooh, this looks so good! I would love for it to be in an old house in Provence!

  44. Debbie Miller on September 12, 2016 at 5:38 pm

    I’d like to find a secret room inside a house where special treasures were hid to keep the husband unaware of his wife’s secret life.
    I’d like it to be somewhere in the Cotswolds.

  45. Sarah W-J on September 12, 2016 at 6:04 pm

    I would love to find a secret in an old house in New York’s Hudson Valley, particularly one related to an old Dutch mansion. I have been study my own family history in that region and it just oozes mystery. Perhaps mix a bit of Sleepy Hollow-esque horror in there (but not too much!) and you’ve got yourself a great adventure!

    Definitely adding this to my to-read list.

  46. Jane on September 12, 2016 at 6:06 pm

    A secret to uncover in an old villa in Italy somewhere in Assisi or Tuscany.

    Would love to win the book. Thanks ๐Ÿ™‚

  47. LORA FANNING on September 12, 2016 at 6:22 pm

    Chateau Gudanes. I WANT TO GO TO THERE. http://www.chateaugudanes.com/

    • Sheila on September 13, 2016 at 12:05 am

      Me too! I’ve been following them since the beginning, so lovely.

  48. Rania on September 12, 2016 at 6:27 pm

    I would like to be an old house in countryside either in France or in England.
    Thanks for the chance to read a beautiful book like this!

  49. Janet on September 12, 2016 at 6:30 pm

    In the Bahamas- something to do with a pirates treasure perhaps?

  50. Beth on September 12, 2016 at 6:35 pm

    I’d like to find a something in a secret hiding place in the Biltmore in Asheville, NC!

  51. Rachel Adrianna on September 12, 2016 at 6:41 pm

    I think I’d like to discover a house mystery in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, surrounded by small towns and trees ๐Ÿ™‚

  52. Kristine on September 12, 2016 at 6:46 pm

    I would love to read such an intriguing book! I also fantasize about exploring an old house in Ireland. So many books about Scotland or England or France, Ireland would be a lovely change.

  53. Maria on September 12, 2016 at 6:49 pm

    I would love to read this book. There are so many places I’d love to find a secret in an old house. I’d pick Williamsburg VA.

  54. Laurice on September 12, 2016 at 7:07 pm

    Wales

  55. Kathryn on September 12, 2016 at 7:16 pm

    I’d pick Boston. MA.

  56. Sharon Abraham on September 12, 2016 at 7:39 pm

    I would want it to be in France.

  57. Christine on September 12, 2016 at 7:53 pm

    England

  58. Pat Dupuy on September 12, 2016 at 7:58 pm

    Scotland works for me. So beautiful.

  59. Rachael on September 12, 2016 at 8:14 pm

    I would love to discover an old diary, in an old house in Great Britain!

  60. Dianne Casey on September 12, 2016 at 8:16 pm

    If I could find a secret, I would like it to be in one of the old mansions in the historic district of Charleston SC.

  61. Betsy on September 12, 2016 at 8:37 pm

    This book sounds intriguing! I would love a book set in South Georgia or northern Florida in a big old plantation house.

  62. Amy on September 12, 2016 at 8:45 pm

    I would love to discover a secret in an old house located in British Columbia. It would be a beautiful setting for a Victorian or Edwardian mystery!

  63. Melissa on September 12, 2016 at 8:45 pm

    An old brownstone in NYC…

  64. Courtney on September 12, 2016 at 8:48 pm

    Scotland, to find out why my ancestor – Armstrong – was left to die in another man’s castle and still haunts that castle.

  65. Kimberly Bristol on September 12, 2016 at 9:10 pm

    This is a tough one. I’m such a sucker for an English country house, but I do love the antebellum mansions in the south, too. Perhaps a summer “cottage” on Mackinac Island, Michigan’s West Bluff where wealthy Detroiters and Chicagoans summered in the Victorian and Edwardian eras.

    And Christine’s book sounds super good. I need to put it on my TBR list!!

  66. Dara on September 12, 2016 at 10:53 pm

    I don’t care where it is as long as it comes with a good ghost!

  67. Betty Strohecker on September 12, 2016 at 11:32 pm

    Scotland, Wales, or France.
    Sounds like a great book!

  68. Tiffany on September 12, 2016 at 11:42 pm

    It would have to be Cornwall…because who doesn’t want a Gothic mystery to occur in one’s own life?

  69. April on September 13, 2016 at 9:37 am

    I would want tth secret door to be behind wallpaper over the false wall and found during a remodel

  70. Brittany B on September 13, 2016 at 12:19 pm

    Never heard of this author book…sounds great!
    I would want to uncover a secret Australia. What mystery there would be! Was this person exiled from Britain? Were they part of the penal colony? Did they come voluntarily? If so, why?

  71. Sherri on September 13, 2016 at 2:30 pm

    Oooo, this sounds wonderful. I would love to discover a treasure in a castle in Ireland. I have always wanted to visit Ireland.

  72. Allyssa on September 13, 2016 at 4:26 pm

    Greece, because I love Greek mythology. I think it would be awesome to uncover a hidden journal of forbidden love or something to that effect.

  73. Ellen on September 14, 2016 at 1:08 pm

    Ireland! I’ve always wanted to visit and I love Irish history.

  74. Jenny Belk on September 18, 2016 at 12:43 pm

    I would love a Charleston, SC tale. I never tire of those. I’m picturing a drowning in the waters at the Battery. An eyewitness who resides on Rainbow Row might know who the killer is but cannot reveal who it is because it will be the ruination of her family. She writes down what she witnessed and inserts the message inside her writing desk, packs her bags and leaves town, headed to New Orleans, where she hopes to disappear and never be found.

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