The New Book Has a Title! Say hello to THE ENGLISH WIFE.
The English Wife will be coming your way in January or February of 2018.
I don’t have an official blurb yet, but here’s a rough description:
January 1899: at a grand Twelfth Night ball in a mansion on the Hudson, Knickerbocker patrician Bayard Van Duyvil pushes his English wife into the river and then stabs himself. Or something of the sort. The end result is that Bayard has a knife in his chest and his wife is in the river, galvanizing every journalist and society gossip for miles around.
Everyone agrees they saw it coming, ever since Van Duyvil returned to New York five years before, unexpectedly married and madly in love. After all, only a man with with love would spend a fortune building his wife a replica of her family home on the grounds of his ancestral estate. And then for his wife to carry on an affair with the architect right under her husband’s nose! Why, no wonder he snapped!
Or did he? And who is the mysterious “George” whose name was on the dying man’s lips? Amid the flurry of rumor and speculation, Bayard’s younger sister, Janie Van Duyvil, is determined to find out what really happened there on the icy banks of the Hudson.
Ranging from the London theatres of the early 1890s to the salons of Belle Epoque Paris to the rocky beaches of Newport and the glittering inner circles of Gilded Age New York, THE ENGLISH WIFE traces the path of a marriage where nothing is quite as it seems. But will Janie discover the truth in time to prevent another tragedy?
I am ridiculously excited about this book and can’t wait to share more about it with you!
My favorite historical period. But 2018 – I will try to be patient!
Any hope for the French Marriage? I have always wondered about that family.
Cannot wait! But like someone said, 2018, oh my, it will be hard to wait so long.
Congratulations, Lauren! This sounds wonderful – something to look forward to 🙂