When I typed that title, I had Tennessee Williams on the brain, but, really, it should be more of a collective noun: a kindness of authors.
A kindness of authors was wonderful enough to take time out of their own insane writing schedules to take an early look at The English Wife and share their thoughts– and I’m so grateful to them and so thrilled by what they had to say about it!
— “Lauren Willig has made a name for herself writing the finest historical intrigue and The English Wife does not disappoint – it is her best yet! Written with keen detail and subtle nuance, The English Wife is 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, New York Times bestselling author of The Orphan’s Tale
— “The English Wife by Lauren Willig is a gorgeous gem of a novel. Part historical fiction, part mystery, and part dual love story, this book is full of engaging characters, flawless writing, and a twisty plot that will keep the reader guessing until the last page. Willig mesmerizes with clever dialog and unexpected plot reveals, promising another fantastic read for her many fans, and a perfect introduction to new readers. This will go on my keeper shelf along with my entire Lauren Willig collection!” –New York Times bestselling author, Karen White
— “The English Wife is an atmospheric, instantly absorbing page-turner. Lauren Willig delivers a richly detailed, expertly plotted novel that will instantly transport you back in time. This novel has it all―an intriguing mystery, a love affair for the ages and secrets worth dying for.” ―Heather Gudenkauf, New York Times bestselling author of The Weight of Silence and Not A Sound
— “An elegant page turner that kept me guessing. A masterful story that transported me back in time. A great, great Gothic.” -M.J. Rose, New York Times bestselling author of The Library of Light and Shadow
— “Lauren Willig absolutely delivers in this deliciously-paced, intriguing tale that is part mystery, part love story, and part family drama of the most emotionally-riveting kind. Brimming with evocative historical details and hauntingly good.” -Susan Meissner, award-winning author of A Bridge Across the Ocean
— “Full of intrigue and suspense, Willig weaves an intricate tapestry of romance and betrayal. Rich in period detail and a plot that keeps you guessing, The English Wife, is a wonderful read.” -Alyson Richman, Internationally bestselling author of The Velvet Hours and The Lost Wife
— “Full of Gilded Age glamour and Gothic suspense, The English Wife will haunt readers long after the story ends. Willig draws us in immediately – not just with an opulent setting and sensational gossip – but with a crime so visually stunning, I was left gasping for air by the end of chapter one. From London to old New York, readers will be mesmerized. Willig’s writing is so smart and her pacing so masterful that readers will be guessing until the very last page. The English Wife combines the all insight of Edith Wharton with the tension and intrigue of Daphne du Maurier. It is Willig at her very best and most compelling.” -Lynda Cohen Loigman, author of The Two-Family House
— “The English Wife 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 and Another Side of Paradise
— “Lauren Willig’s historical novels are so immersive, so note-perfect in their mastery of setting and voice, that I’m tempted to wonder if she has a time machine at her disposal. THE ENGLISH WIFE, with its deliciously evocative portrait of the splendours, sorrows and intrigues of Gilded Age high society, is her best book yet.” -Jennifer Robson, USA Today and #1 Toronto Globe & Mail bestselling author of Goodnight from London.
Special hugs go to Alyson Richman– because, as any of you who have heard me give a talk about how I came to be a writer know, it has been my lifelong ambition to write a book that would be referred to as an “intricate tapestry”. (Always a tapestry, NEVER a tea towel.) Achievement unlocked!
The English Wife is available for pre-order from all the usual suspects: in hardcover from from your favorite local bookseller, Amazon, B&N, Books-A-Million, Indiebound, and Powell’s; in e-book on Kindle and Nook; and on audio CD.
In the meantime, The English Wife is up for grabs on Goodreads! Enter before September 16th for a chance to win an advance copy.