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The English Wife
The English Wife: A Novel | Lauren Willig
"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, New York Times bestselling author of The Orphan's Tale From New York Times bestselling author, Lauren Willig, comes this scandalous novel set in the Gilded Age, full of family secrets, affairs, and murder. 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?
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I had trouble putting this book down, and I even dreamt about the characters last night, so I have to give it a pick, but I found this story to be a real downer.😩 At least I finished my book for the week for #BookFitnessChallenge #BFC. And I got in a decent amount of time walking today.👍

wanderinglynn Way to go! 🙌🏻 1w
BookwormAHN Nice job 👏🏻 1w
Clwojick 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 1w
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Emilymdxn Well done on all fronts! 1w
Felso Way to go! 👏🏻 1w
Laughterhp Nice job! 👏🏻 I really like this book when I read it! 1w
guinsgirlreads Good stuff! 👍🏻👏🏻 1w
kspenmoll 🙌🏻🙌🏻🙌🏻 1w
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I'm still trying to shake the last remnants of this stupid sinus infection, but I'm trying to make up for my lost time. I took two walks today, and I actually did a little bit of a workout with my kettlebells. And I'm making good progress on the tagged book.
#BookFitnessChallenge #BFC @wanderinglynn

Megabooks Great job!! 👍🏻👍🏻 2w
Kaye Pretty. I like walking through cemeteries. 2w
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BookwormAHN Great job 👏🏻 2w
bewareofwords Ugh, sinus infections are so awful. I hope you feel better soon! Great job for getting the exercise in!! 2w
Ash.on.the.line Lovely looking weather! Great job! 😊 2w
cobwebmoth @Kaye I do too. I find it peaceful. 2w
4thhouseontheleft Great job! 2w
wanderinglynn Way to go! 🙌🏻 And hope you feel back to 100% soon. 💚 2w
monalyisha I love graveyard walks. 🖤 It feels like such sacred space, & headstone art is always super-interesting. 2w
Clwojick Crushing it! ♥️👏🏻 1w
Trashcanman Rocking it! 1w
kspenmoll That‘s wonderful! 1w
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I really enjoyed the mystery, but was not a fan of the romance aspect of this book. The plot kept me turning the pages, yes, even late into the night. Any book that can do that gets a thumbs up from me.👍

Tamra Me too! 4w
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This book was pretty good! It was a little hard to follow the characters at first but then understood the further I read. There was murder and scandals and I not see the couple of twist that happened in the book.

RadicalReader Stunning book cover 1mo
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Liking this one that my sister lent to me so far.
Pro to having sister w/ #botm subscription: More books!
Con to having sister w/ #botm subscription:
My botm TBR stack continues to grow without ceasing...

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A great atmospheric novel by an excellent writer. It is the story of Annabelle and Bay, but I found Jane‘s evolution to be more intriguing. It was very interesting to see Jane move from the quiet mouse, always obeying her mother, to the semi-confidant (she‘s got a bit to go) woman that she was at the end of the novel. Another hit by Willig. #Tewread

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Read for #BOTMbuddyread. I know some in the group weren't overly fond of this one, but I really enjoyed it! I think it was bc I read it just after reading Twelfth Night. So all of those parallels worked well for me. I also really enjoyed the time period and the atmosphere. The mystery worked well for me, too. I will definitely try to read more by Lauren Willig.

AmyG Oh wow...good timing! I didn‘t get the Twelfth Night references but I, too, really enjoyed the book. I love a book with lots of juicy secrets! 3mo
rjsthumbelina @AmyG it was so funny how it worked out! We had just finished Twelfth Night in the #shakespearereadalong buddy read group, so this tied right in! 3mo
JaclynW I liked the secrets and mystery too. 3mo
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Starting off day 3 of #24B4Monday #Readathon by trying to finish the #BOTMBuddyRead

Andrew65 @TheBookHippie @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks One Chapter to go. 🙄😁 3mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Yay!!!! 🙌🏻🙌🏻🙌🏻 3mo
Andrew65 @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Finished 🍾 🥂 3mo
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Andrew65 drink one for me please because I‘ve been up since 5 am dealing with drama 😥😫 3mo
TheBookHippie @Andrew65 Did you throw it??? Or did you know 🤣🤣🤣😳🤷🏽‍♀️see you for discussion !! 3mo
Andrew65 @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Sending positive thoughts your way. 🥰 3mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Andrew65 thank you sweet friend!!! ❤️ 3mo
Andrew65 @TheBookHippie Interesting ending although some disappointments. Unfortunately driving for 4 hours tonight so will have to catch up with discussion. Many times I wanted to throw this book saying get a move on! 3mo
TheBookHippie @Andrew65 SAME very thankful for Maeve this week!!! She‘s been a good balm! 3mo
Andrew65 @TheBookHippie Chalk and cheese. 3mo
TheBookHippie @Andrew65 🙌🏻🎉 3mo
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Final discussion tomorrow at 1pm CST!!! Questions will be ion the awesome @TheBookHippie page!!! 📚❤️📚❤️

See you there!!


AmyG See you tomorrow! 3mo
kspenmoll Got it! 3mo
daena Just finished it. I‘m ready! 3mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @AmyG @kspenmoll @daena woohoo!!! See you guys then!!! 🙌🏻📚🙌🏻📚 3mo
Andrew65 Still trying to finish the book, hope to finish today, but will be travelling during the discussion so will catch up at a later date. 😁 3mo
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I finished The English Wife. I loved it. I can't waite to discuss it Sunday, especially the ending 🕯#BotmBuddyRead
@Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @TheBookHippie

CoffeeNBooks I had to finish it right after our discussion last week- I really liked this book! 3mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Y‘all loved it?! I‘m so happy!! @TheBookHippie 3mo
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This book fell squarely in the middle for me - not great, but not horrible. Overall, there just wasn‘t enough there for me. The setting and characters weren‘t fully developed and the insights into the budding romance weren‘t enough to get me invested. The murder mystery and Georgie‘s background, however, were better developed, but not enough to make me really love this book. #botmbuddyread #botm 3⭐️

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A historical mystery romance, set in New York & London around the turn of the nineteenth century. Whilst I liked some of the historical setting, it wasn't enough to pull me through. Constant referencing & name dropping - from Richard II & Anne Boleyn to Jack the Ripper & Edgar Allan Poe was annoying and the characters, mostly driven by 'appearance' and the need to maintain social standing are all thoroughly unlikeable. Not for me...

catiewithac I hated this one, too! 3mo
Andrew65 Still got a quarter of the book to go but still not doing it for me either. 3mo
Mitch @catiewithac yeah, so, didn‘t enjoy this! 3mo
Mitch @Andrew65 it doesn‘t get any better! (edited) 3mo
Andrew65 @Mitch Oh dear! 😔 3mo
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Good but not quite great. There's just way too much going on in this book. Book was meh but still led to great discussions in book buddies meet up.

Recommended for serious lovers of Shakepeare though. 😊

Andrew65 I‘m still struggling through. (edited) 3mo
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I‘m so happy I finally checked this book off my #mounttbr list! Thank you for letting me join in on this #botmbuddyread! It‘s been fun to read everyone‘s comments!

I give this book 3 1/2 ⭐️ because 1) I was compelled to finish reading it and 2) I thought the mystery was a good one and I did not guess the ending.

I‘m not sure I‘m a fan of the author‘s writing style but I think I will try another of her books in the future.

Andrew65 I‘d agree about her writing style, but yet to finish. 3mo
Mdargusch Have you read anything else by her? @Andrew65 I just wonder if all her books are like this one? 3mo
Andrew65 @Mdargusch No, this was the first. 3mo
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AmyG I agree about 3 1/2 stars. I got used to her writing style but I didn‘t like it when I started. Wild ending...I enjoyed it. 3mo
Mdargusch The ending reminded me of the ending in the wizard of Oz with the melting witch @AmyG 3mo
BarbaraBB Happy birthday 🎈😘 3mo
AmyG @Mdargusch Ha! She certainly was a wicked witch! 3mo
kspenmoll Happy birthday! You reviewed this book well❤️🎉. @AmyG It was a wild ending , one I did not guess or anticipate at all. Maybe a little too long to get to that point. 3mo
kspenmoll @Mdargusch Wonderful connection; makes me laugh picturing both!!!🧹🤣 3mo
LeahBergen Happy Birthday, my friend! 😘😘😘 3mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I totally agree and Happy Birthday!!! 🎈🎊🎂🎉🎁 3mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I‘m hoping The Forgotten Room is good!!! She wrote that with Beatriz Williams and Karen White!! Also The Glass Ocean!! I‘ve got to get to those!! 3mo
Sarah83 Happy birthday 🎂 3mo
AmyG Happy Birthday!🎉🎁🎈🎂 3mo
Pamwurtzler Happy birthday & I‘d also recommend 3mo
Reviewsbylola Glad you liked it! I like how atmospheric it was. 3mo
JaclynW Great review! You captured my thoughts at well. 3mo
JaclynW @Reviewsbylola It was atmospheric. 3mo
JaclynW @Mdargusch @amyg I'm laughing at the description of the mom! 😂😯😂 3mo
AmyG I finally finished. Wild ending. 3mo
Mdargusch Thanks! @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I‘m looking forward to the Forgotten Room to see how all three write together. I love that those three are collaborating! How are you feeling? 3mo
Mdargusch Thanks for the Birthday Wishes! @LeahBergen @Sarah83 @AmyG 🧁🧁🧁 3mo
Mdargusch Thanks @Pamwurtzler 🍰 I am glad to get the recommendation and I am stacking The Ashford Affair. @CouronneDhiver 👍🏼 3mo
Mdargusch I think the middle of the book could have been trimmed a little too @kspenmoll and thanks for the Birthday wishes! 🎂 3mo
Mdargusch Doesn‘t that fit ? @JaclynW 🤣 3mo
JaclynW @Mdargusch Totally fits! 3mo
emilyhaldi It was slow but I did enjoy her writing! 3mo
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Our son is visiting and my husband finally took him for some “guy” time.....so back into bed to finish this. Many secrets need to be sorted out.


kspenmoll I hope they get sorted out! 3mo
AmyG @kspenmoll They slowly are. 3mo
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I couldn't stop reading this #BOTMBuddyRead after today's discussion! 😁 @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @TheBookHippie #LitsyAtoZ #E @BookishMarginalia

TheBookHippie SAME! 3mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Same, I finally finished it... 3mo
Stephaniereads1 I finished it! 3mo
JaclynW I finished it too! 3mo
AndreaLove ❤️ 3mo
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I‘m still under the weather and my daughter, Breanne, brought me over some wonderful soup!! Maybe this will cure me! I‘m trying to catch up on the #BotmBuddyRead Thank you Christine for having my back this week ❤️

JaclynW Rest! Get feeling better soon! 3mo
Stephaniereads1 Feel better. 3mo
TheBookHippie I got you!!!❤️❤️❤️📖📖📖 3mo
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Karisa Feel better! 🌸🌼🌷 Sorry I was late to the party this week (working on my thesis and couldn't lose my train of thought--may not have found it again 😂). Going back through questions now to see everyone's reactions to this week's section. 3mo
ChasingOm That soup looks delicious! One of the reasons I love living close to my parents is taking care of each other - they feed my husband and I every now and then and we watch their dog while they‘re out of town. 😂 3mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @TheBookHippie thank you 💕🙏🏻 3mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Karisa 🙌🏻🙌🏻 3mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @ChasingOm it was delicious!! So sweet of her to bring it to me ❤️ 3mo
Mitch Soup and love and books and sleep......repeat. Hope you‘ve broken the back of the germs and can begin to feel more yourself soon xxxxx 3mo
Dragon Hope the 🥣 soup cures you quickly! 💐 3mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Mitch thank you! Me too! If I‘m not better by in the morning I‘m going back to clinic... 3mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Dragon thank you, me too ❤️ 3mo
Jas16 Hate that you still aren‘t feeling well. Hope the soup helps change that 3mo
kspenmoll Keep that soup going! What a thoughtful daughter! 3mo
Suet624 Feel better soon! 🙏 3mo
Mdargusch Darn! I was hoping you were well by now. Enjoy the soup. Xoxo 3mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Jas16 thank you Jennifer ❤️❤️ 3mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Suet624 thank you ❤️ 3mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Mdargusch thanks Mariann ❤️❤️ 3mo
Mimi28 Hope you feel better!! ❤️❤️❤️ 3mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Mimi28 thank you, I‘m better today! 3mo
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I finished it in time for the #botmbuddyreading. Yay

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Let‘s do this!!! Discussion at 1pm CST! Questions on @TheBookHippie page! See you there!! 🙌🏻📚🙌🏻📚


RadicalReader Delicious Hot cocoa 3mo
Andrew65 That chocolate looks yummy! 😍 3mo
Ingerella That looks wonderful! 3mo
AmyG Yum. Hope you and your daughter are feeling better. 3mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @AmyG thank you !! She‘s better and I‘m just too tired to do much 🙁 3mo
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Discussion tomorrow at 1pm CST on pages 186-276! Questions on @TheBookHippie page!! See you there!!


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1. Cookies and candy
2. Reading with a side of reading
3. Flat out Love
4. The ability to go back to sleep after I just woke up
5. @TheEmpress @elyseh @wanderinglynn

#friyayinto @howjessreads

Susanita 🖐🏻🖐🏻 3mo
AnansiGirl That is amazing you can fall back asleep. 😴 3mo
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Reading on location (at John Keats house) prepping for #botmbuddyread

RachelO You find such interesting places! 3mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 🧡🧡🧡 3mo
Mitch @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks hope you‘re feeling a bit better xxxxxx 3mo
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Mitch @RachelO I have an adventurers soul I think! 😆 3mo
LeahBergen I‘m so envious of your travels! 😍 3mo
CouronneDhiver A good read! 3mo
BiblioLitten The location🤭😍 3mo
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So thrilled that I got a response from Lauren Willig !
I‘m a little on the struggle bus now though probably because I‘m feeling bad... what are you guys thinking?! 🤔

Discussion on Sunday at 1pm!


CouronneDhiver Yay! Hang in there ... it is a good one 👍🏽 3mo
kspenmoll 🙌🏻🙌🏻 Glad she responded, so well deserved. Be kind to yourself; you have been so sick! 3mo
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AmyG I‘m really enjoying it. It could be becuase you don‘t feel well. I can never read when I‘m sick. 3mo
Stephaniereads1 Maybe I can read it before Sunday 3mo
Jee_HookedOnBookz So friggintastic she responded!! Feel better soon, Misty!! Xoxo 3mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @kspenmoll thank you Katherine 💗 3mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @AmyG it‘s been very difficult 😥 3mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Stephaniereads1 speed read through page 285!! 3mo
Stephaniereads1 Im on it! 3mo
Mdargusch So cool! I was hoping you‘d be feeling better by now. 😟 I switched to the audio version and it really is making me dislike the book since the narrator is making it seem very cheap. I think I‘m switching back to print. 3mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Mdargusch I‘ve slept most of the day... tried to read... finished this section for our discussion. This is not my favorite pick by any means... 😕 3mo
Andrew65 @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Ssshhhh! Don‘t tell Lauren 🤣😳 But can relate. 3mo
Karisa @Mdargusch I tried the audio and felt the same way. The narrator sounded just like one of the voices from my daughter's favorite cartoon, My Little Pony. Could only do a few pages that way. I'm struggling to keep on track with this book...😔 3mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Andrew65 we aren‘t alone!!! 3mo
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I‘m enjoying the #botmbuddyread for The English Wife since this book has been on my shelf for awhile. And today I got a sweet birthday card from @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks with a bookmark just for the buddy read! A valentine was also some #litsymail 💗

This audio version of this book makes it sound more like a romance novel. I don‘t recommend it.

Reviewsbylola It does kind of read like a romance novel. Not a favorite of mine. 3mo
Mdargusch I was surprised @emilyhaldi gave it 4⭐️ @Reviewsbylola 3mo
Reviewsbylola Ditto. She must have been feeling SUPER generous that day! 3mo
emilyhaldi Lol. I suppose I was feeling generous but I don't remember thinking it was romancey at all! 🤷🏻‍♀️ @Mdargusch @Reviewsbylola 3mo
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Loving this book! I was intrigued by the conversation in the book regarding this photograph and had to look it up.