The English Wife by Lauren Willig

The English Wife

Lauren Willig

376 pages first pub 2018 (editions) user-added

fiction historical mystery mysterious reflective slow-paced


From the New York Times bestselling author, Lauren Willig, comes this scandalous New York Gilded Age novel full of family secrets, affairs, and even murder.Annabelle and Bayard Van Duyvil live a charmed life: he’s the scion of an old Knickerbocker...

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Community Reviews Summary of 851 reviews


mysterious 95%
dark 47%
emotional 39%
tense 34%
sad 26%
adventurous 17%
challenging 17%
reflective 13%
hopeful 4%


medium 68%
slow 24%
fast 8%

Plot- or character-driven?

A mix: 58% | Plot: 29% | Character: 11%

Strong character development?

Yes: 57% | It's complicated: 31% | No: 10%

Loveable characters?

It's complicated: 84% | No: 10% | Yes: 5%

Diverse cast of characters?

No: 89% | Yes: 10%

Flaws of characters a main focus?

It's complicated: 50% | Yes: 37% | No: 12%

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