THE ENGLISH WIFE On Location– and Give Away!
July 6th, 2017

Only six more months now until The English Wife appears in stores!

For a book that I think of as being primarily a New York book, The English Wife gets around. The settings in the book include 1890s London, Belle Epoque Paris, rural Lincolnshire, glitzy Newport, Gilded Age Manhattan (both uptown and down), and various points around the Hudson Valley, including Cold Spring, Carmel, and Tarrytown (but mostly Cold Spring).

So, for the next few months, I’ll be posting pictures of the various settings from the novel: the houses, the scenery, and so on.

Here’s my question for you: where should I begin? Which setting would you like to see first?

One person who comments on this post will receive an ARC of The English Wife….

Here’s the official blurb:

The English WifeFrom 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 family, she grew up in a Tudor manor in England, they had a whirlwind 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 renamed 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 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?

The English Wife is available for pre-order in hardcover 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.

The winner will be announced on Sunday.

223 Responses to “THE ENGLISH WIFE On Location– and Give Away!”

  1. Nikki Forman says:

    London will always have my heart first.

  2. Kristi McGeehan says:

    Glitzy Newport

  3. Diane Stiles says:

    I’m all for 1890’s London…but would like tour the entire book! Way too much fun!

  4. Christine says:

    Yay so exciting! Maybe start with whatever shows up first in the book? Sort of like a chronological location tour. The Forgotten Room got me obsessed with old houses. Well, that and HGTV.

    • Lauren says:

      Bwah ha ha. (And other evil laughter noises.) If you want to fall down a real old house rabbit hole, try New York Social Diary’s Big Old Houses column…. Such great before and after pictures!

  5. Regina Garza Mitchell says:

    I’d love to see 1890s London. Just to visit, of course!

  6. Linda Tillman says:

    London is best!

  7. Randy Riddle says:

    1890’s London for sure ❤️

  8. Courtney Cochley says:

    All of them!!!! But glitzy Newport sounds like a fantastic start!

  9. Stacey says:

    Gilded Age NY, but really all of them!

  10. Celeste Bechdolt says:

    Can’t wait to be transported to all the places on the list, but first, I pick Newport.

  11. Laura says:

    If you can somehow travel to 1890’s London… Then what are you still doing here?! Also- please take me with you!

  12. Jennifer Huelsebusch says:

    I will always choose London but enjoy the others as well! Looking forward to reading this!

  13. Deanndra says:

    Always London, although NY & the Hudson Valley are up there too :)

  14. Renee says:

    1890’s London :)

  15. Michele says:

    Tough choice! However I do love the Hudson Valley!

  16. Joanne M. says:

    Since my daughter now lives in Manhattan, I would love to see the Gilded Age — the houses, the fashions, the society parties!! Yes, please!

  17. Andra says:

    New York and the Hudson Valley.

  18. Abby says:

    Gilded Age New York, hands down!!

  19. Morgan Joyner says:

    Ooooh I want to read it all, but 1890’s London sounds intriguing.

  20. Céline says:

    Well, if we have to start somewhere… being French… Belle Epoque Paris??

  21. Diana P says:

    1890s London!

  22. I would love to win this book!
    I would like you to begin with the New York Gilded Age.

  23. Katie anderson says:

    1890s London !!!! I can’t wait to see them all, newport is a close second !

  24. Ammy Belle says:

    I’ve never heard of Cold Spring! I’d choose there first! :)

  25. Can’t wait for this one! My vote is Manhattan.

  26. Sheila says:

    Mansions and towns of the Hudson Valley!!! It’s where I grew up and I am familiar with many of them, which is why I am really extra excited about this book!

    • Sheila says:

      Well, less the mansions than the small towns. I grew up in Dutchess County and still recite some of the towns from the train. My fav being Manitou! Manitou!

      • Lauren says:

        Sheila, I know what you mean! I have that Hudson Line line-up memorized…. And– fun fact– that’s where I got the heroine’s husband’s last name: Duyvil from Spuyten Duyvil!

  27. Tarah Petersen says:

    1890’s London!

  28. Amber says:

    I’ve gotten more and more interested in Belle Epoque Paris, so I’d choose that!!

  29. Desiree says:

    I love reading about them all…..I feel like I get to go back and be in that time. love all of your books because of that!! you are my top author!!!!

  30. Robyn B says:

    1890’s London!

  31. Christine C. says:

    I’m always a sucker for London, though Belle Epoque Paris is also a draw. Thank you for the opportunity!

  32. Angela Baugh says:

    I am feeling very rural Lincolnshire today.

  33. Mary says:

    1890s London, for sure!

  34. Cecile says:

    Belle Époque

  35. Tina Kersey says:


  36. Teresa says:

    Gilded Age New York for all its hopes and dreams!

    • Lauren says:

      What a good way of phrasing it! It’s a moment when the city does seem particularly alive with those hopes and dreams, moving and changing and bustling. (Even as some people are trying to cling desperately to The Way Things Were.)

  37. Karen says:

    Belle Époque Paris, just because I’ve been reading more in the other areas recently

  38. Connie Fischer says:

    What a great question to pose! I love all of those time periods and have read many books in each of them. But I admit that I am first drawn to 1890’s London. Sigh. I would be thrilled to read and review “The English Wife.” I have been really looking forward it. Fingers crossed and thanks for your giveaway.

  39. Michelle Giordano says:

    Glitzy Newport intrigues me. It’s such a neat town to walk through. I’ve been in 3 of the mansions there and you can just tell they are full of stories. If only walls could talk!

  40. Carri Mefford says:

    I would love to read a book from any of these times and locations! So a book with all of them sounds absolutely perfect to me! I cannot wait to get my hands on this book – it sounds unputdownable!

  41. Claire says:

    That’s a tough one, they all sound fascinating! But probably Newport (since I visited it recently) or 1890s London

  42. Sara M says:

    Oh god… that’s a hard one! If I had to pick, I’d probably say the Hudson Valley!

  43. Debbie says:

    I suppose London. ..but to only pick one!?

  44. Karissa Perkins says:

    1890s London!!

  45. I absolutely live for everything 19th century London!!! 🇬🇧

  46. Gilded Age NY for sure!!!

  47. Kayse says:

    Newport, all the way! My dad was stationed there in the late 80s, when I was born, and I’ve always had a fascination with the luxe “summer cottages” of the wealthy. I can even claim that I once lived in one of those mansions! (My parents briefly rented from one of the lesser mansions, which had been divvied into apartments).

  48. Kelley B says:

    Gilded Age Manhattan for sure!!!

  49. Sarah C says:

    1890s London would get my vote. So much going on!

  50. CAROL MARQUES says:

    Rural Lincolnshire sounds lovely

  51. Betty Strohecker says:

    I’ll add my name to those choosing Belle Epoque Paris. Don’t know much about that period, but I’m anxious to hear about all of them.

    Really looking forward to this book!

  52. Jenny Cobb says:

    Hi, Ms. Willig! I have always been intrigued by the Gilded Age NY, having taught The Great Gatsby for the last ten years! 💗

  53. Janet says:

    I would love to see Paris first, then 1890s London, what a fascinating time.

  54. Lora Lynn says:

    Lincolnshire! My sister married a Brit and is moving there soon! Where should she visit for me????

  55. Daniele K says:

    1890s London.

  56. Sara Jane says:

    Ooh 1890’s London!

  57. Marguerite Guinn says:

    I have been to Newport and can only imagine what it must have been like in the glory days! And Belle Epoque Paris must have been glorious! I think I would be most interested in seeing rural Lincolnshire or 1890s London.

  58. Caryn S says:

    Newport! And it sounds like a great book!

  59. Karen says:

    Tough choices!…I think – Guilded Age New York!!

  60. Kathleen swift says:

    Love the gilded age especially NY at this time.

  61. Jenni k says:

    Definitely London! I am so fascinated by that time in London!

  62. Carol Holdstock says:

    1890’s London but rural Lincolnshire interests me too.

  63. Carol Holdstock says:

    1890s London but rural Lincolnshire interests me too.

  64. Michelle Springer says:

    Why do I have to choose?!?? 😉 I would love to see them all!

  65. Brittany B says:

    Gilded Age New York! High society, high drama!

  66. Adeia says:

    Rural Lincolnshire!

  67. Kathy says:

    Rural Lincolnshire!!!

  68. Susan Gorman says:

    Hudson River scenes!

  69. Ellen Sheffer says:

    I was going to say Paris, as it’s the one I know least about, until you mentioned Cold Spring. I was born there and am agog to see how it appears in your book!

    • Lauren says:

      So fabulous that you were born there! Back in the days of Butterfield Hospital? (Which is, sadly, gone now.) While I was researching, I found a whole dissertation on Cold Spring in the 19th century– it was fascinating seeing the town from a whole new angle!

  70. Kimberly Mussell says:

    Definitely Newport!

  71. Julie says:

    The Gilded Age in NY really has my interest lately but I always love London!

  72. Danielle says:

    Hudson Valley mansions and and towns! Looking forward to reading it (winning or purchasing it on my own!)

  73. Annette Hunter says:

    1890’s England!

  74. Annette Hunter says:

    1890’s England.

  75. Amy Hawkins says:

    1890’s London❤️

  76. Katie Malik says:

    Belle Epoque Paris. But I do love London too

  77. Melissa says:

    Gilded age New York OR London which is my go-to always!

  78. LynnS says:

    As an Anglophile, I’m going to say 1890’s London. I’m also interested in reading about Tarrytown, though, because my parents lived there after they got married.

  79. Sue Hendrix says:

    1890s in London.😊

  80. Jane says:

    The houses. We lived in Fishkill, NY for several years. Love all the scenery in the area.

  81. Emilia Hald says:


  82. Jane says:

    I will always love 1890s London, but I have been on a Gilded Age stint here lately.

  83. Andrea Zucker says:

    Cold Spring! I spent many summers there working in a sleep away camp. It’s a beautiful area and I’d love to read more about it!

  84. Elizabeth MacBride says:

    Well, Illyria itself of course!!! Houses always tell you so much about the people who build them.

  85. LizC says:

    So excited for this book – lots of my favorite things to read about all in one place!

  86. Meredith says:

    Newport! I’d love to learn more about it

  87. Whitney says:

    I know it’s not the most glamorous but rural Lincolnshire would be a lovely place to spend the off season 😎

  88. Mommasue says:

    Whatever is the first location in the book. And then go as they appear. Of course, the more London the better.

  89. Jennifer says:

    I’m won over every time with London. Very much looking forward to your book. I recently had a real estate transaction with some Knickbockers lol.

  90. Jackie M. says:

    Hudson Valley seems to be on my brain lately — I’ve been reading quite a few of Carol Goodman’s books, and the Hudson Valley is a recurring setting. I can’t wait to see how it plays into The English Wife!

  91. Nadine says:

    Newport, because it’s near the ocean. But I’m a NYer, so NYC and Hudson valley are also really interesting g.

  92. Jennifer Reedy says:

    God save the queen!

    1890s London

  93. Sue Glass says:

    London, of course!!

  94. Samantha says:

    London, Paris, and New York are some of my favorite settings!!

  95. Amber says:

    Gilded Age NY

  96. Nancy Asmus says:

    I would have to go with 1890’s London, especially since I was just in London and dreaming about what it must have been like back them. ❤

  97. Bridget Erin says:

    Gilded Age New York

  98. Bridgette M Brigham says:

    I’m obsessed with that era and your books! I would like to learn more about the Hudson Valley. Thanks so much for sharing your story telling talent.

  99. Shannon says:

    I’m headed to London in the fall, so I’m looking for London-based inspiration!

  100. Kierstin says:

    London is my absolute favorite place in the world!

  101. Jackie says:

    My favorite is London

  102. Marian says:

    Belle Époque Paris is the place and time for me!

  103. JJT says:


  104. Bonnie K. says:

    I’m going with the mansions and towns of the Hudson Valley.

  105. Paula Scott says:

    London, or possibly Belle Époque Paris. Recently went to Paris, for first time and am enjoying reading books set there.

  106. Judy Keane says:

    Mansions and towns of the Hudson Valley, only because the location not often written about in novels and it would be a refreshing approach as far as location and history.

  107. Christy Kirby says:

    Most intriguing? Belle Epoque Paris

  108. Jani Brooks says:

    Newport, of course! I live in Newport, RI!! Can’t wait to read your view of it!

  109. Patricia Essig says:

    I must admit that I am torn…1890’s London and the Victoria. Era are iconic. If this book is a mystery like all of your others, (and I have read and/or listened to ALL of your books) then I wonder if there could be shades of Sherlock, but the romance of Belle Epoch Paris and the gilded age of NYC appeal as well.

    • Lauren says:

      Thanks, Patricia! It’s definitely that Sherlock era (can’t you just hear the theme to the Jeremy Brett series?) with hansom cabs and pea soup fogs, but the mystery bit takes place mostly in New York– and my heroine has a journalist for sidekick, rather than a professional detective. : )

  110. Margie Gallaway says:

    Any good English Wife would say London! (Or would she? ;))

  111. Courtney Tonokawa says:

    1890s London or rural Lincolnshire hold the most interest for me. But I also have a new fascination with Gilded Age Manhattan, so that could be fun too!

  112. Catherine says:

    I can’t wait to see all, but my first pick is Gilded Age Manhattan. Such an amazing period!

  113. Bekah says:

    All of them! But since we have to start somewhere, let’s go to London first :)

  114. Mandy Krumel says:

    Definitely 1890’s London!

  115. Erin Campbell says:

    Glided Age Manhattan The secrets hidden behind all the beauty intrigue me.

  116. Linda Robertson says:

    Belle Epoque, Paris—bien sûr.

  117. Sherri says:

    Belle Epoque Paris!

  118. New York–definitely!!
    Hey Lauren

  119. 1890’s London
    Hey Lauren!!

  120. Kate Eminhizer says:

    It would be so interesting to read this as memories from the sister when she was much, much older. As she remembers more, the unraveling of the marriage and its demise become me unveiled. Your works are brilliant Lauren!!! I am excited to get my hands on this!!!

  121. Melanie Weiss says:

    Gilded Age Manhattan, please!

  122. Kylene says:

    rural Lincolnshire

  123. Beth says:

    Any part of England!

  124. Gilded Age Manhattan sounds like a fun setting that I don’t get to read too much of. Thanks for the chance!

  125. Holly says:

    1890s London FTW!

  126. Claire says:

    I’d like to see some of the Hudson Valley of the Gilded Age. Edith Wharton always interested me. London’s always a good idea, too.

  127. Cathy says:

    London for sure!!!

  128. Anne Burner says:

    I have to say Belle Epoque Paris – mais oui!

  129. Dianna says:

    We want to see them all but least familiar with the Hudson Valley so I would like to start there…but still want to see and hear about them all!!! How will we ever be able to wait until January???

  130. Dianne Casey says:

    Tough choice, but I have to go with Newport.

  131. Jennifer says:

    1890’s London for sure!

  132. Jessica Baughman says:

    Any place and time in London. Pretty sure I was born there in a previous life. I would love to visit and it’s always held a special place in my heart!

  133. Angela says:

    Belle Époque Paris, of course.

  134. Sue Krekeler says:

    Gotta be Guilded Age New York. Well, New York in any age!

  135. Lisa Harper says:

    Hudson Valley. I grew up in New York State so it’s precious to me.

  136. Linda Comerford says:

    I like Gilded Age in New York!

  137. Amy says:

    Belle Epoque Paris! I have been fascinated with the era since I saw Gigi as a child!

  138. Belle Époque Paris sound tres chic! All I can think is Leslie Caron and Louis Jordan in Gigi! Oh… and, of course, Maurice Chevalier.

  139. Lauren Morris says:

    London at any time will always have my heart

  140. Laurice says:

    Rural Lincolnshire

  141. DJL says:

    Belle Epoque Paris! Bonjour, Paris :)

  142. Cora Hannold says:

    1890 London

  143. Cora Hannold says:

    1890’s London

  144. Margaret says:

    I always enjoy your books and am eagerly awaiting this new one. I’m looking forward to the settings in the Hudson Valley.

  145. Michele McGuire says:

    Paris! Or Maybe London.

  146. Rebecca B. says:

    I vote Hudson Valley, since I know nothing about that area. Sounds lovely though from what the other commenters are saying.

  147. Jayne Muir says:

    I’m going to go with the Hudson Valley. I grew up with the Trixie Belden series, so I’ll always have a soft spot for where the books were set.

    • Lauren says:

      Oh, the Trixie Belden books! I remember coming across those as a ten year old or so and feeling so thrilled that they were so close to home.

  148. Kerrie says:

    London forever has my heart but Newport is our summer jam so I’d love a Newport tale!

  149. Molly Laird says:

    I love 1800 London England

  150. Janie price says:

    I was able to tour a couple of the mansions in Newport years ago, so I would love to read about that area as well as London. Looking forward to the book !

  151. jennifer fairchild says:

    gilded age Manhattan only because I don’t read enough books from that period

  152. Barbara Beebe says:

    Paris, definitely!

  153. Jessica Dickson says:

    I just love Paris and the Belle Epoque period just sounds so romantic! Look forward to reading more about it in your book Lauren :-)

  154. Alexandra says:

    London has always and will always be my favorite city! This book sounds so good and I can’t wait to read it!!

  155. Diane says:

    My husband is from the Hudson Valley, so that is my choice.

  156. Stephanie Cuzzacrea says:

    I love the Hudson Valley! (But can’t wait to read about them all)

  157. Maria says:

    The Hudson Valley but I’m excited for all the places Janie is going to travel to!

  158. Sarah H says:


  159. Linda Lassman says:

    It’s a hard choice, but I think 1890s London because, well, London!

  160. Chelsea says:

    Toss up between Belle Epoque Paris and Gilded Age New York–love ’em both!!!!

  161. Kathleen says:

    I’d love to see Cold Spring!! I’ve enjoyed reading your books, and you’re “what I’m reading” posts have led me to some fabulous authors with whom i was previously unfamiliar! So thanks.

  162. Sharon Abraham says:

    Paris – anything in Paris is what will grab me first, but every one of these settings is intriguing to me. Looking forward to this!

  163. Alli Dunbar says:

    1890s London

  164. Ellen says:

    I am partial to Newport, particularly the late 1800s…the stories the city and mansions could tell. However, I think a setting in Ireland would be fantastic!!

    • Lauren says:

      No Ireland in this book, I’m afraid (just the places listed above in England, France, and the U.S.)– but the book that Beatriz Williams, Karen White and I just finished writing together has a section set in what used to be Queenstown and is now Cobh.

  165. Karleen Mauldin says:

    Hudson Valley!

  166. g finch says:

    glitzy newport!!!!

  167. Lauren H says:

    Ooh. Let’s start rural and then get progressively ritzier.

  168. Cyndy says:

    Glitzy Newport! Have visited several times there and am always fascinated with how life must have been “in the day”.

  169. Tara says:

    Belle Epoque Paris, of course! The Parisians would know how to sweep a scandal like that under the rug, smiling and pouring a glass of champagne.

  170. Jessica C says:

    Belle Epoque Paris!

  171. Erin Gehringer says:

    1890’s London for the win! :)

  172. Dana Palmieri says:

    Newport! I was just there yesterday! My step-daughter and briber r love going to the mansions every summer. That makes me so happy because I have been going since I was a little girl. Passing on the tradition!

  173. Savannah says:

    We see so much of the beautiful NY, Paris, and London. I’d love to see rural Lincolnshire, Hudson Valley, or Newport. Those are not as well known.

  174. Pat Dupuy says:

    All are interesting historical periods. Hard to choose! Eeny, meeny, miny moe. London.

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  176. Lauren says:

    So many apologies to everyone whose comments were stuck in my (strangely overzealous) spam filter! I’ve fished a bunch of comments out of there– and if you have any trouble posting, or don’t see your comment where it should be, just let me know!

  177. Jessica says:

    I’m torn between 1890s London and Gilded Age Manhattan. I’m sure both are gorgeous and hold a special place in the book.

  178. Jodi K says:

    Gilded Age Manhattan!

  179. Cathy Schneck says:

    Belle epoque France, bien sûr

  180. Antonia M Taylor says:

    They are all such wonderful places but my choice is Paris.

  181. Rachel Adrianna says:

    I love the chronological idea as well, although I’m a sucker for any rural English setting! SO EXCITED for another novel of yours, Lauren :) Each one is transporting and unique but they all have your lovely humor and capacity for well written characters. No surprise they’re my favorites!

  182. Cindy Smith says:

    1890s London! Can’t get enough!

  183. Meghan T says:

    Glitzy Newport will always have my heart!!!

  184. Paige B. says:

    I will vote for Belle Epoque Paris, but I can’t wait to see all of the places. I thought I couldn’t get more excited about this upcoming book, but hearing that these are all going to be settings has caused Excitement Level Midnight.

  185. Kathy Perry says:

    Would love to see Newport!

  186. Lindsey says:


  187. Beth Mills says:

    Going to be hard waiting for this one.Start with 1890’some London–though all sound enticing (and the Hudson Valley is my neck of the woods)

  188. Jennifer says:

    Gilded Age Manhattan – thanks for the contest! Would be so fun to read your new book on my honeymoon in a few weeks!

  189. Joan says:

    The Hudson Valley sounds interesting!

  190. Laurie blum says:

    Glitzy Newport

  191. Alice says:

    Newport! I love those gilded age mansions!

  192. Linda Greiss says:

    I vote for Cold Spring!

  193. Stacey J says:

    Manhattan The Guilded Age

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