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ENGLISH WIFE Goodreads Contest– Ending Today!

Friday, October 20th, 2017

Here’s what early readers on Goodreads have been saying about The English Wife….

“This book had so much to recommend itself. Romance, murder, family secrets…..everything that make it the perfect fall read. I found myself reading late into the night and not anticipating all the little twists and turns in the story. I was so hooked by about 30% through and I found annoyed when I had to put it down for something as trivial as sleep! Willig’s writing is witty, charming, and captivating. I loved this book on so many levels.” — The Lit Bitch

“The English Wife is a tantalizing, scandalous story; a masterful blend of suspense and historical fiction. I was completely engrossed from the very first page, completely and utterly surprised along the way! The characters in this book were so interesting, so full of life; they could have become caricatures, but instead were fully-fleshed out, complex and multi-layered.” — Susan Peterson

“Pre order this book now because if you don’t you will be kicking yourself. I really wish I could give it six stars. It was such a great story with enough twists and turns keeping you engaged until the last pages. I loved it all from the story to the characters and everything in between.” — Aida Alberto, Ninja Review Team

“The English Wife will not disappoint. The characters are complex and the plot twists fun and unpredictable.” — Carol

“I recently told a friend “I’m not really into thriller or mystery books”. Had I read The English Wife before that, I never would have said it. This suspenseful novel had me completely captivated from the beginning.” — Michelle

“This is officially my new favorite book, hands down!”
— Stacie

And there’s more!

St. Martin’s has fifty more advance copies up for grabs on Goodreads!

Have you entered to win your advance copy yet?

The English Wife


Friday, October 13th, 2017

St. Martin’s Press is giving away fifty advance copies of The English Wife on Goodreads!

For a chance to win, just click through to the Goodreads contest page between now and October 20th.

Here’s the official blurb:

The English WifeFrom New York Times bestselling author, Lauren Willig, comes this scandalous novel set in the Gilded Age, full of family secrets, affairs, and even 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 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?

“Willig creates a story that is full of rich historical details about the Gilded Age in New York—the jewels, the luxurious fashions, the opulent homes, and the scandal that lurked behind the beautiful exteriors. The mystery is not easily solved, and readers will find themselves guessing until the very end…. A dark, romantic mystery full of twists and turns.” — Kirkus Reviews

“[Willig] has a knack for creating sympathetic characters and fully fleshed settings, adding some juicy plot twists to this atmospheric period piece.” — Library Journal

“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

“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

Good luck!!

THE ENGLISH WIFE– Goodreads Give-Away!

Tuesday, September 5th, 2017

Summer may be over, but that doesn’t mean it’s all grim and glum. There are pumpkin spice lattes to look forward to, plaid skirts, and red, orange and yellow leaves… and 150 advance copies of The English Wife up for grabs on Goodreads!

Between now and September 16th, St. Martin’s Press is very generously handing out 150 advance copies of The English Wife.

So head over to Goodreads for a chance to get an early look at the book readers are calling “a gorgeous gem of a novel”, and “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.”

I can’t wait to hear what you think of it!

The English Wife

French Books Winner

Wednesday, July 12th, 2017

The winner of the bundle of books in French is…

Andra! (Of Comment #6.)

Congrats, Andra! If you let me know where to send them, I’ll pop your books in the mail to you.

So many thanks to everyone who entered for the wonderful French books/movie recs! I’ll be running a second contest on my Facebook author page tomorrow, so pop by there for another chance to win!


Sunday, July 9th, 2017

The winner of the advance copy of The English Wife is…

…Erin Gehringer! (Of Comment #172.)

Congrats, Erin! If you let me know where to send it, I’ll put your book in the mail to you.

As for settings, I still have to do a proper tally, but it looks like 1890s London may have narrowly edged out the Hudson Valley for my first background post. You’ll start seeing those here on the website soon, along with an excerpt and other fun things. (Hint: I still have two ARCs left.)

More coming up soon!

English Wife Preorder


Wednesday, June 21st, 2017

The winner of my extra copy of The Perilous Gard is…

Susan Craig! (Of Comment #10.)

Congrats, Susan! If you let me know where to send it, I’ll put your book in the mail to you. Happy reading!


Monday, June 19th, 2017

This Monday’s give away is a little bit different. This week’s book isn’t an advance copy. Quite the contrary. This is a book that first came out before I was born. But I’ve discovered that I have duplicate copies, so it seems only right to send one on to a good home.

So this week, I give you… Elizabeth Marie Pope’s The Perilous Gard.

Here’s the official (very short) blurb:

perilous gard In 1558, while exiled by Queen Mary Tudor to a remote castle known as Perilous Gard, young Kate Sutton becomes involved in a series of mysterious events that lead her to an underground world peopled by Fairy Folk—whose customs are even older than the Druids’ and include human sacrifice.

Highly recommended for fellow fans of Pamela Dean’s Tam Lin, Patricia C. Wrede’s Snow White and Rose Red, and anything faerie (with an “ae”) or Tudor.

So, for a chance to win my extra copy of The Perilous Gard, here’s your question: what’s your favorite oldie but goodie book?

The winner will be announced on Wednesday.


Wednesday, June 14th, 2017

The two winners of the e-copies of Chloé Duval’s Stolen Time are…

Deborah (of Comment #3) and Rachel Adrianna (of Comment #16)!

Congrats and happy reading to you both! Chloé will be in touch via email with your e-book link– so keep an eye out in your inbox!

Monday Give Away: STOLEN TIME

Monday, June 12th, 2017

I am delighted to report that our very own Céline (aka Chloé Duval), who many of you may know from this website community and Facebook, is celebrating the release of her first novel, Stolen Time!

Here’s the official blurb:

stolen-time-chloe-duvalIn a rural French village, a letter is delivered decades late, inspiring a young woman to try to reunite two star-crossed lovers . . .
Middle school teacher by day, romance writer by night, and group knitter on Tuesday evenings, Flavie Richalet leads a fairly uneventful life—until she receives a long delayed letter meant for a total stranger. Postmarked 1971, the yellowed envelope, addressed to an Amélie Lacombe, holds a fervent message of love and a marriage proposal, signed only with the initial E. Given her own fractured family history, Flavie is dreamily determined to learn what became of the couple…

Flavie’s inquiries lead her to a French seaside inn—and to E. himself, a true romantic who never forgot the girl who got away so many years ago. But his protective nephew, B&B owner Romaric, isn’t sure that trying to find Amélie after all these years is good for his uncle. At odds with the tall, dark, and impossibly passionate Romaric, Flavie must show him, and perhaps herself, that true love is timeless—and always worth waiting for…

Now I’d like to hand the floor over to the author, to talk about how she came to write her debut novel. Over to you, Céline/Chloé!

Hi, everyone, and thank you so much, Lauren, for allowing me to talk to your readers about my debut novel! Being a proud member of the Willig-maniacs family for quite some time now, I can’t tell you how honored I am to be here today, on the other side of the page!

First, let me introduce myself: my (pen) name is Chloé Duval, and I am a French-Canadian romance novelist – or at least, I try to be; sometimes, it feels like I am but the mere vessel through which the characters that have claimed possession of my brain get their stories out, if you see what I mean.

As a little girl, I loved fairy tales, and used to write stories about princes slaying dragons and freeing princesses from towers (any resemblance to any famous fairy tale would be completely fortuitous. Or maybe not). Then life, school, homework, studies took over, and I kind of let go of that creative side. Fast forward a *few* years later, when I started feeling my fingers tingling and the urge to write romantic stories came back to me with a vengeance. For a while then, I had discovered Lauren and the wonderful Pink Carnation series, and I *really* wanted to write stories that were as fascinating, as compelling, and as romantic as the Pink Carnation books were. I wanted to share the butterflies, and make people feel as happy as I was when I read them (and re-read them, and re-re-re-read them). I wanted to bring as much light into the world as Lauren brought into mine with her books. So, I wrote. And wrote again, when the first attempts didn’t work very well. And then, one day, two things happened. I saw Letters To Juliet, and heard about a postcard that made its way to its addressee quite a few decades after being mailed. Those two otherwise unrelated events made me start thinking… what if it was a love letter that got lost in the mail? What if in that love letter, a man asked a woman to elope with him, but she never received it? What if life kept them apart after that? What if… what if… Cheeks burning hot with excitement, my heart beating hard against my ribcage, I sat down with a pen and a notebook and started jotting down ideas, plots, character profiles, and that love letter that would be at the center of my story.

A few months later, Stolen Time was born, and then published (which in itself, was amazing enough), and then, acquired for translation into English (by then, I was pinching myself every other day just to make sure I wasn’t dreaming). And I have to admit, I am so in love with this story that I can’t tell you how happy I am that it happened, because it means I get to share it with readers, and that is the best feeling in the world.

Now, I’d love to introduce you to the story. I’m offering one ebook to two lucky readers! Just tell us in the comments… have you ever received something that wasn’t addressed to you? And if yes, what did you do?

Stolen Time makes its English language debut tomorrow, June 13th.

Happy book birthday, Céline/Chloé!

Good luck to everyone who has entered to win a copy. The winners will be announced on Wednesday.


Wednesday, June 7th, 2017

The winner of my advance copy of Alix Rickloff’s The Way to London is…

… Kelley B! (Of Comment #31.)

Congrats, Kelley! If you let me know where to send it, I’ll put your book in the mail to you. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!

Check back on Monday for a new give away– plus special guest post!