Wow, another stunning cover reveal in my favorite Historical genre from a new to me author but very familiar and favorite publisher Avon UK.
About the book:
Title: The Secret Wife
Author: Gill Paul
Publisher: Avon Books UK
Publishing: 25th August 2016
A Russian grand duchess and an English journalist. Linked by one of the world’s greatest mysteries . . .
Russia is on the brink of collapse, and the Romanov family faces a terrifyingly uncertain future. Grand Duchess Tatiana has fallen in love with injured cavalry officer Dmitri, but events take a catastrophic turn, placing their romance – and their lives – in danger . . .
Kitty Fisher escapes to her great-grandfather’s remote cabin in America, after a devastating revelation forces her to flee London. There, on the shores of Lake Akanabee, she discovers the spectacular jewelled pendant that will lead her to an extraordinary, long-buried family secret . . .
Haunting, moving and beautifully written, The Secret Wife effortlessly crosses centuries, as past merges with present in an unforgettable story of love, loss and resilience.
Gill Paul is certainly a popular author in the historical fiction genre. Though I am yet to read her work, a mistake which I tend to correct this year itself. And what better way to start then this very title.
Gill Paul is an author of historical fiction, specialising in relatively recent history. Her new novel No Place for a Lady, set during the Crimean War of 1854–56, is about the difficult relationship between two sisters, against a backdrop of the horrendous chaos of the British campaign and the development of nursing by Florence Nightingale et al. Other titles include Women and Children First,about a young steward who works on the Titanic, and The Affair set in Rome in 1961–62 as Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton fall in love while making Cleopatra.
Gill also writes a fully illustrated non-fiction series of Love Stories, each containing fourteen tales of real-life couples: how they met, why they fell for each other, and what happened in the end. Published around the world, this series is enormous fun to research and write.
Gill was born in Glasgow and grew up there, apart from an eventful year at school in the US when she was ten. She studied Medicine at Glasgow University, then English Literature and History (she was a student for a long time), before moving to London to work in publishing. She started her own company producing books for publishers, along the way editing such luminaries as Griff Rhys Jones, John Suchet, John Julius Norwich and Eartha Kitt. She also writes on health, nutrition, relationships and anything to do with history.
Gill swims year-round in an open-air pond – “It’s good for you so long as it doesn’t kill you,” she claims – and is a devotee of Pilates. She also particularly enjoys travelling on what she calls “research trips”.
Words by Bharti