A Russian grand duchess and an English journalist. Linked by one of the world’s greatest mysteries . . .
Love. Guilt. Heartbreak.
Russia is on the brink of collapse, and the Romanov family faces a terrifyingly uncertain future. Grand Duchess Tatiana has fallen in love with 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 makes her flee London. There, on the shores of Lake Akanabee, she discovers the spectacular jewelled pendant that will lead her to a 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.
What does TWG think?
I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion. Big thank you to the publishers for allowing me to read the ARC of this book!
As soon as I saw the cover of ‘The Secret Wife’, I knew I wanted to read it. The cover, whilst simple, made me extremely curious, after all, we all have our own secrets, right? Never did I think that the secrets within this story would be so complex and emotional. Relationships bound to secrecy to ensure their safety, as well as secret relationships that hurt other people due to their own selfish choices.
But what happens when a family members past unlocks great history as well tragedy and multiple secrets?
‘The Secret Wife’ switches between 1914 and 2016, enlightening the readers to the tragic events of Russia’s history during those years. Whilst also opening readers eyes to the complexity of certain relationships and the consequences those relationships could entail if the wrong person, or people, became aware. You can’t help who you fall in love with, and Dmitri and Tatiana weren’t any different.
I don’t usually read historic fiction, but, because my curiosity got the better of me, I just had to give this book a try. It also meant that this was the first book of Gill Paul’s that I had ever read. It is without a doubt that the topic of Russia’s history was researched with sensitivity and honesty, bringing to life tragedies. It is probably my naivety, but I guess I wasn’t quite aware of the life or death situations people were faced with back in the day. Reading about those events made me incredibly emotion and rocked me to the core.
Add all of those feelings to the present day and the storyline creates such a whirlwind read. Kitty Fisher has had her own fair share of heartbreak thanks to a moment of idiocy. But, unknown to her, she begins to uncover another treasure chest of emotion, one that will either make her see her life in a completely different way, and open her eyes to the true reality of her great-grandfathers life. Or, the contents of the emotional treasure chest will break her heart in a way that it has never been broken before.
Despite my moments of confusion and some parts of the book being quite difficult to read, I love the way that Gill Paul has written about such tragic moments in history.
‘The Secret Wife’ is a historic masterpiece entwined with complex levels of emotion that I never knew was possible to reach. Devastating yet intense, ‘The Secret Wife’ sheds a light on the true meaning of love and the lengths people went to, to protect their loved ones, regardless of the consequences.
The Secret Wife by Gill Paul, published by Avon books, is available to buy now from Amazon UK.
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