The Secret Wife - Gill Paul

The Secret Wife

By Gill Paul

  • Release Date: 2016-08-25
  • Genre: Historical
Score: 4.5
From 511 Ratings



** The USA Today Bestseller**
**The number one Kindle bestseller**

‘A cleverly crafted novel and an enthralling story… A triumph.’ DINAH JEFFERIES, author of The Tuscan Contessa

Love. Guilt. Heartbreak.

1914: 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 . . .

2016: 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.


‘A marvellous moving adventure, full of vivid colour and atmospheric detail. If you loved POLDARK you’ll love this!’ Lulu Taylor

‘Like VANITY FAIR crossed with POLDARK… Stunning epic’ Claudia Carroll

‘A terrific adventure story, full of romance and atmospheric detail – a great escapist read’ Liz Trenow

‘NO PLACE FOR A LADY is a gripping historical read about two sisters caught up in the Crimean War: one a young bride following her soldier husband, the other her sister who signs up as a nurse to try and rescue her sister. It's a story of love, both romantic and sibling, against a backdrop of a vividly created historical setting, with an ending which is at once uplifting and heartbreaking I couldn't put it down.’ Julia Williams

‘A galloping good story’ Natasha McEnroe, director of the FLORENCE NIGHTINGALE MUSEUM

‘A wonderfully imagined peek into the fabulous excesses of the Burton-Taylor relationship, from booze-fuelled spats to their intoxicating chemistry’ Hello

‘A stunning new voice – I was hooked from the first sentence of the prologue. With beautifully drawn characters and sensitive detail – THE AFFAIR draws you in and you won’t want it to end. An accomplished, energetic, original new voice in fiction’ Kate Kerrigan

‘Loved WOMEN AND CHILDREN FIRST. Interesting it deals with the aftermath / guilt / angst of surviving TITANIC – gripping read’ Chrissy Iley

‘A warm-hearted and engaging novel that breathes fresh life into the well-known tragedy of the TITANIC" Amanda Brookfield

‘Paul keeps the narrative up, making a virtue of pace Guardian
‘A sexy, pacy, thoroughly modern novel’ Ham & High

‘Enough twists and turns to keep even the most devious plotmaster turning the pages as rapidly as possible’ Evening Gazette (Middlesborough)

About the author

Gill Paul is an author of historical fiction, specialising in the twentieth century and often writing about the lives of real women. Her novels have topped bestseller lists in the US and Canada as well as the UK and have been translated into twenty languages. The Secret Wife has sold over half a million copies and is a book-club favourite worldwide.

She is also the author of several non-fiction books on historical subjects. She lives in London and swims year-round in a wild pond.


  • Great Read

    By Amhbowwn
    Amazing Book, starts a little slow with the back and forth between the past and present. Keep reading definitely worth the wait to see how it all unfolds.
  • Kept My Interest Til The Last Page

    By Eating good
    Well written, great story.....what if?
  • The Secret Wife

    By Chrkat
    Amazing. Simply. Couldn’t put it down!
  • Amazing

    By Gator_mom
    One of the best books I’ve ever read!!!!
  • Great book!

    By nlb1013
    I loved this book. It’s a beautiful love story told along with history of the time period. I didn’t want to put it down. Wonderful read!!
  • Amazing!!!!

    By Mochapin93
    An amazing book! The characters are all so dynamic and unique! I couldn't put it down and didn't want it to end! Would definitely recommend this title! Cannot wait to read more of her work!