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The Wife's Tale by [Wells, Christine]
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Length: 421 pages Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled Page Flip: Enabled
Language: English

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An unforgettable novel that transports the reader from modern-day Australia to the windswept Isle of Wight and the courtrooms of London in the 1780s.

With her marriage on the rocks, workaholic lawyer Liz Jones agrees to visit Seagrove, a stately home on the Isle of Wight, while she quietly investigates its provenance on behalf of a client. When she discovers Seagrove is linked to a notorious eighteenth-century court case, Liz becomes fascinated – not only by the house and its history, but also by its current owners.

In the winter of 1789, the infamous Delany Nash scandalised London when details of her alleged affair with her husband's brother were aired in a public courtroom.  Yet her journals reveal an extraordinary woman's tale of passion, betrayal and heartbreak.

Captivated by Delany's story, Liz delves into her research but the more she uncovers, the more she risks jeopardising the future of everyone at Seagrove. For there are dark secrets that surround the house, and when the truth emerges the repercussions will echo down through the centuries.

The Wife's Tale is a mesmerising story of love, loyalty and sacrifice.


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1833 KB
  • Print Length: 421 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin eBooks (2 May 2016)
  • Sold by: Penguin Australia Pty Ltd
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01CC5PGPO
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Not Enabled
  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #34,133 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)

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Liz Jones, a corporate lawyer, is about to take a much needed one-month holiday with her husband Tony, followed by a two month break to renovate their home. They are due to leave in a few hours when Liz’s boss, Nick ‘phones her. He wants to meet her to discuss some urgent business. Liz should have ignored the call, but she thought she had enough time to meet with Nick before travelling to the airport. Nick has a job for Liz, which involves travel to the Isle of Wight. Nick wants to buy a property there. And, after she misses the plane and can’t contact Tony, Liz decides to accept Nick’s job.

Liz travels to the Isle of Wight, to the Seagrove estate, where she is to stay as a guest in a cottage while delving into the past on Nick’s behalf. Seagrove, Liz finds, is linked to a notorious eighteenth century court case. While Liz tries to find out more about the infamous Lady Delany Nash, she comes to know the present owner, Lord Theo Nash, his sister Gemma, his daughter Maddie and his fiancée Valerie.

Two separate stories unfold in this novel. First there is Liz’s story in the present which involves the current inhabitants of Seagrove, and the eighteenth century story of Lady Delany Nash which largely comes to light through her journals. And what is the truth? Did Lady Delany Nash have an affair with her husband’s brother?

Ms Wells writes an absorbing story. While the present-day ending is largely predictable (and no less enjoyable for that), it was Lady Delany Nash’s story which particularly held my attention. Moving between the two stories kept me turning the pages, wanting to know what would happen next. Would Lady Delany Nash be vindicated? Would Theo stay with Valerie? Could the present-day Nash family save Seaforth?
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Amazon.com: 4.9 out of 5 stars 8 reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars The wife's tale 31 July 2016
By Debra Tomsett - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I couldn't read the book fast enough. I love books with happy ending and the villains get their just desserts.
5.0 out of 5 stars Following the two story lines, waiting for one to complete the other. 31 July 2016
By Mrs. Christine Mann - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Loved it.
4.0 out of 5 stars ‘Strange the way life can change in an instant.’ 6 June 2016
By Jennifer Cameron-Smith - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
Liz Jones, a corporate lawyer, is about to take a much needed one-month holiday with her husband Tony, followed by a two month break to renovate their home. They are due to leave in a few hours when Liz’s boss, Nick ‘phones her. He wants to meet her to discuss some urgent business. Liz should have ignored the call, but she thought she had enough time to meet with Nick before travelling to the airport. Nick has a job for Liz, which involves travel to the Isle of Wight. Nick wants to buy a property there. And, after she misses the plane and can’t contact Tony, Liz decides to accept Nick’s job.

Liz travels to the Isle of Wight, to the Seagrove estate, where she is to stay as a guest in a cottage while delving into the past on Nick’s behalf. Seagrove, Liz finds, is linked to a notorious eighteenth century court case. While Liz tries to find out more about the infamous Lady Delany Nash, she comes to know the present owner, Lord Theo Nash, his sister Gemma, his daughter Maddie and his fiancée Valerie.

Two separate stories unfold in this novel. First there is Liz’s story in the present which involves the current inhabitants of Seagrove, and the eighteenth century story of Lady Delany Nash which largely comes to light through her journals. And what is the truth? Did Lady Delany Nash have an affair with her husband’s brother?

Ms Wells writes an absorbing story. While the present-day ending is largely predictable (and no less enjoyable for that), it was Lady Delany Nash’s story which particularly held my attention. Moving between the two stories kept me turning the pages, wanting to know what would happen next. Would Lady Delany Nash be vindicated? Would Theo stay with Valerie? Could the present-day Nash family save Seaforth? Would Nick achieve his objective? And what about Liz?

‘The Wife’s Tale’ is a blend of historical and contemporary fiction, with elements of mystery and romance. A perfect rainy day read.

Note: My thanks to NetGalley and Penguin Books Australia for providing me with a free electronic copy of this book for review purposes.

Jennifer Cameron-Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars I absolutely loved this book 22 October 2016
By Beverley Eikli - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
I absolutely loved this book. I bought the paperback version which became quite dog-eared as I read it on planes, making dinner and in the bath. Just couldn't put it down! There are two storylines that are equally compelling, and I was really impressed by the true-to-life tone and voice of the eighteenth-century characters. It was a great contrast to the voice, tone and pace of contemporary heroine's modern day world.

The characters just leapt off the page - from both time periods - and I loved the blend of the good, the bad and the ugly. The dilemmas faced by the modern heroine and the eighteenth-century were very specific to their individual time periods which made for great contrasts, and there were also universal difficulties faced by both which pulled together the threads of the two storylines in a very rich and satisfying way.

It's a book I'm recommending to all my friends.
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely loved it! 13 May 2016
By Brenda Telford - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
On the morning of her departure on a one month holiday with husband Tony, lawyer Liz Jones received a call from her boss Nick to call in – he had important business to discuss. Liz knew she should ignore him; after all the time with Tony was important now more than ever. But feeling she had time before the plane’s departure she did the right thing (by Nick anyway). Upon missing her plane and being unable to contact Tony, both then and in the days to follow, Liz departed Australia for the Isle of Wight to do Nick’s bidding at the beautiful old home of Seagrove.

As Liz began to know the current inhabitants of Seagrove – Lord Theo Nash, his sister Gemma and daughter Maddie, plus the Jacksons who worked in the house and grounds, she also came up against the formidable Valerie, Theo’s fiancé. But her involvement in the research of a bygone era fascinated Liz – the life of Lady Delany Nash and the notorious court case which had shocked London and surrounds in the 1780s captured her. Liz knew she had to investigate every inch of this woman’s life – after all Delany was directly involved in Seagrove and what had happened.

As Liz read the journals written by Delany, she felt herself drawn deeply into the time and era of the Nash family. She was shocked at how Delany was treated; horrified by the actions of her husband. But with Nick’s continued instructions, Liz was torn – she no longer felt she could do what he wanted her to; her reason for being at Seagrove had changed. What was she to do? Liz’s thoughts kept returning to Delany and her plight of long ago – she needed to find out what had happened…

Wow! What an absolutely amazing novel The Wife’s Tale by Aussie author Christine Wells has turned out to be! I loved it and can say without doubt it is the best historical fiction novel I have read in a very long time. Beautifully written, the characters are so well crafted that I felt I knew them all. I felt a deep empathy for Delany Nash, and was completely immersed in the lives of the current Nash family at Seagrove as well as Liz. The Wife’s Tale is a fascinating and intriguing novel which I have no hesitation in recommending highly – I’ll be looking for more from this author.

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