The Secret Wife - Gill Paul

The Secret Wife

By Gill Paul

  • Release Date: 2016-08-25
  • Genre: Historical
Score: 4.5
From 189 Ratings


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

‘A cleverly crafted novel and an enthralling story… A triumph.’ DINAH JEFFERIES

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.

Perfect for fans of Kate Morton and Dinah Jefferies.


‘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 a Scottish-born, London-based writer of historical fiction and non-fiction. Her novels include Women and Children First (2012), which was shortlisted for an RNA award, The Affair (2013), and No Place for a Lady (2015), which was shortlisted for a Love Stories Award. Her non-fiction includes A History of Medicine in 50 Objects (2016), World War I Love Stories (2014) and Royal Love Stories (2015). Gill has written about relationships for a number of newspapers and magazines, and has an occasionally successful sideline in matchmaking. She swims year-round in an outdoor pond.


  • 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!