Cover reveal: The Secret Wife by Gill Paul

By | May 15, 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.

I am so looking forward to this book! I have a real “thing” about books with a Romanov connection – when I visited St Petersburg a few years ago I felt like all my birthdays and christmases had come at once, and spent my whole stay with a smile on my face. I always love stories with a dual time frame – and I have a particular passion for love stories with a dual time frame. And when the book is written by Gill Paul – one of the loveliest authors I’ve ever had the pleasure to meet – I just had to be part of the cover reveal today. And what a cover – it’s really beautiful. The Secret Wife will be published by Avon on 25th August in paperback and for kindle (available for pre-order) – and I can hardly wait… 

Gill Paul is an author of historical fiction, specialising in recent history. Gill’s other novels include Women and Children First about a young steward who works on the Titanic; The Affair, set in Rome in 1961–62 as Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton fall in love while making Cleopatra; and No Place for a Lady, about two Victorian sisters who travel out to the Crimean War of 1854–56 and face challenges beyond anything they could have imagined.

Gill also writes historical non-fiction and a 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 includes Royal Love Stories, World War I Love Stories and Titanic Love Stories.

Gill was born in Glasgow, 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. 

Gill swims year-round in an open-air pond – “It’s good for you so long as it doesn’t kill you”– and is a devotee of Pilates. She also particularly enjoys travelling on what she calls “research trips” and attempting to match-make for friends.

Follow Gill on Facebook and Twitter: she also has an excellent website.