Mrs. England

A Novel

by Stacey Halls

On Sale: 04/12/2022

Mrs. England

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Mrs. England

A Novel

by Stacey Halls

On Sale: 04/12/2022


About the Book

Simmering with menace, Mrs. England is a portrait of an Edwardian marriage, an enthralling tale of men and women, power and control, courage, truth and the very darkest deception.

West Yorkshire, 1904. A young Norland nanny named Ruby May is assigned to a remote estate to care for the children of a wealthy couple from a powerful mill dynasty. Ruby hopes it will be the fresh start she needs. Yet when she arrives at Hardcastle House, she finds the staff is hostile to her, and the lady of the house, Mrs. Lilian England, cold and withdrawn. The only person who seems solicitous is the gentleman of the house, Charles England, but in an uncomfortable way.

It doesn’t take long for Ruby to sense all is not as it seems, that the house holds a dark secret. But there's no such thing as the perfect family—Ruby herself should know. And she would be the last person to pry; after all, she is holding a dark secret of her own.

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Critical Praise

"Highly atmospheric and tense"-- Richard Osman, New York Times bestselling author of The Thursday Murder Club

Utterly compelling. Menacing and marvellously written, this is a hugely accomplished Edwardian chiller."--Daily Mail

"Shimmers with menace... enticing and beautifully written."--Sunday Express

"Mesmerising, entrancing, a spellbinding novel of emotion and mystery, a heroine caught in an impossible world of twists, turns and lies. Gripping to the very last page."-- Kate Williams, New York Times bestselling author of Becoming Queen Victoria

"Outstanding. Haunting, compelling, atmospheric" --Emma Stonex, bestselling author of The Lamplighters

"Full of gothic menace, this Edwardian mystery is convincing and absolutely enthralling."--Louise Hare, author of This Lovely City

"Both dazzling and dark, as beautiful as it is disturbing. A captivating, sensuous novel."-- Inga Vesper, author of The Long, Long Afternoon

"In precise and evocative prose, Stacey Halls has conjured a devastating, compelling and utterly real world. I was gripped from start to finish."--Joanna Glen, Costa shortlisted author of The Other Half of Augusta Hope

"Jaw-droppingly brilliant. Exquisitely written, incredibly atmospheric, a masterclass in rising tension. The deliciously addictive love-child of Daphne Du Maurier and Henry James."-- Liz Hyder, author of Bearmouth

"Brilliant. An utterly gripping exploration of female fortitude in adversity, with a propulsive, atmospheric plot. Ruby is a wonderful protagonist."-- Caroline Lea, author of The Glass Woman


“The new Hilary Mantel!” --Cosmopolitan

‘‘A rich and atmospheric reimagining of a historical period rife with religious tensions, superstitions, misogyny and fear…. Now with so many high profile men claiming to be victims of a witch hunt, it’s good to understand what a real one feels like.”--New York Times Book Review

" An intricate and sensitive portrayal of a brave, tenacious young girl carving her place in the world. A must-read novel.”—Heather Morris, New York Times bestselling author of The Tattooist of Auschwitz

“A mesmerizing historical novel that deftly plumbs a darkly textured tapestry of so-called justice to reveal the real crimes being carried out against society: poverty, hunger, hopelessness, misogyny, and that mother of all-time high crimes, abuse of power.“–Seattle Review of Books

“An intriguing story about a fascinating period of history full of brilliant female characters.”—Libby Page, author of The Lido

“Enthralling, spellbinding, terrifying, full of twists and turns, written with heart and soul.”—Kate Williams, New York Times bestselling author of Becoming Queen Victoria


"Vividly evoked."--Kirkus Reviews

“Fantastic storytelling.”—Good Housekeeping

"Halls tackles motherhood in all its forms with grace and insight."--Booklist

“Halls’s mysterious tale is full of intrigue. This is a page-turner with a satisfying and harmonious ending.” –Library Journal

"A gripping tale of motherhood, loss, and redemption. Hall’s distinctive characters and scrupulous historical detail drop us into a rich, Dickensian world full of desperation and lies, and shows us just how far a mother will go to hold onto her child."--Serena Burdick, International bestselling author of The Girl With No Names

 "If you loved The Familiars, you won't be disappointed. A gripping and moving read." ? Libby Page, bestselling author of The Lido

"Dragged me along in its narrative wake. Another gripping, immersive, intelligent work of historical fiction from the bestselling author of The Familiars. ? Kiran Millwood Hargrave, author of The Mercies

"A masterpiece of storytelling--a perfect, captivating mystery that expands to ask big questions about love and motherhood, all while maintaining the breathless pace of a thriller, and the stunningly vivid and well-researched detail of the very best historical fiction. I can't recommend it highly enough. ? Katie Lowe, author of The Furies

"I was completely swept up in this novel... the central mystery of a missing child gradually plays out as a tenderly observed study of grief and loss, while offering the possibility that love will indeed find a way. ? Amanda Mason, author of The Wayward Girls -


Product Details

  • ISBN: 9780369719195
  • ISBN 10: 0369719190
  • Imprint: MIRA
  • On Sale: 04/12/2022
  • Pages: 400
  • List Price:22.99 CAD
  • BISAC1 : FICTION / Historical
  • BISAC2 : FICTION / Feminist
  • BISAC3 : FICTION / Family Life
  • BISAC4 : FICTION / Contemporary Women

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