Val Wood

The Lonely Wife
  • The Lonely Wife

  • A powerful story about a woman's struggle in a loveless marriage, from the Sunday Times bestselling author Val Wood.

    1850: Beatrix is just eighteen when her father tells her she is to marry a stranger. Upon meeting her future husband and seeing the the marital home, Beatrix falls in love with the house in East Yorkshire and, with little choice, agrees to the match.

    But she does not fall in love with the man... Charles has chosen her simply to meet the requirements of his inheritance and has little interest in his young wife or their marriage.

    Soon, the only spark in Beatrix's lonely life is her beloved children. But to leave her husband would be to leave them behind too...

    Powerless, Beatrix must find strength in desperate times. Can she fight against her circumstances and claim what is rightfully hers?

Since winning the Catherine Cookson Prize for Fiction for her first novel, The Hungry Tide, Val Wood has become one of the most popular authors in the UK. Born in the mining town of Castleford, Val came to East Yorkshire as a child and has lived in Hull and rural Holderness where many of her novels are set. She now lives in the market town of Beverley. When she is not writing, Val is busy promoting libraries and supporting many charities. In 2017 she was awarded an honorary doctorate by the University of Hull for service and dedication to literature. Find out more about Val Wood's novels by visiting her website: