The Child Wife is a novel by the English writer Mayne Reid, published in 1868. The novel takes place in the late 40s - early 50s of the XIX century. The work is based on real historical events taking place in Europe and America. The main character is Captain Maynard, who is looking for a wife. One of the problems of high society runs through all the works like a red thread: the desire to gain wealth and power in any way, especially if this way is to marry a rich heiress.