Book Title: The Tea Planter’s Wife
Author: Dinah Jefferies
Publication Date: September 3rd 2015
Genre(s): Romance, Historical Fiction, General Fiction (Adult)
Format Received: Paperback
Goodreads: Nineteen-year-old Gwendolyn Hooper is newly married to a rich and charming widower, eager to join him on his tea plantation, determined to be the perfect wife and mother. But life in Ceylon is not what Gwen expected. The plantation workers are resentful, the neighbours treacherous. And there are clues to the past – a dusty trunk of dresses, an overgrown gravestone in the grounds – that her husband refuses to discuss. Just as Gwen finds her feet, disaster strikes. She faces a terrible choice, hiding the truth from almost everyone, but a secret this big can’t stay buried forever . . .
My Review: What a stunning read. So exotic. The storyline focusing on many a cultural differences throughout the 1920s and 1930s draws you in, leaving you breathless. The story flows at such a pace – and I know this is a cliche – but I couldn’t put this book down, I finished it in 3 sittings. AND I know I’ve finished it but I’m left wanting more. I’m wondering what will happen to the characters now. I think this novel would be fabulous turned into a tv adaptation.
About the Author: In 1985, the sudden death of Dinah Jefferies’ fourteen year old son brought her life to a standstill. She drew on that experience, and on her own childhood spent in Malaya during the 1950s to write her debut novel, The Separation. The guns piled high on the hall table when the rubber planters came into town for a party, the colour and noise of Chinatown, the houses on stilts, and the lizards that left their tails behind. Now living in Gloucestershire, Dinah once lived in Tuscany working as an au pair for an Italian countess; she has also lived in a ‘hippy’ rock’n roll commune based in an Elizabethan manor house, but started writing when she was living in a small 16th Century village in Spain.