I absolutely loved this book, a real gem. Deftly transporting you to Ceylon, this is the tale of Gwen and Laurence, ably supported by a cast including Naveena, Verity, Fran and Savi. Beautiful narrations of the landscape and the emotions of Gwen, this story sweeps you under its spell. I really felt for Gwen and her anguish and didn’t predict the ending at all!
One of my 2015 favourites.
MetLineReader Rating: 4.5* (Jubilee) Highly recommended!
More about this book
Dinah Jefferies’ unforgettable new novel, The Tea Planter’s Wife is a haunting, tender portrait of a woman forced to choose between her duty as a wife and her instinct as a mother…
Nineteen-year-old Gwendolyn Hooper steps off a steamer in Ceylon full of optimism, eager to join her new husband. But the man who greets her at the tea plantation is not the same one she fell in love with in London.
Distant and brooding, Laurence spends long days wrapped up in his work, leaving his young bride to explore the plantation alone. It’s a place filled with clues to the past – locked doors, a yellowed wedding dress in a dusty trunk, an overgrown grave hidden in the grounds, far too small for an adult…
Gwen soon falls pregnant and her husband is overjoyed, but she has little time to celebrate. In the delivery room the new mother is faced with a terrible choice, one she knows no one in her upper class set will understand – least of all Laurence. Forced to bury a secret at the heart of her marriage, Gwen is more isolated than ever. When the time comes, how will her husband ever understand what she has done?
The Tea Planter’s Wife is a story of guilt, betrayal and untold secrets vividly and entrancingly set in colonial era Ceylon.
My thanks to Penguin UK and Netgalley for the advance copy in exchange for a fair and honest review. This book is available for purchase from Amazon.