I really loved this book by the talented Janet MacLeod Trotter, who is no stranger to weaving a classic saga. Having really enjoyed reading The Tea Planter’s Daughter back in 2012 (one of my first Kindle books), I was delighted to be offered an advance copy of this second book in the Tea Planters trilogy (though it can be read standalone).
Orphaned at 6, Sophie has to leave her childhood home in India and live in Edinburgh with her mother’s sister, Aunt Amy. Whilst her aunt clearly loves her and does her best, Sophie is left with an overwhelming desire to return to the country of her childhood. Along with her cousin Tilly, they both secure a passage to India and the story really begins…
Beset with intrigue and peppered with a little bit of history, this historical tale has enough romance and traditional relationships for fans of historical sagas.
MetLineReader Rating: 4 🚇🚇🚇🚇
About this book
When Sophie is suddenly orphaned at the age of six, she is taken from her parents’ tea plantation, the only home she has ever known, to be raised halfway across the world in Scotland.
As the years pass and her exotic childhood becomes a distant memory, adventurous Sophie finds refuge in her friendship with her kind, shy cousin, Tilly. It is no surprise when the girls follow each other to India to embark on new adventures, new lives and new loves.
But the reality of 1920s India is far removed from their dream: the jungles are too humid and the breathtaking tea gardens too remote. And amongst the stifling beauty, intrigue abounds; while Sophie struggles with affairs of the heart, Tilly, alone in a difficult world, delves into the mystery of Sophie’s parents’ deaths. As the past begins to darken their friendship, will long-held secrets shatter everything they’ve ever striven for?
The Tea Planter’s Bride is published on June 21st by Lake Union Publishing and can be pre-ordered and purchased from Amazon UK. I would like to thank Netgalley, the author and the publisher for an advance review copy in exchange for a fair and honest review.