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 Planters Wife is a stunning read.
The way Dinah Jefferies writes is like reading poetry.. Beautifully descriptive and elegantly penned. I just curled up and got lost in Ceylon. This book should come with ‘scratch and sniff’ the sights and smells are deliciously rich and joyous.
Gwen is a woman who loves and cares, but secrets and mystery abound. There is love, friendship even racism. The exotic appeal of 1920s Ceylon captivated and delighted me.
Every character has a tale, Verity is mean and jealous, Fran a trusted cousin and Laurence.. well.. I thought he could have been more attentive to his young wife. Even the servants, butlers, maids and houseboys have their appeal.
The Tea Planters Wife is a passionate and interesting tale. I just loved it.
The imagery is brought to life by Dinahs ‘Pinterest’ page. The Buffalo Curd sounds divine and I want to fill my house with Incense.
A brilliant and satisfying read.
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