Title: The Tea Planter’s Wife
Author: Dinah Jefferies
Goodreads Summary:“In this lush, sexy, atmospheric page-turner, a young Englishwoman, 19-year-old Gwendolyn, marries a rich and seductively mysterious widower, Laurence Hooper, after a whirlwind romance in London. When she joins him at his Ceylon tea plantation, she’s certain she’ll be the perfect wife and, someday, mother. But life in Ceylon is not what Gwen expected. The plantation workers are resentful, the neighbors, and her new sister-in-law, treacherous. Gwen finds herself drawn to a Singhalee man of questionable intentions and worries about the propriety of her husband’s connection to an American widow. But most troubling are the terrible secrets in Laurence’s past that soon come to light and force Gwen to make a devastating choice. What happened to his first wife? And will the darkness of his past destroy their marriage and Gwen’s chance at happiness? Set in rich and exotic 1920s Ceylon, The Tea Planter’s Wife is an utterly engrossing, compulsive page-turner that climaxes with more than one heartbreaking twist”
The Good: This was a great book that had me hooked from the start. I couldn’t put it down and fell in love with the characters. I cheered for them; my heart broke for them, and I got incredibly angry at them. These characters are complex and you truly feel like they are people you know personally. Add in the major plot twists and this is a book you won’t be able to resist. This unforgettable story will leave you thinking long after the final page. I can see why this book spend sixteen weeks on the bestseller list in the UK.
The Bad: The beginning dragged a little and I wasn’t sure I was going to like it. Since the characters were Brittish and English in the early 1900’s they weren’t people I could really relate to so that made it a little more difficult at first too. I am unfamiliar with the county of Ceylon or the British history, making parts less relatable; however, it did make it more interesting and informative.
Recommendation: I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys historical romances or historical fiction. Though this is a historical romance, there is so much more to this book than romance.