About the Author
Dinah Jefferies was born in Malaysia and moved to England at the age of nine. Her idyllic childhood always held a special place in her imagination, and when she began writing novels in her 60s, she was able to return there – first in her fiction and then on annual research trips for each new novel. Dinah Jefferies is the author of four novels, The Separation, The Tea Planter’s Wife – a Number One Sunday Times bestseller, The Silk Merchant’s Daughter and Before the Rains. She lives in Gloucestershire.
About The Tea Planter’s Wife
#1 International bestselling novel set in 1920s Ceylon, about a young Englishwoman who marries a charming tea plantation owner and widower, only to discover he’s keeping terrible secrets about his past, including what happened to his first wife, that lead to devastating consequences
This summer, I have really invested a lot of my personal me-time in to reading great books for self-care, relaxation, and just to have peace of mind. I really believe that when I have the time to indulge in a wonderful book, that is when I am in my happy place ! I simply adored this book! This was a remarkable novel. It had an amazing story line from start to finish.
Young newlywed Gwendoline is off to begin a new life with her mysterious and conniving new husband Laurence, on a massively large tea plantation in Sri Lanka, a country renowned for its strong and flavorful teas. Having lived an abundant life of comfort. Gwen is surprisingly confronted with relationship obstacles in her married life. Gwen is soon feeling overwhelmed in a very large home with servants available to care for her every need.
However, she feels very uncomfortable and uneasy at her husband’s reluctance to spend quality time with her. At the same time her untrustworthy sister-in-law is in the backroom taking notes on her every move on a daily basis.
Gwen soon discovers secrets hidden within the plantation grounds, but soon she becomes overcome by her own unexpected pregnancy, which brings along a whole different set of circumstances for this torturous couple. Suddenly, Gwen is the one hiding secrets too!
I really loved the writing style of this book, and felt completely enthralled with the writer’s descriptions of the character, setting, plot, and all the twists and turns on each page of the book.
Jefferies invested a lot of time in researching the time period and the divide of the rich and poor, and the working class and the upper class. The storyline held my interest from the very first page of this international best selling novel.
My heart began aching for Gwen from the very first time that she arrived on the tea plantation. I look forward to continue to read more books from this amazing author! I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.