The Tea Planter's Wife

by Dinah Jefferies

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LoveReading View on The Tea Planter's Wife

September 2015 Book of the Month.

Chosen as a Richard and Judy Book Club selection Autumn 2015.

An exotically intense, vibrant and memorable tale, set in Ceylon from 1925 and covering a period of eleven years. Nineteen year old Gwen discovers an unfamiliar world both physically and emotionally when she leaves England to be with her new husband. Gwen enters a testing arena, conflict comes in many forms and destructive secrets convulse corrosively just out of reach. Dinah Jefferies opens up Ceylon for our viewing, tasting and touching pleasure, she describes this vivid land and customs quite beautifully, while settling the story gently within its midst. The characters are portrayed realistically, mistakes are made and hidden, guilt and suspicion become damaging companions. Written with true eloquence and compassion The Tea Planter’s Wife is a profoundly moving and engaging novel. ~ Liz Robinson

Liz Robinson

The Tea Planter's Wife Synopsis

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. Captivating, powerful and passionate. (Deborah Rodriguez on The Separation). A richly detailed story...as intimate as a kiss and as sharp as the blade of a knife. (David Gilham on The Separation). I simply didn't want to put it down. Vivid and atmospheric - you can smell the tropics, feel the drenching heat... (Isabel Wolff on The Separation).

The Tea Planter's Wife Reader Reviews

In addition to our Lovereading expert opinion some of our Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review this title. You can click here to read the full reviews.

  • Vicki Sharman - 'What a beautifully written, atmospheric book. It takes you back to the sights and sounds of 1920’s Ceylon- you can see the rich colours and imagine life alongside Gwen.'
  • Tracey Copeland - 'I enjoyed this saga, beautifully written atmospheric book.  You are transported back to 1920’s Ceylon, sounds, sights and smells.'
  • Jane Macleod - 'The story gripped me from the start and I couldn’t wait to finish it to find out if the mystery and secrets were resolved in the end.  A brilliant read.'
  • Linda Hill - 'A perfect book for the beach or curled up by the fire, I thoroughly enjoyed 'The Tea Planter's Wife'. The plot flies along and is totally engaging. I really wanted to know what would happen next.'
  • Barbara Goldie - 'Treat yourself to a trip to Ceylon, smell the spices and feel the heat as secrets unfold.'
  • Sarah Harper - 'The sights, smells and sounds of 1920’s Ceylon are brought alive in this evocative and absorbing read. Highly recommended.'
  • Janette Skinner - 'A well written book which is paced just right and keeps you reading till the very last word. There are gems of description of a Ceylon tea plantation and the seasons, the wild life and the rain.'
  • Victoria Goldman - 'In The Tea Planter's Wife, I was well and truly transported back to 1920s Ceylon. The sights, sounds and aromas all come alive in this well-written emotional and tragic story.'
  • Lisa Wise - 'I was captivated with this book from the first few pages.  The story twists & turns & pulls you in, so much so I could not put the book down!'
  • Caroline Mathews - 'A beautiful, sweeping novel set in colonial 1930s Ceylon with characters you'll really grow to love.  Very atmospheric.'
  • Suzanne Millar - 'I enjoyed this sensitive yet provoking narrative which was beautifully told.'
  • Janet Gilliard - 'The story is well written with a secret at the heart of it. I couldn't wait to find out what happened. I highly recommend this book.'
  • Alli Batten - 'A sad but interesting read.'
  • Jacki Moorcroft - 'A beautifully written book set in 1920's Ceylon. The story of a young wife, her husband's sudden moodiness, his overbearing sister and a secret which threatens to destroy everything.'
  • Sandra - 'A sweeping story of love, loss and secrets set in Colonial Ceylon.'

The Tea Planter's Wife Press Reviews

'Beautifully written and heart rending, this has a magical setting with a real sense of period.' -- Katie Fforde, bestselling author of A French Affair

Captivating, powerful and passionate -- Deborah Rodriguez on The Separation 

'A richly detailed story... as intimate as a kiss and as sharp as the blade of a knife' -- David Gilham on The Separation

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ISBN: 9780241969557
Publication date: 03/09/2015
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9780241969557
Publication date: 3rd September 2015
Author: Dinah Jefferies
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 448 pages
Genres: Books of the Month, Reader Reviewed Books, eBook Favourites, Family Drama, Historical Fiction, Relationship Stories,
Categories: Historical fiction,

About Dinah Jefferies

Dinah Jefferies was born in Malaysia and moved to England at the age of nine. She has worked in education, lived in a commune and exhibited work as an artist. Dinah's first novel,The Separation, was published by Viking in 2014; The Tea Planter's Wife is her second novel. She is a contributor to the Guardian and other newspapers and lives in Gloucestershire with her husband.

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