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The Silk Merchant's Daughter by Dinah Jefferies

The Silk Merchant's Daughter

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One of our Books of the Year 2016.

Dinah Jefferies has presented another beautifully told and vividly stunning tale, this time set in 1950’s Vietnam. The story revolves around 18 year old Nicole, half French and half Vietnamese, Nicole finds herself torn as war between the ruling French and indigenous population prowls ever closer. Nicole hovers between two men, both from opposing worlds, both with their own journey to take. It feels as though you are watching a wide framed view of history, from the personal perspective of Nicole, her disorientation and heartfelt feelings clamour and writhe from the pages. It is the moments of quiet that really set this story apart, the descriptions of the surroundings, of the small and simple but oh so important things that shape, colour and bring this world to such vibrant life. The colours, smells and heat are all within touching distance, allowing Vietnam to sit beguilingly in the background, adding depth and flavour to the story of Nicole. Visually and emotionally powerful, ’The Silk Merchant’s Daughter' is quite simply a gorgeous read. ~ Liz Robinson

Reader Reviews

In addition to our Lovereading expert opinion some of our Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review Dinah Jefferies previous novel, The Tea Planter's Wife. 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 Silk Merchant's Daughter by Dinah Jefferies

FROM THE NUMBER ONE BESTSELLING AUTHOR OF THE TEA PLANTER'S WIFE. Dinah Jefferies' stunning new novel is a gripping, unforgettable tale of a woman torn between two worlds...1952, French Indochina. Since her mother's death, eighteen-year-old half-French, half-Vietnamese Nicole has been living in the shadow of her beautiful older sister, Sylvie. When Sylvie is handed control of the family silk business, Nicole is given an abandoned silk shop in the Vietnamese quarter of Hanoi. But the area is teeming with militant rebels who want to end French rule, by any means possible. For the first time, Nicole is awakened to the corruption of colonial rule - and her own family's involvement shocks her to the core...Tran, a notorious Vietnamese insurgent, seems to offer the perfect escape from her troubles, while Mark, a charming American trader, is the man she's always dreamed of. But who can she trust in this world where no one is what they seem? The Silk Merchant's Daughter is a captivating tale of dark secrets, sisterly rivalry and love against the odds, enchantingly set in colonial era Vietnam.


'Beautifully written and heart-rending, this has a magical setting with a real sense of period' Katie Fforde on 'The Tea Planter's Wife

'A terrific emotional and atmospheric read' Elizabeth Buchan on 'The Tea Planter's Wife'

'Dinah Jefferies has once again created a gloriously atmospheric and tension-filled novel. Immensely enjoyable, poignant and compelling.' Isabel Wolff on 'The Tea Planter's Wife'

About the Author

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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14th July 2016


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Viking an imprint of Penguin Books Ltd


400 pages


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