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The Sapphire Widow

by Dinah Jefferies

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LoveReading Expert Review of The Sapphire Widow

Another intensely vivid and expressive tale from Dinah Jefferies, on this occasion set in 1930’s Ceylon. All of Dinah’s books can be read as standalone novels, however ‘The Sapphire Widow’ is visited by characters from ‘The Tea Planter’s Wife’ so perhaps start there (though you certainly don’t have to). Louisa Reeve has her life torn apart after the unexpected death of her husband, as she tries to understand the hidden part of the man she loved, she finds a potential new life opening up before her. Dinah has the ability to create beauty and pain with the written word, to evoke feelings and to open minds. The pages waft scent, flavour, sound, I could almost stop, breathe in, and let the words settle around me. The story flows allowing you unfettered access, unease skittered across my awareness, heightening my anticipation and concern. ‘The Sapphire Widow’ is a gorgeous captivating tale full of emotion, and it took me outside of myself into a different world. ~ Liz Robinson

Liz Robinson

The Sapphire Widow Synopsis

A sweeping, breath-taking story of love and betrayal from the Number One Sunday Times bestselling author of The Tea Planter's Wife Ceylon, 1935. Louisa Reeve, the daughter of a successful British gem trader, and her husband Elliot, a charming, thrill-seeking businessman, seem like the couple who have it all. Except what they long for more than anything: a child. While Louisa struggles with miscarriages, Elliot is increasingly absent, spending much of his time at a nearby cinnamon plantation, overlooking the Indian ocean. After his sudden death, Louisa is left alone to solve the mystery he left behind. Revisiting the plantation at Cinnamon Hills, she finds herself unexpectedly drawn towards the owner Leo, a rugged outdoors man with a chequered past. The plantation casts a spell, but all is not as it seems. And when Elliot's shocking betrayal is revealed, Louisa has only Leo to turn to...

About This Edition

ISBN: 9780241303771
Publication date: 5th April 2018
Author: Dinah Jefferies
Publisher: Viking an imprint of Penguin Books Ltd
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 400 pages
Collections: 50+ Novels That Explore the Wonders of Asia,
Primary Genre Historical fiction
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The Sapphire Widow Press Reviews

'Dinah Jefferies has a remarkable gift for conjuring up another time and place with lush descriptions, full of power and intensity.' -- Kate Furnivall

'Packed with colour, history, atmosphere and plenty of twists and turns, this is a lush, escapist read' - Sunday Express 

'My ideal read - I couldn't put it down' -- Santa Montefiore 

'Beautifully written and heart-rending' -- Katie Fforde 


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ISBN: 9780241303771
Publication date: 05/04/2018
Format: Paperback

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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. Dinah Jefferies is our Putting Authors in the Picture feature for March 2019. Click here to read more about her author journey on our blog.

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