The Tea Planter's Wife

The Tea Planter's Wife

eBook - 2016
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#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.
Publisher: [S.I.] : Crown/Archetype, 2016
ISBN: 9780451495990
Branch Call Number: eBook
Characteristics: 1 online resource

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jilllib Oct 11, 2016

"Rebecca" set in Sri Lanka. What's not to like?

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Jul 21, 2017

One of my most enjoyed books this summer. I recommended it to a friend and was pleased to learn she, like me, read it in two settings!

May 16, 2017

The narrative takes us to exotic Celyon at a tea plantation run by English expats. The book is mainly a love story so it's easy to read as a slice of time and place. I would have enjoyed more depth of country or even more about the tea. Still an enjoyable read.

Jan 12, 2017

A great story fabulously written.

Dec 30, 2016

Great read. Kept my interest all the way to the end. Lots of twists and turns.

Dec 11, 2016

Romance readers will enjoy this story more than those who seek historical fiction. I enjoyed the book, but romance novels aren’t my first choice. Filled with lots of mysteries, Tea Planter’s Wife tells the story of a 19-year old English girl who joins her husband in Ceylon. An overbearing sister-in-law, a husband with a past he doesn’t want to talk about, friendships with people not considered worthy by the British tea planters, relationships with the native servants and struggles with how to run a house are dealt with this book. The lushness of Ceylon came alive in the words Jeffries wrote and my love of south Asia and its variety is what helped keep my interest in this book. I found the characters shallow and none of them were people with whom I would want to be friends. I couldn’t even work up compassion for Gwen, the tea planter’s wife. (Library Thing Review copy)

jilllib Oct 11, 2016

"Rebecca" set in Sri Lanka. What's not to like?

Sep 20, 2016

I'm only about halfway through this, but I'm enjoying it very much. It puts me in mind of Out of Africa. Sweeping, historical, romantic, drama, etc. A little bit of everything.

Aug 26, 2016

I can see this as a BBC mini-series: a great costume drama in a sumptuous colonial setting; wealthy landowners exploiting the over-worked poor; racial tensions between the latter; a multi-way romantic plot, including wicked sister and tragic loss.

d2013 Aug 02, 2016

Great storytelling... loved it!

Jul 26, 2016

"The Tea Planter's Wife" was such an enjoyable read! Dinah Jefferies filled the entire book with quality, descriptive writing to create a stunning historical drama. This story is based around a British family living on their tea plantation in the 1920s British colony of Ceylon (Sri Lanka). Jefferies' writing is full of detail and description while describing both the characters and the exotic settings.

If you follow my blog you know I love historical fiction novels. This novel, in particular, wasn't my normal era of historical fiction reads. I tend to stick to U.S. and U.K. settings pre, during, and after WWII. I wasn't at all familiar with 1920s Ceylon or the history that surrounded this area in regards to British rule during that time. Reading this story, I found myself swept up in history and scenery that Jefferies lays out for us. I had no problem imagining the character's dress, the plantation's architecture, the country's cultures, and the land's animals, vegetation, lakes and waterfalls.

The problems and mysteries enveloped throughout the story are timeless. The issues dealt with could very well be relevant in our modern world. The way certain character's inner thoughts and dialog went along with the problems they were facing felt true and real. The book flowed nicely, not too fast and not too slow. It is broken down into 4 parts, each part ending in a new plot twist. I did feel that the end was a bit sudden and abrupt and would have loved an epilogue for 10-20 years later in life.

I liked reading the author's acknowledgements and appreciated all she did to learn about the Sri Lanka tea trade during that time in history. Actually visiting the land written about in the story made the writing even more vivacious and detailed. I think without the author's knowledge and the extensive homework she did prior and during writing, this book wouldn't have felt so authentic. This was my first novel by Dinah Jefferies, but her talent for writing is impeccable and enjoyable. I look forward to reading her other books.

All in all, The Tea Planter's Wife is an elegant, mysterious, deeply-moving novel. A 5-star read for me! It is due to be released in the U.S. September 13, 2016 so pre-order now!

Thanks to Netgalley and Crown Publishing for allowing me the egalley to read and give my honest opinion!


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Jul 26, 2016

Nineteen-year-old Gwendolyn Hooper is newly married to a rich and charming widower, eager to join him on his tea plantation, determined to be the perfect wife and mother. But life in Ceylon is not what Gwen expected. The plantation workers are resentful, the neighbours treacherous. And there are clues to the past - a dusty trunk of dresses, an overgrown gravestone in the grounds - that her husband refuses to discuss. Just as Gwen finds her feet, disaster strikes. She faces a terrible choice, hiding the truth from almost everyone, but a secret this big can't stay buried forever


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