The Tea Planter’s Wife by Dinah Jefferies

Tea planters wifeThe Tea Planter’s Wife by Dinah Jefferies

U.K. : Viking, 2015.  421 pages.

Found on the Adult Fiction shelves at JEFFERIES

Plot Summary : Two newlyweds: practically strangers, deeply in love, and each hiding a secret from the other . . .

Nineteen-year-old Gwendolyn Hooper steps off a steamship in Ceylon eager to begin her new life as a married woman. But the husband who greets her is distant, secretive and brooding. Laurence is forever away working, leaving his young English bride to explore the vast tea plantation alone. Wandering into forbidden places, Gwen finds locked doors, trunks filled with dusty dresses, a tiny overgrown grave – clues to a hidden, unspeakable past.

Gwen soon falls pregnant and her husband is overjoyed, but in the delivery room she is faced with a terrible choice – one she must hide from Laurence at all costs. When the time comes to reveal the truth, how will he ever forgive what she has done? (Source: Publisher’s summary on Library Catalogue)

Review : A lovely historical novel set in colonial Ceylon, easy to read and poignantly written.

Reviewed by: Carolyn

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