The Tea Planter's Wife

The Tea Planter's Wife

A Novel

Book - 2016
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1920s Ceylon (now Sri Lanka). Gwendolyn, a young Englishwoman, marries Laurence, an older widower and tea plantation owner. At first Gwen finds it hard to adjust to the customs and racial issues, but on discovering she is pregnant Gwen is determined to be a good mother and a support to her husband. When Laurence's sister Verity visits, questions are raised about Laurence's first marriage and secrets about his past.
Publisher: New York :, Crown,, [2016]
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2015
ISBN: 9780451495976
Characteristics: 418 pages ; 25 cm


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Apr 18, 2018

The author describes Ceylon and its environs in such beautiful detail I want to go soooo bad. I found the story itself to be distressing in several parts but there were redeeming parts also. I just loved the writing and hope the author writes more.

JCLMelodyMK Sep 21, 2017

We read this book for our 1929 book group and most of our group found it well written and very descriptive with some good twists at the end. The way the natives were treated was very interesting.

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.

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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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