The Tea Planter's Wife

The Tea Planter's Wife

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''My ideal read - I couldn''t put it down'' Santa Montefiore
Dinah Jefferies'' unforgettable new novel, The Tea Planter''s Wife is a haunting, tender portrait of a woman forced to choose between her duty as a wife and her instinct as a mother...
Nineteen-year-old Gwendolyn Hooper steps off a steamer in Ceylon full of optimism, eager to join her new husband. But the man who greets her at the tea plantation is not the same one she fell in love with in London.
Distant and brooding, Laurence spends long days wrapped up in his work, leaving his young bride to explore the plantation alone. It''s a place filled with clues to the past - locked doors, a yellowed wedding dress in a dusty trunk, an overgrown grave hidden in the grounds, far too small for an adult...
Gwen soon falls pregnant and her husband is overjoyed, but she has little time to celebrate. In the delivery room the new mother is faced with a terrible choice, one she knows no one in her upper class set will understand - least of all Laurence. Forced to bury a secret at the heart of her marriage, Gwen is more isolated than ever. When the time comes, how will her husband ever understand what she has done?
The Tea Planter''s Wife is a story of guilt, betrayal and untold secrets vividly and entrancingly set in colonial era Ceylon.
%%% Dinah Jefferies'' unforgettable new novel, The Tea Planter''s Wife is a haunting, tender portrait of a woman forced to choose between her duty as a wife and her instinct as a mother...



Nineteen-year-old Gwendolyn Hooper steps off a steamer in Ceylon full of optimism, eager to join her new husband. But the man who greets her at the tea plantation is not the same one she fell in love with in London.



Distant and brooding, Laurence spends long days wrapped up in his work, leaving his young bride to explore the plantation alone. It''s a place filled with clues to the past - locked doors, a yellowed wedding dress in a dusty trunk, an overgrown grave hidden in the grounds, far too small for an adult...



Gwen soon falls pregnant and her husband is overjoyed, but she has little time to celebrate. In the delivery room the new mother is faced with a terrible choice, one she knows no one in her upper class set will understand - least of all Laurence. Forced to bury a secret at the heart of her marriage, Gwen is more isolated than ever. When the time comes, how will her husband ever understand what she has done?



The Tea Planter''s Wife is a story of guilt, betrayal and untold secrets vividly and entrancingly set in colonial era Ceylon.



''Dinah Jefferies has hit a home run with this fabulous novel'' Deborah Rodriguez



''A wonderful book, deeply touching and an unforgettable read that swept me away. I loved it.'' Kate Furnivall



''Dark secrets lie at every turn, hidden beneath layers of 1920s racism and the fearfulness of a crumbling colonial power, making for a thoroughly gripping tale. But what I loved most of all. . . is the moving way in which Dinah writes about the loss of children and the redemptive power of love.'' Liz Trenow



''Captivating, powerful and passionate'' Deborah Rodriguez on The Separation



''A richly detailed story... as intimate as a kiss and as sharp as the blade of a knife'' David Gilham on The Separation



''I simply didn''t want to put it down. Vivid and atmospheric - you can smell the tropics, feel the drenching heat...'' Isabel Wolff on The Separation
%%% Dinah Jefferies'' unforgettable new novel, The Tea Planter''s Wife is a haunting, tender portrait of a woman forced to choose between her duty as a wife and her instinct as a mother...



Nineteen-year-old Gwendolyn Hooper steps off a steamer in Ceylon
Publisher: London : Penguin Books, [2015]
Copyright Date: ©2015
ISBN: 9780241969557
Branch Call Number: FIC JEFFE D

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Memawrayne
Feb 03, 2019

I enjoyed this book almost as much as the author's other The Sapphire Widow. This one was much sadder but beautifully written. It definitely shows how important communication is between a wife and husband.

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lilypad_1
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.

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Ojeanclark
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!

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laphampeak
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.

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joyfulheart82
Jan 12, 2017

A great story fabulously written.

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Carolmac76
Dec 30, 2016

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

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brangwinn
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?

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SaturdayLibrarian
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.

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aliciamarie
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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