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)

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