With our big thanks again for Penguin Random House for allowing us copies of Dinah’s latest novel, having previously read her novel The Separation we were excited to see what her latest work would bring.

Set in 1920s Ceylon this time Dinah takes on a journey with Gwen.  At 19 years old she meets and ends up marrying an older widowed tea planter.  Beginning a new life with her husband in Ceylon she soon finds that this new life is not all that it first seemed when she discovers a secret which overshadows her new life, but she too has her own secret and it’s the secrets that weave in and out of this story as we see whether Gwen can make her relationship work.

Dinah has a magical way of writing which draws you into the place and times in the back – it’s very obvious that she’s well researched the background of Ceylon during the time of this story and when you’re reading you really do find yourself there part of the story, seeing and smelling and journeying along with the characters page by page.

I really did caught up in this story, it’s so difficult to put the book down once you begin, Dinah casts a web around you and you’re in for the long haul here!  It’s an emotional roller coaster but one hell of a ride!

 

More about Dinah Jefferies at Compelling Reads:

 

The Separation, exclusive extract: http://compellingreads.co.uk/the-separation-dinah-jefferies/

Dinah Jefferies Q & A http://compellingreads.co.uk/dinah-jefferies-q-a/

The Tea Planter's Wife Book Cover The Tea Planter's Wife
Dinah Jefferies
Penguin
3rd September 2015
Paperback
448

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.

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