The Tea Planter's Wife: A Novel

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Crown, Sep 13, 2016 - Fiction - 448 pages
#1 INTERNATIONAL BESTSELLER • 1920s Ceylon: A young Englishwoman marries a charming tea plantation owner and widower, only to discover he's keeping terrible secrets about his past, including what happened to his first wife, that lead to devastating consequences

In this lush, atmospheric page-turner, nineteen-year-old Gwendolyn Hooper has married Laurence, the seductively mysterious owner of a vast tea empire in colonial Ceylon, after a whirlwind romance in London. When she joins him at his faraway tea plantation, she’s filled with hope for their life together, eager to take on the role of mistress of the house, learn the tea business, and start a family. But life in Ceylon is not what Gwen expected. The plantation workers are resentful, the neighbors and her new sister-in-law treacherous. Gwen finds herself drawn to a local Sinhalese man of questionable intentions and worries about her new husband’s connection to a brash American businesswoman. But most troubling are the unanswered questions surrounding Laurence’s first marriage. Why won’t anyone discuss the fate of his first wife? Who’s buried in the unmarked grave in the forest? As the darkness of her husband’s past emerges, Gwen is forced to make a devastating choice, one that could destroy their future and Gwen’s chance at happiness.

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User Review  - VanessaCW - LibraryThing

This is a delightful story set in Ceylon during the 1920s/30s. A recently married young English girl is looking forward to starting a new life with her husband on a tea plantation. However, as time ... Read full review

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User Review  - amaraki - LibraryThing

A typical romance novel; eminently forgettable in terms of story line -- and rather far-fetched at that. The only interesting parts were the descriptions of society in ceylon during the early 20th c. (class and ethnic differences etc). Read full review

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The New Life
The Struggle
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About the author (2016)

Dinah Jefferies was born in Malaysia and moved to England at the age of nine. The Tea Planter's Wife is her US debut.

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