Monday, August 28, 2017

The Tea Planter's Wife

I love reading a good book when I get a bit of relaxing time. Usually at night when my kids are in bed. Let's face it. I'm a busy mom and finding time to read is just hard. I currently have 5 bookshelves just over flowing with stories waiting for my hungry eyes to delve into their adventures. I was given a copy of  The Tea Planter's Wife by Dinah Jefferies. to review and I couldn't wait to sink my teeth into it.


Excerpt from Goodreads:
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....

Even though  the book started off slow, it really picked up the pace the more I got into it. This book has a lot of twists and turns to it.  It took me a bit to get through it only because I just was too busy to sit down and read in one setting like I usually do. What's nice is that when I did come back to reading the book, I could easily pick up where I left off. The book has 3 sections to it, so it was easy to navigate. I found I was really rooting for the main character Gwen.  She starts off the book kind of meek and really flowers into a woman who can hold her own.

I was a bit lost on the city of Ceylon. When I started  reading I actually thought the characters came from London to the states.  I couldn't place the city, so I had to look it up. I found out Ceylon is now known as Sri Lanka. I really wish the author would have included that into her novel. 

If you are looking for tender hearted romance novel that has some twists and turns in it, then this is a book for you.  I genuinely liked this book and can't wait to read more from Dinah Jefferies. 

I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.

Best Wishes,
Michelle


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