September 2, 2016

The Tea Planter's Wife by Dinah Jefferies

Book Title: The Tea Planter's Wife
Author: Dinah Jefferies
Publisher: Penguin
Published Date: 2015-09-03 (418 Pages, Paperback)
Genre: Historical Fiction, Fiction, Historical
Romance, Cultural, Asia, Mystery, Adult, India, 1815-1948 British Ceylon
Category: Adult Fiction
Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from +LibraryThing Early Reviewier for an honesty review.
Description: 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 mysterious sweet, loving story.  It starts out with Gwen coming to Ceylon to be with her husband.

You go allow with Gwen with her struggles and learning curves of being a mother and wife to her twins and what is going on with Ceylon culture.

When one of her children is colored she does not know if it was her husband or someone else's child. She fights with herself when she gives her daughter to a village. That is when she gives birth to her twins. She has a household servant named Naveena.

Gwen had to deal with not only decision to what she made but also her sister in law. She dealt with that and her raising her son. You are lean so much history and culture of Ceylon at that time as well.  You meet  Tamil and Sinhalese worker that were part of Tea Plantation.

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