The Tea Planter s Wife International bestselling novel set in s Ceylon about a young Englishwoman who marries a charming tea plantation owner and widower only to discover he s keeping terrible secrets about his past

  • Title: The Tea Planter's Wife
  • Author: Dinah Jefferies
  • ISBN: 9780241969557
  • Page: 194
  • Format: Paperback
  • 1 International bestselling novel set in 1920s Ceylon, about a young Englishwoman who 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 consequencesNineteen year old Gwendolyn Hooper is newly married to a rich and charming widower, eager to 1 International bestselling novel set in 1920s Ceylon, about a young Englishwoman who 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 consequencesNineteen 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.

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    1. The Tea Planter’s Wife by Dinah Jeffries is a 2015 Penguin publication. I was provided a copy of this book by the publisher and the LIbraryThing early reviewer program. The Tea Planter’s Wife is an exemplary novel, written with a lush literary prose, which pulls me deep into the landscape and historical setting of colonial Ceylan. Gwen, only nineteen, marries Laurence, a widower, after a whirlwind romance. Laurence is a tea planter running a successful plantation, and Gwen is determined to l [...]

    2. 2.75★Thank you to NetGalley & Crown publishing for an advance copy of this book. I liked the setting of early 1900s Ceylon, the descriptions of the land, people, and tea of course. It starts with a mystery and jumps ahead 12 years later. A young naive bride has arrived to begin life with her widowed husband on his tea plantation. Things get off to a rocky start. Secrets, a questionable sister-in-law, then more secrets are lurking, and new acquaintances with their own agendas are untrustwor [...]

    3. 4.5★sAt nineteen years of age Gwendolyn Hooper was young to be leaving home and venturing half way across the world to live in a new country. But her recent marriage to Laurence meant leaving her home in London and joining him in Ceylon where he owned a large and prosperous tea plantation. Her journey by sea was long and tiresome but her excitement was great. Her arrival though was fraught with worry and concern when Laurence wasn’t there to meet the ship. When a young coloured man by the na [...]

    4. I buddy read this book with Erin, Stephanie, and Heather! The Tea Planter's Wife is about a young woman named Gwen who arrives in Ceylon to start her new life as a married woman to a tea planter named Laurence who is a widower. But, before we get to met Gwen is there a prolog about a woman with a small child and I wondered what the woman would have for connections to the story. Gwen meets on the ship Savi Ravisinghe and I was worried for a while that this would turn out to be a love-triangle, bu [...]

    5. When 19 year old newly wed Gwendolyn arrives in 1920's Ceylon to join her much older husband Laurence, the owner of a tea plantation, she is excited and looking forward to her new life. However, the reality is far from what she expected. Laurence seems to have changed towards her, he is no longer as loving and seems to be withdrawing from her; her youth and inexperience make her ill equipped to cope with him and the household responsibilities she is now expected to take on. She is unaccustomed t [...]

    6. Realno brižnih 2.5Dosadno :-/ Kao da gledam niskobudžetni tv film, ili neku od onih turskih serija. Joj! :-(

    7. *Thank you to Crown Publishing and NetGalley, for the advance copy of The Tea Planter's Wife. It's expected publication date is September 12, 2016 in North America. Reserve your copy! Dinah Jeffries takes us on a journey to Ceylon, once a British Protectorate and home to the English who travelled the seas to find their fortune on large tea plantations, coddled by Indian waitstaff in luxurious surroundings, served by a huge cheap labour force in their fields and drying rooms but often caught prec [...]

    8. Nineteen year old Gwendoline sets out for Ceylon to meet up with her new husband. She initially finds him very different to what he had been in London. She struggles to deal with the changes, as well as the different culture and attitudes towards Sinhalese and Tamil people. Never having been to this part of the world, I particularly enjoyed the setting of Ceylon and the insights into life on a tea plantation and the making of tea. The novel also covers the difficulties and problems of different [...]

    9. The cover drew me in. The storyline kept me reading, and the setting, made me want to pack my bags. The characters were richly described and as I said before, the setting was lush and amazing. I found the story a little long winded on occasion but then I would get caught up in the locale. The historic value was great and it shared the story of a life I knew nothing about. I think it told a beautiful story that captured the heart of the characters and their life. Dinah Jefferies did a wonderful j [...]

    10. Too long. Too many insipid and under IQ'd people. Beautiful place, lush descriptions, time period that jazzed and yet with all 3 of those elements, the characters were mere outlines. Ceylon and the tea lines, the "pluckers", the severe cultural and racial divides, the horticulture possibilities! With all of that in such high tide levels, you'd think she could have gotten the protagonists and especially some of the under characters to seem actual, real. For me, not at all.This might have been wri [...]

    11. Lots of things about this book bothered me. Firstly the heroine is the one magical white woman who isn't awful to the native workers on her husband's tea plantation. Rather than actually explore the lives of those workers in any meaningful way, the author chose to focus on the super messed up rich family who owns the plantation. The way the workers are exploited is discussed but in a fairly superficial way. Had the book been set in the Southern U.S. on a slave plantation this would clearly be in [...]

    12. I really enjoyed this story and its beautiful exotic setting. I also loved having a little of the basic background behind how the tensions between the majority Sinhalese and the minority Tamils developed and later (after the book has finished) escalated into the civil war that lasted for many years. THE TEA PLANTER'S WIFE is set between the two world wars and is told from the point of view of Gwen – the tea planter’s young wife. When she arrives she is in her late teens and so in love with h [...]

    13. Find this and other reviews at: flashlightcommentary.Book reviewers are typically solo acts. We pick our books, read our selections, post our thoughts and repeat. We obviously enjoy it, but a lot of us crave debate and discussion when analyzing literature which is what led a small group of my friends and I to commit to a buddy read.The selection process, as you might imagine, was rather amusing. Four book junkies, rifling through their TBRs, submitting title after title in hope that something wo [...]

    14. Wow! This was a remarkable novel. It's only right that it holds such a high rating on GoodReads, and is a number one Sunday times bestseller. I absolutely loved it from start to finish. Young newlywed Gwendoline is off to join her older husband, Laurence, on the plantation he runs in Sri Lanka, a country renowned for its strong teas. Having lived a life of relative comfort, Gwen is soon comfortable in the large home with servants available to care for her every need. However, she feels uneasy at [...]

    15. 3.5 stars This is the story of a nineteen year old girl, Gwen, who travels to her new husband's, Laurence, tea plantation in Ceylon in 1925. She settles into a new life in a new country with only a few bumps. The setting is beautifully brought alive by the author and you can close your eyes and see the vivid landscape. The tea plantation is also brought to life and the process of making tea is actually quite fascinating. Still Ceylon is a colony so there's conflicts with the natives and the work [...]

    16. Bez obzira na onu staru mudrost da se „knjiga ne sudi po koricama“ u slučaju „Supruge vlasnika plantaže čaja“ upravo je naslovnica bila ta koja mi je „zapela za oko“ kada sam prvi puta vidjela najavu za ovu knjigu Onda sam brzo išla provjeriti što piše u sadržaju, čisto da budem sigurna da se ne radi o nekom tipičnom „ne podnosimo se, a onda shvatimo da se ludo volimo“ ljubiću koje ja baš i ne ljubim,🙈 iako sam nekako od prve imala osjećaj da je ova knjiga (puno) v [...]

    17. Ξεκίνησα να διαβάζω αυτό το βιβλίο με τη σκέψη "τουλάχιστον είναι εποχής,άρα να ένα καλό από μόνο του" και το τέλειωσα συγκλονισμένη. Πραγματικά,μακάρι ΚΑΘΕ βιβλίο που διαβάζουμε στη ζωή μας να μας προκαλεί ΤΕΤΟΙΑ συναισθήματα!Στην κριτική μου για το βιβλίο στο site "Βook City" νο [...]

    18. When I read the description of the story, I was intrigued with the premise and it is not often I read have a chance to read fiction stories about tea plantations in the British colonies. This story’s setting takes place in Ceylon. My first thoughts were I hope the author blends in facts about tea production and the relations between the British and the natives. We know that history teaches us that the British mistreated the natives often and used them horribly.I read this story as a buddy read [...]

    19. I didn't really enjoy this book. It was very, very slow. It did get quite interesting in the middle, however quickly lost my interest again. I found myself considering giving up around 20%, again at 40% and even at 70%! A lot of good reviews, so probably just not the book for me.

    20. I can see this as a BBC mini-series: a great costume drama in a sumptuous colonial setting; wealthy landowners exploiting the over-worked poor; racial tensions between the latter; a multi-way romantic plot, including wicked sister and tragic loss. But the original book will disappoint.I found myself predicting the major plot features quite early in the book, right down to the final reveal. I even told friends "if x happens then I will throw the book away". It did, but I carried on to see just ho [...]

    21. 2.5/5 starsI received this digital copy on a read to review basis. Many thanks to Dinah Jefferies, Penguin Books and NetGalley.The Tea Planter's Wife is a story of a young woman, Gwen who marries a gentleman where they settle to live in Ceylon and as you can guess from the title of the story, becomes the wife of a tea planter. The story involves mystery, uncertainty, love, happiness, sadness, jealousy and family secrets. Everything is fine until Gwen gives birth and that's when all the questions [...]

    22. Mi-a plăcut foarte mult felul în care e scrisă povestea, cu descrieri şi detalii care te duc cu gândul la tehnica cinematografică. A fost ca şi cum mă uitam la un film, vedeam în faţa ochilor toate imaginile. Nu prea ştiu unde să încadrez cartea asta, ca să fiu sinceră. Acţiunea e interesantă, subiectul captivant, dar sunt prea multe scene de sex în stil "romane ieftine de amor" ca să facă din ea o lectură serioasă. E o carte bună de vacanţă, asta e sigur, eu am terminat [...]

    23. This book still harkens back to English colonialization in Asia. The young, fresh Englishwoman leaving her home in England for the exotic foreign land, of Ceylon. Her tea planter husband with secrets of his own which stem from the death of his first wife. A diabolical sister in law who has her sights set on an agenda that does not include interference from her brother's second wife. Fractured relations with the workers on the plantation who chafe at English sovereignty and poor working condition [...]

    24. Na početku, nakon prvih 50-tak stranica, već sam htjela odustati, činilo se da je da to samo još jedan usporeni i predvidivi ljubić, a onda sam osjetila trag misterije, trag nečega što me je podsjetilo na omiljeni roman Rebeka. Nastavila sam čitati i nisam se ipak pokajala. Priča je zanimljiva, smještena u egzotični Cejlon (današnju Šri Lanku) 20-tih godina prošlog vijeka, u doba velikih previranja, borbe za nezavisnost od Britanske imperije ovog regiona i stoga podsjeća na odlič [...]

    25. I was so disappointed in this story. A contrived plot and not a single character I liked. It started off with a nice prologue that hinted of a mystery, but then fell apart. Even the location couldn't save this one for me. Being told of the bright blue skies, birdsong in the air, a beautiful lake and the scent of cinnamon and jasmine in the air did not transport me to Ceylon of the 1920s. The big mystery was so obvious from the beginning. I really can't recommend it.

    26. What a beautifully written, atmospheric book. It takes you back to the sights and sounds of 1920’s Ceylon- you can see the rich colours and imagine life alongside Gwen.Gwen joins her husband on a tea plantation after they marry- but life isn’t how she’d imagined it would be. Secrets and tensions are all around her and sadness pervades. The characters are so well drawn you can imagine sitting down to ‘tea’ with them.It educates you on a different culture and era and expectations of the [...]

    27. "Nitko joj nije rekao da biti majka znači živjeti s ljubavlju toliko bezuvjetnom da vas ostavlja bez daha, i sa strahom toliko užasnim da vas protrese do dubine duše. A nisu joj ni rekli koliko su ta dva osjećaja bliska." Sinoć sam završila ovu knjigu, nisam baš oduševljena kako sam očekivala da ću biti, malo me je smorila tema iako mi se sviđa vrijeme u kojem se radnja dešava. Moglo je ovo puno bolje. Ocjena između 3,5 - 4 :).

    28. They do say the second book, album etc is always the hardest but not so in the case of The Tea Planters Wife by Dinah Jefferies. In fact this book has only reaffirmed for me what a wonderfully talented, skilful author Dinah really is. I hope she continues to write in the historical fiction genre as she is adept at bringing the past to life. It's hard to believe that this is only her second book as it so well written with an engaging storyline that builds and builds to what was a jaw dropping con [...]

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