Review: The Tea Planter’s Wife

Title: The Tea Planter’s Wife

Author: Dinah Jefferies

Date of Publication: August 27th, 2015


Goodreads Summary:

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 . . .

My Review:


What drew me into reviewing this book was first the cover, and second I love anything tea, so drawing me in with that title worked.

The book started off with Gwen who leaves her home to go off and live with her husband who she has just married. Thinks don’t start off as great as she thought they would in this new place, and eventually there is a discovery and Gwen makes one of the hardest choices of her life.

Throughout the book the writing was really well done, but for me there was just too much description. Sometimes it feels better just to get straight to the point. Gwen and Lawrence could have both made better choices throughout the book. I did however like Lawrence though. Gwen, I am still angry with.

There were some interesting twists and turns throughout the book that held my interest, but the book was just an okay read for me.



Dinah Jefferies was born in Malaysia and moved to England at the age of nine. She worked in education, lived in a commune and exhibited work as an artist before deciding to follow her dream of becoming a writer after losing her retirement fund in the financial crash; to motivate herself, Dinah stuck Post-its around her house saying ‘you will write a bestseller!’ Dinah Jefferies is the author of three novels, The Separation, The Tea Planter’s Wife – a Number One Sunday Times bestseller – and The Silk Merchant’s Daughter. She lives in Gloucestershire.


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


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