The Tea Planter’s Wife
by Dinah Jefferies
Editor: Penguin Books Ltd
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THE NUMBER A SUNDAY TIMES bestseller “My ideal read – I could not put it down” Santa Montefiore Dinah Jefferies unforgettable new novel, The Woman Planter Tea is a haunting, tender portrait of a woman forced to choose between her duty as a woman and her instinct as a mothernineteen-year-old Gwendolyn Hooper, not a steamer in Ceylon full of optimism, eager to join her new husbandBut the man who welcomes her to the tea plantation is not the same as she fell in love with, in LondonFar and dark, Laurence spends long days wrapped in her work, leaving her young wife to explore the plantation alone.It’s a place filled with clues about the past – locked doors, a yellow wedding dress in a dusty trunk, a fallow land hidden in the park, much too small for an adultGwen soon gets pregnant, and her husband is overjoyed, but she has little time to celebrate.In the delivery room the new mother faces a terrible choice, she knows no one else in the upper class of the game to understand – and especially LaurenceForced to bury a secret at the heart of her marriage, Gwen is more isolated than ever.When the time comes, how her husband ever understand what she didWoman Planter Tea is a story of guilt, treason and unspeakable secrets in a vivid and entrancingly defined way in the Ceylon colonial era.
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