Book Review: The Tea Planters Wife by Dinah Jefferies

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The Tea Planter’s Wife is about a young English woman who heads to Ceylon to a tea plantation to meet up with her husband. While on the ship, waiting for her husband, she meets up with a nice young man, Savi. The problem, his skin color is different and on the island of Ceylon friendship with anyone of a skin color opposite their own is strongly discouraged. Her life on the tea plantation is not without strife, with her husband hiding from her about his first wife’s demise and then the stress of childbirth.

I did enjoy this book, the start of the book with her losing her purse in the deep waters to the end. The way Jefferies spun her tale and wrote with details often times had me there in Ceylon with her. But there were many characters whom I was introduced to, but never really got to know. Fran, Verity, Savi, Christina, Laurence, Naveena. Each person I was wanting to know more about. I felt like there were hints of more within their characters, but was left hanging and disappointed when nothing was forthcoming. That said, even though I really did enjoy the book, I didn’t love it based upon this.

I received this from the publisher, Crown Publishing, via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

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