The Tea Planter’s Wife by Dinah Jefferies (2 Stars)


Thank you to the publisher and NetGalley for an advance copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

This is the story of Gwendolyn, the tea planter’s wife, who arrives in Ceylon at 19 years old.  This is a romance that stops just short of being a Harlequin novel (why did I think I wanted to read this??).  There’s a bit of other stuff mixed in, like mystery (what happened to the first wife, a trunk of old baby clothes) and intrigue (is her husband having an affair, did she have an affair).  It’s all very formulaic, melodramatic and just not that interesting.  It started well, but halfway through I  skimmed through the rest just to find out what happened.  

While I’m sure that there are others who may enjoy this genre, it’s not my cup of tea (couldn’t resist)!


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