Book Review: The Tea Planter’s Wife by Dinah Jefferies

​Set in the 1920s and 1930s, The Tea Planter’s Wife is about the life of Gwen a young bride who has married a man who owns a tea plantation in Ceylon. After her marriage her relocation to Ceylon has its ups and downs but Gwen is thrown into turmoil after the birth of her son. Neither Gwen nor her husband are willing to be upfront about the secrets they keep, which has tragic consequences in the long run. 
A beautifully written book which is very visual as you are placed in the idyllic surroundings in Ceylon. I enjoyed reading the issues Gwen faces as a young woman in a new country and the intriguing unfolding of family secrets.
Although the story was somewhat predictable, it was still ahoy to read for the way the scene was set and how invested I became in the characters particularly Gwen and her cousin Fran. 
Not a fast paced, high octane read but a leisurely beautiful walk through a different country at a very different time. 

Links To Book: 

Amazon UK

Amazon US



  1. I love books set in this part of the world – and really wanted to like this book. I agree with you, the evocation of the young bride, setting off to the other side of the world, the description of the country she arrived in and how very different it was from the one she had left, were delightful. But I got frustrated by the slowness with which the book moved forward and never finished it.

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  2. I saw this on Netgalley and was about to request it. I don’t mind if a story like this one is predictable, I just want it to be satisfying 😀 Great review!

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  3. Oh this sounds delightful. I just finished reading two books about Sri Lanka (Ceylon) and it’ll be fun to add a third from a foreigners perspective.

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  4. I have been holding onto this book for a while now.. waiting for a good time to read. As a Sri Lankan/Australian I’m very particular about the scene development of early Ceylon,since that time frame had so many layers. I’m really happy to hear it is a lovely read, albeit a little slower paced.


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