Exclusive Extract: The Tea Planter’s Wife by Dinah Jefferies

12 Sep

Here’s a lovely treat to get your weekend off to a fab start; an extract from Dinah Jefferies brilliant new historical novel The Tea Planter’s Wife. This is Dinah’s second novel and has just been announced as on if the Richard and Judy Book Club Autumn 2015 reads. 

image001 (4)The Tea Planter’s Wife is a haunting, tender portrait of a woman forced to choose between her duty as a wife and her instinct as a mother…

Nineteen-year-old Gwendolyn Hooper steps off a steamer in Ceylon full of optimism, eager to join her new husband. But the man who greets her at the tea plantation is not the same one she fell in love with in London.

Distant and brooding, Laurence spends long days wrapped up in his work, leaving his young bride to explore the plantation alone. It’s a place filled with clues to the past – locked doors, a yellowed wedding dress in a dusty trunk, an overgrown grave hidden in the grounds, far too small for an adult…

Gwen soon falls pregnant and her husband is overjoyed, but she has little time to celebrate. In the delivery room the new mother is faced with a terrible choice, one she knows no one in her upper class set will understand – least of all Laurence. Forced to bury a secret at the heart of her marriage, Gwen is more isolated than ever. When the time comes, how will her husband ever understand what she has done?

The Tea Planter’s Wife is a story of guilt, betrayal and untold secrets vividly and entrancingly set in colonial era Ceylon.

Click on the link below to read an exclusive extract of this novel!

The Tea Planter’s Wife Extract (PDF will open in a new window).

If you enjoyed this sample and would like to read the full book, The Tea Planter’s Wife is out now in paperback and ebook formats.

Find out more about Dinah and her writing at: http://www.dinahjefferies.com/

Please do check out the other stops on Dina’s blog tour for more extracts, reviews and giveaways.

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