Teatime for the Firefly

  • by Shona Patel
  • Narrated by Marisa Vitali
  • 12 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Layla Roy has defied the fates.
Despite being born under an inauspicious horoscope, she is raised to be educated and independent by her eccentric grandfather, Dadamoshai. And, by cleverly manipulating the hand fortune has dealt her, she has even found love with Manik Deb - a man betrothed to another. All were minor miracles in India that spring of 1943, when young women's lives were predetermined - if not by the stars, then by centuries of family tradition and social order.
Layla's life as a newly married woman takes her away from home and into the jungles of Assam, where the world's finest tea thrives on plantations run by native labor and British efficiency. Fascinated by this culture of whiskey-soaked expats who seem fazed by neither earthquakes nor man-eating leopards, she struggles to find her place among the prickly English wives with whom she is expected to socialize, and the peculiar servants she now finds under her charge.
But navigating the tea-garden set will hardly be her biggest challenge. Layla's remote home is not safe from the powerful changes sweeping India on the heels of the Second World War. Their colonial society is at a tipping point, and Layla and Manik find themselves caught in a perilous racial divide that threatens their very lives.


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Beautiful writing, but poor narration

The story is captivating, sweet and very interesting. Patel's writing is very pictorial and poetic. I think I learned quite a bit about tea plantations, Assam, and social relation in that region during the post-war period. However, the narration is weak -- she pauses in all the wrong places -- leaving the listener waiting for the remainder of sentences, also her character voices are inconsistent, and the accents are not accurate.
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- Georgia

A novice narrator ?

What did you love best about Teatime for the Firefly?

I loved the story and the writing, both were excellent. I liked the narrators voice and clear diction and pronunciation, but she would pause in the middle of a sentence and this gave the narration a jarring disruption.

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- Ruth Bain "RueRue"

Book Details

  • Release Date: 09-24-2013
  • Publisher: Harlequin MIRA