International best-selling novel set in 1920s Ceylon, about a young Englishwoman who marries a charming tea plantation owner and widower, only to discover he's keeping terrible secrets about his past, including what happened to his first wife, that lead to devastating consequences.
"Spellbinding...effortlessly elegant, lushly descriptive.... Combine this with the vivid, evocative manner in which Jefferies describes the beauty of Ceylon, now Sri Lanka, and the captivating cast of characters she has created, and you have a superbly written novel that readers of historical fiction as well as women's fiction will treasure." (Booklist)
"...[A]n engrossing tale of mystery, manners, and prejudice set against the backdrop of Ceylon (current-day Sri Lanka).... Jeffries shows that she can weave a suspenseful tale in which characters' complex motivations converge in surprising ways." (Publishers Weekly)
"Rich and incredibly evocative, The Tea Planter's Wife is historical fiction at its very best. It's just spellbinding." (The Sunday Express)
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One pantaloon away from a bodice-ripping novel
- Karyn Howard Smith
Splendid story... wonderful narrative...
- Jeffrica L Naumann