Its fat trunk folded deeply like a woman’s skirt, and a canopy studded with bright orange bell-shaped flowers offered an oddly flaming kind of shade.“It will provide a degree of cool, though with the afternoon heat coming on so strong, and the monsoon not yet arrived, you will find little relief.”“Really,” she said. Do you think racism is a cultural stigma that is learned? 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 (starred review)“An 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. Having read and enjoyed "Bamboo Heart" I was looking forward to reading "Bamboo Island" and I certainly wasn't disappointed. There was a brief gust of wind, and from somewhere in the distance came a troubling sound—boom, boom, boom. ‘I really loved this haunting, powerful and beautiful novel.’ Amazon Reviewer. With being safely delivered of twins, a boy and a girl, Gwen must now make a horrible decision. He had promised. Did you ever sympathize with McGregor’s viewpoints? "The Planter's Wife," however, is a welcome change of pace--or more accurately--setting. "—Liz Trenow, author of The Forgotten Seamstress, 07/18/2016In her U.S. debut, Jefferies (The Separation), who was born in Malaysia and lives in England, delivers an engrossing tale of mystery, manners, and prejudice set against the backdrop of Ceylon (current-day Sri Lanka). It was dark, long, and ringleted when unpinned. I’m nearly finished and dreading the end, but thankfully there are two more to read after this. For me, the characters in "Bamboo Island" are what make this novel stand out from the ordinary. He doesn’t need to; Gwen feels his displeasure. 11. Here we are in Malaysia on a rubber tree estate. We’d love your help. Use up arrow (for mozilla firefox browser alt+up arrow) and down arrow (for mozilla firefox browser alt+down arrow) to review and enter to select. It contains the marches the Japanese forced the British citizens on from the city to the camps they set up. I’m joining my husband. Reviewed in the United Kingdom on May 20, 2020, Have just discovered this writer. But in 1941 the Japanese occupy Malaya and Singapore sweeping away that world and changing Juliet’s life forever. The Tea Planter’s Wife echoes some of elements of the classic novel, Rebecca, but with a more fragile character in Gwen and with a wider focus. Unable to recall what happened after being carried upstairs and put to bed by Savi Ravasinghe, a charming Sinhalese society portraitist, Gwen assumes the worse. Something went wrong. Dinah Jefferies was born in Malaysia and moved to England at the age of nine. It also analyzes reviews to verify trustworthiness. I shouldn’t tease. Juliette who never really thought much of herself, overcame extreme difficulties, became a strong and determined woman. Praise for The Planter's Wife.. ‘This was a story of love, passion and cruelty I could not put down … I needed to discover Juliet's secrets.’ Lizeanne Lloyd - Lost in a Good Book ‘I raced through this book in just over twenty-four hours … I … It reminds me of The Nightingale a bit and I adored that book. I enjoyed the series of books about the tea plantations in India and decided to give this one a try. “Your husband.”“How did you know?”He spread his hands. We rated this book: $ 26.00. Unable to get any information out of the family servants, not even longtime retainer and ayah Naveena, Gwen suspects that Laurence may be succumbing to the blandishments, financial and otherwise, of New York sophisticate Christina, a Wall Street trader. “I have met your husband, yes, but now I’m afraid I must take my leave.”She held out her hand, pleased to have met him.“I hope you’ll be very happy in Ceylon, Mrs. Hooper.”When he ignored her hand, she let it fall. . Trust me.”In the fierce brightness of the afternoon, the wind blew a cloud of grit into her face, sending tears streaming down her cheeks. Characters realistic and the story draws you in. Her research into each one shows great understanding of the period in time and I can only believe that she must have gained a lot of knowledge from talking to people who have lived through war years in in Singapore . The hotel is a gathering place for the British; dark-skinned natives are not welcome. Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 2 November 2019. Perhaps that was it.“I haven’t introduced myself. We need to learn about what people experience during war. It means each book can be read as a stand alone but we do get certain events being referred to in the second and third book. The author provided me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review, and I can honestly say that I loved it. I connected and sympathised with Juliet as a character so much… and I was constantly on edge whilst reading it, desperate to find out more about her past.’ Bibliobeth – Goodreads. Are you thirsty?”Even though she was, she shook her head. Will finish this tonight and probably get through a few tissues. . a thriller bristles with sharp edges, twisting familiar Gone Girl themes into Bell’s own intense creation.”—Kirkus Reviews Before she disappeared, Alexandra Southwood ... A terrifying thriller that will crawl beneath your skin . . Harrowing in parts but unputdownable! Best author I have read in a very long time, Reviewed in the United Kingdom on June 21, 2020. Of course, the story builds to an ironic twist and enthralling consequence to all the deception. Warned by Laurence “to stay away from work matters” for her own safety, not to wander unaccompanied, and only allow Naveena, the Sinhalese servant woman to see her in her nightgown, Gwen feels like her husband is treating her like a child. Best author I have read in a very long time, Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 21 June 2020. To calculate the overall star rating and percentage breakdown by star, we don’t use a simple average. “It is often required at the deathbed to ensure a good passing. Verity announces she must attend a party and leaves, to Gwen’s relief. I was quite disappointed as I paid more than usual for the paperback. I applaud Ms. Bennett and will definitely read more of her rich writings. The night in the hotel after the party becomes a turning point in the novel. After leaving Indonesia some 60 years ago, I still remember the smell of the past, the food and the smell of the damp tropical jungle. For decades after the war which robbed her of everyone she loved, Juliet lives as a recluse back on the plantation. One turned to look at Gwen, her face a picture of disapproval.Right, Gwen thought, galvanized into action, a rickshaw it is.A cluster of thin palms stood waving in the breeze outside the Galle Face Hotel, and the building itself sided the ocean in a very British way.