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0 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 5 0.00 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Dinah Jefferies Narrator: Avita Jay Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2016 ISBN: 9780735285385
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#1 International bestselling 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. Download and start listening now!

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  • A wonderful book, deeply touching, and an unforgettable read that swept me away. I loved it. Kate Furnivall, author of The Italian Wife
     
  • Vibrant and compelling--Dinah Jefferies perfectly captures the flavour of colonial Ceylon. Rosanna Ley, author of The Villa
  • Dinah Jefferies has once again created a gloriously atmospheric and tension-filled novel. Immensely enjoyable, poignant, and compelling. Isabel Wolff, author of Shadows Over Paradise
  • I was spellbound from beginning to end. Deborah Rodriguez, author of A Cup of Friendship
  • Dark secrets lie at every turn, hidden beneath layers of 1920s racism and the fearfulness of a crumbling colonial power, making for a thoroughly gripping tale. Liz Trenow, author of The Forgotten Seamstress
  • 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 (starred review)
  • …[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
  • Locked doors, old dresses, even a boathouse mystery, this is Rebecca with crocodiles. Very enjoyable…mystery (and) full-blown escape into the past. The Independent
  • My ideal read; mystery, love heartbreak and joy--I couldn't put it down. Santa Montefiore, author of The Beekeeper's Daughter
  • Beautifully written and heartrending, this has a magical setting with a real sense of period. Katie Fforde, bestselling author of A French Affair
     
  • A terrific emotional and atmospheric read. Elizabeth Buchan, author of Separate Beds
  • “Rich and incredibly evocative, The Tea Planter’s Wife is historical fiction at its very best.”

    Sunday Express (London)

  • Love, suspense, guilt, and hidden secrets with an underlying theme of race relations seamlessly blend together in a timeless story of an innocent young Englishwoman struggling to find her place in colonial Ceylon against unexpected circumstances and facing cruel choices. New York Journal of Books
  • [A] dramatic tale of jealousy, deceit, secrets and heartbreak.  The intrigue and suspense, add a Gothic flair to Jeffries fast-moving plot and  the evocative atmosphere  along with the realistic characters will captivate readers.
    Romance Times Book Review
  • “Love, suspense, guilt, and hidden secrets with an underlying theme of race relations seamlessly blend together in a timeless story of an innocent young Englishwoman struggling to find her place in colonial Ceylon.”

    New York Journal of Books

  • “Ceylon, with its lush natural beauty, bustling city, and plantations appears to be paradise; yet beneath the glorious colors, there is political unrest. The intrigue and suspense add a Gothic flair to Jeffries’ fast-moving plot and evocative atmosphere.”

    RT Book Reviews (4 stars)

  • “An engrossing tale of mystery, manners, and prejudice set against the backdrop of Ceylon (current-day Sri Lanka)…a suspenseful tale in which characters’ complex motivations converge in surprising ways.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Narrator Avita Jay’s performance emphasizes the roller-coaster emotions in this story of family secrets, race, and privilege, set in 1920s Ceylon…Jay’s facility with Indian accents provides a strong foundation for her portrayals of the house servants and the other Southeast Asians…[and] in rendering the New York City accent of one of Gwen’s nemeses. The meandering plot of this audiobook takes a melodramatic turn—augmented by Jay’s stagey narration.”

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  • A September 2016 LibraryReads Pick
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About the Author

Dinah Jefferies was born in Malaysia and moved to England at the age of nine. She has worked in education, lived in a commune, and exhibited work as an artist. Dinah’s first novel, The Separation, was published in 2013; The Tea Planter’s Wife is her second novel. She is a contributor to the London Guardian and other newspapers.

About the Narrator

Avita Jay, a graduate of Drama Studio London, is an audiobook narrator and a British actress with significant stage experience. She has appeared in several television shows, including L8tr and The East London Story: Slap or Die.