The Tea Planter s Wife

  • Filename: the-tea-planter-s-wife.
  • ISBN: 9780451495990
  • Release Date: 2016-09-13
  • Number of pages: 432
  • Author: Dinah Jefferies
  • Publisher: Crown



#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

The Tea Planter s Wife

  • Filename: the-tea-planter-s-wife.
  • ISBN: 0451495977
  • Release Date: 2016-09-27
  • Number of pages: 432
  • Author: Dinah Jefferies
  • Publisher: Crown



#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

The Tea Planter s Wife

  • Filename: the-tea-planter-s-wife.
  • ISBN: 0241011655
  • Release Date: 2015-08-26
  • Number of pages: 432
  • Author: Dinah Jeffries
  • Publisher: Viking



Nineteen-year-old Gwendolyn Hooper is newly married to a rich and charming widower, eager to join him on his tea plantation, determined to be the perfect wife and mother. But life in Ceylon is not what Gwen expected. The plantation workers are resentful, the neighbours treacherous. And there are clues to the past - a dusty trunk of dresses, an overgrown gravestone in the grounds - that her husband refuses to discuss. Just as Gwen finds her feet, disaster strikes. She faces a terrible choice, hiding the truth from almost everyone, but a secret this big can't stay buried forever . . .

The Silk Merchant s Daughter

  • Filename: the-silk-merchant-s-daughter.
  • ISBN: 0241248620
  • Release Date: 2016-07-14
  • Number of pages: 400
  • Author: Dinah Jefferies
  • Publisher: Viking



NOW A SUNDAY TIMES TOP 10 BESTSELLER FROM THE NUMBER ONE BESTSELLING AUTHOR OF THE TEA PLANTER'S WIFE Dinah Jefferies' stunning new novel is a gripping, unforgettable tale of a woman torn between two worlds... 1952, French Indochina. Since her mother's death, eighteen-year-old half-French, half-Vietnamese Nicole has been living in the shadow of her beautiful older sister, Sylvie. When Sylvie is handed control of the family silk business, Nicole is given an abandoned silk shop in the Vietnamese quarter of Hanoi. But the area is teeming with militant rebels who want to end French rule, by any means possible. For the first time, Nicole is awakened to the corruption of colonial rule - and her own family's involvement shocks her to the core... Tran, a notorious Vietnamese insurgent, seems to offer the perfect escape from her troubles, while Mark, a charming American trader, is the man she's always dreamed of. But who can she trust in this world where no one is what they seem? The Silk Merchant's Daughter is a captivating tale of dark secrets, sisterly rivalry and love against the odds, enchantingly set in colonial era Vietnam.

The Separation

  • Filename: the-separation.
  • ISBN: 9780241966068
  • Release Date: 2014-05-22
  • Number of pages: 320
  • Author: Dinah Jefferies
  • Publisher: Penguin UK



FROM THE NUMBER 1 BESTSELLING AUTHOR OF THE TEA PLANTER'S WIFE The Separation by Dinah Jefferies is a sweeping novel set in 1950s Malaya, about a mother searching for her daughters. What happens when a mother and her daughters are separated; who do they become when they believe it might be forever? 1953, the eve of the Cartwright's departure from Malaya. Eleven-year-old Emma can't understand why they're leaving without their mother; why her taciturn father is refusing to answer questions. Lydia arrives home to an empty house - there's no sign of her husband Alec or her daughters. Panic stricken, she embarks on a dangerous journey to find them through the hot and civil-war-torn Malayan jungle - one that only the power of a mother's love can help her to survive. Dinah Jefferies was born in Malaya in 1948 and moved to England at the age of nine. She has worked in education, once lived in a 'rock 'n roll' commune and, more recently, been an exhibiting artist. She spends her days writing, with time off to make tiaras and dinosaurs with her grandchildren. The Separation is her first book.

The Kashmir Shawl

  • Filename: the-kashmir-shawl.
  • ISBN: 9780007449996
  • Release Date: 2011-07-21
  • Number of pages: 512
  • Author: Rosie Thomas
  • Publisher: HarperCollins UK



For fans of The Tea-Planter’s Wife and Victoria Hislop comes a gripping story of doomed love and secrets in 1940s Kashmir.

The Tea Planter s Daughter

  • Filename: the-tea-planter-s-daughter.
  • ISBN: 1503934195
  • Release Date: 2016-06-21
  • Number of pages: 430
  • Author: Janet MacLeod Trotter
  • Publisher: Lake Union Publishing



Lush, green, fragrant: the Indian hills of Assam are full of promise. But eighteen-year-old Clarissa Belhaven is full of worry. The family tea plantation is suffering, and so is her father, still grieving over the untimely death of his wife, while Clarissa s fragile sister, Olive, needs love and resourceful care. Beautiful and headstrong, Clarissa soon attracts the attention of young, brash Wesley Robson, a rival tea planter. Yet before his intentions become fully clear, tragedy befalls the Belhavens and the sisters are wrenched from their beloved tea garden to the industrial streets of Tyneside. A world away from the only home she has ever known, Clarissa must start again. Using all her means, she must endure not only poverty but jealousy and betrayal too. Will the reappearance of Wesley give her the link to her old life that she so desperately craves? Or will a fast-changing world and the advent of war extinguish hope forever?"

The Ballroom

  • Filename: the-ballroom.
  • ISBN: 9781448170043
  • Release Date: 2016-02-11
  • Number of pages: 352
  • Author: Anna Hope
  • Publisher: Random House



A RICHARD AND JUDY BOOK CLUB PICK AUTUMN 2016 'Absolutely heart-breaking. One of the best books I’ve ever read' DINAH JEFFERIES, author of The Tea-Planter's Wife 'Compelling, elegant and insightful' Observer 'Beautifully wrought, tender, heartbreaking' Sunday Express 5/5 'Moving, fascinating' Times 'A tender and absorbing love story' Daily Mail 'Unsentimental and affecting' Sunday Times 'Exquisitely good' Metro 1911: Inside an asylum at the edge of the Yorkshire moors, where men and women are kept apart by high walls and barred windows, there is a ballroom vast and beautiful. For one bright evening every week they come together and dance. When John and Ella meet It is a dance that will change two lives forever. Set over the heatwave summer of 1911, the end of the Edwardian era, THE BALLROOM is a historical love story. It tells a page-turning tale of dangerous obsession, of madness and sanity, and of who gets to decide which is which.

Before the Rains

  • Filename: before-the-rains.
  • ISBN: 0241287081
  • Release Date: 2017-03-28
  • Number of pages: 400
  • Author: Dinah Jefferies
  • Publisher: Viking



1930, Rajputana, India. Since her husband's death, 28-year-old photojournalist Eliza's only companion has been her camera. When the British Government send her to an Indian princely state to photograph the royal family, she's determined to make a name for herself. But when Eliza arrives at the palace she meets Jay, the Prince's handsome, brooding younger brother. Brought together by their desire to improve conditions for local people, Jay and Eliza find they have more in common than they think. But their families - and society - think otherwise. Eventually they will have to make a choice between doing what's expected, and following their heart. . .

The Beekeeper s Daughter

  • Filename: the-beekeeper-s-daughter.
  • ISBN: 9781471101021
  • Release Date: 2014-07-17
  • Number of pages: 400
  • Author: Santa Montefiore
  • Publisher: Simon and Schuster



A family rocked by tragedy, a love that lives through time, a story that will stay in your heart… The stunning new novel of love and secrets from the number one bestselling author Santa Montefiore. Dorset, 1933:Grace Hamblin is growing up on a beautiful rural estate. The only child of the beekeeper, she knows her place and her future - until her father dies unexpectedly and leaves her bereft and alone. Alone, that is, except for the man she loves, whom she knows she can never have. Massachusetts, 1973:Grace's beautiful, impetuous daughter Trixie Valentine is in love. Jasper is wild and romantic, a singer in a band on the brink of stardom. Then tragedy strikes and he must return to his home in England, promising to come back to Trixie one day, if only she will wait for him… Weighed down by memories, unaware of the secrets that bind them, both mother and daughter are searching for lost love. To find what they are longing for they must confront the past, and unravel the lies told long ago…

The Milliner s Secret

  • Filename: the-milliner-s-secret.
  • ISBN: 9781784291068
  • Release Date: 2015-07-30
  • Number of pages: 528
  • Author: Natalie Meg Evans
  • Publisher: Hachette UK



From a multi award-winning author comes a tale of love and betrayal for fans of Lucinda Riley, Iona Grey and Dinah Jefferies' The Tea Planter's Wife June 1940. As Paris, the City of Light, approaches its darkest hour, a young woman treads the line between survival and collaboration. Londoner Cora Masson has reinvented herself as Coralie de Lirac, using a false claim to aristocratic birth to launch herself as a fashionable milliner. When the Nazis invade, the influence of a high-ranking lover protects her business. But the cruel demands of war - and of love - cannot be kept at bay forever. Soon Coralie must find the courage to do what's necessary to protect her friends, her freedom and everything she believes in. Natalie Meg Evans has won the Festival of Romance's Historical Novel Award, the Harry Bowling Prize, placed third for the RWA's Golden Pen award, and has been nominated for the coveted Daphne du Maurier award and the LoveStories award. She was also a finalist for a Romance Writers of America Golden Heart award and is a USA Today bestseller.

Beneath a Burning Sky

  • Filename: beneath-a-burning-sky.
  • ISBN: 9780751565058
  • Release Date: 2016-11-29
  • Number of pages: 416
  • Author: Jenny Ashcroft
  • Publisher: Hachette UK



'Exotic and mysterious - I was gripped by this complex tale' Dinah Jefferies, author of number one bestselling The Tea Planter's Wife A beautiful and heart-wrenching story of love and betrayal, set against a backdrop of British-occupied Egypt. Perfect for fans of Victoria Hislop, Dinah Jefferies and Leah Fleming. When twenty-two-year-old Olivia is coerced into marriage by the cruel Alistair Sheldon she leaves England for Egypt, his home and the land of her own childhood. Reluctant as she is to go with Alistair, it's in her new home that she finds happiness in surprising places: she is reunited with her long-estranged sister, Clara, and falls - impossibly and illicitly - in love with her husband's boarder, Captain Edward Bertram. Then Clara is abducted from one of the busiest streets in the city. Olivia is told it's thieves after ransom money, but she's convinced there's more to it. As she sets out to discover what's happened to the sister she's only just begun to know, she falls deeper into the shadowy underworld of Alexandria, putting her own life, and her chance at a future with Edward, the only man she's ever loved, at risk. Because, determined as Olivia is to find Clara, there are others who will stop at nothing to conceal what's become of her . . . Beneath a Burning Sky is a novel of secrets, betrayal and, above all else, love. Set against the heat and intrigue of colonial Alexandria, this beautiful and heart-wrenching story will take your breath away.

Teatime for the Firefly

  • Filename: teatime-for-the-firefly.
  • ISBN: 9780778315476
  • Release Date: 2013-09-24
  • Number of pages: 427
  • Author: Shona Patel
  • Publisher: MIRA



A young Indian woman joins her new husband on a tea plantation in the jungles of Assam where she struggles to manage a staff of servants and socialize with British wives in a colonial society at the dawn of the Second World War. Original.

Learning to Speak American

  • Filename: learning-to-speak-american.
  • ISBN: 9781785770012
  • Release Date: 2015-11-05
  • Number of pages: 400
  • Author: Colette Dartford
  • Publisher: Bonnier Publishing Fiction Ltd.



For fans of Hilary Boyd and The Tea Planter's Wife, Colette Dartford's Learning to Speak American explores whether a parent can ever truly move on from the death of a child. 'A moving and engaging debut novel . . . shortens the dark nights' Santa Montefiore Having suffered in silence since the tragic death of their young daughter, Lola and Duncan Drummond's last chance to rediscover their love for one another lies in an anniversary holiday to the gorgeous Napa Valley. Unable to talk about what happened, Duncan reaches out to his wife the only way he knows how - he buys her a derelict house, the restoration of which might just restore their relationship. As Lola works on the house she begins to realise the liberating power of letting go. But just as she begins to open up, Duncan's life begins to fall apart. After all the heartbreak, can Lola and Duncan learn to love again? 'A heartrending story, well-told, about coping with unimaginable loss. Dartford evokes strong, sympathetic characters while writing fluently and from the heart. I raced through it.' Hilary Boyd, author of Thursdays in the Park 'A beautiful read, lyrically written, poignant and emotional' - Nicola Cornick, internationally bestselling author of House of Shadows 'Does everything a good book should do; it made me smile, it made me cry, it taught me lessons about life and love I didn't know before' - Claire Dyer, author of The Moment

Monsoon Summer

  • Filename: monsoon-summer.
  • ISBN: 9781409108146
  • Release Date: 2016-06-30
  • Number of pages: 416
  • Author: Julia Gregson
  • Publisher: Hachette UK



Oxfordshire, 1947. Exhausted by the war and nursing a tragic secret, Kit Smallwood flees to Wickam Farm to recuperate. There she throws herself into helping Daisy set up a charity sending midwives to India. Daisy's plan is fraught with danger. With newly-acquired Independence, many of India's people furiously resent the English for withdrawing so quickly, blaming them for the riots that left millions dead. When Kit meets Anto, a handsome, complicated but charming trainee doctor nearing the end of his English education, she falls utterly in love. Anto makes her laugh and marriage should be the easiest thing in the world. But when he informs his family that he is shortly to return home with an English bride, his parents are appalled. Despite being Anglo-Indian herself, Kit's own mother is equally horrified. She has spent most of her life trying to erase a painful past and losing her daughter to an Indian man is her worst fear realized. As they journey to a new life in India, Kit begins to realize the seriousness of what she has undertaken. Thrown into the heart of a traditional Indian family in a rapidly changing world, Kit has much to learn about the nature of home and the depth of her love for Anto.

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