The Tea Planter's Wife
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Distant and brooding, Laurence spends long days wrapped up in his work, leaving his young bride to explore the plantation alone. It's a place filled with clues to the past - locked doors, a yellowed wedding dress in a dusty trunk, an overgrown grave hidden in the grounds, far too small for an adult...
Gwen soon falls pregnant and her husband is overjoyed, but she has little time to celebrate. In the delivery room the new mother is faced with a terrible choice, one she knows no one in her upper class set will understand - least of all Laurence. Forced to bury a secret at the heart of her marriage, Gwen is more isolated than ever. When the time comes, how will her husband ever understand what she has done?
Let me just go ahead and say there are about a ton of secrets in this book. It's like a mystery trying to figure everything out. But unfortunately I wasn't too fond of most of the characters. When Laurence and Gwen do get to their home, Laurence starts acting all weird. He pretty much acts bizarre through the whole book.
I'm also not too fond of Gwen, I have to admit. Somehow I prefer books about strong independent women, than 19 year old children that don't really know what they want and what they have to do.
And, OMG, Laurence's freaking sister, Verity. What a character! I wanted to drop-kick her off the roof! She was a horrible person. She was constantly up in their faces and in their home. Even when she found home for herself with her husband, she was still up in their business all of the time. But, Laurence didn't do much about it even when Gwen complained. Verity also wanted Laurence to keep giving her money. But I wan't really sure why Verity did all those terrible things, and for my taste it wasn't properly explained and solved in the end.
Like I said before, I thought the book was ok, but nothing really special. I do think a lot more people will like the book more than me and that's great. I will tell you that it made me want to drink some tea!
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Thank you so much, Lindasaurus! Your review made me chuckle; hopefully it'll make me "want to drink some tea" too :)
Am sending this as a �surprise� tag-along to March's offer as this was on winner's wishlist.
Thank You So much! What wonderful surprise.