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The Sapphire Widow

3.73  ·  Rating details ·  3,307 ratings  ·  345 reviews
*A Richard & Judy Book Club Pick 2018*
*A Top 10 Sunday Times Bestseller*

A sweeping, breath-taking story of love and betrayal from the Number One Sunday Times bestselling author of The Tea Planter's Wife

Ceylon, 1935. Louisa Reeve, the daughter of a successful British gem trader, and her husband Elliot, a charming, thrill-seeking businessman, seem like the couple who hav
Paperback, 400 pages
Published April 5th 2018 by Penguin (first published February 22nd 2018)
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Louisa Reeve had been happily married to her husband Elliot for twelve years, the only problems being her miscarriages plus the stillbirth of their daughter eight years prior. Elliot was often absent from their home with business meetings in Columbo and working at the nearby cinnamon plantation where he held shares. But Louisa missed him and although she tried not to, she worried of a reoccurrence to their problems of twelve months prior.

While Elliot’s sudden and unexpected death shocked her to
Jun 08, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The best thing about this latest book by Jefferies is the time and setting: 1935 Ceylon (now Sri Lanka). The author does a very good job of describing the country's flora and fauna, weather, geography, food, etc., so you can almost picture the place in your mind. In addition, we have the opportunity here to meet up again with Gwen and Laurence Hooper, main characters of THE TEA PLANTER'S WIFE, who make cameo appearances here. Gwen, actually, makes extensive cameos, enough to be considered a seco ...more
Alice-Elizabeth (marriedtobooks)
Oh my, the story cover says a story of love and betrayal included and my word, both were heavily included! What an action-packed historical fiction novel that completely surprised me and exceeded my expectations. At my local library, I was one of the first in line to borrow a copy since I followed the book club run by Richard and Judy. Set in the year 1935 in Ceylon, young woman Louisa Reeve lives with her husband Elliot and is the daughter of a gem trader with multiple successes. There is just ...more
Deanne Patterson
The year is 1935, Ceylon, which is what it was known as before their independence. It is now known as the island nation of Sri Lanka. There is ceylon tea grown in this lush,tropical area. The rain falls abundantly there and it's perfect for growing cinnamon there. Louisa Reeve and her husband have struggled for years to have a child. Miscarriages and a still birth have left her devastated and have taken a real toll on her marriage. Elliot her husband , has been increasingly absent from home. His ...more
Tasha and Megan Mahoney
Mar 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: lovers of historical fiction.
I never thought that (with a few classic exceptions) I would read historical fiction willingly. That was until I saw the beautiful cover of this book and wanted to know more! I read the excerpt and wanted to read the book.

Dinah Jefferies’ writing completely transported my imagination to Ceylon in 1935!

The book tells the story of Louisa Reeve, the daughter of a British gem trader, and her husband Elliot, a charming businessman. her relationship with her husband appears perfect but as we all know,
Apr 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The Sapphire Widow is another mesmerising story from Dinah Jefferies. Set in Ceylon in 1935, it’s a beautifully written and evocative story of love, betrayal and hope. For those that have read The Tea Planter’s Wife some familiar faces return. I was delighted to meet up again with Laurence and Gwen Hooper.

Louisa Reeve has a privileged life, living in a grand colonial house with servants to look after the household. Her charming and handsome businessman husband of 12 years, Elliott, is a loving h
Hannah (Sakurahan or ForeverBooks18)
Hey ForeverBookers, 

I’ve just finished perhaps my favourite standalone novel EVER!!! I don’t love standalone novels because I often think they’re over too quickly but this one, although it did still leave me wanting more, it had a great and packed story. I often think that standalones are a waste of time because I’m only just getting invested when I’ve finished. However, that wasn’t the case with “The Sapphire Widow.” by Dinah Jeffries. It’s also published as “The Tea Planter’s Secret” by the sa
I only received a proof of this today but luckily it's been one of those days where I've been travelling and waiting around a bit so plenty of time for reading!

I've just had the most productive day ever thanks to Dinah Jefferies - solved a mystery, been transported to Ceylon, discovered the world of the plantations, the difficulties of the gem and sapphire industry, a troubled marriage...this novel is packed to the rafters! It doesn't read as being too full though as it flows as neatly as the ri
Shaz Goodwin
Mar 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing

Elliot is such a charmer and always living for that adrenalin rush. I really felt for his sister Margo, always living in his shadow and trying to get noticed. His secrets bring nothing but heartache for not only Louisa but both of their families.

I loved Louisa from the beginning. Despite living with her sadness shadowing her life she is optimistic and open to change. Always there to support Elliot, she has to re-think many things after his death. Shock aft
Apr 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018
This was such a captivating story by Dinah Jefferies who has once again taken the reader to another culture and another time. This story takes us travelling back in time to 1935 and the city of Galle, Ceylon, south-west Sri Lanka. With Dinah Jefferies words describing the vivid colours, sounds and aromas you can visualise the cinnamon plantations, the streets in and around Galle and the serenity of the coastal area.

Louisa and Elliot Reeve have been married for 12 years living and working in Gall
3.5/5. She has a style that is distinctive. Usually well to do family in an exotic location and usually set in he mid last century. I enjoy her writing but would like it from maybe a servants point of view or maybe a poor person.
This one has hints of modern times as dealt with divorce and illegitimate child and adultery.
Jul 23, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
I received a free digital copy of this book from the publishers via NetGalley.

This is a historical fiction novel set in Ceylon in 1935, and follows a young married couple called Louisa and Elliot. They have a rocky marriage at times, as Louisa is struggling to carry a child, having had many miscarriages, and Elliot has gambling and drink problems. Louisa couldn't have predicted just what else her husband was hiding from her though. His death in a car crash, when he should have actually been sail
May 12, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Sapphire Widow is a wonderful story by Dinah Jeffries. This is the second book from this author that I have read. I enjoyed both of them immensely. This book is set in Ceylon in the 1930’s. It is beautifully written with magnificent details of this country. This story started out slow, but captured my attention as it developed. It is the tale of Louisa Reeve who seemed to have everything, except for one thing she longed to have a child. Her husband Elliot has a tragic accident and is killed. ...more
May 15, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: four-star
Yet another mesmerisingly vivid story from Dinah Jeffries, this time set within the British occupied Sri Lanka during the early twentieth century. As ever with this author, I loved the way she truly captures the essence of her story settings - from the way she describes the natural environment of the jungle, to the warm rainfall and the hazy dry heat, this has always been one of my favourite aspects of her books.

Louisa is the wife of a successful businessman and busy maintaining her own interest
Apr 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I’ve waited a year. It was worth the wait but now I’m heartbroken again that I do not have another Dinah Jeffries novel to read.
I’ve never come across an author skilled at transporting its readers thousands of miles and years through time through the pages of a book, it’s done so effectively and so flawlessly you really identify with the characters and invest in their story.
I felt for the main character so much at times my heart broke . I will not spoil anything because I want everyone to pick
Apr 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Excellent! Initially the cover caught my eye, but that apart, i do love historical fiction. One of the best that i have read in a while. Loved the characters, especially Louisa. I think she was an exceptional woman to have done what she did, especially after miscarriages. It was a shame when the story came to an end. I am not going to write what the story is about, as I much rather one read the story for themselves. I do however highly recommend this wonderful story.

My thanks to Netgalley and th
Emma Crowley
Mar 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
It feels like only yesterday that Dinah Jefferies appeared on my reading radar with her incredible début The Separation and then quickly become one of my favourite authors. The Sapphire Widow is her fifth book and takes us back to Ceylon which was the setting for The Tea Planter's Wife. The connection between these two books, apart from the setting, is that a favourite character makes a reappearance and this is the first time this has happened with any of Dinah's books. I have to admit I let out ...more
Jul 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I’m so pleased that I was given the opportunity to read this book and find a new author to watch out for. I love this author’s descriptive writing style which pulled me into the story and the life of the main female character, Louisa. She had endured a lot of heartache with her husband and after his death she endured more as she sifts her way through his double life that she knew nothing about until after he died. The characters are so well-rounded and with believable dialogue. This is a wonderf ...more
May 31, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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‘I told him if Ceylon was where his heart belonged, it was where my heart would belong too.’

I was happy to read another Dinah Jefferies novel as you are guaranteed to be transported to some exotic location and time. The Sapphire Widow is set during the British occupation of Ceylon (Sri Lanka) and vivid descriptions of the town of Galle are given. Dinah has this wonderful capacity to truly capture the feel and essence of times long gone. Her descriptio
I found THE SAPPHIRE to be an interesting romance which takes place in 1935 Ceylon. Louisa has suffered from miscarriages her entire married life. When her husband dies, Louisa finds that not only has he lost their money, but he has led a secret life!
Mar 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I love Dinah Jefferies’ books; they always have such interesting settings. So far they have taken me to 1950s French Indochina (The Silk Merchant’s Daughter), Malaya during the Emergency of 1955 (The Separation) and 1920s Ceylon (The Tea Planter’s Wife). Her new novel, The Sapphire Widow, takes us back to Ceylon again but the story this time is quite different.

It’s 1935 and Louisa Reeve is grieving for her stillborn daughter, one of several miscarriages and stillbirths she has suffered over the
Apr 27, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley, ebook
I received a copy of this novel from the publisher via NetGalley.

The story of Louisa, born and bred in Ceylon, but nevertheless firmly British, and her husband Elliot, a businessman. Elliot dies and then the secrets he has been keeping begin to emerge. The Ceylon setting was interesting, although there were places where things were very explicitly explained to the reader - e.g. she slept with the window open, but it was OK because she had a mosquito net - and other places where characters recite
Jun 13, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Sapphire Widow was just an okay read for me. I just don't think it was a book for me.
Apr 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Dinah Jefferies has become my go-to author for sheer indulgent escapism. With all her books you know what you’re going to get, a stunning location beautifully described so well you can feel the heat and smell the spices. A haunting love story with a realistic and likeable heroine. Intricately researched details and a gripping historical read with a timeless quality which blends factual knowledge with a rich and vivid imagination to create a luscious book to transport the reader away from everyda ...more
Maggie Boyd
Growing up, the novels of M.M. Kaye and Mary Stewart were heavy favorites of mine. Their books were all about the British Colonial period and took place in exotic locales, extolling the mannerisms and lifestyle of an era long gone by. In The Sapphire Widow, Dinah Jeffries recaptures the elegant prose of those tales, along with the chilling, eerie atmosphere of mystery many of them had. Like the grand dames of suspense from yesteryear, she plunks us into an opulent, lush world with a sparkling su ...more
Elizabeth Lloyd
May 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Of all the exotic Eastern settings in colonial times selected by Dinah Jefferies for her books, Ceylon in the 1930s is perhaps the most beautiful. Here we meet Louisa Reeve, living in a pleasant house with a handsome husband and her father living nearby. Having grown up on the island, she is happy to cycle round the 300 year old walled town of Galle, talking to the locals or to play with her three beautiful dogs but there is great sadness in her life; her daughter Julia was stillborn, and she ha ...more
Angela Smith
This was an enchanting read. I had read one of Dinah Jeffries other books (Before The Rains) and liked her ability to describe the sights and scents and sounds of the places she was writing about and in the time period they are set. This story is set in Ceylon in 1935 and if you have read and enjoyed the Tea Planter's Wife you will be pleased to see the return of Gwendoline Hooper in parts of this story.

This story is about Louisa Reeve, the daughter of a gem trader. She is married to Elliot and
Erin Cataldi
At times predictable, but still thoroughly enjoyable, this historical romance will intrigue and bewitch readers. The most endearing aspect of this book is it's lush setting on the island of Ceylon (now known as Sri Lanka), Jefferies does a wonderful job detailing the beautiful smells, views, and setting. It made me want to move there! Louisa has a happy comfortable life. Her father and her husband work in the gemstone business and she has three wonderful dogs a large house and staff. Minus being ...more
Aug 15, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Did not take me that long to read this book, we were gone for a long weekend. Louisa is the daughter of a sapphire trader, Eliot, her husband, is a thrill seeking, gambler. Both want a child, but seem to be cursed with miscarriages! Irene, her mother-in-law, sees only the best traits in Eliot, basically ignoring her daughter, Margo. Eliot is killed in a tragic accident, leaving behind mysteries, & large debts. Up the hill from their home is a cinnamon plantation run by Leo. Leo is guardian f ...more
Dec 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: n, net-galley, 2018
A new book from Dinah Jeffries is always a visual treat and an absolute delight to read. She transports you back to a different time and culture with every book . You can imagine you are right amongst the characters and feel that you have learnt a lot whilst reading. It is set in Ceylon in 1935 around a tea plantation.
Tragedy and heartbreak are central to the main character and she goes through a lot.
Everything is described so beautifully. Dinah Jeffries has a wonderful writing style that takes
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