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The Tea Planter's Wife by Dinah Jefferies
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Apr 10, 2016

it was ok
bookshelves: read-2016

I buddy read this book with Erin, Stephanie, and Heather!
The Tea Planter's Wife is about a young woman named Gwen who arrives in Ceylon to start her new life as a married woman to a tea planter named Laurence who is a widower. But, before we get to met Gwen is there a prolog about a woman with a small child and I wondered what the woman would have for connections to the story.

Gwen meets on the ship Savi Ravisinghe and I was worried for a while that this would turn out to be a love-triangle, but the story thankfully never turned in that directions. However, Savi will have a role to play in the story.

As I stated above did I buddy read this with some friends of mine and that was an interesting experience with us discussed the chapters we had read once every week. But, somewhere along the way the story just didn't move forward at a pleasant pace and suddenly a break in reading and discussing the book happened and weeks passed and we just didn't read more. Then I decided that enough is enough, now I will finish the book.

So, I'm looking forward to seeing what my friends think about the rest of the books. For me, I was happy to get answers at last, but I still felt that the book story didn't really work for me and my biggest problem was that I never really cared for most of the characters in the book. Gwen just never become an interesting character, and I was constantly irritated by her attitude towards her sister-in-law Verity. And, at the same time, I found Verity highly annoying. So I was constantly frustrated with them both. And, then we have Laurence, Gwen's husband, and to be honest, he was quite dull and even the "mystery" with his dead wife felt a bit dull. The only characters I did like was Gwen's cousin Fran, but she was hardly in the book.

For me, this book just didn't work. It never really got surprising or engrossing enough to make me truly enjoy the book and the last part of the book I finished just because I had been reading the book so long that I wanted finally to get it off my reading list. I did like it enough to finish the book and I did enjoy part of the book. But, I think the book would have worked better if I had found the characters more likable or at least more interesting.

I want to thank The Crown Publishing Group for providing me with a free copy through Edelweiss!
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Reading Progress

April 10, 2016 – Started Reading
April 10, 2016 – Shelved
April 12, 2016 –
9.0% "Prologue and the first 3 chapters read! Quite liking the start and looking forward to reading more soon!"
April 30, 2016 –
page 133
May 15, 2016 –
page 158
May 23, 2016 –
page 187
May 29, 2016 –
June 21, 2016 –
June 25, 2016 – Finished Reading
June 27, 2016 – Shelved as: read-2016

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message 1: by Shalini (new)

Shalini Hii, I had the exact same feelings about this book. I just couldn't continue reading after Gwen gave up the daughter.. I found some of the incidents to be badly written and lacking emotion sometimes. I found Gwen boring as hell and just like you said, her attitude towards Verity kinda sucks lol. the initial scene made the book sound very interesting and exciting but then all the Gwen drama and Lawrence's boring character just turned it all off. Sigh.

Carol Agreed. Pretty much a let down.

Michelle Totally agree with everything you said!

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