The Tea Planters Wife is the best book I have had the pleasure of reviewing! It takes place in British Ceylon in the 1920's and gives a good historical perspective as to how the British people viewed the native peoples and the events that led up to the eventual independence.
Young wife Gwen Hooper travels alone from England to her new home in Ceylon. She finds the man that she married in England, Lawrence Hooper, who is a much older widower, to have become oddly distant since their marriage. She battles loneliness as well as learning to manage a large household and trying to make friends. Was this marriage to Lawrence a good decision or not?
This book has wonderful descriptions of Ceylon and what the large tea plantations looked like-probably very similar to what cotton plantations looked like in the southern United States prior to the Civil War. The characters are well developed and the writing is superb. This book was a true joy to read! I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.