“Ceylon, off the coast of India. The 1920s. A tea plantation.”
So begins the description of The Tea Planter’s Wife by Dinah Jefferies. Also known as: hook, line, and sinker.
I was not only intrigued by the setting of this book but also the hope of learning more about tea. (It is, after all, my favorite form of caffeination—second only to the latte.) Everything from the time period to the setting and the promise of tea-making made me itch with anticipation for how Jefferies’ plot would begin, manifest, and unfurl.
However, what began as intrigue and hopeful interest quickly turned into a combination of both annoyance and applause for Gwendolyn, the namesake’s “tea planter’s wife.” My conflict was real, and the book itself an amalgam of proper withholding and naïveté.
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