Back of the book :
What happens when you marry the perfect man and discover he’s a perfect stranger ?
Nineteen-year-old Gwendolyn Hooper is newly married to a rich and charming widower, eager to join him on his tea plantation and determined to be the perfect wife and mother.
But life in Ceylon is not what Gwen expected. The Plantation workers are resentful, the neighbours treacherous. And there are clues to the past, a dusty trunk of dresses, an overgrown gravestone in the grounds, that here husband refuses to discuss.
Just as Gwen finds her feet, disaster strikes. She faces a terrible choice, hiding the truth from almost everyone, but a secret this big cant stay buried forever …
What I think :
Ceylon 1925 …
Gwendolyn is only nineteen, she has married Laurence and moved far, far away to Ceylon, leaving her family and friends behind. Laurence owns and runs a tea plantation. He was married before but sadly his wife died in tragic circumstances. Gwen really wants to be a good wife and later on, mother to his children.
Right from the beginning the workers and the natives don’t really want her to be around, especially Mr Mcgreggor the foreman. Her husband seems very distant and unapproachable. She gets very lonely and only has her servant Naveena for company. She realises that life is very different in Ceylon to what it is in the UK. There are many rules to follow. Its not long before she discovers how Laurence’s first wife died and when she discovers a small hidden gravestone that there was also a child that died. Soon she finds out that she is also pregnant, she wonders how she will cope with a child in this strange new life and will her husband ever open up to her and let her in … ?
This is a beautiful story about love, lies and deception. About a young woman taken from everything she knows into a life that is very strange and odd to her. She really loves her new husband and really wants to please him. The fabulous descriptions of Ceylon and surrounding area’s make you feel like you have been time warped back to the 1925’s, feeling the heat and smelling the green, lush vegetation.
This book is such a heartwarming, excellent read that I didn’t want to end. I really loved Dinah’s first book and this second one is up there with the best. I have a soft spot for Dinah as she was my first ever review that I wrote for my blog, so in a way you could say that Dinah actually helped me on the way to being a book reviewer.
I give this beautiful book 10/10.
Published by Penguin books on 03/09/15.
A very big Thank you to Netgalley for the digital copy of the book and to Lovereading and Penguin Uk for the review copy to read and review.